Shambling with the Stars-Jesse Petersen

Celebrity telethon for a zombie outbreak? Ridiculous sounding…but it could totally happen…

“Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.”

Ms. Petersen. Congrats on being able to make me laugh and be a little scared while thinking “Yeah…this would totally happen.” Being just a regular plain Jane, not a part of the Hollywood scene, it seemed foreign to me. But Petersen did a great job of describing the set up with Avery and her crew in the control room and how after the shit hits the fan and celebrities start chomping on each other, the personalities of each person in the control room react.

What I think Petersen did best was how fast she moved the story along. From the first bite to the mad dash out of the studio for Avery and her assistant, this story was a fast read. I read it in about 30 minutes. I was a little sad when I got to the end because I really did want more. This (and her collection of zombie short stores In The Dead) is an amazing little vignette morsel of yummy blood soaked goodness. But it’s not just a scary story, it’s one that makes you laugh and makes you think about what would you do when the zombie apocalypse comes? Will you freak out and kill yourself by sticking keys into a high voltage piece of equipment? Will you be in denial? Or if you’re bitten, will you do what you can to help your friends survive until you’re not yourself anymore?

Ms. Petersen: Thanks again for making me laugh at the absurdity of humanity and what would happen if Zombies started roaming around. Much appreciated.


  1. This email is just the beginning. The beginning of a brand new series. "The Journeys of John and Julia."
    Who are John and Julia?
    Julia: Though she tries to put on an above-it-all face for the world, she’s been suffering over her parents’ divorce, which she blames on her workaholic mom. And now her mom’s forcing Julia to spend the summer on her grandmotherʼs country estate in Cedarwood Ridge, 30 miles away from anything, and way too much in the middle of some serious otherworldly stuff.

    “I think life is supposed to be great but most times it sucks and then we die and that’s the end of it. That’s all I know and if there’s more I sure as day don’t want to waste my precious time figuring it out. At least not as long as I am busy with figuring out the things I can see,” she added defiantly, “like how to get my parents back together? Now that’s something I would like to know.”
    John: Juliaʼs childhood friend and alter ego, John is pretty much the opposite of everything Julia stands for. He has lived his whole life in Cedarwood Ridge and couldn’t agree more.

    This is a nightmare, he thought. Evidently Julia had indeed transformed into a girl since their last encounter, plus, to make a headache a migraine, she seemed to have shape-shifted into one of those frightening creatures Andy & Co. were so eager to get their hands on. And just how could she have grown so tall?
    Next week, a small group of bloggers will be invited to read “The Journeys of John and Julia." We’d like to ask you to join us.

    This is just the beginning.
    - The John and Julia Team


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