Diary of a Mad Zombie Killer by Jojo Strange


Diary of a Mad Zombie Killer

By: Jojo Strange
Genres: zombie apocalypse, Horror
Pages: 662
Published on: October 26, 2017
Diary of a Mad Zombie Killer by Jojo Strange

2 zombies are eating a stand up comic...
One says to the other, 'Does this taste funny to you'?

2 zombies walk into a bar. The first one says, 'Grr grumble grr grr".
The second one says, "Shut up, Bob, yer drunk".

How many zombies does it take to change a lightbulb?
All it takes is one bite.

My name is Jojo Strange, stand up comic, juggler, magician and shifty no-good lay about.
If you are reading this, I must be dead...
Or I lost the damn thing along the way. Either way, this notebook contains important info you are gonna need to survive the Zombie Apocalypse AKA The Zombilypse. These undead humans out there, they want to eat you... And I don't mean that in a good way. I mean, they want to eat you. As in, Happy Thanksgiving, you're the turkey, pass the entrails. I've been keeping track of my theories about them in here. My thoughts about their weaknesses and strengths. How their thought process works. You are in a very dangerous situation. If you get bit, you'll become one of them. Avoid contact at all costs. But, remember, they ain't your worst enemy. You can't trust some humans either. Believe you me, I know...
The Zombies are a new thing, But evil has been around forever

 
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I can happily say, without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of my favorite zombie books I’ve ever read. Between the action, the humor, and creativity, it has everything I needed to make this book not just enjoyable, but memorable as well.

 

One of the many great things about Diary of a Mad Zombie Killer is the main character, Jojo. Jojo is the kind of person I would happily share a meal or a beer with. He’s the kind of guy I’d love to have as a neighbor or friend. He doesn’t beat around the bush and he can find the humor in most situations. He was a comedian before the SHTF (Shit Hit the Fan) and it shows. He’s a good guy, not just deep down, but also on the surface. He has the philosophy of “Think like a hippy, react like a hillbilly.” I honestly can’t think of a bad thing to say about him. He treats people how he wants to be treated and doesn’t put up with others being treated badly.

 

A few more of Jojo’s finer qualities: he has creative terminology. Aside from the previously mentioned SHTF, I’ve learned you can Smink (Smoke and think), a good name for what is going on is The Zombilypse. These are just a couple examples, but there are plenty more. He also has great taste in music. One of my favorite things is when I’m reading a book and come across a Beastie Boys reference.

 

This book is about more than just the zombie apocalypse. It’s about the interpersonal relationships that develop during a catastrophe, the human evil that will come out when the opportunity presents itself and the rebuilding of society. If there were ever some kind of apocalypse, I would only hope to survive long enough to find a community like the one Jojo and his new-found friends establish. It has something of a utopian feel to it.

 

There is plenty of action in Diary of a Mad Zombie Killer. Plenty. Icy and Kelly Mac are two of the baddest chicks I’ve ever read about. I love that Jojo doesn’t let their age dissuade him from letting them participate in the things they are good at.

 

Unfortunately, there are some serious villains in this book. As with any situation where people are allowed to let their ugly have free reign, some show their of darkest hearts and should be dealt with accordingly.  This plays into the action I mentioned above. I don’t want to give anything away though, so I can’t be more specific. I will say there are a few heartbreaking (for me) moments that made me want to jump into the book and kick some ass myself, but since that wasn’t an option, I just had to yell at my Kindle instead and trust in the characters as best they could.

 

Overall, this really is one of the best zombie stories I’ve read. It’s nice and long too, so it’s not the kind of book that gets you all worked up excited and then drops you. I most definitely recommend it to anyone who loves zombie books with humor.

 

 

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Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne


Day by Day Armageddon

By: J.L. Bourne
Genres: Horror, Zombies
Pages: 224
Series: Day By Day Armageddon #1
Publisher: Pocket Books
Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne

START INTERCEPT

SPORADIC NEW REPORTS INDICATE CHAOS AND VIOLENCE SPREADING THROUGH U.S. CITIES. AN UNKNOWN EVIL IS SWEEPING THE PLANET. THE DEAD ARE RISING TO CLAIM THE EARTH AS THE NEW DOMINANT SPECIES IN THE FOOD CHAIN.
INTERCEPT COMPLETE

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them.

ENTER IF YOU WILL INTO HIS WORLD. THE WORLD OF THE UNDEAD.

 
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Day By Day Armageddon is a crazy book. It’s basically the journal of a guy as he struggles to navigate the apocalypse. I enjoyed the fact he had military experience, which made some of his situations easier to believe as far as his responses to things.

