Dead, Buried, and Back! will be featuring an Atlanta horror interview series of people involved with the genre.The first of this series is with local author Rob Fox of ‘Z Day is Here’ and the recently released sequel “Z Day is Here: One Year Later”, the children’s picture book ‘Sometimes I am scared of Zombies’, numerous short stories in various anthologies, including ‘Recess’ in the anthology ‘Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology’, and his stand alone short ghost story ‘No More Forgiveness’, which is now also a short film released through Mile 29 films. Along with writing stories and novels, he is also an accomplished screenwriter. His first screenplay ‘Ace the Zombie’ has won numerous awards at film festivals around the country. His Serial Killer script ‘A Man in Desperation’ is in post-production and will be released in 2015.
DB&B: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Rob: I grew up in Conyers, GA but moved away when I went into the Air Force when I was 18. I stayed far away for many years, but last year met back up with a girlfriend from high school and moved back to the Conyers/ Covington area and have been here since.
DB&B: Tell us your latest news concerning your work.
Rob: There is a lot to tell about. First and most recently, my first novel ‘Z Day is Here’ was re-released by Permuted Press in Early September. A month later, in October, the long awaited sequel ‘Z Day is Here: One Year later’ was released also by Permuted Press. Both books are available in paperback and e-formats on Amazon.com. Also, I write a drama webseries called ‘StudvilleTV’, which just wrapped and aired the 2nd season finale and will begin filming season 3 early next year. A short story I wrote ‘No More Forgiveness’ was turned into a short film by Mile 29 films and has been making its way around the film festival circuit and finally, my feature film I wrote ‘A Man in Desperation’ is in post-production and should be released early next year.
DB&B: What inspired you to pen your first novel?
Rob: I was taking a basic computer class in college and the assignment was to create a blog and keep it going for 5 days to prove we knew how to do one. I didn’t want to do a normal blog, so I decided to do mine as if I were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. After a week, the blog had lots of fans and I was receiving emails daily asking what was going to happen next, so I decided to continue the story. After a while, and a couple offers, I decided to publish the blog as a novel with ‘Library of the Living Dead Press’, a small press with big hopes. After two years and quite a few sales, I got the rights back to the book. I kept the rights for a few years and worked on the sequel. When I was within a few months of finishing the second book, I reached out to Permuted Press, who were known for publishing great horror stories. They picked up the books, and after a few months, they were released.
DB&B: Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
Rob: I like to pull from my day to day activities when I write. Good, bad, or normal boring day, I always find things in life that I can warp or transform into something worth writing about. For example, in the first book, ‘Z Day is Here’, there is a section where the main character is passing through an amusement park. I wrote that entry right after coming back from a day at Disney World.
DB&B: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rob: I wish I could say something deep and meaningful here, but I just want people to read the books and enjoy them for the entertainment they are. I had a blast writing them and I hope that people enjoy reading it just as much.
DB&B: Do you travel much concerning your books?
Rob: For the first book, I traveled all around to various conventions for a couple years. I went all the way up to Pittsburg, PA, all the way down to Orlando, FL, and many places in between. So far this year I have only been to one convention, Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, but plan on going around to other conventions.
DB&B: What about the horror genre interest you?
Rob: Everything. I love horror. One of the first movies I can remember seeing as a child was Friday The 13th. I had to sneak into the living room after my mom went to bed. I was terrified. I had nightmares for months. I Loved it! Over the years I have always watched any and every horror movie I could come across. I collected horror figures and movie posters. I was particularly fond of the slasher genre.
DB&B: What scares you?
Rob: Zombies! I have always been terrified of zombies. Fast, slow, infected, you name it, they scare me to death. Every time I watch my favorite movie, Dawn of the Dead (remake from 2004), I have nightmares and have to watch it with the lights on.
DB&B: Do you ever come up with something so wild that you scare yourself…that leaves you wondering how and where did that come from?
Rob: I wouldn’t say I have written anything that has scared me, so to speak, but I have written things that have exhausted me and creeped me out. I am in the process of writing a ghost script. It is action from the first scene to the last. There are a few scenes that after I finished, I had to sit back and go outside for fresh air. Another scene stuck with me long after I finished it and I still think about it to this day.
DB&B: I know that you also write screenplays, what was your first screenplay that made it to film?
Rob: ‘Ace the Zombie’ was the first screenplay I wrote and thankfully it also made it to film. That was a huge learning experience and taught me so much about the screenwriting process. I would love to go back and rewrite the film since I have learned and grown as a screenwriter, but I am still very proud of the movie.
DB&B: Can you provide us with a list of your screenplays that have made it to film?
Ace the Zombie – Feature [imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843843 [Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvHv1ln7AM] A Man in Desperation – Feature [imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3319898/, [Teaserhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqPrvzH247k] No More forgiveness – Short [imbd http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3526640/, [Full movie (19:06)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEbnbZAd8xs] The Family Business – Short [imbd http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3321258/ [Full movie (21:31)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRyMhd93kkU] The Agency – Short
New Beginnings – Short
DB&B: Do you prefer writing screenplays or novels?
Rob: Even though I liked writing the novels, I really love writing screenplays. I like seeing my words played out on the screen, even if things get changed a little, it is still a very surreal experience.
DB&B: What are your current projects?
Rob: Lets see, currently I am writing a feature length ghost story screenplay that I will be shopping around to agents, managers, and film companies. Also, I am shopping around a pilot television show I wrote last year. And just started writing season 3 of StudvilleTV.
DB&B: List three of your favorite horror books, top three horror movies, and your top three horror TV shows.
Rob: Books: Stephen King – Cell, Dean Koontz – By the Light of the Moon, and Anne Rice – Interview with the Vampire (or any in that series). Movies: Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake), Evil Dead (the Original), and a toss up between Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Friday the 13th Part 7. TV shows: We have had so few, but in no order American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and The original Twilight Zone.
DB&B: In closing what one stereotype about horror writers is absolutely wrong?
Rob: What one stereotype is DEAD on? I think a lot of people think that horror writers do nothing but write and read all day and night. For me, that couldn’t be further from the truth. One that is dead on, We do watch massive amounts of horror movies. You name a movie and I have more than likely seen it.
DB&B: How can our readers get in touch with you? You can always go to my website www.zdayishere.com.
Rob: My imdb page is http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3565086/ And my Amazon author page, which has links to all my writings is http://www.amazon.com/Rob-Fox/e/B002EE4KNS/
Rob we really enjoyed this opportunity to interview you today and look forward to reading your next book and following your career.
Dead, Buried, and Back! is seeking people in the horror entertainment industry, especially in the Atlanta market, to interview for this series. If you have a contact or involved in the horror genre and would like to be interviewed please send your contact information to, Bruce Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org