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You Still Have Time…Barely!

What happens October 31st?

Yeah, besides the wee beasties who toilet paper your yard, leave candy wrappers everywhere and egg people’s houses…something IMPORTANT?!

Middletown Apocalypse will be released!

Wait…you hadn’t heard? WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING UNDER?!?!

Let me tell ya, as one who took part in this little endeavor…it was fun. When I was approached with this project, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but with the other names involved? I knew it would be GOOD. I was in if they’d have me.

Our instructions: Write a zompoc story beginning at Middletown University in Middletown, Indiana and ending at another location. What ever happened between those two points were up to us. We could kill off the whole world or leave survivors in the event we wanted to revisit this small town again.

So, what happens when you give eleven of the best modern-day apocalyptic writers the same idea for a story and allow their twisted imaginations to go wild?
Middletown Apocalypse… that’s what.
Set in America’s heartland, these stories begin with chemistry student Charlie Noble and wind their way through the infected landscape of middletown America.
Abell, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn.
Are you ready this?

Pre-Order your copy NOW!


How did this come to happen? Let the man behind the project tell you in his own words:

So what are you waiting for?!

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Spread the Word!

Yeah, I’ve already told you about this incredible box set:

But have you told your friends? Have you told your coworkers? Have you told your family members?
Where else can somebody take advantage of so many different authors for SO CHEAP? Yes, only 99 cents buys you full length novels from Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, James Cook, Armand Rosamilia and even me! Joe McKinney slid a teaser sampler into the folds as well.

We’re not talking one of those box sets with fifteen stories from people you’ve never heard of, we’re talking big names here…and for less than a buck? How can you go wrong?

So, help a fella out here. Spread the word. Trust me, people will thank you.


Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Special on iBooks! Epic Apocalypse Box Set!

Out of the numerous box sets offered up to iBooks for inclusion in their special promotion, only 100 were selected.  Of that 100, our Epic Apocalypse Box Set was one of the chosen few! Many thanks to iBooks for this opportunity as this will not only give tons of readers a chance at a truly fantastic box set for only 99 cents, but it will also give us exposure to a global audience that we previously wouldn’t have had.

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From September 18th to October 14th the epic Apocalypse Box Set will be offered across the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and those fine folks will be exposed to the fantastic writings of Mark Tufo, James Cook, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Armand Rosamilia and myself. It’s still sinking in just how fortunate we are to be included in this promotion and I simply can’t thank the folks at iBooks enough for this.

For those of you with an Apple product who want to take advantage of this, here’s the link:

If you have the new operating system iOS8, then you have the iBook app already installed.  Why not take advantage of it and get an awesome set of horror fiction in time to set the tone for the season?

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Introducing: Shawn Chesser

It has been my pleasure to be a part of a really cool group of horror authors.  Over the next few weeks, I hope to highlight each of these fellows and let you the reader get to know a wee bit more about each of them.

Tonight I bring you a short interview I did with none other than Shawn Chesser!

Normally I ask for a short Bio to give the readers a quick primer on who we’re talking with, but come on!  This is Shawn Friggin Chesser here people!  But, in case you’ve been living under a rock or just arrived from another planet…

Bio: Shawn Chesser, a practicing father, has been a zombie fanatic for decades. He likes his creatures shambling, trudging and moaning. As for fast, agile, screaming specimens… not so much. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, two kids, and three fish.

Shawn Friggin Chesser

If any of you didn’t notice, I got the ‘friggin’ in there, didn’t I?  That’s a little joke between the two of us.  He’s been having his covers reworked by a really awesome graphics group and I commented that he really needed to have his name BIGGER.  He hemmed and hawed a bit until I declared, ‘C’mon man.  This is Shawn Friggin Chesser we’re talking about.  The name needs to be HUGE!’  Then I used my mad MS Paint skills and totally defaced his cover…but I think the point was made.

Shawn, I want to thank you for dropping by and gracing my humble blog with your presence.  As I mentioned, the whole point of this is to get the word out about your latest release and spread the word about you and your awesome writing.  How about we start with your Social Media links:

My pleasure.


Warpath: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse on Amazon
Author Web Page
FB page
FB author page
Amazon author page
Twitter handle @sdchess

Sweet.  Hopefully we can get more people to stop by these places and experience all of the awesomeness that is Shawn Chesser!

