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Eric talks zombies with B.J. Burrow
Posted By Eric Pollarine On August 15, 2011 @ 10:25 am In Authors | 1 Comment
Flames Rising reviewer and zombie fan, Eric Pollarine, sat down with B. J. to talk undead, writing and a few other topics…
A guy goes to work one day and dies… but keeps on keeping on, if you know what I mean. And hey, he has bills to pay, so he needs his job. He has a fiancé and would still like to marry her. But there are some serious Civil Rights violations happening to the undead. To fight against this injustice, our guy launches a campaign for Senator. Vote Zombie! Power to the Decomposers!
I’ve been writing my whole life. Santa brought me an electric typewriter. I received my first rejection letter from The Twilight Zone magazine. I was thirteen years old.
How I would like to work and how I am working are two different things. Right now, I wake up at 5:15am and start writing. At 5:30 this morning, my youngest came into the room to tell me she needed to pee, and I began laughing like The Money Pit Tom Hanks: ‘All right, 4 am! I’ll get up at 4 am! Ha Ha Ha!’
Here’s what I would like: a man cave, with serious beers on tap, a sweet television, unlimited movies, walls filled with books, the desk from Deathtrap, and an elaborate computer system that someone else set up.
No music. Quiet—except for, you know, the ocean.
I think The Walking Dead comics tapped into a core zombie audience that has always been there—and hey, who likes horror and doesn’t like zombies? And the caliber of that series brought in the ‘fringe’ horror fans. And it made money, which always helps. Then, quicker than you can say, ‘Here’s an idea,’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies blew up.
We will always have zombies.
Quick Monster Rankings by Popularity: 1. Vampires. 2. Zombies. 3. Slashers 4. Aliens 5. Japanese Ghosts. 6. Demons. 7. Werewolves 8. Critters (insects, snakes, etc.) 9. Sharks 10. Big Things That Eat Cities.
That’s the list. It never changes. And before you ask, no one gives a shit about Frankenstein’s monster.
I enjoy all monsters—I’m all monster inclusive.
I had the idea for The Changed about fifteen years ago, but my idea then was that zombies could vote, so all the electoral officials were obese. I know, an SNL sketch at best. But it stuck with me.
Then I thought, what if a kid’s father was a Senator, and he died, and the kid had to kill him?
But it still wasn’t right.
It slowly evolved into what was published, with the kid being older, about to be married. When he dies, he’s the one who forms The Zombie Party and his father is the one trying to kill him—you know, to put him at peace, send his soul to heaven. Vote Zombie!
Quick Preferred Medium To Work In Ranking: 1. (and with a bullet) Novels 2. Film. 3. Television. 4. Short Stories. 5. Comics 6. Painting. 7…. If we get to 7, I’m gonna sit on the couch and watch football.
Boxer, Briefs or the almighty catch all, Boxer-Briefs?
I write in Briefs—the tighter the better. The rest of the time it’s Boxers or I go Brazilian Style.
Two dogs. A Dachshund and a poodle mutt. I have no idea how it happened.
What’s on your Ipod, unless of course you’re a Zune sort of person, in that case how are you listening to music these days, clay cylinders?
AC/DC (a little band from Australia), Cross Canadian Ragweed, and anything New Orleans (Kermit Ruffins, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, etc.). Oh, and Mastadon.
Favorite drink Alcoholic or otherwise?
Macallan Scotch, legal age.
Ok, lightening round over…I know, it was intense.
I wanted to make a movie with my best friend, Allen Odom. We had made several ‘films’ as kids and it was always fun. It was natural to continue in college. The thing was, we needed a good idea that would lend itself to an “independent” film budget.
One night, I woke up with this idea in my mind: What if two serial killers happened to pick each other as their next victim?
The original title of the film was Natural Selection, but apparently that moved units for shit.
Writing screenplays is so different than novels. So much more restrictive—you’ve got to write in such a truncated way it would make Hemmingway blush. By page 30, you are 1/4 of the way done. Period. If you go over 120 pages, your last name had best be Cameron.
I don’t know if that answers your question… I tell you one thing we did I’d never do with a novel, and that’s have people over to read it out loud. To do that with a novel—no matter how much whiskey you have—would turn brutal pretty damn quick.
When I heard, I thought: that wasn’t suicide and he wasn’t alone in that room. I wasn’t shocked or anything—I think David would agree: everyone dies.
You can que it up on Netflix, buy it from Amazon, and Apex published a series of blogs I wrote on the making of the movie.
For writers, I love Nick Mamatas’ book, Starve Better.
And really, there’s no reason to starve with Taco Bell around the corner.
And here’s the thing: in whatever artistic pursuit you chose, train every f***ing day.
About the Author
B.J. Burrow co-wrote the screenplay, The Monster Hunter, which premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel and stars David Carradine. The Changed is his first novel. he lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters. he has won his fantasy football league four out of ten times. He is currently working on his second novel.
Find out more at BJBurrow.net 
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 The Changed: http://horror.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=68846&affiliate_id=22713&src=FlamesRising
 Apexology: Horror: http://horror.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=83293&affiliate_id=22713&src=FlamesRising
 The Zombie Feed Volume 1: http://horror.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=90177&affiliate_id=22713&src=FlamesRising
 BJBurrow.net: http://www.bjburrow.net
 Interview with author Ray Wallace : http://www.flamesrising.com/interview-with-ray-wallace/
 Interview with Author Mark Allan Gunnells : http://www.flamesrising.com/mark-allan-gunnells-interview/
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