Friday, September 02, 2011

Someone has STOLEN my BOOK IDEA?!

Hello my minions!

Night of the Living Dead ChristianAs many of you know, the clock is ticking down to the imminent release of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD CHRISTIAN! A completely unique, never-to-be-imitated, spectacular one-of-a-kind comedy theology novel about the monster inside each of us, and the desire to experience spiritual transformation. Werewolves! Vampires! Zombies! Christians! There's nothing like it.

What's that you say?

There is something like it?

And it releases at practically the same time as MY book?

That can't be. Let's look for the cover.

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead WithinHmmm. The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook.

Okay, granted, the color scheme is the same. And the silhouette idea is the same.

I just have a hard time believing that someone else would write a book like mine... the story of a Lutheran werewolf wrestling with his uncontrollable lupine urges while seeking spiritual answers and dodging zombies, the neighborhood vampire and a crazed werewolf killer.

So, I sent a note to the author, Jeff Kinley. He wrote back to say that our books are coming at things from completely different angles. His is "straight up horror/suspense fiction" with twelve companion chapters that talk about the theology behind the story. In fact, his has a warning label on the back of the book for parents, so they know that their kid is getting a terrifying tale of the undead. Mine, on the other hand, has a warning on the back that you might laugh so hard that you get stomach cramps. And the theology is woven into the story rather than accompanying it.

In other words, if our books were about ghosts, here's Jeff's novel:

Don't watch this if you are afraid of clowns
or like to drink tequila.
And here's mine:

Don't watch this movie if you are a Keymaster
or are afraid of other dimensions in your refrigerator.
He's "Dawn of the Dead," I'm "Shawn of the Dead." He's "Dracula," I'm "Love At First Bite." He's van Helsing, I'm Buffy.

Well, I'm not actually Buffy. I mean. Um. I'm a guy and everything.

Anyway, Jeff and I are exchanging books and mid-October we'll trade reviews and you can see what we think of each other's books. I am guessing there will be an angry showdown where we both shout YOU STOLE MY BOOK YOU HACK! Or maybe we'll just be glad not to be alone anymore. Sniff. It is so hard being unique in this world. Give us your sympathy before we start to cry!


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12 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:04 AM

    That is quite the coincidence... or is it O.o

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  2. I like your cover better!

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  3. Aw, thanks, Zamar! My designer will be Very Happy to hear that.

    I like mine better too!

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  4. I am just glad both of you had 'Christian' in your titles or Glenn Beck would have been pissed.

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  5. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Global Landlady

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  6. @globalandy I think that Glenn Beck is anonymously poking fun at your internet handle.

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  7. Oh, man..."Love At First Bite" reference ftw.

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  8. For Gypmar:

    "Cheeldren of the Night... SHUT UP!"

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  9. Brittany (yes, that one)1:32 PM

    No offense to the other guy, but... your book is better! Humor+zombies+theology trumps horror+zombies+theology. Besides, does the other book include awesome bonus material? I think not. P.S. Henceforth, I will use this post as an excuse to refer to you as "Buffy" at random times.

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  10. I am with Brittany. . . no not all that other stuff, but the reason to call you Buffy at random times.

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  11. Ha! That made my day.

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