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05 March 2013

Interview with Sean Beaudoin

A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.

Thank you Mr. Beaudoin for sharing your thoughts with us!

1) How and why have you started to write? Were there something or someone that gave you an impulse?

 I began writing as a teenager. Mostly song lyrics and abysmally bad poetry. But I never really stopped. I wrote in journals, I wrote short stories, I wrote term papers. I always just knew that I enjoyed playing with language and feel very lucky that now I get paid for it.

2) Tell me something about your book The Infects.

The Infects is a book about Zombies. What else do you need to know? Cannibals, moaners, shufflers, Z, Zombies. But it's also a black comedy. And a love story.

3) While youre writing, have you discovered a character that you where developing feelings of love for? And was there a character that gave you headaches?

I love all my characters. They're like children. If they give me a headache, I delete them.

4) How have you done your research for this novel?

 I spent many years watching zombie movies with no conception that later in life I would write a zombie novel. So, really, I have been doing unwitting research for decades.

5) Is there a book that inspired your writings?

 When I was 15, Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries was my favorite book. I would say that it influenced me profoundly. I loved his style and street-smart voice. I saw him read once, and it was excellent, like a return to my nostalgic youth.

6) In the end, would you like say some words to your fans from Romania?

 I would say to all of Romania: I love you! I am very glad you are enjoying my books, and I hope to fly to Bucharest, Iasi, Timisoara, Galati, Constanta, Ploiesti, and Braila and meet each and every one of you.

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