"Dad, if you turn into a zombie, I'm shooting you in the head," my one niece informed my brother.
"Uh, thanks," he answered.
Kids are pretty much without mercy, just so you know.
Anyway, I heard their complaint and wrote THE LIVING DEAD BOY AND THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS for them. I aimed it squarely at 12 and up, but I think some 10 year olds could handle it if they're already horror fans. I kept the age group firmly in mind while writing, so there isn't bad language and I kept the gore/violent quotient on the low end on the scale though it still has plenty of thrills, chills and scary stuff.
The book is about kids and written for kids, but a lot of adults have really enjoyed the book. It takes them back to their own youth and it is a solid, fun zombie story.
But, sadly, because it is written for kids, some of my fans have not picked it up.
A review was posted today on Amazon.com that I really enjoyed. I want to share it with the fans of my other work because I feel it the reviewer really hit the nail on the head.
Not just for young teens...,
June 23, 2011By
Mr. G. Kelleher "Gerard K" - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters: A Young Adult Zombie Novel (Paperback)I am a great fan of Rhiannon's adult zombie trilogy and as this is currently on a hiatus I thought I would fill the void. Although primarily aged at younger teens I found it to be a fantastic read (I am 40).
The story follows a group of young kids from the outbreak, their isolation from adults and the loss of loved ones. Through the journey you can see the growth of characters in the face of adversity, the strength of friendship and acceptance. That said, there is plenty of adventure with, of course, attacking zombies, survivalist tree houses, zip lines and a race to safety. So, if you have ever imagined yourself at school, the arrival of zombies, escape, the race to get home only to find that it is not how you left it and then wondering what to do next, then get this book, if you have not, get this book so you know what to do if it ever happens!
For anyone wondering who is book is suitable for, I would say anyone from age 12 up, it's a child's adventure encompassing all the emotions that I believe younger teens would feel. There is none of the explicit gore associated with some of the books in this genre and no sexual references beyond a growing sweet first love.
I believe this book would be a great gift, or additional to, any young horror fans library and for younger boys it is probably a relief from the whole vampire girlie love novels that are saturating the book shelves at the movement. If you are an adult and love the zombie genre, you should also read this book as it is a really character driven and a refreshing short break from the normal end of the world scenarios.
If you would like a taste of sci-fi/horror for a younger audience, I would also highly recommend the free short book, Flesh and Circuits, which is available in the Free Fiction section of the author's website.
A great read, highly recommended to all.