Thursday, December 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed by Scott Craven - Top Ten + GIVEAWAY!

Good morning! Today we're happy to have Jed, from Scott Craven's Dead Jed series, stopping by to talk to us about his favorite zombie movies! We also have a giveaway for you, so be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

And don't forget to visit the other fantastic stops on this tour, which you can find by clicking on the banner above.

About the Book

Title: Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed
Author: Scott Craven
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Synopsis: The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his undead pet.
When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the shadowy group.
Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school, Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more duct tape and staples than usual.

About the Author

Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter

Jed's Top Zombie Movies

When is comes to zombies, there is no such thing as a bad movie. I'll admit some are better than others (and all are better than the zombie movie set in a particular club that focuses on adult entertainment), but I find something to like in all of them.

I decided to turn this question over to Jed, whose taste is far more discerning when it comes to films starring the undead. 

JED: Thanks for letting me voice my opinion and breaking the (un)dead silence on the best zombie movies. It's not that I speak of all zombies, except that I do, since Hollywood has given us so few speaking roles.

But I'm not here to rant and rave about on-screen zombie mistreatment, though I could. Instead, I give you my take on best zombie films of all-time (while ignoring the tons of bad ones, since I hate to speak ill of the undead):

“Night of the Living Dead”: The one that started it all. Shame about that sad ending (breathers felt for that one guy getting shot at the end, but I'm talking about the many zombies who fell to marksmen).

“Shaun of the Dead”: Showed that zombies can be regular people too, though fairly stupid. And not too sure about the ending where a zombie was chained up inside a shed. That could have registered protest from the SPZA (Society for the Prevention of Zombie Abuse).

“Zombieland”: Zombies are large and in charge. But why can't they at least learn to drive. Being brain dead is no excuse.

“28 Days”: Not crazy about the “zombies as cannibals” plot, but dang, zombies are super-fast. Nice the see the living dead as an athletic bunch of guys who could make the U.S. Olympic track team.

“Revenge of the Living Dead:” Zombies are a fairly stupid bunch, but it proves being dead doesn't mean losing your sense of humor.

“Dawn of the Dead”: Zombies take over a shopping mall. Sweet. If only they had a better sense of fashion. C'mon, it was all you could carry at Old Navy. You sure you don't want to change out of that decaying burial shroud?

“Day of the Dead:” Zombies take over the country. My dad said this was his favorite – “No politicians.” 

"World War Z": Not only is this one of the few movies to draw an A-List actor (thanks, Brad Pitt), but it featured undead hordes clever enough to build a zombie pyramid and scale a 40-foot wall. Excellent teamwork, guys. You make me proud to be undead.  

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