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About William Allen Pepper

I’m a father, a husband, a novelist,  and playwright. I wrote the novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a Santa Claus story, of sorts, for adults. Find out more about me, the book, and maybe even some tasty bits of other extraneous writings at the website, A Carnival-Like Atmosphere of Glee, http://www.carnivalofglee.com/

2 thoughts on “About William Allen Pepper

  1. Hey Mr. Pepper – thanks for your blog post. I’m the guy who’s book you may or may not read. (sigh. story of my life when it comes to fiction). But I gotta make a couple of offers. First, you let me know how to get it to you, and I’ll send you my book. It’d be my honor, and I promise as well to read yours. I like meeting authors.

    Moreover, I think we pretty much agree with each other. I know the Donner story well. I even wrote about something similar when trying to explain the ill-placed fascination with the zombie genre. Part of the current excitement with all end-of-the-world scenarios is I think this mistaken notion that the frontiers were a good thing. The frontiers, if anyone reads even 3 pages from the journals of those who wandered the Oregon or Santa Fe Trails, were nightmares. And the End-of-The-World would be worse than the frontier. (Did you read “The Road”?)

    So, I don’t like the zombie trope for its frontier mentality. I think that’s a mistaken reading of the meaning in the stories. I like the genre, and I can speak comfortably I think for others in this realm, precisely because the bad guys are not the zombies. They don’t, as you so rightly point out, care. They can’t be bad if they can’t feel anything. Getting mad at them is like getting mad at a hungry alligator. BUT – they’re not the problem in zombie stories. Zombie stories aren’t about zombies (at least not the ones I like). They’re about mistakes. They’re about what NOT to do. The zombies are easy to get away from. Hell, you just have to walk slightly faster than they do, and that’s not that fast. Still, a zombie could be 4 feet from a man in the story, and he’ll turn and shoot the thing rather than walk away. The messes in good zombie stories come from the humans and the ways they misbehave, over-react find it near impossible to drop their petty prejudices despite the threat of the zombies. That’s what the stories are about. You could write the same story about natural disasters, but that doesn’t make for the same movie, and the movie has to be tongue-in-cheek enough for us to tolerate the levied criticism. So, and with great respect, I must disagree with your pronouncement that this is sad. The fans I know and have been lucky enough to talk with would argue the opposite. They’d say we’re fortunate to have a metaphor for the ways humans screw up that makes audiences who might otherwise fail to take notice stop and think.

    I look forward to your response.

    Best Regards,

    Steven Schlozman

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