My wife and I published our first novel, Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors’ Tales together and I threw a couple of short stories up on Smashwords to mixed reviews. I’ve been kicking around a solo project, Don’t Be a Hero, which answers the burning question, “What if Mad Max was a total dick?”. I’m also grinding away on Aftershock II. I write a short story here and there, but not much worth forcing anybody else to read.
That hooker was dead when I found her… That, and I’m a big fan of the ellipsis.
Not really. I always enjoyed writing. It’s a much easier mode of communication for me than speech. It gives me the opportunity to be deliberate in my word choice.
That one time Bud Abbott and I delivered that crate to the spooky mansion… In all seriousness, my life is pretty mundane, but awesome. My wife drags the kids and I out of the house all the time, but we usually do something fun and just adventurous enough to keep Child Services from asking lot of questions.
Nope. And neither would anybody else. I don’t care how many guns, pounds of food or gallons of water you have stashed in your basement. Not to say that people wouldn’t adapt and survive, we’re nothing if not a resilient little virus, but to use the term “prepared”? The concept of a zombie apocalypse is fundamentally different from an economic collapse or long-term civil unrest in that it is now and will be (up until the moment it happens) a fictional one. Peoples’ mind tend to not do so well when empirical proof of a known impossibility is shoved in their face.
Everybody should have a 72-hour kit at the very least, but the most important “thing” to have is skill. You can have the tricked-out Bear Grylls Outdoor Master Survival kit with the 80-in-1 multitool, a machete that cuts through steel plate and a fancy new AR, but if you lack basic survival skills, then your gear don’t mean shit. That being said, knowing how to properly build and use a fire plow is great, there is a very primal satisfaction that comes with building a fire from nothing, but carry a Bic lighter for God’s sake, it’s 2017.
Unless I knew they were somewhere 100% safe, my wife and kids. Ralph Bougher, definitely. You don’t know him, but trust me, he’s the type of guy you want around if things go south. Also, Phil Messina, you don’t know him either, but he’s a good shit.
The Dark Tower and my Bible. They’re in there now. Speaking of which can I add Roland Deschain to my answer for #7?
Toilet paper. And a good hot water heater.
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.