Box of Zombies

Yesterday was a day ten years in the making, long awaited , to say the least. The Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of my debut novel, Zombie, finally arrived. I swung by the new digs at Soho Press and met up with Editor Mark. He introduced me around to the whole team of folks over there working hard to promote and produce this book. Some super fun and smart people work at Soho and their exciting promotional ideas for Zombie are too cool for school. (But I will keep them hush-hush for now.)

The books themselves look absolutely gorgeous. Jad Fair‘s art, a paper-cutting of the little zombie monster man, and Kapo Ng’s cover design with the cut letters and tape never tire the eyes. It feels surreal to have 20 of them in a box. A box of 10 year old Zombies ripe for the (early) reading.

In addition to my box of zombies, I somehow walked away with another writing credit to my name, as a contributing author to the forthcoming anthology Who Done It? for 826NYC, in their own words, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” My fellow contributors, apparently, include: Dave Eggers, Rebecca Stead, Lauren Oliver, Lauren Myracle, Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortes, Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Melissa de la Cruz, Anna Godbersen, Daniel Handler, Pat Carman, MT Anderson, Mo Willems, John Green, Holly Black, Coe Booth, and many more. Oh, yeah, and my wife, Kate Angelella, too!

I got a box full of Zombies and it’s time to dole them out. If you are a blogger or reviewer and would an ARC, please email me with your name and mailing address. It’s time to start spreading the word.

Keep on.

JRA

About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the novel ZOMBIE (Soho Press) as well as a forthcoming Southern Gothic supernatural YA series (Sourcebooks/Teen Fire) co-written with his wife, Kate Angelella. He is also a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” was selected as the winner of the 2012 Short Story Contest by The Coachella Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College and teaches creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City. His favorite band is the Drive-By Truckers and he doesn’t understand why they aren’t your favorite band too. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.For more info, check out his website: www.jrangelella.com; or follow him on twitter: @jrangelella.
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