Having Fun with Zombies
When the idea for my upcoming novel, The Necromancer’s Seduction, popped in my head, it definitely included Vampires. I love Vampires…the kick-ass kind. The first actual written words involved a werewolf. He was going to be my hero. I’d always envisioned a necromancer as the heroine because I wanted to explore an urban fantasy heroine that struggled with a dark power. Control of the dead is not glamorous, like casting spells or giving chase in stilettos, but she has this crazy, rather gruesome power. I was very into exploring how a supernatural character dealt with such a power. Does it twist her? Yes! Yes, I say. It's how she transcends the darkness or will she???
I've always enjoyed, well not enjoyed, because the Romero zombie movies are way too disturbing, but appreciated the Romero zombie movies, and, yes, I enjoyed Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, but never thought I'd write a book that dealt with zombies and raising the dead. Now that I’m writing book two, I find I enjoy writing horror, and zombies are horrifying. But there's also a lot of fun zombie mythology to explore from the legends of necromancers, revenants, Haitian voodoo, even gaming, like World of Warcraft.
First decision: will the zombies shamble and shuffle or attack its victims with speed? I decided to make my zombies of the fast and furious kind, not the slow motion kind that one can easily run away from, but why do they always manage to catch up somehow?
And appearance? Will they be normal or in various states of decay? Decay is always fun to describe and mine decay pretty rapidly and really aren’t meant to stay reanimated for too long. No zombie should.
But it was the mythology of revenants that provided a wonderful, tortured character for The Necromancer’s Seduction. In the world of the undead, revenants are zombies who basically retain their soul. They come alive with their minds intact and can be powerful. In role playing games, evil necromancers often raise revenants to fight battles. My necromancer, Ruby, created her revenant, Adam, a former witch, to help track a killer. And raising a supernatural revenant was an unprecedented task that resulted in all kinds of trouble for Ruby. As Ruby noted in The Necromancer’s Seduction:
Revenants are usually pissed at the necro who wrestles them from the grave and jump at the chance to kill him or her. The idea of creating a supernatural revenant was one that resided in some dark chamber of a Lovecraft nightmare.
Because revenants retain their memories, they also retain their emotions which provides wonderful conflict to plunder. The best part with Adam was exploring how he dealt with returning to life, and realizing he was now a nightmarish creature. He was pretty pissed at Ruby, and controlling him proved to be a great and interesting test of her power.
I didn’t explore much humor with my zombies in Necromancer’s Seduction, but in the second book, which I’m currently editing, titled The Necromancer’s Betrayal, Ruby creates a zombie named Charlie. He shambles. He moans. He has a fondness for worms. Charlie’s fun. Sadly, Ruby doesn’t think so. Oh well, guess it’s a good thing, as writers, we like to make our heroines miserable!
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire. She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
The Necromancer’s Seduction comes out July 15, 2013 with ImaJinn Books. Join my release notification mailing list by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Saturday morning cartoons. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.
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Hope you enjoyed this peek at Noemi's creations. What do you think about zombies or revenants? Do you like the current zombie craze as much as I (and a bunch of others) do?
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