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AuthorI'm a bestselling horror author who just published a new book-- ZOMBIE-IN-CHIEF: EATER OF THE FREE WORLD portraying Donald Trump as a literal zombie. Reality has outpaced my wildest imaginings. . .

Aug 16th 2017 by scottkenemore • 6 Questions • 124 Points

I'm Scott Kenemore, author of 10 horror novels and satires about the undead. (Though I might be best known for disagreeing with Max Brooks about the awesomeness Return of the Living Dead on panels at San Diego Comic-Con.) After the 2016 election, I thought it'd be interesting to write a book where a Trumpian figure runs for president while harboring a secret so dark he must conceal it even from his closest advisors and aides; namely, that he is a member of the walking dead, and seeks the nation's highest office in order to turn America into a wonderland for brain-eating zombies. He wants to build a southern border wall. . . to keep delicious humans IN. He wants to cut govt.-funded access to healthcare. . . because hobbled, sickly humans are so much easier for zombies to catch. And Mar-a-Lago's location near the Caribbean is no coincidence, for it functions as a recruitment center for the rich and powerful who might wish to join the elite ranks of the ravenous unliving.
The late, great George Romeo was the master of using zombies for political criticism. I find them salient to the 2016 presidential election because—just like zombies—the candidate who won did so many things you “can’t” do. Dead bodies “can’t” rise from their graves to feed upon the flesh of the living—and political candidates “can’t” make fun of handicapped reporters, alienate minority groups, and speak enthusiastically of groping women . . . and still expect to get elected president.
Until they do. A chief function of horror is to challenge what we know to be possible and true. Realizing you’ve been dead wrong about something is one of the scariest feelings of all. (Half the horror is being eaten alive by the zombie, but the other half is realizing you were so very wrong about what kind of world you were living in. First of all, ouch, my brains! But second of all, how in the heck is this even happening?!) For these reasons, I think the 2016 election can probably be best understood as a horror story. Ask me anything.

The new book: https://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Chief-Eater-Politics-Undead/dp/1945863218

My website: https://scottkenemore.com/

Proofs, I has them! https://scottkenemore.com/about/

EDIT: Thanks everyone! I'm going to step away for a bit, but if anyone has additional questions I'll try to get to them later this evening!

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Are your sales really that bad that you have to ride the "DAE DRUMPF LOL"-train?

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I'm not saying "DAE DRUMPF." I'm saying the election of DT was one of the most remarkable political happenings of our time, and something that was horrific to about 51% of the population because sober, credentialed, well-paid experts had assured this 51% it "couldn't " happen. And then it did.


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Since you're the author of "ZEO: How to Get A(head) in Business": Would a ZEO quit the advisory board of a Zombie in Chief? (Sorry if this question is too brainy.)

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Absolutely.


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Who in the Zombie Trump White House is safe, on account of being brainless?

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There is a Bannon-type character named "McNelis" who might come awfully close. In my book, the Tycoon running for president is a high-functioning zombie who is aware enough to use the humans around him for his purposes. It's somewhat similar to what I did in an earlier book called Zombie Ohio.


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Which word processing programs do you find best for writing, and which are best for book layout?

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Hi Cory, I just use Microsoft Word. The nice thing about having a publisher is that they handle the layout for you.


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What are your preferred settings (font, size, margins, etc...) when writing? Typically how many drafts are involved?

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I am a Calibri 11 point font man. Something about it has always seemed appropriately eldritch to me.


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Has the current turn of political events surprised you? Was your book meant to be political?

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Surprise is at the very core of what is happening, and what makes it a horror story. The morning after the 2016 presidential election, employees at the Gen Y tech company where I was working in Chicago were distraught. Some periodically got up from their desks to vomit. Many had called in sick. But they were more than shocked or surprised. They were horrified. More precisely, they were horrified because something they'd been told "can't happen" had just happened. Horror has this element that goes beyond surprise-- People who have passed away “can’t” appear to you as ghosts and ask you to avenge their deaths. Humans “can’t” transform into murderous wolves or blood-sucking bats. Corpses “can’t” rise from their coffins to feast on the brains of the living. Until, of course, they day comes when they do exactly that.