I have met a bunch of talented people since I started using social networking years ago and the following chap is no exception. Some of you might recognize our budding protagonist from shows such as FlashForward and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation yet aren’t aware that he also writes and was also involved in music (musician and music producer) for a while as well. Meet Ace Antonio Hall, a rather curious fellow that I started chatting to via Facebook after author Robert J. Sawyer (Facebook) mentioned that his buddy Ace recently had a book published.
“Tell me about this book!” you demand in between sips of coffee with remnants leaving tell-tale rings upon your desk or coffee table.
“It is called The Confessions of Sylva Slasher: A Zombie Novel,” I tell you after double-checking the website to avoid leading you astray with a wrong name.
“Another zombie novel?”
“Not just any Zombie novel – it is a YA Zombie novel written by Ace Antonio Hall. I’ve read some excerpts and it looks freaking awesome!”
You look doubtful. There are a lot of Zombie books around these days. These are our pretty much our only escape from the rather infuriating Sparkly Vampires and BDSM erotica books that are being forced down our throats by web banners and product placement at book stores.
It may appear bloated, but the Zombie genre is so varied these days. A lot of authors are trying new things, with a host of different Zombie cross-overs. In one series (I forget the name) we see a group of superhumans trying to protect their walled off community from the horde of brain-eating undead waiting for dinner just outside. We also see goofy movies such as Zombie Strippers (Ace is apparently uncredited for his role in the film) that are comedic “horror”. We see the Jane Austen cross-over in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Zoe H. Whitten’s gay romance The Zombie Punter. Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher saw members of The Beatles become zombies. And don’t forget the rather hilarious dark comedy Cheating, Death by Teel McClanahan III that I reviewed several years ago. One or two manga series have effectively turned the nature of a zombie on its head as well.
And folks are reaching out with tentacled fingers for more. ❤
Confessions of Sylva Slasher, a YA zombie novel now available at amazon.com!
SPRING BREAK GETS WILD ON THE LIVELIEST CRUISE IN THE PACIFIC UNTIL THE UNDEAD CRASH THE PARTY.
Eighteen-year-old Sylva Fleischer and her friends raise the dead for a living for police investigations and mourning families. Two years after her high school crush, a hot guy named Brandon, is assumed dead, Sylva’s friends convince her to go on a spring break cruise in an effort to suppress her depression over him. But when passengers mysteriously die and reanimate into flesheating zombies like she’s never seen before, Sylva plunges into a horrifying struggle between a ship infested with the undead and the scariest thing of all: a second chance with Brandon after she discovers he’s still alive. This is a zombie story that eats right to the core and leaves you licking your chops for more.
Got zombies? Sylva Slasher does…
“[Ace] wastes no time immersing us in full, gore-spattered, Technicolor horror… The tension is almost unbearable…” – Leslie Ann Moore, author of Griffin’s Daughter
“…So my suggestion, read it now, before everyone else has, because if there’s any logic in Hollywood (which we all know that there isn’t) Sylva could be the next Buffy.” -Joseph Serf
About the Author
Ace Antonio Hall graduated from Long Island University with a BFA. He is a former NYC middleschool English teacher that now resides in Los Angeles. Ace’s short story dead chick walking made the Fall 2013 edition of the best-selling Calliope Magazine and his science fiction story, they, won the Honorable Mention distinction for the 2013 Writers of the Future Award.
The Confessions of Sylva Slasher: A Zombie Novel takes places in a slightly twisted and dark world setting with its share of different undead for the main character to contend with. She also has to deal with how some of the living view her necromanic abilities. These two major elements add in their share of problems for the teenage MC. The book has plenty of action sequences that folks with a love violence against brain-eating undead will no doubt appreciate.
You can find excerpts of the novel, some supplementary information, information on the author and more via Ace’s website.