The latest news release on my work…
July 7, 2012
Each year, zombies in the media grow more and more popular. This development can be seen in the hundreds of zombie comics, books, and movies currently available, as well as the growing fan base of AMC’s epic series, The Walking Dead. Across the country, major cities – from San Diego to Tampa to New York City – hold zombie walks
The popularity of zombies represents growing resistance against an increasingly complex society, according to Mark McLaughlin, author of the new story collection, Beach Blanket Zombie, from national publisher Wildside Books.
“The world grows more complex and confusing with each passing day,” McLaughlin said. “On one hand, we are all working harder to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living. On the other, we are spending our hard-earned money trying to keep up with advancing technology. Life today is incredibly confusing, when compared to earlier times.”
The confusion and frustration felt by Americans today makes many yearn to lash out against the world, McLaughlin noted. “These days, people seem to sympathize more with movie zombies than their victims,” he said, “and there is a reason for this. When people are overly confused, they can experience anger and a desire to rebel. Zombies are the personification of that rebellion-wish. Zombies don’t have to go to work or worry about budgets. Nobody demands anything from them. They don’t think and don’t want others to think. They even go so far as to eat the brains of others, eradicating their ambitions and creating an anti-Paradise of zero responsibilities.”
Is America’s current zombie fixation a good or bad thing? McLaughlin believes it allows people to vent their negative emotions. “Enjoying an exciting movie or book can help a person to forget their problems and transfer some of their aggressions to their viewing or reading experience,” he said. “It’s fun, cathartic, and best of all, nobody gets hurt.”
Mark McLaughlin’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in almost one-thousand magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including Galaxy, Fangoria, Writer’s Digest, Toastmaster Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and two volumes each of The Best of the Rest, The Best of HorrorFind, and The Year’s Best Horror Stories (DAW Books). He has given readings of his work nationwide and in London, England.
Collections of McLaughlin’s fiction include Motivational Shrieker, Pickman’s Motel, and Raising Demons for Fun and Profit. He is the coauthor, with Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson, of The Gossamer Eye, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry. With regular collaborator Michael McCarty, McLaughlin has written Monster Behind the Wheel, Partners in Slime, and Professor LaGungo’s Classroom of Horrors.
McLaughlin is also a marketing and public relations executive who has written articles for hundreds of business journals, newspapers, trade publications and websites nationwide.
For more information on Beach Blanket Zombie, visit www.Facebook.com/BeachBlanketZombie and http://www.wildsidebooks.com/Beach-Blanket-Zombie-Weird-Tales-of-the-Undead-Other-Humanoid-Horrors-by-Mark-McLaughlin-trade-pb_p_10254.html.
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