March 21, 2014 - 11:23 AM
KELOWNA – You'll recognize the landmarks in a horror novel about zombies and vampires set in the Okanagan.
Zombie Angst was written by Kelowna resident Jim Couper. Best known for books about travel, Couper’s work has been featured in Pacific Yachting, Trailer Life, North of 50 Degrees and others. He has also written two guide books about the Okanagan and Highway 97.
His latest novel is quite the departure from the travel fare.
“There’s a police chief and her assistant, there is zombie Mort and zombie Doogie and then there are two alien investigators from Ottawa. Mort the zombie is sort of the star of the show,” he says.
The book also follows a group of reclusive vampires whose feeding habits are negatively impacted by a zombie uprising in the Okanagan.
“There’s a sort of cabal of vampires in Peachland that normally just go about their business of quietly running a bar but because of the zombies spilling all the blood, they create some problems for the vampires.”
Couper says he is not a vampire fan and that his treatment of them in his book reflects that.
“They don’t get treated very respectfully,” he says.
Some of the local landmarks featured in the book include Okanagan Lake, Rattlesnake Island and the Dominion Radio Observatory.
“The Dominion Observatory plays a part in funneling electromagnetic radio waves into the ground, which kind of wakes up the dead.”
Couper was at Chapters Kelowna earlier this month, signing copies of books and meeting fans. A spokesperson for Chapters says they sold out but have since brought in more copies.
The 292 page novel is published by Severed Press, Australia and is available online or at Chapters in Orchard Park.
“I loved (writing the book),” Couper says. “Every night I’d go to sleep thinking about the next chapter and wake up excited to write it.”
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Tony Neville dressed as Zombie Mort at Pulp Fiction in Kelowna Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Image Credit: Pulp Fiction
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