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Teenybuffalo Lists Zombie Protagonists

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Teenybuffalo lists her favorite zombie protagonists, and includes my story “The Skull-Faced Boy.” Here’s what she says:

“The Skull-Faced Boy” by David Barr Kirtley. I first read this one seven or eight years ago, but it wears well. Two college students die in a car wreck, and as it’s the night of the living dead they don’t stay out of the game for long. Horrible backstabbing and world domination ensue. I don’t think this one’s been made free online, but there’s a link to a podcast version on the right-hand side. I may have to give that a listen.

While looking for the above link: Oh god there’s a sequel! “The Skull-Faced City.” Free and on the internet. Haven’t read this one yet, but I will in about ten minutes I’ve read it. Be warned! It’s (a) not going to make much sense if you haven’t read the first one, and (b) gruesome in every. single. way. I had a ballpark idea of what to expect from Kirtley and zombies, and I was still stomach-churned. Not safe for sanity, but excellent storytelling and a good undead protagonist. A worthy successor.

Fan Art 1/7/10

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Here’s a terrific piece of fan art for my story “The Skull-Faced Boy” by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, an Alpha grad. Also check out her profile on deviantART.

She writes, “I’d been meaning to listen to ‘The Skull-Faced Boy’ ever since listening to you read ‘The Skull-Faced City,’ but only got around to it lately, now that it’s cold outside and school is out. I drew while I listened, and it ended up being Ashley, freshly skull-faced.”

the skull-faced boy david barr kirtley art illustration

Fan Art 1/6/10

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Here’s some more fan art from Blazeblackwing, for my short story “The Skull-Faced City.”

So here we have Dustin (the skull-faced boy), Jack (now a decapitated head), Ashley (Dustin’s bride), and Park (a former scout sniper who works as a sort of bounty hunter for Dustin and who goes masked when outside the city to hide his skull face):

the skull-faced city david barr kirtley

And here’s Park without his mask:

the skull-faced city david barr kirtley

Fan Art 12/31/09

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here’s some great new fan art I just received. The first piece, by Blazeblackwing, depicts the characters from my story “The Skull-Faced Boy” as they appear at the end of that tale. It’s funny, I don’t know if anyone remembers what my website used to look like back in 1999, but the main graphic looked almost exactly like the half-skull smiley face on Ashley’s T-shirt there.

The skull faced boy david barr kirtley fan art

The second piece, by Jandan, is a sort of prequel image for my story “Cats in Victory,” in which she imagines what the characters Lion and Tiger might have looked like ten or fifteen years before the story takes place, when the deadly and vainglorious Lion was just a shy pupil.
cats in victory david barr kirtley jandan fan art

Skull-Faced Boy Fan Art on deviantArt

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I just discovered these two images over on deviantArt that were inspired by my short story “The Skull-Faced Boy.”

The skull-faced boy by blazeblackwing     The skull-faced boy by DarkAlley001

Blazeblackwing, creator of the first one, writes, “Hi. I was told that you were on here by a friend. He saw that I had drawn a pic titled ‘skull faced boy’ and said to see what you think of it. I first read it in a zombie collection of stories and loved reading it! I didn’t draw the skull-faced boy in the way I hoped you saw him, but in the way my own interpretation of him was.”

DarkAlley001, creator of the second image, says, “Recently I’ve become a maniac about podcasts — can you blame a person when the news is so depressing? One of these would be Pseudopod, an amazing source of horror/suspense/thriller short stories. I’ve been thinking of creating something for these stories for awhile, and with Halloween just around the corner, I feel inspired.”

And, if you missed it, also check out Jandan’s skull-faced boy art. I also have a deviantArt profile.

Cover for Anthology The Living Dead 2

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Here’s the cover for the zombie anthology The Living Dead 2, edited by John Joseph Adams, which will include my short story “The Skull-Faced City,” a sequel to my story “The Skull-Faced Boy” which appeared in The Living Dead. I love this cover. It matches the design of the first book, but the blue color scheme gives it a moody look all its own. Also check out the hi-res version.

Cover for The Living Dead 2 John Joseph Adams Anthology

Here’s a synopsis for “The Skull-Faced City”: The zombie army of Dustin the skull-faced boy has grown legion, and has constructed a grim necropolis for him to rule over alongside his reluctant bride, Ashley. His followers are urged to carve off their faces, and bounty hunters are sent out from the city to bring back living prisoners, for purposes unknown. Can anyone put an end to Dustin’s mad, paranoid reign?

Zombie Panel Photo

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The zombie panel last weekend was a smashing success. Here’s a photo:

Jonathan Maberry, Kim Paffenroth, David Barr Kirtley, John Joseph Adams, Rob Hauschild, Peter Gutierrez

The event was filmed, and will be appearing as a special feature on the Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated DVD.

Los muertos vivientes

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Here’s the cover of the Spanish edition of the zombie anthology The Living Dead (which contains my story “The Skull-Faced Boy”).

the living dead john joseph adams david barr kirtley zombies spanish minotauro

This is the first time a translation of one of my stories will be appearing in a book.

Zombie Encounter Show & Panel

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Just a reminder that I’ll be appearing in New Jersey tomorrow night to discuss zombies. Here’s the poster:

zombie encounter jonathan maberry kim paffenroth john joseph adams david barr kirtley peter gutierrez rob hauschild

Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey presents Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’ll be appearing at: The Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey presents Face the Fiction: Zombie Encounter & Film Festival, featuring the premiere of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, a re-creation of George Romero’s 1968 classic, now with each scene rendered by a different animator in their own unique visual style. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with me, Kim Paffenroth, Jonathan Maberry, Peter Gutierrez, and John Joseph Adams.

night o the living dead reanimated