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Geek Fringe: New series of zombie novels shows unsavory side of Savannah

  • Author Josh Vasquez
 

Geek Fringe: New series of zombie novels shows unsavory side of Savannah

06 Jan 2016

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Read about the series and author at www.savannahzombienovel.com.

Nestled behind the cozy nooks of the cobblestones of River Street are undead monsters that want to tear the living flesh from anything that moves.

“A New Death” is a novel series focused on a zombie apocalypse centered in Savannah.

Author Josh Vasquez started out his adventure in high school, with a friend, as a script to make a low-budget zombie movie.

They did not make the movie, but he ended up with an outline for a script and put the project away until 2011, when he decided to revisit it as a book.

As a self-published local novelist, Vasquez said of the books, “They are not your normal Savannah novels. I show some of the unsavory sides of Savannah — I show real Savannah.”

He added that some novels may simply use Savannah as a setting without getting into the real elements of the city.

“You hear about a book being set in Savannah,” he said, “And you picture the live oaks with Spanish moss and the squares, but I feel like (my series) is more of an actual representation of Savannah.”

Vasquez said he likes self-publishing.

“You care about the characters and get swept up into the adventure with them,” he said.

“Even though there are the four main characters in the book, the old adage in movies is you want to show and not tell. I feel it is the same way in writing. Show the reader the action, not tell them about it.”

He added that self-publishing was like being a small ship that could move about easier than a larger ship, compared to more traditional publishing.

“A New Death” has two full novels and two short stories that bridge the novels together.

Vasquez is working on the third installment of the series. The third novel should come out sometime this spring.

The short stories connect the novels, but he also includes the first couple of chapters from the first book for readers to check out.

The series starts with a college drop-out named Jeremy who is helping his mom pay bills by working at a grocery store when the zombie horde unleashes on Savannah. He has to fight his way out and look for his beloved mother.

Vasquez said he focused on keeping the chapters action-packed and fast-paced.

“The characters are an eclectic mix of people, who you wouldn’t think would work well together, but they kind of do,” he said.

“A New Death” books are available online at Amazon.com and locally at E. Shaver Bookseller, Planet Fun and Bob’s Your Uncle. Vasquez had a book signing on Halloween at E. Shaver, and plans on future events around Savannah.

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