 

I think some people may have issues with the way the zombies are written in this book, but the reality is, there is no right way to write zombies. Since they don’t exist, every author can write their zombies how they want them. The zombies can have whatever abilities the author chooses for them to have. In some books, zombies are slow and shambling; in others, the zombies are as fast as Usain Bolt! Personally, I like reading zombie books where the monsters can do things they couldn’t in other books I’ve read, so I’m all for the variety.

 

I don’t normally read books written in journal form because it has been very hit or miss for me, but I took a chance on this one and I’m glad I did. The narrator isn’t a wordsmith. He’s an average guy stuck in a shitty situation and doing his best to survive, despite his spelling mistakes. I feel it gives a level of authenticity to the story that coincides with its format. I’m not saying there are tons of spelling errors in the story, but an average amount for an average person.

 

There’s plenty of action in Day by Day Armageddon. Which should be expected with a title and subject matter such as this. I enjoyed it. I liked where they decided to hole up and thought many of the ideas were good.

 

I would recommend Day by Day Armageddon to anyone who likes zombie books, doesn’t mind journal format, and is ok with zombies that don’t follow popular characteristics.

 

 

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A Chat with the Stars of End Survival

 

I recently had the pleasure of having a chat with the stars of the upcoming zombie film based on the book of the same name by Richard Farsi, End Survival. I read and reviewed the book it’s based on a few months ago and I’m very excited to see it being turned into a movie. Bill, Deborah, and Cordell are all up and coming actors that I’m looking forward to seeing on the big screen. Richard is the author and director who pops in occasionally during the chat.

 

 

Would everyone please introduce yourselves and the role you play in the movie?

 

B: Ok. Well, I guess I’ll go first. I’m Bill. I play Tyler.

D: I’m Deborah. I play Jessica.

C: Hi there! I’m Cordell I play the character of Johansen.

R: I am Richard, the guy who wrote it and directed it

 

So, let’s start with the easy stuff. How did this project come about?

R: I wrote the book as you know to pay respect to George Romero. Then I just said go for it to make the movie. I have been working with George Cameron Romero every step.

C: I don’t know much about the conception of the book, or the idea to translate it into a movie, but I know it stems from Richards love of the horror genre and a lot of respect for George Romero Sr. Aside from that Writing seems to come naturally to Richard. So, translating his feelings into a book is a naturally good step to take.

B: It started for me when I got a call from a friend saying they thought they had a role I would be interested in. I met up with Richard and we talked about Tyler. I loved the idea of his character and thought it sounded a lot like myself. So, I was on board.

D: Bill got a phone call one day when we were out and about and they ended up bringing me up since they heard me in the background. They ended up bringing me onto this amazing cast and it has been an amazing journey ever since. 

 

I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it and the way it was written. Had any of you read it before Richard decided to make it into a movie?

C: If I’m being completely honest here, I hadn’t heard of it until I met Richard in person. From there it seemed to become a major part of my life.

D: I honestly had never even heard of End Survival until right before I was brought onto the project.

B: Honestly, no. I first got the book after meeting Richard. I got home that night and started reading lol I thought Tyler sounded a lot like me.

 

So how are things are going so far? Are you having fun?

D: Things have been amazing so far. We are having loads of fun. We have become one big family throughout all of this.

C: I’m having a great time with the project; Richard is a great director and he knows how to bring out the characters in us. Honestly, I think it’s going really well.

B: I have had more fun in the last couple of months then I have had in years. The filming was very new to me and at first, scared me a little. But after the first full day of filming, I was in love.

 

Have any of you guys worked together before?

B: Well yes. We knew each other for some time before.

D: Yes, we have.

C: Professionally I hadn’t really worked with them much, but we had known each other for some time beforehand.

 

So does that make it easier or more difficult to work together?

R: Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

It’s your time to shine Richard!

D: It honestly makes it easier in my opinion. It makes it more comfortable for me already knowing people.

R: Yes, it’s hard to film when they know each other, takes a lot of patience to separate the two.

C: In some ways, it’s easier and it’s harder in others.

 

When you say to separate the two, do you mean two specific actors or the actor from their characters?

R: Actors separate from friendships. Like any other job.

I can understand that. I fired my best friend once. He understood and we went out for drinks after. He made me pay though since he just lost his job lol.

R: Lol

 

What’s the hardest part of playing each of your characters?

C: I think the hardest part for me is getting out of character after a scene.

B: My character was very close to who I really am. So, in most ways, it was very easy. But when Tyler would do something that I wouldn’t, it was difficult to make that transition.

D: The hardest part for me is having to snap out of it afterward. It was difficult to be out of character.

