"The military references are superbly authentic, giving Scratch some credibility as an everyday hero, and I loved the characterization and development that had clearly gone into even the smallest of side characters. Despite the violence and gore of the horror genre, I smiled all the way through this accomplished and engaging read. Overall, THEM Invasion is a rip-roaring action fest with plenty to entertain fans of the zombie, action, adventure and horror genres, especially if they also love Texas!" ~ K.C. Finn, Reader's Favorite Reviews (5-star review)
"...manages to blend everything I like about zombie novels, vampire hunting novels, dystopian fiction at large, the CW show Supernatural, and John Wayne westerns all in one beautiful, gore-infused shot. This series is a must read for horror enthusiasts and zombie fans alike." ~ Fox Emm, ZombieApocalypse.net
From the Author
Me too! That's why I write stories that grab you by the throat and put you on the edge of your seat from page one. I write twisted, Southern-fried zombie apocalypse military novels set in a dystopian near-future Texas where the dead walk and the things that go bump in the night are looking for a midnight snack... and humans are first on the menu.
FAQ With M.D. Massey
(Note: Since I seem to get the same questions from people about my books, I decided to create this FAQ to answer those questions for potential readers and fans of the series. If you have additional questions, feel free to follow me on Facebook @mdmasseyauthor and post or PM your questions to me there. Thanks!)
Can you describe your series and explain what it's all about?
Sure. The series is about what would happen if the end of the world as we know it occurred due to a paranormal apocalypse. It centers on a single main character, Aidan "Scratch" Sullivan, a former Army Ranger and Afghanistan war vet who is dealing with PTSD and trying to reintegrate into civilian society when the proverbial SHTF ("stuff hits the fan," for you non-prepper, non-ex-military types out there).
Over the course of the first book, Invasion, we get to see how Aidan survives the zombie apocalypse. We also witness how the events of those first few days mold and change him. And finally, we get an idea of how his early experiences will inform his decisions during the rest of the series.
What's a paranormal apocalypse?
I don't want to give too much away, but it's what happens when the things that go bump in the night take over the planet. Think "zombie apocalypse" but with other creatures fighting humankind for survival and control as well.
Why did you choose to do a paranormal take on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic book series?
Well, for starters because the sci-fi zombie apocalypse angle has been done to death. Don't get me wrong; I love those books. I couldn't get enough of Day by Day Armageddon and World War Z, and I love modern zompoc films like 28 Days Later and even the film adaptation of World War Z, and I'm an avid fan of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. That being said, I felt that zompoc novels in general had become stale and derivative, and I wanted to write a series of zombie apocalypse books that were new and fresh.
Also, I've always said that if I wrote a book series I was going to write something that I would like to read. Well, guess what? I've always loved reading paranormal fiction. I love urban fantasy novels and cross-genre works like Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series as well as books like The Demon Accords series by John Conroe and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (although that's about as close to reading paranormal romance as I get). So, I wanted to write a good zombie book series that incorporated elements of the paranormal as well.
What other influences are prevalent in the series?
Make no mistake, these are action novels in every sense of the word. As a kid, I devoured classic sci-fi and fantasy pulp fiction novels by authors such as Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Lester Dent. So, hopefully the influence of those authors and their works is apparent in this series.
Of course, my lifelong fascination with the martial arts has had a strong influence on what I write. I was introduced to the martial arts at an early age, at a karate demo put on by a local instructor. After that I was hooked, and since my mom couldn't afford to put me in lessons at the time I spent the next few years reading every martial arts book I could get my hands on.
Later when I was a young teen my uncle convinced a family friend to take me on as a student, and I haven't stopped training since. Over the years I've studied various forms of karate, Filipino martial arts, Bruce Lee's jeet kune do, Krav Maga, and a bit of jiu-jitsu as well, so you'll see that influence in the fight scenes that appear within the series.
What else would you like readers to know about the Scratch Sullivan series?
Mainly that I write to entertain. When I say that I write pulp, I mean it. I'm not writing to win awards, I'm writing to please the people who pick up my books by writing the best zombie books I can. So, I want to know what readers like about my books, and what they want to see more of in future novels.
If any reader wants to contact me to let me know what they'd like to see in upcoming installments in this series, or in the spin-off novels I have planned, I invite them to follow me on Facebook @mdmasseyauthor and post comments on my page or message me there.