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THREE QUESTIONS: Marge Simon

ZombiesMoreRecentDead_coverMarge Simon’s poem in Zombies: More Recent Dead may only be a page long, but I can guarantee you won’t forget it. What happens when those who are supposed to love and protect you become the monsters you fear? Read “The Children’s Hour” once, twice, a hundred times–the horror lingers with each encounter.

Prepare yourself for the coming apocalypse and save yourself a copy of Zombies: More Recent Dead before it’s released in September! You can pre-order a copy from Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, IndieBound, or Amazon.

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1. The Writing Question: Do you tend to plan your stories before you write them, or do you write and just see what you discover in the process?

With both writing and poetry, most of the time I do very little, if any, planning. It’s more fun that way (fun-work) and it suits my personality. But I do write (especially work on poems) every day.

2. The Zombie Question: What is your favorite work of zombie fiction (literary, film, comic, etc.)?

Old: I AM LEGEND – Richard Matheson

New: any of Joe McKinney’s novels, especially his first series, FLESH EATERS, APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD, etc.

3. The Random Question: What are you reading currently?

SAVAGE NIGHT by Jim Thompson. No, it’s not about zombies, but it is extremely dark.


Marge Simon’s works appear in publications such as Strange Horizons, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal, and Dreams & Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA newsletter, “Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side,” and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award 2010, and the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award 2012. In addition to her poetry, she has published two prose collections: Christina’s World (Sam’s Dot, 2008) and Like Birds in the Rain (Sam’s Dot, 2007). She won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Work in Poetry for Vectors: A Week in the Death of a Planet (Dark Regions Press, 2008) and again in 2013 for Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls (Elektrik Milk Bath Press).

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Zombies: More Recent Dead Announcement

ZombiesMoreRecent-200Hooray! The news is up on the Prime Books website, so I can now proudly and with happy-dancing proclaim that my zombie short story “A Shepherd of the Valley”–originally appearing in The Zombie Feed Anthology Vol. 1–is going to be reprinted in Zombies: More Recent Dead. This is a huge deal for me, in part because it’s my first reprint sale, and secondly (and perhaps more importantly) because my little zombie tale will be appearing alongside some truly amazing talent–Maureen McHugh, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R Kiernan, Genevieve Valentine, and Cat Rambo among many others. I’m so excited to be included in this project, and can’t wait to get my copy when the book comes out this September. I’ve read a couple of these stories already (particularly Maureen McHugh’s “The Naturalist” which alone is worth checking out this anthology to read), so I anticipate an amazing set of stories.

EEEEEK! So excited about this! This was the good news I came home to after the wedding in April. ^_^ Hooray! Hooray! Happy dance time:

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