 

Why do you think it might be harder to get out of character than into character? I’ve never acted before (other than pretending to act normal around “professionals”), so I don’t have that experience.

D: Its harder for me to get out of character than it is to get into character just because Jessica is close to who I am. She is very timid and also has that attitude. That is literally me lol.

C: I think for me, the character I played was a part of me that I use when I just want to, I don’t know, be out there, out of control almost. And it’s a very free feeling.

B: I didn’t really have the problem to go into or out of character.

C: Once I’m in that mindset, it’s hard to let go, almost like a vacation.

 

So your characters are almost like your alter egos?

D: You can say that.

C: Exactly, that’s a good way of putting him for me.

B: I would say so.

C: Though I imagine if you spend enough time as any character, you’d have a hard time jumping between the two.

 

Deborah, your character, Jessica, is a mom. The scene in the diner with her daughter was probably the hardest in the book for me to accept even though I knew it had to happen. How hard was it for you to do that scene knowing how it was going to turn out?

D: It was pretty hard, but not that difficult at the same time. It was hard losing her, but Jessica is already gone by that point.

R: I think that scene was harder for Bill.

B: It was difficult. Knowing that I had to give up on a person and end them. It was hard. It made for a very good scene I think though. And yes, a very emotional one too.

 

I loved Tyler’s character but there were definitely times where I wanted to smack him. Bill, is it hard to do a scene where you feel he’s making a choice you wouldn’t?

B: Difference between the two really isn’t much. I like to think I would fight harder in some situations. But he and I are very close.

 

Cordell, your character is a soldier. Do you have any personal military experience you were able to draw from?

C: No, nothing but what is seen in movies and on television, but in how we expanded on the character, actual lack of experience became almost a good thing.

 

What’s the coolest experience you guys have had while filming End Survival?

B: I can’t really tell you the scene but. A scene Cordell and I had was so much fun to put together and do. It was a very physical day.

D: I’d like to think it was being able to do it alongside people I’m close with all while getting to have some awesome props to play with.

C: The coolest experience had to be waking up every day and realizing what I was a part of, and going in with the mindset of “holy crap what are we going to be doing today?” It was very exciting for me.

 

What surprises (that you can tell us about) can we expect to see in the movie?

B: That is a very good question. I would have to say watch the movie.

D: I agree with Bill. Just watch the movie and see for yourself There are plenty of surprises in this film and we are all excited for the world to see it.

R: Oh, skirt the question.

C: I can say that the character of Johansen isn’t quite so timid. Or exactly who he appears to be in the book. But I have to agree with Bill and Deb for details.

R: There will be scenes never before shown in typical zombie movies, plus less drama like the ones on TV. Our FX are old school and no sex.

Yessss. That’s exactly what people like me want!

R: We are embarking on the mother of all scenes in zombie history.

C: Actually, being honest there are whole scenes that I don’t even know about yet, it’s exciting!

B: I have to say that the make-up really does pay homage to George Romero’s style.

 

What’s it been like working under Richard and Romero? And I want the truth!

R: Uh oh!

B: It has been a ride an amazing ride. I wouldn’t trade any day for anything.

D: It has been a roller coaster ride, but it has been amazing as well. There have been plenty of ups and downs, but with all of us working together and coordinating on things, it’s been awesome. We’re excited to see the final product!

R: Even I have to say that wasn’t real answers lol.

D: Richard and Romero have been rough with us at certain times lol but we straightened up and got what needed to get done, done.

C: Hahaha It depends on the day. There were times when it’s like “This is amazing!” Then there are times when you get a call from Romero and he tells you to do it better. And you feel like “I can’t let these guys down” So there were some stressful scenes but overall it was a good time.

B: It was. Good or bad we have learned so much. And have had some great times along the way. I can’t wait to work with this team in the future.

C: There was one scene where we were in the middle of setting everything up and Romero basically says it has to be perfect! And Richard turns to me and says this scene is on you, no pressure!

R: Melanie it sounds like brown nosing.

Maybe a little lol.

 

So, is there any TMZ type of excitement I should know about?

R: Oh boy

But you ARE the boss, they’ll wait until after the movie is out to dish the good stuff lol.

R: Oh, ok I see.

D: I’m gonna say yes, but we’ll save those parts for everyone to see when the movie comes out. As far as TMZ drama, I think every production has its fair share of that lol.

R: Melanie we have blooper reels.

B: Pressure is how we grow.

I can’t wait to see them!

 

I meant to ask this earlier but have any of you acted before and if so what have you been in?

B: Only in high school.

D: I was in a student film back in 2013. I haven’t done any acting aside from that.