Now, to the bangers and mash.  We can rapid fire a few simple Q&A for the folks and get the word out about your zombie series!

Me: What is the title of your latest release?

Shawn: Warpath: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse


Me: Can you give us a spoiler-free quick description of it?

Warpath: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse- In the crucible that is the zombie apocalypse, Cade Grayson, father, husband, and former Delta Force operator has forged new friendships and tempered old ones. In those same metaphorical flames, he has seen blood spilled, loved ones perish, and dealt his own brand of justice. Now, three weeks after a world-wide viral outbreak has left the United States in ruins and transformed most of her population into walking corpses hungering for the flesh of the living, he finds himself at an Army Forward Operating Base on the outskirts of Grand Junction, Colorado. With only a set of GPS coordinates to go by, Cade must deliver his small family and a trio of young people from the distant outpost, across hundreds of miles of Utah’s sun-baked high desert, to the promise of safety the random-looking string of numbers represent. Meanwhile, eagerly awaiting their arrival at the Eden compound, Duncan Winters goes about the grim task of burying the recently fallen. With each shovelful of dirt he deposits on the bodies of kin and friends, his insatiable desire to strike back at the people responsible tugs him ever closer to the edge of insanity. With the dead hunting and moving in herds of ever-increasing size, will Cade and his group survive the running of the gauntlet? Will Duncan see the light and accept that he truly needs Cade’s special set of skills in order to find and bring those responsible for the recent murders and abductions to justice? Or will he give in to burning desires, shirk the old adage that revenge is a dish best served cold, and go it alone, charging blindly headlong down the Warpath to certain disaster? Come along and find out who has what it takes to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

Me: Man, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one.  I’m still catching up though so I’m really glad you didn’t let any real spoilers slip.   So, what (if anything) makes this one unique?

Shawn: Warpath is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a thoroughly devastated United States. This fast paced romp through Colorado, Utah, and Idaho is unique in that it features not only heavily armed hard-charging soldiers in camouflage and body armor, but also a group of regular citizens who have come together and are doing their best to survive the zombie apocalypse. Thrown into the mix are strong female characters, a group of younger survivors trying to find their place in the new world, and a host of human baddies my readers love to hate.

Me: Ain’t that the truth.  And you really do have strong female characters in your stories.  I remember you talking about possibly incorporating that into future covers.  Anyway, tell us about your zombies? Slow and rotting, but any chance of incorporating the viral fast ones in the future?

Shawn: I’m a Romero purist, Heath. My zombies are slow, plodding, and tend to hunt in packs, usually overwhelming their prey with their strength in numbers. These creatures are infected by the Omega virus which is present in their saliva and blood and spread by introduction of those bodily fluids to the living, mainly via bites. Infection of the Omega virus (so far) has proven one hundred percent fatal, however, the victim’s turn time is determined by a wide variety of factors.

Me: Ah.  Staying true to the original.  Well, there are a grand majority of folks who think that those are the only true zombies, so I can’t blame you a bit.  But tell me this?  What was your first experience with zombie media (movie, book, comic, etc)? Was that experience what drew you into writing the genre?

Shawn: When I turned twelve or thirteen my mom let me rent Night of the Living Dead and the original Day of the Dead on Beta or VHS…can’t remember which. I watched them with a couple buddies and have been a fan of the genre ever since. My desire to live vicariously through my characters in a world created in my own imagination is what prompted me to write Trudge. Over the course of a rainy fall and winter I wrote that first novel in small chapters on my iPhone while my son, Cade, played soccer and rode trikes at the indoor park. A friend read the first incarnation, liked it, then turned me on to Smashwords where I eventually self published my short debut novel.

Me: And man, are we ever glad that you did!  I think Trudge is my favorite because it introduces us to Cade and his family.  It’s raw and gritty and…well.  It feels like it COULD happen.  Forgive my gushing.  I just really liked the story.  Okay, now for a goofy question. Pop Quiz: The dead rise now and you can choose ONE weapon as your only weapon during the Zombie Apocalypse. What is it and what do you think are your chances at survival are?

Shawn: I know this is kind of a cop-out but, if the dead were to rise today, Heath, I’d want them to be the Romero variety. Frankly, if I had to face the rage infected creatures in 28 Day’s Later or the fast Zs from WWZ or the Dawn of the Dead remake I would have me foraging for Depends undergarments more so than beans, bullets and band aids.

