Kevin James Breaux is an award-winning author and artist. He is a member of the HWA and EAA. Along with having many short stories published Kevin’s first novel, SOUL BORN, an epic fantasy, will be released late 11/2010. Soul Born is book one in a three book series, that runs over 110,000 words.
1) What is your all time favorite zombie movie or book?
My favorite zombie movie is Shaun of the Dead. I love the comedy in this movie, especially when the writers and actors make you think… was Shaun’s life any different, getting up early in the morning and shuffling off to work, than that of a zombie after the apocalypse. The absurd moments, like throwing records at a zombie, but not wanting to throw the good ones, makes sense. I am sure I would end up thinking the same thing about my collection of Nintendo Entertainment System games. I would throw MagMax before I would dream of tossing Nobunaga’s Ambition at the undead.
2) If zombies could be put to sleep by reading boring books, what book would you use as a weapon?
The Pigman by Zindel. I had to force myself to finish that for a summer reading assignment during high school. I hated that book with a passion, and got something like a 35 out of 100 on the test. I would have been ashamed, but my best buddy Chris got a 15 out of 100. That book is his kryptonite! Sorry Zombie Chris, but if you attack me I will repel you with the power of The Pigman!
3) The Zombies are loose and the military is telling people to abandon their homes and seek refuge until the situation is contained. What books would you take with you if you could only bring three?
First off I would bring the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. (of course, duh!) I would also take Sun Tzu’s Art of War, pocket edition, and a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. I think this would prepare me very well. I would know my enemy. I would have skills to combat my enemy, and in the worst case scenario have the proper guidance to pass on.
4)Why do you think vampires and werewolves got a sexy reputation while Zombies get well, a pretty bad reputation?
Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they’re cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child Zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.”
5)Seriously…Do you think you could survive a Zombie invasion? If so, why?
Even with my 7 plus years of martial arts training, I doubt I would last the first couple days. I would do something stupid, I know it. All the zombies would have to do is bait a trap with a some pretty girl and I would fall for it. “Miss, do you need help?” CHOMP! Chivalry would truly be the death of me.
6) Do you believe the possibility of zombies and other supernatural being exists? If so, why do you think no one knows about it?
I believe in ghosts, not because of the TV shows, because I have witnessed a few unexplained things. For example, when I moved into my old grandparents house, the first night I slept there the entire house started smelling like coffee. I did not have a coffee maker, or even a Starbucks drink sitting around. There was no way I could have been smelling that scent, and it was super strong. Turns out my grandmother was a big coffee drinker. I guess she was saying “Hi” or maybe… “GET OUT! GET OUT NOW!!!”
7) Zombies and love life – Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with a zombie? How would you romance one?
If Zombie Halle Berry accepted my invitation to go out, I would have to make sure the night went off perfectly. I would find the most posh, crowded restaurant in town and after escorting her inside, I would lock the doors behind me and let her enjoy the “buffet”. After a nice slaughter, I mean meal, I would take her to a nice movie. Let’s face it, women love a good romantic comedy, even post mortem. Of course, men hate those kinds of movies, but if it was the death of me, at least I would have one more thing in common with my date.
8) Fashion and grooming – Zombie style – What are a zombie’s most important fashion accessory? What’s “in” and what’s “out”?
Oh my Gawd, did you see what the zombie was wearing! She was SO last Fall, when Summer is totally in now! A zombie’s most important fashion accessory is his/her shoes! The dead need good footwear, tough for those long, shambling jaunts across town, but snazzy too. Something that says, I have good taste, and you taste good.
9) Any tips for better Zombie Hygiene?
Floss after every meal? Yuck, I almost made myself puke.
10) What is it about Zombies that attracts so many different types of people to read books or watch movies about them?
I have said this before and I think it best explains why zombies are so popular. Zombies have endless possibilities. Unlike vampires you can place a zombie on the sun drenched beaches of Ibiza. Unlike a werewolf we can have a zombie floating around in the void of space. Zombies can be intermixed with just about any genre too. I recently added a touch of zombie spice into a Steampunk story I wrote for my publisher. Bullet to the head or not, Zombies are here to stay.
Paperback Dolls wish to thank the totally un-zombie like Kevin James Breaux for participating in our ZOMBIE WEEK and Sharing a copy of his book with our readers!
Kevin is offering ONE signed copy of DEAD HISTORY to one lucky follower and all you have to do is tell him: What’s your favorite zombie movie and why?
The history of the walking dead is a long one. Since before man walked the Earth, the dead have been with us. Rotting, decrepit animated corpses have existed, and in many places, have helped create the evolution of the very history we all know as fact, but yet they have always remained hidden from mankind as the sands of time flowed through the hour glass. From Egypt, to London, to the first moon landing, to the old West; zombies have been a part of our culture, our very lives, though each time it has been erased, eradicated from our history. Perhaps in these lost tales of our past is the hope for our future. In these stories might very well be the answers of what to do when the zombie apocalypse finally arrives. So read these tales quickly and learn from them. For even in the past, the dead walk, and if they did once before, it’s a fact they will do so again. The only question is: When will that be and will you be prepared? With stories by Tony Schaab, Jose Alfredo Vazquez, David Bernstein, Mark Rivett, T.W. Brown, Nickolas Cook, Mark M. Johnson, Spencer Wendleton, Eric S. Brown, Anthony Giangregorio, Kevin James Breaux, G.R. Mosca and Lee Clark Zumpe
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