Happy Zombie Halloween!

My aunt throws an awesome Halloween party every year, and this year the Rish clan decided to coordinate our costumes. My mom found the t-shirts, and my brother got one of those makeup kits that creates rotting skin and oozing wounds. We all met up at my sister’s house and had a blast zombie-fying ourselves.  

May I present . . . the Reanimated Rishes!
Reanimated Rishes
At first, my dog Freya was so disturbed by what she saw she didn’t even want to look at me.
Scared Freya
But then she decided that even if I became an undead, brain-gobbling creature, she would remain my loyal companion.
Loyal Freya
While I’m on the subject of zombies, today is the book birthday for my friend Leah Rhyne’s novel Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights. Leah and I used to work together testing software at Blackbaud, and it’s funny because I didn’t even find out she was a fellow writer until after I quit to write full time.  
Here’s the description of her book:
Undead AmericaMillions died when the zombie plague swept the country. For the survivors, the journey has just begun.
Jenna, Sam, and Lola are still alive. Jenna avoids human contact, traveling East Coast backroads with her boyfriend, a dog named Chicken, and a Louisville Slugger. Sam escapes to the mountains, where he’s conscripted into a zombie-slaying militia sent on nightly raids to kill the undead…and innocent civilians. Lola’s imprisoned in the “safety” of a zombie-free New Orleans hotel, but life grows more dangerous when her brother gets bitten by a zombie.
Jenna arrives in the French Quarter, lured by the false promises of New Orleans’ drunken leader. There, she’s ripped away from her boyfriend, drugged, and dumped in a death camp after refusing Franklin’s sexual advances. Jenna and Lola’s lives collide there, where the dead live and the dying are victims of gruesome medical experiments. 
Escape isn’t easy: release the genetically-enhanced zombies from the lab to create a diversion, slip away, and don’t get eaten. When Sam arrives, will he join the right side of the battle? 
Whew, sounds intense! You can watch the trailer here and order your copy here. Leah is also having a giveaway on her blog, so check it out.
Congratulations, Leah, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read it!
I hope everyone has a very Happy Halloween!!
What did you dress up as for Halloween this year? Are you a fan of zombies? Do you have a plan in place for when the zombie apocalypse arrives?


Leah Rhyne's picture

Jocelyn! Thank you SO MUCH for the write-up!

And the pics? They're FABULOUS!! Love it!!


Medeia Sharif's picture

Happy book birthday to Leah!

Awesome pictures. What fun. I was boring and I'm costume-free today.

Lexa Cain's picture

I love the matching costumes and am so glad Freya decided to forgive you for being an undead, brain-eating zombie.
Leah's book sounds awesome! I love me some mean zombies and even meaner zombie-killers!
I hope you had a Happy Halloween! :-D

Adriana Ryan's picture

Hahaha! I love Freya's expression in the first pic! You guys make an awesome undead family. :D Were you wearing reflective contacts, or is that just the flash doing its thing?

Congraaats to Leah--I'm so excited for her!!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Leah - I'm so thrilled for you that I was happy to help how I could.  :-)
Medeia - Thanks!
Lexa - Zombies are awesome!  I hope you had a Happy Halloween too!
Adriana - It was just the flash working in my favor for once.  :-)

Caryn Caldwell's picture

What a fantastic costume, and how cool that you all coordinated! You guys looked very creepy. I know I, for one, would have given you all my candy, even the stuff I hoard at the back of my closet in the hopes no one will eat it before I do.

michelle's picture

Such cool costumes, Jocelyn!
Very, very creepy... *shudders*... but your family made a great bunch of zombies!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Caryn and Michelle! :-)

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