21 January, 2015

Guest Post - Tim Marquitz "These Ain't Yo Mama's Zombies" and $25 GIVEAWAY to Amazon plus Signed Copy of Dirge!

It's been far too long since I've mentioned Tim Marquitz on the blog, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been as active as ever. I have a couple of his books up in the queue very soon, but the problem is I never know when to start. The man's a machine, consistently pushing out high quality stories that enthrall you from page one. 


I've loved Tim's work since I first discovered Armageddon Bound and the Demon Squad series. Tim's got a new book out from Permuted Press and I will be reading it next for sure. Just look at the blurb for Dirge:
Wreathed in the ashes of betrayal, forced to come of age in the dungeons of her stolen inheritance, Kallie Brynn Soren died so that Dirge might be born.

In the midst of an undead invasion, Kallie is gifted powers by a dying priest. His last wish is for her to use them against the Necrolords in a way his faith would not allow. Reborn as Dirge and free of the priests conscience, she is more than happy to do so.

But when fate brings Dirge into the employ of the emperorthe same man whose machinations brought about the murder of her fatherthe opportunity for revenge becomes too much to ignore.

Torn between vengeance and the need to protect the only people she dare call family, Dirge learns there is a much deeper purpose to the Necrolords advance. Should it come to light, it might destroy everyone.

You'll find the giveaway below, and believe me, you want to enter this one. But first, Tim's here to talk about Zombies and Dirge, not your typical zombie story...

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These Ain’t Yo Mama’s Zombies

“This isn’t your typical zombie story,” is a line that pops up all too frequently these days. Authors are always trying to include the lovable hunks of decomposing flesh while spinning the concept as something new, something no one else has done or thought of. Sadly, that’s pretty damn hard to do without destroying the basis of what’s come before; what people understand to be zombie stories. Fortunately, I’m not here to tell you that I’ve reinvented the zombie and Dirge is a whole new chapter of never before seen undead action.

I’m just gonna imply it.

No, not really. The truth is, zombies play a relatively small role in Dirge. While they most certainly fill the background, and are the general foe laid out before our heroine, they’re truly the least of her concerns. It’s the masters pulling the strings behind the curtain Dirge has to worry about. The zombies are pretty average for the most part, barring a couple of rare examples.

That said, there’s still plenty of the human drama that makes up a great zombie tale, not to mention some good gore and action. That’s what you’re checking in for, right? Blood, guts, and brains.

Well, hopefully it’s more about the last one as I decided, somewhere along the way to creating Dirge, that I wanted to style the book after more literary sources. I didn’t want just another zombie story where the zombies got their skulls bashed in and the good guys try not to become the monsters they are so desperately trying to destroy. I wanted to create a character who stood out on the world, who was more than muscles and bones wielding a weapon to slaughter the undead, yet still offer up the chaos expected of a zombie book.

Guess you’ll let me know if I’ve succeeded. 

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Tim Marquitz bio:


Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances including Triumph Over Tragedy, Corrupts Absolutely?, Demonic Dolls, Neverland's Library, and the forthcoming No Place Like Home and Blackguards.

The Editor in Chief of Ragnarok Publications, Tim most recently compiled and edited the Angelic Knight Press anthologies, Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous and Manifesto: UF, as well as Ragnarok Publications' Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.

Web Presence:

Finally, the giveaway:

17 comments:

Arun Srini said...

Loved the demon squad. Can't wait to get Dirge

Bryce L. said...

Me too. Dirge just looks awesome and I need to catch up on my Demon Squad.

Rick Lewis said...

Sounds interesting!

Nathan (@reviewbarn) said...

A new one to me. Yet I have followed the author on twitter for some time now. Go figure.

Mia said...

Mr. Marquitz provides great examples of urban fantasy.

Bryce L. said...

Well, it helps that Tim cranks out book after book. He's one of those robot authors.

D. Armfield said...

I plan on reading some of Tim's books soon. I am a Street Team member for Raganok Press. Tim is a God!

Bryce L. said...

I've been reading Tim since back in aught 9 (2009) and haven't looked back. Though I've had a really slow reading year with new work and other busy life things. Still have a couple of his on the TBR pile.

steve weber said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Amanda Sakovitz said...

thanks for the chance!

Stephanie Allen Crist said...

Fascinating!

Joel P. said...

Thanks for doing this, Bryce! I would love to pick up a copy.

Ray Pratt said...

Sounds good. Thanks for the chance to win

Thomas Murphy said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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