Notes: On Zombies and Titles…

 jameshadow 

THE DEAD has finally hit ComiXology, and Jen and I couldn’t be happier. Leading up to the release, we’ve received enough attention for the book that we’re excited to see how it will perform to a larger audience. However, there is one thing that has me cautious: general readers and their expectations of the word “dead”.

THE DEAD was given its name deliberately. The meaning of the title and how it plays into the series is a discussion I’d like to avoid, but it does have meaning beyond initial shock of vocabulary and current associations.

Now, say all you want about not judging a book by its cover, but we all know that first impressions are a big deal.

When Mike Carey read the opening two issues of the book, he wrote to me saying that I had “got” him. He had thought the story was going to be about zombies.

Now, I’ll admit that I’m a zombie fan. Books, Comics, Movies, Puppet Shows: If it has a zombie in it, I’m down to give it a chance, but the damn things are everywhere (which is how they actually work as a predator, I guess). They’ve infiltrated the mainstream, and because of that, anything that comes near zombie terminology has the stink of rotten flesh all over it. Also, they don’t seem to be going away any time soon.

THE DEAD is not a zombie book.

Not. A Zombie. Book.

I knew there would be complications from keeping the series under the same name I’d been calling it since before the zombie fad. It was a decision that I made because DEAD doesn’t necessarily mean ZOMBIE, and given the nature of my story, the title has bearing to certain notions I’d like our readers to consider after the final page.

Whether or not that happens is another thing altogether, but to know that it’s a possibility is enough for me.

Anyway, go check out THE DEAD on ComiXology knowing full well that zombies are in short supply. And if you like it, please leave a rating; and if you don’t, then you can skip the rating bit [smile/wink/nudge/whatever].

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