There Be Zombies! – Pippa Jay’s Restless in Peaceville Tour and Giveaway
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10 Facts About Zombies You Might Not Know
by Pippa Jay
When I first got interested in zombies, it was mostly through curiosity. I’ve got to admit I don’t much like the rampaging brain-eating monsters of Hollywood. *shudders* But I remembered reading different kinds of zombies in the books of Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony. These didn’t eat brains, and those in Pratchett’s books were actually (mostly) intelligent people who wouldn’t even think about trying to bite people. So I wondered – what is a zombie really? Well…
A zombie, according to Vodou religion and Haitian folklore, is an animated corpse raised by magical means.
A dead person can be revived by a bokor (a type of sorcerer not formally recognized by the Vodou religion).
Zombies have no will of their own, so remain under the control of the bokor.
If you feed a zombie salt, it will return to the grave. This is also considered a way to ‘save’ them.
George A. Romero’s film Night of the Living Dead is considered to be responsible for the modern myth that zombies are mindless monsters who feed on brains.
There’s an incorporeal version of a zombie, which is part of a human astral soul absorbed by a bokor to give them added spiritual strength.
The English word ‘zombie’ was first recorded in 1819.
The zombie phenomenon first gained international interest during the US occupation of Haiti (1915-1934).
In 1983 ethnobotanist Wade Davis proposed a purely pharmacological explanation for zombies, using puffer fish neurotoxin and a drug like datura.
The first appearance of a zombie in fiction is believed to be in the 1929 novel The Magic Island by William Seabrook.
So there you go – ten things you might not have known about the original zombie myth from watching the films. Did you know any of them? And which type of zombie do you prefer?
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Restless In Peaceville Excerpt
Where the hell am I?
Not the most original question, I know, but it’s the best place to start. The only place. I don’t know where I am. I can’t remember where I was. What I was. But nothing about this place is familiar, and some part of me didn’t expect this.
Restless In Peaceville Book Blurb
Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…
Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…
But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.
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Pippa Jay Bio
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), two self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply and The Bones of the Sea), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.
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