Hey, haven’t been here a while, but guess who’s back? The notoriously funny Stuart West with yet another novel—Zombie Rapture. (I’ve never seen anyone so prolific.) It’s what’s known as New Adult. That means, it’s probably a bit too much for teens, but for people around 18 or older, it’s really good. And I mean REALLY, REALLY good. I give these 5-stars hands down. I couldn’t stop reading it. So without further ado, He-e-e-e-r-r-r-e-e-e-‘s Stuart!
Hey, Suzy-Q, good to be back. How are them unicorns doing?
Ahem. So Stuart, I never get tired of reading your books. Your writing is not only eloquent, but the juxtapositions you use made me laugh throughout the book. Zombie Rapture is your finest hour, and hopefully not your final hour. Seems everyone wants a sequel. Tell us what your story’s about.
SRW: Well, dang, if you haven’t gone and made me blush again, Suzanne. Thankee kindly. Nope, not my final hour. Already have two more books lined up and am working on a new one.
Oh, good. What’s Zombie Rapture about?
Hmm? Tough to describe without giving away too many spoilers. But I’ll try. Hunter, a ready to graduate high school senior, has just found true love—at least as true as teens believe, everything hand-wringing angst with them—with fellow student Jordan. And he’s more than ready to flee his boring and redneck small Kansas town. For the first time, everything’s perfect until… he wakes from a nap to find everything’s changed. His parents are acting very strange, even violent. The neighbors are up to something, but worst of all, Jordan’s missing. Along with Scout (Jordan’s younger sister), his grandpa (ornerier than a three-inch splinter and twice as sharp), and a few new acquaintances, the newly formed dysfunctional family sets out on a quest to save Jordan.
Apparently she’s been kidnapped—taken by the dead who are now predominantly walking the earth. But these aren’t ordinary zombies. They’re sentient, would rather eat fried chicken than human flesh, and, um, believe they’re now living the Rapture come to earth.
Whew. Why zombies?
SRW: Why is the sky blue, Suzanne? I dunno. I wanted to try my hand at the genre, I suppose. Do something maybe a little different with it. Experiment a bit.
At first, I came up with some monumentally stupid ideas. Baby zombies? I got excited about that one for all of five seconds. I mean, how suspenseful can a book be if all you have to do is step over the zombie baby? As I said, painfully, bone-headedly dumb. Ouch!
Hahaha! I have to agree with you there. But you know, the thing that amazed me about this whole story, is that it starts on a light and almost ridiculous note, but grows more and more serious as the book unfolds, like you had a serious message here. Is there a secret message? Or do we have to wait until the sequel to find out? (And there better be a sequel.)
SRW: Well, you know I like to put humor into my books (whether it works or not is the reader’s call). Sometimes I think if you lead with humor, it makes the reader more invested in the characters. And I couldn’t keep the good time laughs of the first part of the book going for fear it’d turn into a parody, a silly comedy. The stakes are high indeed, very bittersweet, dare I say a little romantic?
No secret message. The book stands on its own. You take from it what you want.
As for a sequel? Gah! Everyone wants one! I thought I’d said everything I had to say with this book. But now I’m seriously reconsidering. We’ll see.
I sure hope you do one. Stuart, as I said earlier, I’ve never seen anyone so prolific. Tell my readers about all the other books you’ve released in the past three years. The list almost seems endless.
SRW: Not endless, Suzanne. But, man, do I have blisters on my fingertips! Let’s see, there’s my Tex, the Witch Boy trilogy (and Elspeth, the Living Dead Girl spin-off). I’d categorize these as socially relevant, paranormal, whodunit, suspense thrillers, romantic comedies. Did I leave anything out?
Then there’s a series of adult thrillers: Neighborhood Watch (your typical suburban paranoid ghost story), Godland (the worst vacation site EVER), and The Secret Society of Like-Minded Individuals (a proposed trilogy of thrillers about a corporation that sponsors serial killers; very cat and mouse, very darkly humored).
Wow! Could you please give us the link to buy Zombie Rapture? And as far as other books go, I guess all one has to do is write Stuart R. West into Amazon and kaboom.
Yep. Here’s my Amazon page where everything awaits just a simple click away: Kaboom!
And readers, I don’t know if you’re aware, but Stuart has one of the funniest blogs I’ve ever read. Here’s the link: According to Suzanne, the funniest blog she's ever read!
Hahaha! Well, thanks, Stuart, for yet another visit to my blog. I always look forward to having you because I know you’ll make me and everyone else laugh. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win one Stuart West’s newest novel, Zombie Rapture.
SRW: Thank you, Suzanne! Always fun to visit. Watch out for zombies of any types!
Unh-hunh, yeah, right.