Guest Post Time! I reached out to Armand Rosamilia asking him, almost begged which isn’t pretty, to visit Trip Through My Mind for a guest post. After some negotiations, bribes of M&Ms, and my agreement to make a public statement here, “Armand it the greatest guy in the world.” (Now, I have said it so I have paid my dues) he agreed to visit us today.
You have heard the name before on Trip Through My Mind as I have featured an interview (Summer of Zombie Blog Tour: Armand Rosamilia Interview), a guest book review from Margaret Colton for Armand’s Dying Days 4 release (Reader’s Retreat: Dying Days 4), and featured his website as part of the Weekly Spotlight (Weekly Spotlight: ArmandRosamilia.com). Today, I wanted to get his insight– the Five Best Zombie Series according to Armand Rosamilia. I will step aside now and give the podium to Mr. Armand Rosamilia.
Five Best Zombie Series You Already Know About (And A Bonus One)
First off, I need to thank Jerry Benns for letting me stop by and chat a little bit… I have a new book out, but that’s not important right now. What’s important is to point out a few zombie series I like and you should, too… and this is posted not for the veteran zombie fan out there (who already owns all these books, I’m sure) but for the newbies coming into the zombie book world who are looking for a great jump off starting point.
Five authors who write what I believe are the books you need to read, in no real order (although they are numbered, so technically that is an order):
1. Brian Keene – The Rising is the book that started it all for me when it came to zombies. All of his zombie books are loosely connected (indeed, all of his books are in one way or another) and with each slightly different change the books get better and better. Highly recommended.
2. Joe McKinney – I saw Dead City on the shelf at the local Barnes & Noble a few years ago, saw it was zombies and the cover looked cool. Why not? From the first page it hooked me and I’ve waited for each and every new zombie book from Joe. He’s another writer that doesn’t technically write it as one series, but they can be read as a broader sense of his amazing zombie stories.
3. Mark Tufo – I’d like to think (and brag) I got Tufo really started in zombie stories when I published his “My Name Is Riley” short story in the Undead Tales anthology, which he launched into a great set of zombie books. Of course, you need to read his Zombie Fallout series. The guy knows how to write a story that is terrifying, funny and realistic all at once.
4. John O’Brien – If you’re into realistic military zombie stories (whatever that really means, I guess), Mr. O’Brien has you covered. A New World series showcases his military background without trying to show how intelligent the author is and what he knows. He presents his situations so the casual reader of zombie fiction can keep along without having to relate or know all of the jargon. And he succeeds in pulling you in and keeping you reading.
5. Shawn Chesser – His Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse series is tightly written and jammed with memorable characters and scenes, and he’s another author (like everyone on the list) with a rabid fan base. It’s been earned, because Mr. Chesser keeps you reading until the end and then wishing you had another book. And the way he writes (and writes well) another zombie book is right around the corner.
Super Bonus Pick…
Armand Rosamilia – Hey, why not? My Dying Days extreme zombie series is easily my biggest seller and readers really respond to the rawness of the characters and the zombies, who sometimes take a backseat to the carnage the survivors, put you through.
I may be partial, but I’m still going to recommend it. Dying Days 4 just came out, too… so hurry and catch up.
Oh, and you have to read the short story “Dead Like Me” from Adam-Troy Castro. An extra bonus pick. It is my favorite zombie short story of all time, and you’ll love it, too…
I’ve given you enough homework to last awhile.
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he exacts revenge on his enemies and neighbors alike by writing them into his Dying Days zombie series. And not in good ways. He has over 120 releases to date, with more coming. He is also a radio and internet DJ and runs Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast, with interviews from the best authors, etc. in horror. He loves talking in third person. http://armandrosamilia.com and email@example.com if you want to chat.
Check out Armand Rosamilia’s 120+ releases on Amazon and pick up your copy of Dying Days 4.
Meet Armand Rosamilia in person at the Imaginarium Conventions 2014 where he will be a guest panelist, signing books, and hanging out with fans. For more information on Imaginarium, see below.
September 19-21, 2014
Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
Imaginarium 2014 is a three-day creative writing convention and book fair suitable for attendees of all ages! With over 140 panels spread across twelve programming tracks, after-hours events, and a full vendor hall, it’s the place where ideas transcend imagination, where authors and readers can come together, and where new writers can learn tricks of the trade from more than 130 of today’s best independent publishing professionals. In addition to the literary programming, Imaginarium also features world-class workshops, an art show, film festival, gaming room, and more.