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Robert Kent Annoys Christians (And Zombies)

I grew up in a small Indiana town. We had a movie theater and a bowling alley; the movie theater burned down.  But we had a lot of churches.

I never worried much about the apocalypse.  Our town was too tiny to be a nuclear target–we’d have to wait for the fallout from Chicago. If Red Dawn happened, we’d be the Americans they’d maybe bother to round up after everyone else was captured. No one infected with the Captain Trips super flu would come around as there are way more interesting places to die.

Robert Kent 'All Together Now: A Zombie Story'Zombies, however, could be a problem. The town has enough people that one zombie  shuffling across two miles of farmland to bite and infect his neighbor, then both of them shuffling to the next house, and then onto the town square, could eventually form a dangerous herd. When that happened, a resident could either run to Wal-Mart for supplies, or take shelter in one of the many, many, many churches.

All Together Now: A Zombie Story is my take on the zombie apocalypse set in a small Indiana town. Our teen heroes, Ricky and Michelle, witness their high school overrun with the dead, hit up a Wal-Mart for supplies, and, of course, take shelter in a church where the living congregates are more terrifying than the shambling corpses outside.

A fear of zombies is in part a fear of conformity (but mostly it’s a fear of being eaten). If a zombie bites you, you become like them. If a religious person gets inside your head, you may alter your diet, your clothing, your way of speaking, your sex life (possibly canceled), etc. In fact, the only real life experience I can think of that transforms a person as completely as a zombie’s bite is a religious conversion.

The Christians in my book even sing a little song about it: “For there’s no greater pain in heaven or hell hurts worse than being on my own. But after we’ve died, left our mortal coil behind, we’ll rise up and not be alone. All together now, we’re all together now. Yea though we perish, yea though we die, we’ll all be together in the sweet by and by.”

That extremely religious folks are a lot like zombies is just an observation, but one I felt it was important to make. And that is why I, Robert Kent, the Middle Grade Ninja, children’s book author, and generally speaking, nice guy, am destined to get angry emails until the end of time.  

If my religious satire doesn’t rile reader’s blood, surely they’ll be appalled at the high levels of gratuitous violence throughout, including a daycare slaughter:)

All Together Now: A Zombie Story is the story of fifteen-year-old Ricky Genero writing a journal of the zombie apocalypse. His high school has burned to the ground, his friends are all either dead or shambling corpses roaming the earth in search of human flesh, and his best friend died saving his six-year-old brother Chuck from a zombie horde. When Chuck is bitten and infected with the zombie virus, Ricky must travel among the walking dead in search of a cure.

Robert Kent now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he’s hard at work on his next book. He runs the popular blog for writers, MIDDLE GRADE NINJA, where he interviews authors, literary agents, and editors.