Zombiepalooza Giveaway & Guestblog!
October is made for masks.
And I love it. That’s why I can be sweet, relatively innocent L.C. Glazebrook here at Zombiepoolaza and simultaneously be the creepy old Digger over at Bookgasm. I can be a fairy or a zombie, a creature or a clown, and all I have to do is change my mind. And a little make-up.
October is for the kid inside us, and the monster inside us. The angel inside us, or the demon. It’s all play, and it’s all safe. I’d rather risk the legendary apple in the razor blade any night over watching a silly ball descend in Times Square on New Year’s Eve with 100,000 drunken strangers, muggers, and celebrities packed onto fifty square feet of real estate.
Those of us who still love the world of imagination (which I’ll bet includes you, or you wouldn’t be reading this) are always eager to try out a new role or revisit some past persona. All it takes is slipping on a mask and dreaming, wishing, wanting.
Some people lose that magic. We call them “grown-ups.” They are out there fretting over mortgages, stock portfolios, politics. They live to get old. They look forward to it, the safety and security of a big fat pile of material goods upon which to die.
The rest of us get to live in the land of make-believe. The forests are dark and scary, the meadows full of flowers and dandelion snow. The clouds are white and soft or dark and moody. The distant kingdoms always contain evil overlords or benevolent white witches. We visit those lands in books and movies, and we visit them in our sleep, and when we’re alone, and when we see something that triggers a magic memory.
As a writer, I get to visit those lands as my life’s work. Some writers tell me life gets in the way of their writing, and I am always amazed, because writing IS my life, as much a part of my mask as anything. It might even be the most real—or the only real—thing about me.
That’s why I’m not afraid to stagger into the land of teen witches (October Girls), haunted hotels (Speed Dating with the Dead), spooky churches (The Red Church), or scary caves (Drummer Boy), or zombie landscapes (Murdermouth).
I hope you’ll come visit them with me, whether I am L.C., The Digger, or Scott. You can wear whatever mask you want!
L.C. Glazebrook is an art teacher in Batesville, Indiana, the casket capital of the country. She was kicked out of Catholic school in seventh grade but has since recovered. Crystal & Bone is the first book in her October Girls series, and she’s also co-written the story collection Flowers with Scott Nicholson.
Scott Nicholson is author of The Red Church (on sale for 99 cents!), Drummer Boy, The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, and nine other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. He’s currently on the Kindle Giveaway Blog Tour, with details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm
I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Thank You for the Flowers paperback (by Scott, not LC!) under the same rules as the other Zombiepalooza rules.
1. To enter to win, comment on this blog, leaving an email address to contact you in case you win.
2. The giveaway runs from now until October 28th at midnight. On October 29th, winners will be chosen by random.org and contacted. They have 72 hours to reply before the prize defaults to the runner-up.
3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Zombiepalooza giveaways as you want.)
4. US only. Sorry to our international friends 🙁