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Sunday, March 31, 2013

ZOMBIES: Author Bowie Ibarra gets weird in the old west

by Bowie Ibarra had a chance to visit with noted zombie horror and action/adventure writer Bowie V. Ibarra to talk about zombies, weird westerns, and his upcoming book, 'The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill'. - Hey, Bowie.  It's great to have you on the blog today.

Bowie V. Ibarra - Thanks.  It's good to be here. - I have to ask you this question first:  Does it actually make sense to have you interviewed on your own blog?

BVI - That's your first question?  I thought this was supposed to be a puff piece. - Should we come back to it?

BVI - *shrugs* Yeah. - Some people have suggested that this is how you write dialogue in your books.  Are you schizophrenic?

BVI - Wow.  No comment.  Who told you that? - *shrugs*

BVI - No, goddammit.  Why don't we start with some stock dialogue?  You know, favorite color:  Maroon.  Favorite food:  Enchiladas. - Okay.  That's enough ripping off dialogue from 'The Life Aquatic'.  What made you venture into writing a western, let alone a weird western?

BVI - Several reasons, really.  As a fan of the Jonah Hex comic, (Not the movie, mind you, that was a disaster with so much potential.  I enjoyed it, but I was very, very drunk when I watched it at a midnight screening.)  But as a fan of the Jonah Hex comic from back in the day and into the two reboots, I've always had a special spot for westerns.  Adding that 'weird' element was just a natural.

But the real idea came from a brainstorming session with writer and editor, Travis Adkins.  We were getting ideas for a collaboration (that I sincerely hope is still on the table, because the idea was tremendously great), and one of the ideas that didn't get picked up because of the direction we wanted to go still resonated with me.  I put the idea aside, but quickly found the spark for writing it as a short story.  And that's how we got 'The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill'. - So what's the story about?

BVI - The main theme that underlies the entire story is the power of greed and how dangerous it can become.  The story is about a British snake oil salesman named Dr. Brewster McGill and his trusty friend who come across a competitor that demonstrates an effective snake oil that not only cures-all, but can raise the dead.  Both salesmen are shady, but things escalate for the worst when McGill wants to have the source of the snake oil's power, an ancient Aztec relic, for himself.  As usual, the story rises to a tremendous finish. - Where can people get a copy of the novella?

BVI - Its available at in paperback and kindle HERE.  $2.99 and $5.99. - Those are great prices.  Why so affordable?

BVI - From the beginning, I've never wanted my books to be out of anyone's price range.  I'm perfectly fine with making minimal profit to pass savings on to my readers.  My books do me no good sitting on a cyber shelf at a high price. - Thanks, Bowie.  So, before we go, back to my first question:  Does it actually make sense to have you interviewed on your own blog?

BVI - It makes absolute sense.  Remember the free promotional resources mentioned above?  Whether I was with a publisher or not, a majority of the promotion of any written work needs to be done by the author by any means necessary.  So I gotta do what I gotta do.

I'm like a promotional insurgent, attacking this new literary market from many different and unorthodox angles.


Read an excerpt from 'The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster McGill' here.

Check out the book trailer HERE.

Looking for another great and affordable zombie read?  Give Michael S. Gardner's book 'Betrayal' a try here for only .99 cents on Kindle.


BOWIE V. IBARRA is the author of the 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster.  His latest book, 'The Cruel Fate of Dr. Brewster' McGill' is a weird western tale of snake oil, Aztec Magic, and the dead rising from the grave to attack the living.  It is available in Kindle and paperback from

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