The term “blurb” came from humorist Gelett Burgess (author of “The Purple Cow”) at a trade show where he handed out his new book Are You A Bromide?, with a cover picture of a buxom woman praising the book to a degree intended to mock the testimonials on other publications.
Praise has been around for much of history, of course, and blurbs are standard practice for marketing any creative work. I’m tickled to be receiving such blurbs as these:
“THE LOVING DEAD is really kind of hot, in a very creepy way. Read it. You know you’d love you some sweet zombie sumpin’ sumpin’. Buy it, bitches! Ride this zombie zeppelin of love like there’s no tomorrow.” — Christopher Moore, New York Times Bestselling author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB
“Zombies are all over the place right now, but trust me, you’ve NEVER read a zombie novel like this! Amelia Beamer’s THE LOVING DEAD is about zombies, all right, but it’s zombies with Xanax, zeppelins, Trader Joe’s, iPhone apps, sex, humor, adventure, NPR, IKEA, and Indiana Jones! It’s a rollercoaster ride of a read and a true original!” — Connie Willis, New York Times Bestselling author of BLACKOUT.
“Amelia Beamer’s THE LOVING DEAD is strange, sick, sexy and scary. It’s also wickedly funny and a damn good read.” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE DRAGON FACTORY and PATIENT ZERO
“Promising young writer Amelia Beamer delivers plenty of requisite zombie gore and sex, but adds well-observed characters you get involved with, plus a kink ending that makes you glad she did.” — Cecelia Holland, critically acclaimed historical novelist and author of THE WITCHES’ KITCHEN and VARANGER
“If you like raunchy comedy with whips, brains, and zombies, this is the book for you.” — Mario Acevedo, author of WEREWOLF SMACKDOWN
“Dark Fantasy’s most audacious new talent answers the question on every reader’s mind: What happens when the Undead discover iPhone apps and Trader Joe’s?” — Terry Bisson, critically acclaimed author of THE PICKUP ARTIST
Starting Monday, March 8, I’ll be serializing the complete text of The Loving Dead here on ameliabeamer.com. I’ll start off with the first four chapters, then will be releasing one chapter a week on Mondays thereafter, leading up to the publication of the novel in July from Night Shade Books. Subscribe to the RSS feed.
The Loving Dead is a zombie-comedy-romance that reads like the love-child of Chuck Palahniuk and Christopher Moore. It tells the story of Kate and Michael, twenty-something housemates working at the same Trader Joe’s supermarket, who are thoroughly screwed when people start turning into zombies at their house party in the Oakland hills. The zombie plague is a sexually transmitted disease, turning its victims into shambling, horny, voracious killers after an incubation period during which they become increasingly promiscuous. Thrust into extremes by the unfolding tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the decisions they’ve made, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive. Kate tries to escape on a Zeppelin ride with her secret sugar daddy — but people keep turning into zombies, forcing her to fight for her life, never mind the avalanche of trouble that develops from a few too many innocent lies. Michael convinces Kate to meet him in the one place in the Bay Area that’s likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hordes: Alcatraz. But can they stay human long enough?
Named one of the “20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2010” by science fiction blog io9, The Loving Dead will be published in July, but io9 doesn’t have to wait till then to read it, and neither do you!
Preliminary galley spotted in the wild! The Screaming Monkey couldn’t help but cuddle.
Perhaps the funniest four-odd minutes in the English language is Abbot & Costello’s “Who’s on First?” sketch (that’s a direct link to the MP3 file).
Another eyewateringly funny sketch is “The Bricklayer’s Lament” by Gerard Hoffnung (that’s the YouTube link).
The thing that makes them both so painfully good is not that there’s a surprise, or a twist, as in jokes, but that you know exactly what’s happening. The effect is exactly the same as that of a horror story: the inevitable becoming manifest.
Office infant Nora noms the brains.
This is the computer upon which I wrote my first novel, The Loving Dead. Note the cooling rack intended for cookies, which I appropriated because this laptop is too hot for its fan, and the homebrewed wood setup. Also note the busted-off keys — because, really, how often do I use the keys for the euro and the pound?
I’m in Manhattan at the moment; just visited the Tor office to say hi and put some faces to names I know through Locus. Yesterday I met my agent Joe Monti for the first time and hashed out the plot of a new project: Joe puts the Joy in New Jersey. Also saw Liz Gorinsky, Jim Minz, Peter and Susan Straub, Gary Wolfe, Cecelia Holland; more meetings coming up.
Amelia Beamer lives in Marin County, California. Her debut novel The Loving Dead (Night Shade Books) was called one of the top ten zombie novels of the past decade by Barnes and Noble, and is available at Google, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, IndieBound, and Amazon.
Her writing has been featured in venues including Gizmodo, Whatever, BoingBoing, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Locus Magazine, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Women on War: A Zombies vs Robots Anthology, Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing, Understanding Reiki, and Healing for People. She works as an independent book editor, helping writers establish or grow their careers in popular fiction, at Beaming Enterprises, and is a former editor at Locus Magazine.
If Chuck Palahniuk and Christopher Moore had a zombie love child, it would look like THE LOVING DEAD.
Read the first four chapters of THE LOVING DEAD, or click on the cover for more info.