This week’s TDQ Q&A features author Ray Ellingsen. Ray talked to us about his “100 Days of Death” trilogy, how Yoda and Teddy Roosevelt changed his life and what’s the deal with all the love for zombies lately. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Author Ray Ellingsen:
The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite author growing up?
Ray Ellingsen: I probably read “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and “The Time Machine” about a hundred times each growing up, so I’d have to say H.G. Wells.
TDQ: What was your favorite book series growing up?
Ellingsen: It’s a toss-up between the Tarzan books and the John Carter/ Mars series. Both of them were authored by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
TDQ: What’s the best book you’ve read in the past five years?
Ellingsen: Michio Kaku’s “Physics of the Impossible”
TDQ: What book are you reading right now?
Ellingsen: Richard Kadrey’s “Devil Said Bang”
TDQ: Tell us about the “100 Days of Death” trilogy.
Ellingsen: “100 Days of Death” is the story of one man’s journey of survival through a post-apocalyptic, zombie infested landscape. While the story definitely has many horrific moments and plenty of action, it is believable and compelling. Told in first person, the 100 Days trilogy takes us through two and a half years of society and mankind devolving, while masses of ravenous, infected predators are evolving into the dominant species on our planet.
TDQ: What do you think it is about zombies that have made them so popular as of late?
Ellingsen: I think zombies as a whole represent both our greatest fantasies and our worst nightmares. On the one hand, the zombie mythology allows us to break away from our mundane, boring existence and fantasize about exorcising our frustrations by killing zombies. It also brings out the survivalist and adventurer in us all. On the other hand, zombies represent our most terrible fears of anarchy and chaos. To have to experience the breakdown of mankind while facing hordes of nightmarish, infected, unthinking creatures is as exciting as it is horrifying.
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Ray Ellingsen will run next Saturday