by Alex McGilvery
Pranthi is a photographer shooting the annual Zombie walk in her city, but she’s not above photographing the result of one of the walkers becoming all too like a real zombie.
“Like a bloody wall of rotten clichés, zombie stories tend to blur together. McGilvery’s book dodges many these clichés, giving the reader a glimpse of a first days of its escalating horror scenario. There is enough of standard zombie story to satisfy that craving, but it has so much else going on that it doesn’t get bogged down.”
“I became totally engrossed in the plight of Piranthi, and the young police officer, Dan.”
“An awesome and unique spin on the modern-day zombie.”
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CIR: What inspired this particular zombie story?
McGILVERY: I’ve been gradually working my way through the classic monsters, writing stories which deal with them in my own way, bending the genre a little while I’m doing it. I’ve wondered for a while about using zombies which occur in nature as part of a zombie book. The end result is The Gods Above.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
McGILVERY: I really enjoyed writing the character of Pranthi. I didn’t want the usual kind of athletic zombie slaying hero, so I made Pranthi vulnerable in a lot of ways. She ended up owning the story and creating the world in which it occurs. She hobbled into the story in her leg braces and shifted the story from a simple end-of-the-world tale to a personal story of survival and grief.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
McGILVERY: The hardest part was not to fall into creating disasters for the sake of disasters. I had a beautifully written plane crash scene and ended up cutting it to write in a much quieter, but more important scene between Pranthi and her sister.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
McGILVERY: It’s a zombie novel, but not your usual zombies. Like Stephen King’s Cell, the mechanism for creating the zombies is not the usual experimental virus gone wrong. There are even some elements of character struggle which are tangentially similar.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
McGILVERY: Grief, hope, survival in the face of the impossible.