Promiscuville: Rise of the Dead

by HST UK on March 31, 2012

The prolific Chris Wade returns once again, ‘Promiscuville: Rise of the Dead’ is a zombie novel that tunes into the faint emergency radio signals left behind from other familiar tales of the undead. Wade’s story builds gradually, as we learn about potential survivors such as Beth Almond, a ballsy broad who witnessed the brutal cannibalistic murder of her crooked husband Billy. She’s the prime suspect, and her psychiatrist Dr. Hurst, though taken by Beth’s beauty, is keen to for her to confess what really happened. Beth eerily predicts trouble ahead to Hurst, and sure enough the various chancers, layabouts and losers of Promiscuville soon find their pathetic everyday existence threatened by a roaming horde of flesh hungry zombies.

We spent a few moments with Mr Wade, talking about all things undead….

HST: A lot of Zombie stories fall down through lack of character development, particularly in film, essentially most of the characters are walking meals waiting to be devoured. Why did you decide to slowly build the story, introducing us to the likes of Walter the shopkeeper?

Well I didn’t see the point in just creating a straight forward gory zombie book. Although they are good, there are so many of them. I wanted to create a town full of people who were real, believable and at times so vile you wondered why you were routing for them. I built up the characterisation to add more dimension to the whole story and I hope that’s the main thing people take with them after reading the book. Plus I wanted to be honest and true to my own style of writing, and I always love a good character story.

HST: Critics argue that the zombie genre has reached its saturation point. Though it appears the next stage might be to make zombies appeal to a Young Adult audience, 2013’s ‘Warm Bodies’ will be a film involving a zombie romance, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ took the story back to the Regency-era. Do you think there is still mileage in the good old fashioned zombie tale?

I don’t really know on the whole, as whenever I am writing something I never write it with the viewpoint of the genre’s popularity in mind or anything. I write what I feel like writing and try not to think of the bigger picture. Plus if you listen to critics too much they might cloud your views. But as for the zombie genre, there is still so much to be done, and people enjoy it so much that I can’t see it running out of steam yet.

HST: Was it quite easy to create Promiscuville, given that all you have to do is have a wander around your local town centre, or open a newspaper to glimpse the decline and degradation?

It was quite easy. I’m pissed off about Britain at the minute and that is definitely showing in my work. I mean, to me and many others, writing, art or poetry or anything creative is an outlet, and whenever something is getting to you, you turn it into something worthwhile, to mainly get it all out.

Promiscuville is Britain, or the bad side of it at least. Younger people seem to be a lot more obsessed with materialistic crap and many of them have lost all respect for others. The government doesn’t seem to care about real people at all, and I think David Cameron should be made to eat his own arse. England has become a more shallow place and lost its eccentricity, which is a shame. I see myself outside all this though, away from the rat race and all the bollocks. On top of that, society does seem to be crumbling, that is clear whenever you go into town, and like you say on the news and in the paper. People seem to be more desperate and there are more murders and brutality these days in England. I know it is quite depressing to go on about these things but you cannot ignore them. I have written more comedic stuff in the past, but I really wanted to say something with this book. Aside from creating a zombie thriller, I wanted people to have a think and take a step back. Look what’s happening to a once great nation. God I’m only 26…

HST: Is the scariest aspect of the zombie, in comparison to other supernatural entities, that they don’t merely prey on humans, they swarm on them, like a virus, relentlessly and unforgivingly?

Yes I think that is one of the scariest aspects. I would say the most frightening aspect is that they are us; they represent a sad finality in a way. It is quite grim really isn’t it? Bloody hell I’m making myself fed up.

HST: In another interview you mentioned the possibility of a sequel. Do you think you could expand the story, perhaps like ‘World War Z’ as the zombies roam across the globe?

Well I know I would like to show other people who are experiencing the undead outbreak, other citizens of Promiscuville which would be great fun to do. I have an idea already for another character who is in the midst of it all. I just think there are characters in this one that could definitely be explored closer in a follow up. But yes, I would like the undead to spread further than Promiscuville. The town is just one of many experiencing this mayhem.

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