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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DETENTION OF THE LIVING DEAD Blog Tour_Review & Interview

Title: Detention of the Living Dead
Author: Rusty Fischer
Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult,
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 181


Book Description:

Maxine “Max” Compton is in detention when the outbreak starts; so are several other students when Max’s best friend Brie storms in – chomping on the thigh bone of their favorite Home Ec teacher, Ms. Watkins!

Brie is a zombie, and quickly starts biting everyone in the room – even her best friend, Max!

When the class realizes what happens, it’s too late; they are all zombies – and they’re no longer alone.

Now a thin gray man in a white lab coat is testing them; making them read, and once they can no longer read, the zombies are led from the room, never to be seen again.

One by one the zombies stop reading, all but a few of them, Max included. Oh, and that cute thug she’s been crushing on for years, Cory Winthrop!

That’s when Max learns that there are good zombies, and bad zombies. And if she’s to survive, she has to pick a side.

Who knew Detention could be this hard… or last forever?


“G-g-g,” the zombie sputters, black eyes focused intently on the page in front of her, tongue tied in an endless loop, frustration oozing out of every gray, decaying pore.
If she could still sweat, I know she would.
Her cold white hands grip the pages of the comic book like the edges of a life raft in a wild, raging sea.
If she could still cry, she’d already be bawling.
Instead she is locked in this endless loop, stammering, yammering, trying to find the keys to her lost humanity.
Her voice is raspy, like maybe her vocal chords have been sanded down, blow dried for days, and now look like strips of beef jerky hanging in the back of her throat, useless at his point except for her guttural scratching.
It’s been like this for five minutes; five endless, torturous, agonizing minutes.
Endless because, well, you’ve never realized how long a single minute—sixty short seconds—can stretch out until every stinking bleeding one of those sixty seconds is filled with a “G-G-G” or an “A-A-A or an “M-M-M.”
It’s like waiting for a stutterer to finish reading War & Peace, out loud, in one sitting, while you kneel on a bed of nails, with water dripping on your head, sitting next to your distant cousin from Alabama, with her whispering in your ears about her favorite catfish casserole recipe.
Torturous because I can see the word right in front of me and just want to finish it for her: “Gamma!” I want to scream. “Gamma! What you’ve been yammering for the last five minutes is ‘G-G-G-G-GAMMA,’ you freakin’ moron!”
Agonizing because this is no typical zombie; this is my best friend since third grade, Brie Cunningham.

About the Author:

Rusty Fischer is the author of Zombies Don’t Cry, as well as several other popular zombie books, including Panty Raid at Zombie High, Detention of the Living Dead and the Reanimated Readz series of 99-cent living dead shorts.
Rusty runs the popular website Zombies Don’t Blog @ At Zombies Don’t Blog you can read more about Rusty’s work, view his upcoming book covers and read – or download – completely FREE books & stories about… zombies!

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Detention of the Living Dead Blog Tour /Interview Nov. 21

Rusty, you’re a VERY prolific author, on multiple subjects. Do you have any one particular favourite, among your books? If so, why?

Ha! Thanks for noticing. It has actually been a VERY productive few years and I’m grateful that most of my crazy YA Paranormal ideas have managed to make it into print in some form or fashion. I must admit even I get a little overwhelmed when I stop by Goodreads and look at the list of books published in the last few years. As for favorites, I have to say -- and I’m honestly NOT dodging the question -- that EVERY book is my “new” favorite when I sit down to write it. When I get an idea and I know it’s going to be my next book, it keeps me up at night, scribbling ideas and title thoughts and chapter notions in little notebooks and scraps of paper all over the house, in my car, in the movie theater, wherever inspiration strikes. I picture the characters and live in their world for the entire time I’m writing about them. That’s generally about a 3-6 month process, depending on how much client writing I’m doing and what else is going on in my life. Inevitably, that “honeymoon period” ends and I start submit the book, talking to agents and editors and weeks, then months go by until hopefully it is finally accepted, then another few months go by until first edits and by then I’ve moved on to my “next” favorite, but it doesn’t make that book any less special; just less… immediate. So, to answer your question three weeks later, they’re all my favorites at the time, and then they go out in the world and, hopefully, become somebody else’s favorite!!!

Do you have topics you’d like to incorporate in novels,  that you haven’t yet written on?

I actually would like to get a little edgier in my novels, a little more gritty and harsh, but whenever I try, the humor creeps back in, the snark and the sarcasm and the eye-rolling and I just can’t commit. I think that’s what’s so great about writing about zombies and vampires and werewolves is that, even when I’m doing heavy blood and guts stuff I still have to get a wink and a nudge in there so it never crosses the line into adult violence. So, I dunno, maybe I’ll stretch my gritty muscles at one point but for now I’m kind of comfortable living in the B-movie world of fun/snarky supernatural I’ve built for/around myself.

Which of your novels would you recommend a new reader start out with?

I always recommend my FREE YA supernatural novel, Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! to anyone on the fence about giving me a try. Like I said, it’s FREE, it’s a full-length novel, it’s got vampires AND zombies and is definitely written in the style, flavor, tone and voice I use in 99.9% of my other YA novels. So if they don’t like it, it’s a risk-free investment of a few hours, or even minutes, of their time. But if they do, they’ll know what they’re getting into if they keep reading my books.

Why did you choose the Paranormal as a genre?

I was a teacher for many, many years and watched carefully the reading habits of my students. While a few loved the classics like White Fang and Number the Stars, what kids chose to read on their own time was the supernatural stuff: Goosebumps, Fear Street, even “heavier” stuff like Interview with a Vampire, etc. (This was pre-Harry Potter and Twilight years, mind you.) So, a few years ago, when I decided to write YA in a committed, genre-specific way, I never thought about writing anything other than paranormal. I wanted to write the kind of books that a.) kids would read on their own and b.) teachers/parents/librarians wouldn’t mind letting them read on their own.

Any paranormal experiences of your own you’d like to share?

I wish! Alas, I lead a very boring, workaholic life and the only paranormal kicks I get are in my books!!!

What’s next on the agenda for Rusty Fischer?

Well, I’m VERY excited about the sequel to Zombies Don’t Cry coming out next year, Zombies Don’t Forgive. It’s my first sequel and I’m both nervous and excited about continuing in this “Living Dead Love Story” series. It was fun and even challenging to continue a saga and extend characters beyond the world I’d built for them in the first book. I enjoyed it and hope readers will as well. If so, I would like to explore sequels for a few of my other projects as well…

Review of "Detention of the Living Dead":

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of Detention of the Living Dead by Rusty Fischer
Reviewed for Full Moon Bites Blog Tours Nov. 21 2012
5 Stars

A surprisingly heartfelt and deep-digging story, “Detention of the Living Dead” is to your ordinary Zombie novel as, say, Literary Fiction would be to a comic book. No offense to comic books or Zombie fiction; but this one is quite something else. Original Zombie categories (Zombification might be the better term), characters who are revealed down to the bone (yes, literally, but here I meant metaphorically), adventure-packed plotting, non-stop action, and by golly, ROMANCE! So NOT what I expected in a Zombie horror story! But heartwarming nonetheless, leaving this reviewer glad to have read it and happy to have discovered this author.

If you find yourself cringing at slasher movies, turn away or close your eyes as you read: yes, there is a LOT of gore (it’s about ZOMBIES, for goodness sake!) but please don’t: this one is special, and you don’t want to miss out.

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