C: I had acted in haunted houses and done behind the scenes work in several plays. But the biggest I had done was in 2016 Halloween horror nights. Where I ran around with a chainsaw for a month as a hillbilly.

D: I have also done Halloween Horror Nights back in 2009 and 2010 as well as Mardi Gras in 2010 and Macy’s Holiday parade in 2010.

I’ve never even been to Halloween horror nights lol. My oldest kid has been several times, but I haven’t made it there yet.

R: For shame Melanie.

I know Richard. I want to go; I just haven’t gotten there lol.

 

Do any of you have acting plans for after End Survival is finished filming?

B: I hope so.

B: This has been a ride an I can’t wait for more.

D: Yes. I plan on trying to get into other projects in the near future.

C: If given the opportunity I would love to continue working with Richard, or in films in general.

 

Is there anything you all would like to add or that I’ve missed that you think people would like to know?

C: I would hope for a part two I’m not exactly ready to let this project and team go just yet haha.

R: Do I have to answer?

I’m not sure part 2 is an optional thing at this point, Richard! Your actors want it, I want it, there you have it! lol.

R: End Survival Horizons part two.

B: This team has been awesome from the acting, camera, makeup and directing.

C: And as far as other things we would want people to know, I think it’s interesting to get our favorite part of the zombie genre.

D: I think it’s amazing that this film is paying tribute to Romero Sr and we look forward to hopefully continue to work with Richard in the near future/future.

R: I think Richard is amazing. Lol

C: I think Cordell was a pain to work with.

Richard is alright.

D: Richard is an amazing writer and director. He has been phenomenal to work with.

R: Thanks Melanie lol

Is Cordell the worst?

R: Yes

C: The. Worst. But hey I kept things light on set for the most part.

R: Melanie thank you for this opportunity, I am sure you will be hitting me up soon.

D: Yes, thank you for having us, Melanie. It has been a pleasure.

 

About William Elliot

I was born on October 10, 1985, in California in a small mountain community pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I am the youngest of 4, two older sisters and one older brother. I was raised in that small town until I moved out into a small place at the age of 18. I worked for a couple of companies till I moved out to Florida in 2013 when I moved I worked for universal in attractions and then went into the private security industry shortly after. I started my first movie in 2019

About Deborah Ann Seeley

My name is Deborah Ann Seeley. I was born in Orlando, Florida on December 19, 1990. I am the oldest of 2. I have one younger sister. I am also a single mom to my beautiful daughter. I graduated from high school in 2009. I got into acting when I was in a short student film back in 2013 and debuted as an actress in End Survival.

About Cordell Litts

Cordell was born in Chicago, IL in 1995.
His family moved to Florida 3 months later.
So he considers himself a Floridian. Though he was never the “class clown”
He’s always enjoyed acting for others enjoyment.
He spent much of his high school years
Either playing tennis, working with service animals, or working behind the scenes on stage shows.
In 2016 he got his first acting job, working as a hillbilly with a chainsaw at Halloween horror nights.
Afterward, he got a job at a local haunted house working different roles and characters( including teaching himself to be a slider) until he had developed his own style of character.
On February 19th, 2019 he married his best friend, Penny.
She helped him get the courage to try acting in front of a camera.
He had never acted in front of a camera until 2019 when he landed the first on-screen role of his life.

About Richard Farsi

Richard Farsi is from Brooklyn, NY, and father of two children and two grandchildren. He is a retired Law Enforcement Officer (NYCDC) and currently lives in Lehigh Acres, FL.

Richard was one of the original members of White Crow that began in Brooklyn, New York in 1980. He later established WC Records, LLC in 2000. An independent record label, with the mission to give an opportunity to musicians to get the music they write the exposure it deserves and manage events for artists. Although he has experienced many ups and downs Richard has carried on and is bringing beautiful music to millions of people across the world. As of 2012, White Crow has released one album, The Storm has Passed, and two singles, Sounds of Silence & Rock the Paws.

Richard is also the CEO of Silent Scream Entertainment and in August 2018 launched his book “End Survival”. A zombie dystopian thriller about the end of the world as we know it! He has been a zombie fan from an early age and has always followed and respected the work of George Romero. He loves attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Orlando. His passion for Halloween does not end there, however, as he builds and manages haunted houses and sets up his own scary decorations during Halloween for others to enjoy.

Richard has been a promoter for many charity events. Previously, he was the owner of a security agency and training school, program director for Lake Worth Chamber, council member and served on Code Enforcement Board as well as Planning and Zoning Board.

If you’re interested in checking out the book before the movie release, here’s the Amazon link: 

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