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Kenny Van Dyke Jr - Dark Humor, Zombie Author

About Kenny Van Dyke Jr

One time, I fell into some bushes. It was okay though, because they weren’t prickly...

Question Time

What Genre do you write it?

Dark humor zombie-related stuff

Information about your book

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Book title and description?

Holy Crap! It’s Zombies! A Zombie Bathroom Reader by Kenny Van Dyke Jr. 

One day this book may save your life! They're coming folks; if it's a hundred years from now or tomorrow, they're coming. My purpose is to provide you with the tools necessary to survive a full-on zombie invasion, no matter your circumstances. When the power goes out there are no rich or poor, only the dimwitted and the quick-witted. When the power goes out, your bank account no longer matters; you can't refuel your yacht, and the streets are filled with abandoned cars. Sorry, you can't speed away in your BMW. With this book you may have a fighting chance to survive. Good Luck.

Where did you get the idea for the story?

A ramshackle shanty town in the style of Mexico City sprawl, on the ocean, and the surrounding, potentially zombie-infested wastes in the surrounding area.

Where did you get the idea for the characters?

My book, and book in progress (almost done editing!) are both “guides”. Tongue-in-cheek guides really, so second person, no “characters” to speak of. My “real” book (the partly written one we all know is in us to finish) is full of archetypes from my own life.

What are you working on next?

My blog. I’ll be adapting my Zombie Question of The Day that I post on Facebook by giving my own “best answers” and including ones from the group. I may also do an alternate take of my first book, where I sub zombies for starving people as a book, but I might just do that as blog posts. Outside of that, I have a handful of other things I’d love to write on if time allowed.

What're your favorite books in the Zombie genre?

Mine lol. WWZ by Max Brooks obviously. We started writing our books the same year. I’ve read one of The Last Stand series. I try not to read too many zombie authors so I don’t mix intellectual-paint and start including adulterated takes.

What're your favorite movies in the zombie genre?

1. Night of the Living Dead (90’s remake)
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The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.
Review
 
"Some purists will not condone this remake, but there's little denying that this is a better horror film than most made in the 1990s."—BBC Films
"The ending of the movie, with its bonfire and tortured freeze-frame scenes, is apparently intended to suggest that we really are no better than the zombies, a conclusion which, even based on the evidence of the characters in this movie, I have trouble in accepting."—Roger Ebert
"This "Night of the Living Dead" is resurrected, but it's never brought to life"—The Washington Post
 
2. Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake)
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When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbor, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire Milwaukee neighborhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes.

Review

 
"This remake of George A. Romero's 1978 sequel to Night of the Living Dead soups up the zombies, cranks up the gross factor to 11, and has a lot of cheeky in-jokes about its predecessor." Nell Minow- Common Sense Media
"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. That's the only explanation given for why zombies have replaced the living as the dominant species in Milwaukee."Steven Isaac
"A fantastic zombie horror film filled with great kills , tough choices that the characters have to make and good acting from the entire ensemble especially from Ving Rhames who plays the silent badass cop Kenny and Sarah polley who plays the nurse Anna"—Kashyap Raina
3. Shaun of the Dead
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Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton).

Review

"A cult favorite, "Shaun of the Dead" pokes fun at zombie movie clichés, but it also honors these movies by following their rules."—Common Sense Media
"Shaun finds meaning in life and a chance to win back his girlfriend by battling zombies in London."—Christopher Lyon
4. 28 Days Later
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28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Alex Garland, and starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, and Brendan Gleeson. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors (Murphy, Harris, Burns, and Gleeson) to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew while evading those infected by the virus.
 
5. Train to Busan
Image result for train to busan movieA man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

What's your favorite TV show in that genre?

Seasons 1-3 of The Walking Dead.
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