About the Story:
The apocalypse isn't all it's cracked up to be. When Vanessa Hawthorne woke up at the end of the world, she expected to be one of the undead... and to have company. Instead Vanessa wakes up in a near-future America where graveyards are as plentiful as strip malls and a real-estate tycoon is after her for the technology she doesn't even know she hides.
Cemetery Plot is a farcical romp through a future where the undead are part of a money-making scheme.
The past and the future collide and bring together an undead medium with the people responsible for the end of the world.
Throw a mad scientist into the mix and you have a time-traveling apocalyptic prophecy for the modern money-obsessed world.
What role do you play in “Cemetery Plot”?
Well, that’s kind of a ridiculous question, isn’t it? “Cemetery Plot” is a novel, and I’m a living, breathing human being, not like those deaders roaming around and trying to take a bite out of me. Anyway, if you know enough to know my name, then you’ve probably heard of me. Living Dead Medium is my name, and talking to dead folks is my game. Not the “dead” dead, mind you. The Living Dead. Zombies. We got ‘em everywhere.
That’s great, Nathan. It’s nice to meet you and all, but what exactly are you talking about?
It figures you wouldn’t understand me. The Living Dead and I seem to be simpatico in a way that I guess I’m just not with the ordinary living. I can speak the zombies’ language, so to speak. They don’t exactly have a language. Just grunts and wheezing and nonsense words, but when I listen to it, it all makes some sort of sense to me. I can understand and even communicate with them. So, say your wife got bit by a zombie and became one herself. Well, if you need to know where she left the iron, I can go find out. Of course, it takes a long time. Could be the better part of the day just establishing rapport.
How did you come by your powers?
Well, it was the strangest thing. You wouldn’t have expected much from me in the way of superpowers if you knew me before the zombies came, but afterwards, I guess I found my calling. I was holed up in a cemetery with nothing but a dead kid for company. He was sharing space in my mausoleum. I was lonely and built up a barrier so he couldn’t attack me. Anyway, I started talking to him, you know, the way you might talk to a pet. You don’t expect them to actually start talking back. We got on the topic of pizza, and I realized suddenly that I could understand what he was saying. I mean, it was jibber jabber, but it made some sort of sense in my head. Kid loved Hawaiian pizza.
How do you use your powers to help the protagonists in “Cemetery Plot”?
Now there you go again pretending like I’m some sort of imaginary character in some weird novel. I’m no such thing. In fact, I’m starting to think you’re the one who’s all made up. But I know what you’re talking about. You’re talking about that time I got caught up with those two con artists and the professor. Yes, indeed, I had a role to play. I was supposed to tell those two cons where they could find the riches left behind by one of the deaders. I pretended to play along, but there wasn’t anything to find after all. I manipulated those two cons into letting me escape… more or less. Some people got hurt in the process, though, and I’m sorry for that, but I tried to make it all better. I caught up with the professor later and tried to fix things, but you’re just going to have to read accounts of my adventure if you want to know more about that.
What did you do after your adventures ended?
Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s say that my talents continued to come in handy. There’s a lot of pay in the world for people who can talk to the deaders, what with them being everywhere and everything. I never did see the professor again, and I was sad about that, but we both knew that it was going to be risky.
Who do you recommend “Cemetery Plot” to?
If you’re talking about a novel, then I don’t know. Maybe people who are interested in horror and all that kind of junk. If you’re talking about my true account of the zombie apocalypse, then I’d recommend it to anybody interested in history or understanding just exactly how this whole horrible mess got started. I consider myself more of a scholar than a writer, you know what I mean? And my scholarly work in this regard has a little something for everyone: horror, romance, laughter and, of course, zombies. What could be better?
Thanks for stopping by and letting us in on the perspective of one of your characters, Alex! I wish you oodles of success with Cemetery Plot! :)