First, I’d like to thank Zander for allowing me to bring my blog tour here today. This is day four of the blog tour, and I’m very excited because I’ve written a really fun horror novel, and I want to tell you all about it.
(I’ll be honest and admit I’m introducing myself in the same way each day, in case these words encounter someone who doesn’t know me or who hasn’t been following the blog tour. If you’ve already read my introduction on one of the other blogs, or if you simply don’t care who I am or what I’ve got to say, skip to the bit under the picture of the book cover).
By way of introduction, I should begin by saying my name is Ashley Lister; I write horror fiction and some of the crudest poetry known to mankind; and I’m here talking about a horror novel I’ve written which will be published on August 22nd. It’s called Blackstone Towers and this is what the story is about:
The talismans of the magi control seven realms of the mortal world. One can grant the bearer immortality; another gives its owner unfathomable wealth; a third gives the holder unerring foresight. There is a talisman to control reality, success, the deliberate and the accidental, and a talisman that governs the balance between love and hate.
The planets are now aligning, and one worldly resident of Blackstone Towers knows the talismans urgently need collecting and destroying before they fall into the wrong hands.
The only problem is establishing whose hands are the wrong ones.
There’s a lot going on in Blackstone Towers. This is a novel that contains zombies, ghosts, enchanted talismans, ancient daemons, violent criminals, and common-or-garden thugs. It’s a story of greed, duty, and the dissonance between inevitability and the urge to cause change. However, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking the zombie thing sounds cooler than the dissonance stuff.
I will hold my hand up here and admit I enjoy a good zombie movie. Night of the Living Dead was an awesome film and Shaun of the Dead remains one of my favourite classic comfort movies. I can put that on at any time and just smile all the way through.
So, if you were being pursued by zombies (and this is something I’m sure we’ve all thought about at some point in our lives), what would be your number one survival tip? I’ve always liked the idea of hanging around with people who are more slow-moving than I am. That way, I don’t have to outrun the zombies: just my friends. I also think it would be cool to have some form weaponry such as a baseball bat or a machete. I live in the UK, so a gun is an impractical suggestion, but something long and threatening could help fend off the most persistent representative of the undead.
So, to reiterate my question for today: what would be your number one tip to survive through a zombie apocalypse? Given the way 2020 is going, it’s looking more and more likely that it will happen before Christmas, so I’d urge you all to don your thinking caps.
Answer below, if that’s easiest for you. I’ll be checking back throughout the day. Answer on Twitter if you prefer, using the hashtag #BlackstoneTowers. If you don’t use Twitter and don’t like the comments box, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be collecting all the answers, and, on the day of publication, I’ll choose my favourite response and send one lucky winner a free copy of one of my novels.
This is day 4 of a 9-day blog tour, and, each day up to the launch, I’ll be on a different blog, as detailed below. And, each day, I’ll be asking a different question. Please feel free to follow me, answer as many questions as you like, and if you’ve got any questions about the book or anything else, I’ll be happy to answer.
Also, if you fancy coming to the online launch, where I’ll be reading from Blackstone Towers and sharing some of my ribald poetry, drop me an email and I’ll send you an invite.
Thank you again to @zandervyne and to all you readers. I look forward to hearing what you’d do with the gift of foresight. And, if you want to pre-order a copy of Blackstone Towers, this link should take you through to the Amazon page