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I'm chronicling a brutal zombie attack on the State of Illinois. I need your help to raise this book from the dead! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 10, 2011.

I'm chronicling a brutal zombie attack on the State of Illinois. I need your help to raise this book from the dead!

Chicago, IL Fiction
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I'm Scott Kenemore, the author of The Zen of Zombie and several other books about the undead.

I'm working on Zombie, Illinois the follow-up to my last book Zombie, Ohio It's the story of a gruesome zombie attack on Chicago, Chicagoland, and outlying areas.

Specifically, I am looking for funds that will allow me to travel to locations all across the state to do research on settings for different parts of the story.  There are many potential locations I want to scout firsthand.  I have a good, working knowledge of Chicagoland, but Illinois is big!  I'd like to be able travel to all of the locations I'm thinking of using for this book. . .and consider how they might be attacked by horrible, bloodthirsty zombies. 

An amount of around $900 (or more!) would allow me do this handily, and fund several trips to different parts of the state.

Plus, I love engaging friends and readers, and I feel like my backer awards are designed to make this project a two-way street in a fun way.  Have you ever wanted to be a part of a zombie book?  If this Kickstarter works, this book will have input from people who care about zombie fiction, and I will get traveling funds for a thorough survey of the state.  That's a kickass deal!

To conclude, I think my last novel-- Zombie, Ohio-- really showed a lot of promise. 

Publisher's Weekly called it "darkly humorous." 

ALA Booklist went whole-hog and said: "George Romero, director of the original Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, should snap up the rights to this novel. It has everything: zombies, gore, brain-eating, love, death, even a murder mystery." 

And The Cleveland Plain Dealer said "Scott Kenemore writes with a deadpan wit that makes you keep turning pages."

(Here's a link to a page where you can see a bunch of other reviews I've gotten.)

I'm excited to write something set in my adopted home state of Illinois.  A place so interesting, exciting, and dynamic deserves a really good zombie novel.  These funds will help me complete the research I need to pen something really awesome, terrifying, and-- above all-- authentic. 

If I receive these funds, I expect to be done with a draft of Zombie, Illinois by early 2012.


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    I will thank you by name on my zombie blog (

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    You will be thanked on my blog AND receive an e-copy of "Zombie, Illinois" when it is completed in early 2012 (or sooner).

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    You get the blog thanks, the e-copy, AND a signed hard copy of "Zombie, Ohio" the prequel to "Zombie, Illinois"

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    Zombie Advice! I will make myself personally available by telephone for a discussion (limit 30 mins.) of zombie survival, zombie behavior, and the possibility of improving your life by being more like a zombie. (Please note that none of my advice should actually be followed without first consulting a physician and/or local law enforcement.)

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    You get the blog thanks, the e-copy, PLUS I will name a minor character in "Zombie, Illinois" after you. (Or use a name of your choosing-- provided it is not ridiculous.)

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    You get the blog thanks, the e-copy, the autographed "Zombie, Ohio" book, PLUS I will base a ZOMBIE in "Zombie, Illinois" on you. (You must be willing to provide me with a photo or detailed physical description of yourself, and be comfortable with my protagonists killing/beheading/immolating you in gruesome and disturbing ways.)

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    You get the blog thanks, the e-copy of "Zombie, Illinois", the autographed copy of "Zombie, Ohio", the zombie phone call, PLUS "Zombie, Illinois" will be dedicated to you, thus allowing you to "live forever" in a work of art (just as zombies "live forever" by, you know, never actually dying).

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