Bob Fingerman, author of the novels Pariah and Bottomfeeder, and artist of countless brilliantly twisted comics, has been a friend of mine since he first contacted me after reading my novel Xombies. I've been a fan of his since first seeing his work in Heavy Metal magazine in the '80s, and it was a bizarre privilege to get a fan email from someone whose name is in the pantheon with Corben, Moebius, Liberatore, Bilal. Giants, man, giants! I'm still an insufferable fanboy about it, but Bob kindly continues to mention my work at every opportunity, such as this interview on EntertainmentWeekly.Com. Thanks, Bob!
by Clark Collis
Xombies—Walter Greatshell 2004 zombie novel recently reissued as Xombies: Apocalypse Blues After I read Xombies, I tried to find information about him and couldn’t find anything, which is unusual in this Google-friendly age. I became pretty convinced “Greatshell” was a pen name, because I had also never encountered that name before. The book had a really high quality of writing so I thought, “Maybe this is some well-established writer who considers horror ‘slumming,’ so he’s hiding behind a pen name.” Then I found him online and it turned out he was a fan of my comics, which was very nice. His zombies were something I hadn’t seen before. For one thing, his were completely gender-based. All the women become these blue-faced creatures—and they’re the really revved-up zombies, they’re not the old shamblers. And his book took the cast of characters to places I hadn’t seen before. Turns out, Walter was a technician on a nuclear submarine for a while, so the book is set largely on this submarine. The main character, Lulu Pangloss, is a 17-year-old girl who hasn’t turned. She’s the lone female presence and everyone is very nervous about her, considering what they’ve seen—all their wives and daughters and sisters and so forth going berserk. Again, it is claustrophobic, being set on a submarine, but it also really spans a huge amount of space. It’s a small book and a huge a book at the same time. It’s a neglected gem.