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alienby Ford Forkum


In a satirical combination of two end-of-the-world scenarios, a zombie plague is quickly followed by an alien invasion – in a time when humanity is already struggling with vampires.

Landing dead center at a college campus swarming with zombies, the aliens soon realize that their abduction mission is going to be quite a bit more complicated than they’d imagined. The presence of vampires only makes the situation worse.

Will the human race prevail, or be forced to relocate to an alien planet? Is there any way to reverse the zombie plague? Is the plague contagious to aliens, and can an alien be turned into a vampire? What if a vampire alien became a zombie, then was bitten by a radioactive spider and then possessed by the ghost of a robot werewolf? That last part doesn’t happen in the story, but what if it did?

Find out what becomes of humanity in this hodgepodge of dystopian absurdity.

“I could not find anything I disliked about this book. It is a joyous romp through the sci-fi genre, cheekily alluding to major stalwarts of the genre such as Star Wars, Twilight, the X-Files, and numerous zombie novels.”

“This is entirely lovable and funny as can be. If you like satire with a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy feel to it, this book is for you. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

“This was so deliciously silly. I was reading it both at the hair salon and later during my kids’ sports practices, and I kept laughing out loud and startling the people next to me. I love it when a genre can make fun of itself and go all the way over the top without fear.”

CIR:  You’ve got a couple of genres listed in your title there.  What would you compare this to?

FORKUM:  People have compared it (in most cases favorably) to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. One reviewer referred to it as “second rate Douglas Adams” but I took it as a compliment. Mr. Adams’ work is clearly “first rate Douglas Adams,” but since he’s deceased and subsequently incapable of providing new material, “second rate” is, unfortunately, the best you can get these days.

CIR:  Usually authors like to talk about some deep theme they have running through their story.  Dare I ask if you had a theme in mind for this piece?

FORKUM:  The main story is about forming alliances. Since there are inherent conflicts that prohibit aliens, zombies, vampires, and humans from coexisting peacefully, an all-out melee is only avoided when one group has a clear advantage. In the beginning of the story, it’s the zombies, which works out well since they’re incapable of forming truces with anything they can’t eat.  Through the aliens, I take a few healthy jabs at militarism and the glorification of conquest for its own sake. The aliens are a bunch of jerks who would be defenseless without their technology, but they abuse the power it affords them nonetheless.  I also take the opportunity to satirize vampires in modern pop culture.

Learn more about Ford Forkum and his books at his website.