It’s the very first day of the tour for Dead Meat: Day 1 by Nick Clausen. He’s one of my favorite authors so I was really happy that I got the chance to help support him once again as the first tour for Macabre Tours. I’ve already read the book and reviewed it myself so I will be posting an Interview with Nick!
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Dead Meat: Day 1
Published: October 8, 2019
Genre: Zombie Horror
I’m trapped in a basement. There’s a zombie outside the door. I have no cellphone coverage. No way out.
And it’s only noon.
Besides, my girlfriend, who’s trapped in here with me, got a scratch on her arm from the zombie outside. She’s spiking a fever and will soon die, only to rise again. If I haven’t died from thirst by then, my luck will really run out.
I don’t know if this is the end of the world or what. I only know we were delivering the newspaper when this thing happened. If I make it out of here alive, will the world have ended? Or is this only the beginning? Is there even a chance to stop it?
This is Dead Meat: Day 1 – the end of the world, one day at a time.
What made you decide to start writing horror?
It wasn’t really a decision or even a choice, I believe. It’s just what came and still comes most naturally to me. I don’t think that much about genre when I get my ideas, though; I just write my stories the way I feel they need to be told and then figure out where they fit in after the fact. I also very much enjoy writing sci-fi, and I guess the zombie genre is kind of a mixture of horror and sci-fi, really, which makes it perfect for me.
Which of your books would you say is your favorite?
That’s always a tough question. It’s like asking a parent ‘Which of your kids is your favorite?’ They Come at Night is special to me because it was the first book I ever got accepted by a publisher (we don’t really have agents in Denmark, we just apply and sign directly with the publisher). I also really like Human Flesh because of the way it’s told through written evidence. Luckily, that seems to work very well for most readers, too, which is why I’ve decided to turn Human Flesh into a series once I’m done with Dead Meat.
Do you have authors that you admire?
Sure, I have plenty. Pretty much everyone who’s put out a book is admirable in my view. Especially the hardworking ones who do the deed everyday and struggle to become better with every book. I think indie authors who make the effort to learn all the promotion stuff as well deserve particular praise; it’s hard enough being an author without having to run your own business also.
How did you come up with Dead Meat?
I’d been wanting to write a zombie story for a long time, but I kinda felt like I was late to the game. Then I got the idea for the voodoo origin and thought that was a new, cool take on the issue—at least new to me. I also loved very much the show 24 and the format of telling a story one day at a time, which is how I decided to do the same with my series.
What appeals to you about the zombie genre of horror?
I think they’re scary monsters, first of all. Corpses trying to eat you? That’s terrifying. I also very much like how they’re like a plague, infecting the living and slowly spreading throughout the world. An I’m a big fan of the apocalypse genre, so the world ending due to zombies is a winning combination to me.
Is there one thing you like most about being an author?
The work itself is immensely enjoyable. Just sitting down to write everyday is like ecstasy to me. Quite literally, in fact; I really need to control myself, or I begin obsessing about it and can’t think about anything else. I also really like the freedom and the fact I don’t have a boss—which is why I eventually decided to go indie, giving me a lot more control over how my stories got published and advertised. Another great bonus is the direct contact I have with so many readers how—I absolutely love it every time I hear from someone who read my books and want to tell me what they think. I hardly ever got that as trad-published author.
Was Dead Meat one of the novels that was previously in Danish?
It was, and I’d reached Day 3 once I began translating it. When I had translated Day 1, 2 and 3 and published them in English, I decided to keep writing directly in English, which means that from Day 4 and onward, the series will only be available in English.
Do you have more novels that you’ll be having translated to English?
I do have about 20 more, but I don’t think I’ll be translating any of them; I’d rather focus on writing new, better books in English. Also, with some of the Danish books I don’t own the rights to translate them, so there’s that.
Do you read other authors’ work? What’s your favorite author?
I’ve never read less than I do now that I write my own books. It’s weird. But I have read a lot in my life. Particularly Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I also really like Thomas Harris and a few other crime writers. Other than that, I’ve been through some of the classics, which I’ve pretty much all enjoyed very much, such as Rebecca, Lolita, Fahrenheit, Lord of The Flies, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dracula, Frankenstein and the likes.
I know that there are many days in the Dead Meat series, which is the latest and how many more can we expect?
The latest is Day 4, and I’m currently writing Day 5, which will be out in a couple of months. I plan on aiming for 9 or 10 days, but whether the series can go on for so long depends on a couple of things. Can I keep finding the inspiration? Will the readers keep enjoying it? Can the plot go on for that long? I’m not really planning anything in advance, but just making up the story as I go along, so it’s hard for me to say exactly how long a series will be—or even how it’ll end. I guess you’ll just have to read along to find out 😉
About the Author:
I write chilling horror and apocalyptic tales so that I don’t need to work a real job. I grew up reading Stephen King and still haven’t fully recovered. My books have been published in four different languages, and I’m currently working on ending the world in my zombie series Dead Meat.
I was born in a small country far, far away where people eat a lot of rye bread and are generally suspicious of success. I learned English thanks to Netflix and audiobooks. Originally, I wrote in my native tongue, but I switched to English in 2018 to reach more readers.
I married my public-school sweetheart and we recently had a son who looks so much like me I fear he’ll never get a date, the poor guy. My stories are fast-paced and thrilling and hopefully never boring. You should check them out, if you haven’t already.
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