Thursday, May 24, 2012

Corpse Days by Jonathon Kane: Character Interview & excerpt


Is this the end of the world? Is the Rapture upon us? Has a Zombie Apocalypse arrived? That's a matter of opinion, but it doesn't hurt to be a licensed Shooter in these uncertain times.

Meet Stan Norton - a middle-aged Shooter with a haunting past. He wants little to do with the living dead, and less to do with the living, until that is, a mysterious young woman with an affinity for guns and martial arts enters his life. An adventure begins, and the hunt is on for a reclusive enemy, as the clock ticks down toward a full-blown resurgence of the Corpse Days.

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Today our Interview is with Heather Storm, heroine of Corpse Days. Welcome, Heather!  It's wonderful to get the opportunity to find out about you.

Hello Heather, how are you doing today?

Heather:  Very well, thank you.

Let me start off by asking - how does a nice girl like you get into the business of hunting zombies?

Heather:  (Smiles) I'm just not the type of person to sit idle and hope that someone else does something about a problem.  I have to be involved.  I have to fight for those who can't.  

Now, I'm sure there are plenty to choose from, but can you tell us about the scariest moment of your life?

Heather:  The first time I shot at a living dead.  I missed.  The next thing I knew, the thing was on top of me.  This was before I had any sort of training, so I really thought I was going to die.  He was in my face like a vicious dog, and inching closer.  I had one hand pushing back on his forehead, and the other stretching out desperately for my nine millimeter, which was out of my reach by a half of an inch or so.  Obviously, you know how this ends, or I wouldn't be here talking to you right now.

Right.  Thank God for small miracles, huh?

Heather:  Something like that.

So how many have you put down?

Heather:  I don't keep count.  That kind of thing's for amateurs and egomaniacs.   

Fair enough, then.  On a lighter note, do you have a favorite movie?

Heather:  Ghost Rider.  I know it’s kind of cheesy, but let’s face it - a skull on fire is nearly impossible to look away from.  Besides, I’m a huge Nicholas Cage fan.

If we looked under your bed, what would we find?

Heather:  A sawed-off, pump-action shotgun, of course!  Every girl should have one.

What makes you happy?

Heather:  Helping people... making them feel secure in an insecure world.

One final question - do you think zombie hunting has changed you as a person?

No.  Not at all.  If there happened to be no such thing, I'm sure I'd be fighting some other kind of evil in the world.

I'm sure you would.  Thank you for your time, Ms. Storm.

Heather:  Thank you.

“So what do you say, Stan?”
“Yeah, what do you say?  Wanna join our merry band of zombie killers?” questioned Jay.
“You’re the only merry one,” played Javier.
“Yeah… I’m the merry one.”
“Seriously,” pleaded Heather with a hint of longing in her eyes.  “We could use one more.  Safety in numbers, Stan.”
“I’ll… have to think about it.”
“Ok.  Well, think about it at our place tonight then.  We have a cabin in the woods down the road from here.  Plenty of room, a king-sized bed, and the fridge is stocked full of beer,” she offered.
Stan contemplated the offer for a few seconds.  He was exhausted from the trip and sore from his run-in with the living dead earlier.
“Sure, if you don’t mind.”
“Our place is your place,” called out Jay enthusiastically.
“Well boys, I got this one,” announced Heather to a receptive audience.
Stan got up so that Heather could get out of the booth.  She walked up to the counter, and paid the bill with cash.  As she collected her change, she noticed a news broadcast on a small television mounted up in the corner behind the register.  She listened closely to hear what the newscaster was saying over the noise of the restaurant.
“Earlier today, this video was shot of a man walking around downtown Mobile.”
The video was shaky.  Panned out, it showed the side view of a man in a well-tailored suit who was slowly walking down a sidewalk.  He was holding a briefcase.  No one else seemed to be around.  When the camera quickly zoomed in, the man still appeared to be perfectly normal.  He had dark, slicked back hair and short sideburns.  However, his profile was partially hidden due to the angle at which he was being shot, and when he turned his head, the reason why someone was filming him became dreadfully obvious.  He was facing the camera, but he was not looking into it.  He was not capable of looking into it because he had no eyes.  The frame froze there.
“Oh my gosh,” gasped a waitress who was standing next to Heather, looking up in awe.
And there it was—in the upper left corner of the screen—the poster child for the new zombie movement.  Where the windows to the soul would be, this thing had neither.  Its humanity left behind somewhere, yet inexplicably, it still moved on—transformed from someone with a purpose to something with a purpose.  Heather wondered if he ever had a soul to begin with.
“The man was processed by an off-duty police officer.  He has yet to be identified,” concluded the newscaster.
“This really is the end of the world, isn’t it?” asked the gum-chewing waitress, still staring at the grotesque image in the background.
“Depends on who you ask,” replied Heather coolly.

Corpse Days is Jonathon Kane's debut novel.  A zombie tale was a natural fit for Jonathon Kane, as he enjoys all things Halloween.  He began writing short stories in high school, but never thought he had a full novel in him, until Heather Storm came along.
Jonathon Kane's creativity extends to music and photography.  He can be reached at jonathonkane1 at gmail dot com.


❤ Stephanie said...

Great interview! Can't wait to try CORPSE DAYS :)

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

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Unknown said...

love zombies!

thanks for the chance to win!

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traci16 said...

So loving zombie apocolypse!!! Great giveaway...thanks for the opportunity!!!!

elin said...

Another zombie book........AWESOME!

Emily Damin said...

Zombie Apocalypse for the win!!

Disincentive said...

Never enough zombies :)
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Anonymous said...

love zombies!


k.a. said...

i love to be scared when i know i'm gonna be scared (and to be honest, i'm terrified by zombies)

David said...

My wife and I would love to win this book! Thank you for the chance!

intensev5 said...

Thanks for the chance to win:)

Jonathon Kane said...

I'd like to thank everyone for your interest and participation. I've begun writing a sequel to Corpse Days. For anyone who wants more information on me, please visit the About Me section of my website at:

Burcu said...

sounds like an interesting book would love to read it


april_hunter24 said...

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Thanks for the giveaway !

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laceyblossom said...

Great interview! I'm starting to really get into zombies now :) Thanks for the giveaway!

ronnkelly3 said...

Sounds very interesting, thank you for the giveaway..

Anonymous said...

This book seems great!!

Dovile said...

Zombies rule!

Kara D. said...

Awesome sounding book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Gakuen Alice said...

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Cayce said...

Great character interview! I'm a Nicholas Cage fan, too :)
Loved the excerpt!

Thank you for the chance!

Viari Rose said...

Awesome interview, thank you for the chance to win.

Karen Arrowood said...

Sounds like a great book - I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Jennifer said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks very much.

meowxbark said...

Zombies! Sign me up.


BLHmistress said...

Ever since I watched The Walking Dead I have had a thing for Zombies.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Zombies Rule!

Anonymous said...

I love books about zombies! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Amy Dalrymple said...

LOVE zombies!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy Dalrymple said...

LOVE zombies!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Breanne said...

Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway