Of all the things people ask me about my writing, why I chose the zombie genre is usually top of the list.
I spoke about this in part in my blog about the inspiration for Game Hunter but there is actually a lot more to it, and recently with all the work I have been doing on the second book it has been at the forefront of my mind, and so I am going to tell you more about it today!
There are actually four reasons I decided to write the zombie Game Hunter series. None, are particularly more important than the other and so here they are:
It is obvious that the love, élan vital, personality and the pure breath of life itself that pours out of you, is quite separate from the chemicals, guts, bones and muscle that make up your body. For example, how many times have you wondered or heard other people say that although their body ages, they feel exactly the same as they did when they were young? I know I feel that way!
I felt that zombies were an interesting way of expressing that. A zombie body is a just a mutated human body, but what about the love and life that was inside it? I had a lot of fun playing with this idea, and I hope that some people look at bodies vs. life a little bit differently after reading the series.
I have observed that people are naturally afraid of what they cannot understand, of what is very different from them and of what they cannot communicate with. After all, how could war occur if you were trying to kill someone who laughed at the same things you did, who you understood had family and hopes like yours? You would probably find they wouldn’t happen. We see this is in racial discrimination as well.
Why people think those that look different are fundamentally and inherently dissimilar is beyond me, but unfortunately it is all too common. Zombies again were a way of showing this in an extreme setting, who would question hating zombies? I think you will after reading Game Hunter!
I feel our world is full of spectators, TV and movies have left people feeling satisfied and excited watching others live hard, fast and dangerously, while they themselves are just sitting on their sofas. Actually, if you look at their personal lives, often people have fallen into the hell of no personal ambition, lives spent filled with watching others and wishing.
The live TV show, Game Hunter is an embodiment of this. A tragedy befalls London and thousands of lives are changed for ever. Yet, the rest of the population do nothing, continue their lives and end up watching it all on live TV. A depressing homage to where I see our society heading.
I have often wondered how we would survive should all the help, props and foundations gradually formed over the hundreds of years of living together fail us; such as hospitals, law and order, social services etc. Who could survive and maybe even flourish as they began to put things back together again, and who would wither and die?
The dystopia of the City of London is just one angle of this imagination, and one I have had fun dreaming up. My young half-zombies Tremayne and Red and the rest of the crew are great examples of no matter how bad the environment, it is still possible to rise up above it and make something of your life.
Well perhaps these points were a little deeper than expected for the dystopian zombie genre but there you have it. Add the fun and exhilaration of a zombie adventure and it is a fun and action-packed series none the less. You can buy Game Hunter here. And keep your eyes out for Game Hunter 2 – Showtime, being released on February 22nd!