Me: Sorry.  I snorted on that one.  Here I am thinking you’re gonna call dibs on some fancy assault rifle and you’re worried about Depends.  You got me with that one.  Okay, how about this one…if you had to give a list of authors who most heavily influenced your work, who would make that list?

Shawn: Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Cormac McCarthy, Dean Koontz, Terry Brooks, Lee Child, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn … to name a few.

Me: I know most of those names, but thanks for giving me a few new ones to check out, hehehehe.  Now to get personal. How do you balance your ‘writing time’ with ‘family time’? Do you find your wife encouraging you more now that you have a huge fan base?

Shawn: You know, Heath, my wife wears the pants in the family and I pretty much do whatever the hell she says. (Sound of whip cracking in the background) I find this approach instrumental at reducing domestic friction in our household. All kidding aside actually being able to make a living writing is a definite win-win in that I get to set my own hours, spend those hours doing something that is still very rewarding and then decide when I want to punch the clock and commence that short commute from my upstairs office and go down and hang with my family.

Me: Awesome.  And trust me…I think we all can relate with who rules the roost in most homes.  Shawn, thank you so much for dropping by and giving us some insight into what’s going on and what’s new with you.  I really appreciate it and I’m sure my followers will appreciate the heads up on your series.
Folks, seriously, if you haven’t checked out Shawn’s ‘Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse’ series, you NEED to!  You won’t regret it.

Shawn: Thanks for having me, Heath. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you via FB. Perhaps we’ll meet at a future Con or WHC.

Me: I am SO looking forward to that.  Take care buddy!


Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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While It’s Hot

Do you like buffets?  You know what I’m talking about. Dozens of different flavors all spread out so that you can sample the things you know you like or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment a little and jump into something new, just to test the waters? Yeah.  Buffets are good.


My kids love the Chinese buffet.  They know they want Chinese food, but they aren’t sure exactly WHAT they want.  The buffet is the perfect answer.  They can’t pronounce it, but they know they like ‘chicken on a stick’. Or they want that ‘white stuff crammed into the cracker flower’. They sometimes like a steaming bowl of ‘egg yuck soup’. Anything with shrimp is usually good as long as it’s not the ‘snot covered shrimp with onions’. Yeah.  There goes my appetite.

Well, back to my point.

For a limited time you can have a mind buffet…of sorts.  No, not brains for you zombie wanna-be’s.  But, for those who have yet to partake in the Epic Apocalypse box set, it is currently on sale for (get this)…less than a dollar.  Can you believe that?  99 cents buys you full length novels from the likes of John O’Brien, James Cook, Shawn Chesser and Armand Rosamilia.  They even let Mark Tufo toss in with these guys.  As a bonus, there’s a lip smacking teaser from Joe McKinney in it as well.  The only down side is, they let me put my stuff in it…sort of like that green gooey stuff over by the Sushi bar.  Yes, the pistachio ice cream has turned!

Awesome boxed set2

This set has a little bit of everything, and for the price, you can’t lose.

So do yourself a favor.  Check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.


Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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World Horror Convention

Most of you are aware by now that the World Horror Convention is going on in Portland, OR.  Anybody and everybody that has anything to do with horror is converging on the city of Portland to rub elbows and hang out, have fun and network, visit with old friends and meet new ones.

While I won’t be there to enjoy the festivities, a lot of my friends and fellow authors will be.  If you are close, stop by and visit them.  If you are traveling there for the convention, spend some time at the different booths, but make sure you stop by May December Publishing and say hi to Todd and Denise Brown.  Then swing by and give the fellas from the Epic Apocalypse set a visit too.  Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney and Armand Rosamilia are manning a booth and if you are lucky, you might catch all of them at the same time.

Trust me when I say that it’s killing me inside to know that everybody is there and I’m not, but know that I’ll be there in spirit, wishing all of them the best of luck.  Plans are already in place for next year in Atlanta, but alas, that’s a whole year away.  Until then, if you want a set of autographed books, a Monster Squad coffee mug or bumper sticker you can find it at May December’s booth along with some other swag that I sent along to help spread the word.

So, have fun, see all of the cool things that Portland has to offer and enjoy yourself!

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


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