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Interview: Adam Baker author of KILLCHAIN (Year of the Zombie #1)


We interview Adam Baker, author of KILLCHAIN (Year of the Zombie #1) about all things zombie and ask him what advice he would give to entrants of our YOZ PITCH & PAGE comp.

Who are you?

That’s a pretty deep question. I mean, do any of us really have a continuous, unified self? Is our backstory, the elaborate persona that loads each morning when we wake, simply an encumbering fiction?

Anyway, existential angst aside, here are some random factoids:

I am the son of a Gloucestershire priest.

I’ve worked as a gravedigger and cinema projectionist. I also spent a summer fixing slot machines in an Atlantic City casino.

I do karate. Badly.

Killchain by Adam BakerTell us a little about Killchain.

Well, here’s the blurb:

‘Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…’

The inspiration for the novella came from a conversation I had with my doctor. I went for a routine blood test and got side-tracked into a debate as to whether it would be possible for a suicide bomber to hide explosives inside their own torso. I have a pretty cool doctor.

Favourite zombie book.

Adam BakerTempted to pick Matherson’s I am Legend because, despite featuring vampires, scenes in which the protagonist barricades himself in his home as a hoard of monstrous creatures try to force their way inside established a lot of the core tropes of zombie fiction. (If you watch the first – and best – film adaptation Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price it is very obvious one is watching a precursor to Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.) But instead I’ll pick HP Lovecraft’s Herbert West ‘reanimator’ short stories because they are gloriously icky and pre-date almost all landmark zombie stories with the debatable exception of Frankenstein.

Favourite zombie movie.

My instinct is to say Dawn of the Dead (original) because it’s the big-daddy of zombie flicks and established a lot of the staple genre tropes. But instead I’m going to recommend a movie called Pontypool, because not many people have seen it and it deserves a wider audience. It’s a no-budget Canadian flick in that unfolds in real-time as a DJ called Grant Mazzy begins his early morning radio show and starts to receive reports of folks going crazy and attacking friends and relatives. There’s very little on-screen violence, not much in the way of action, but the film is wonderfully tense nevertheless.

YOZ cover question markWe’re running a ‘pitch and page’ comp as part of YOZ, the winner becoming our 12th novella author. What advice would you give to those submitting to such?

I suppose Elmore Leonard’s rules for fiction are a good place to start for anyone about to start a story.

My most important rule is the one that sums up all ten: if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

Grab KILLCHAIN right now for only 99p/ 99c.

Find out more about Adam Baker right here.

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Year of the Zombie Pitch & Page: Want to be our 12th Author?

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To celebrate 15 years since the publication of Infected Books’ first novel, David Moody’s Autumn, we’ve declared 2016 YEAR OF THE ZOMBIE.

Killchain by Adam Baker

We’ve signed up 11 authors, many of whom you’ll know from having penned your favourite zombie horror bestsellers, to write a novella each. We’ll be releasing one novella every month throughout 2016, the first being the excellent KILLCHAIN by Adam Baker (OUTPOST, IMPACT).

We’ll be announcing our second title in the series very soon but, first, we want to talk more about our promise to sign up one of YOU as our 12th author.

Yes, as previously announced, we’ll be running a very special Pitch & Page comp via the Infected Books facebook page.

The comp will be judged by our very own Dragon’s-Den-esque panel of bestselling horror author and IB head honcho, David Moody, US literary agent, Gina Panettieri and Michael Preissl of German & English language publisher, Voodoo Press.

The winner will join our 11 established authors to have their novella released as part of the YOZ series.

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