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Born: 1972-05-22
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Zombie books were going to be my passion projects, but certainly not pay the bills. I thought I was going to have to get a real job on a sitcom or something, and have my zombie books to remind myself I was still a writer at heart. I never thought I could actually pay my bills and write what I wanted.

Tags: Heart, Job, Real

Zombies are apocalyptic. I think that's why people love them because we're living in, not apocalyptic times, but I think we're living in fear of the apocalyptic times.

Tags: Fear, Living, Love

Zombies are so popular. There's a lot of chaff out there. For every one person who is legitimately passionate about zombies, there are a hundred people who are thinking, 'Hey, I can make a buck off of this.' The problem is that some of their stuff is so lame.

Tags: Off, Problem, Thinking

Zombies have no memories of their former life. You wont see the undead trying to wash windows or do your taxes. All they know how to do is swarm and feed.

Tags: Life, Memories, Trying

Before I'm a zombie nerd, before I'm a science-fiction nerd, I am a history nerd.

Tags: History, Nerd, Zombie

I actually wrote my first zombie book way before I got the job on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Tags: Book, Job, Night

I don't mind my work being a record of the time it was written in.

Tags: Mind, Time, Work

I remember I used to come up to my teacher crying because I couldn't read. She would say: 'You can do this. You just don't want to do this.'

Tags: Remember, She, Teacher

I think Americans are at our best when we recover from a crisis. We've suffered some blows that other countries would have never recovered from.

Tags: Best, Countries, Crisis

I wanted to serve. It was Desert Storm. I thought, 'I was a rich kid, and America's been good to me.'

Tags: America, Good, Thought

The bottom line is I'm a slow zombie guy - I'm always a slow zombie guy but I also know I'm in the minority.

Tags: Bottom, Guy, Line

When I started writing, there was nothing about zombies. It was all teen movies, which to me are scarier than zombies, but that's another story.

Tags: Movies, Teen, Writing

You assume things, like whatever country has more firepower wins the wars, and that's actually not true at all.

Tags: Country, True, Whatever

You can watch 'Dawn of the Dead' and still sleep at night. Try that with 'The Day After'.

Tags: After, Night, Sleep

Zombies are apocalyptic in nature. They belong to a class of monster that doesn't just hunt humans, but seeks to obliterate that entire human race.

Tags: Human, Nature, Race

Zombies let us explore notions of the apocalypse - no water, food, medical care, the government imploding - while letting us sleep at night.

Tags: Food, Government, Medical

Any survival guide will tell you, don't buy a pair of combat boots before any disaster. They'll tear your feet up. Or water - don't bring water with you because it'll tire you out and you'll lose too much fluid. Bring a water pump.

Tags: Lose, Tell, Water

I think 'G.I. Joe' is a perfect example of how I'm the world's worst businessman. If I were smart, I'd be writing 'World War Z Part 12', but I have to go where the muse leads, and I've always been a huge 'G.I. Joe' fan. I always wanted to know more about these characters, these little plastic figures I played with as a kid.

Tags: Smart, War, Writing

I think the fascination with zombies is that they don't obey the rules of monsters. The first rule of monsters is that you have to go find them. You have to make a conscious choice to go to the swamp or the desert or the abandoned summer camp.

Tags: Choice, Rules, Summer

I think the general anxiety of the 1960s - '70s spawned our interest in the living dead. When people worry about the end of their world, they need a safe vessel for all their fears. Zombies provide that vessel because they're 'safe.'

Tags: End, Living, Worry

I wrote 'The Zombie Survival Guide' because I wanted to read it, and nobody else was writing it. All I've been doing with everything I've written is answering questions that I had.

Tags: Else, Wanted, Writing

I'm not a horror fan. I'm an anti-horror fan. I think horror fans feel deep down in the pit of their souls, they feel safe, and therefore bored. And therefore they want to be scared.

Tags: Bored, Deep, Scared

If I knew anything about what people wanted and was popular, I'd still be writing for 'Saturday Night Live'. I can only write what I want, and hopefully people will like it.

Tags: Night, Wanted, Writing

If I thought there was any hope of turning 'World War Z' into a movie, I wouldn't have written it as a giant, epic, global story, because that requires a giant, epic, global budget.

Tags: Hope, Thought, War

Since 2001, people have been scared. There's been some really scary stuff that's been happening - 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, anthrax letters, D.C. sniper, global warming, global financial meltdown, bird flu, swine flu, SARS. I think people really feel like the system's breaking down.

Tags: Bird, Since, Stuff

That's the thing about zombies. They don't adapt and they don't think. Literally, you could have a zombie on one side of a chain link fence and you could be on the other side and they could be trying to get to you and six feet down could be an open door and they will not go through that door in the fence. That's why they're so scary.

Tags: Door, Trying, Why
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We live in such a service-based, globalised economy where very few people actually make anything and the people who do make stuff... it's all part of a massive global supply chain. So what if all those chains were suddenly cut, how would you make something? How would you keep people alive? And that was something I wanted to explore.

Tags: Few, Keep, Wanted

When I read Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns', I think it's a wonderful record of the Reagan era. I think it's amazing. This is the time I lived in.

Tags: Amazing, Dark, Time

When I was 16, the first book I ever actually purchased with my own money, in fact, and had read on my own time was 'Hunt for Red October' by Tom Clancy.

Tags: Book, Money, Time