My life is complete!

A few years back I was fortunate enough to meet author Dana Fredsti.  If there’s one thing about my life that just blows me away every morning, it’s that I get to meet so many people I admire, and that sometimes they even think I’m cool enough to be friends with.  When I met Dana, we immediately bonded over my favorite movie (The Wizard of Speed and Time) which nobody else on Earth has ever seen, as well as our near-psychotic love for all manner of zombie movies/books.

As it turns out, Dana is on the cusp of launching a new zombie series with Titan Books.  She describes it as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Walking Dead.  On her blog today she revealed the cover for the first installment in the franchise which is due out this fall in Spring of 2012 (click the image to embiggen):

Dana’s a phenomenal writer, so the book will be worth picking up anyway, but here’s what has me so excited: there will be a character in the second book modeled after me!!!! I’m going to be in a zombie book!  My life is complete. :)  I need to really dig in, re-tweak my zombie survival plan, and focus on physical conditioning in the next few months!  Like Max Brooks says: organize before they rise!

I asked Dana for a quote to put in this post and she promised me an interview about the book in the future.  She did, however, submit this quote:

“I look forward to possibly killing JT in the second book of the series.”

Dana Fredsti is considering killing me.  *swoon*  :)

Anyway, I will be throwing out updates on the book’s release as they come up.  I know Dana reads this blog, so if you want to throw your vote in for the fate of my character, or whether I’m a good guy or a bad guy, feel free to either leave her a comment at her blog or leave one here.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Dana

    Ooh, the audience decides your fate! I love it!

    BTW, the book is due to be released in the spring of 2012. :-)

  • JT Eberhard

    Yikes! Fixed. :P I can’t freaking wait!!!


  • Jen

    That’s awesome!!! Though there’s no point discussing your character – you’re obviously chaotic neutral ;)

  • Dana

    Jen, more on chaotic neutral, please! I…I didn’t play D&D…. so some character examples for me!

  • Emily


    D&D alignment runs along two axes:



    My friends (and many other geeks) often call Chaotic Neutral “Chaotic Awesome”. Some others call it “Chaotic Stupid”. It’s kind of hard to define.

  • Dana

    Emily, I’m vaguely familiar with the designations, but if you could maybe point me towards a couple of characters in books/movies that would fall under chaotic neutral, it would be very helpful! My geek cred is in danger here…

  • Gordon

    Chaotic Neutral is a tricky one to find in a book or movie, because there’s no structure or consisentcy at all. Maybe Tyler Durden? But the Tyler had a plan and followed through, and while the plan was to cause choas having a plan is not chaotic.

    Even Heath Ledger’s Joker had cunning plans while saying he was not a planner. Two Face has the unpredictability, but then he isn’t devoted to chaos.

  • AJ Butterwick

    Alignment has been the subject of many a spirited discussion on various gaming boards, so no one really understands it.

    That said, good arguments can be made for Malcolm Reynolds and Jack Sparrow being CN. Also, one of Wizards of the Coast’s books list Al Swearengen (Deadwood) and Snake Plissken (along with Sparrow) as examples of CN. (The same book lists Reynolds as Chaotic Good, but he doesn’t really treat anyone outside of his crew very well).


  • AJ Butterwick

    Oh, and congrats on being in a book. That is rather cool.


  • Dana

    Thanks for the examples and info, you guys and gals… Snake Plissken makes a lot of sense to me, actually… and he’s one of my favorite characters. Malcolm Reynolds seems a bit more on the side of good… chaotic good. But he’s got ethics in his own weird way.