The reclusive author Jack Strange is an unusual fellow. His exact age is unknown. Those who've dared to ask him have never survived long enough to divulge the answer.
His writing is dark and comedic. He has a biting wit, an acid tongue, and some say hoofed feet. With his leaning towards the undead, he's a natural for the world of horror and gore.
Jack signed for Kensington Gore publishing in early 2016 in blood, no-one is sure whose.
His first dark, comedic horror novel, “Celebrity Chef Zombie apocalypse” is to be published May 28th 2016. It’s a tale of true love, zombies, sex, cooking, cannibalism, depraved sex, and chasseur sauce.
Jack's done too many jobs to mention. He could tell you, but then he’d have to kill you. Not because he worked for the secret services as a hit man or an executioner. It’s just that he gets bored very easily.
He has a wife, poor woman, and two lovely daughters who can’t be named for legal reasons.
Oh, and besides all that, Jack Strange lives in Huddersfield West Yorkshire. Need we say more?
KG: Who is your favourite writer?
JS: Russel H. Greenan.
Greenan is - like me - highly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, and he combines wit, erudition, and tight plots with great writing. He terrifies you one moment and has you laughing out loud the next.
He's so inventive it's impossible to pigeonhole any of his novels into a single genre.
These are the qualities you'll find in my novel ‘Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse.’
KG: What's your favourite book?
JS: It Happened In Boston by Russel H. Greenan. (See above!)
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
JS: Yes, I read all the time.
I’m currently reading Darla Etienne Hogan’s book of short stories – ‘Demise and other Macabre Endings.’ I’m most impressed by the way he creates a world with a few deft sentences then turns that world upside down before you know it. He’s a master of the short story.
I’m also reading Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk. It has much in common with CCZA – it’s an outrageous idea worked through to its logical conclusion with a lot of laughs along the way. I’m very much enjoying it.
KG: What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
JS: The sequel to CCZA.
I’ve also got a couple of other ideas but I’m keeping them under my hat for the time being – the world isn’t yet ready to hear about them. It’d cause too much shock and confusion if I were to release those dangerous ideas of mine into the public domain right now.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years time?
JS: In Monaco or some other tax haven on the balcony of an exclusive villa overlooking the Mediterranean with a glass of something suitably alcoholic in my hand and a gorgeous pouting secretary hanging on my every word as I dictate my latest Magnum Opus to her.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
JS: Making myself and others laugh, and listening to the plaudits from my many adoring fans.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
JS: I wouldn’t – there’s enough competition out there already.
KG: What would you say to inspire young writers?
JS: Get fucking writing!
© Kensington Gore Publishing 2016
1.Paradoxically, nothing I do outside of writing is fun. My life is deadly, and I do mean deadly, serious.
2.I never smile.
3.I used to move corpses around a morgue for a living.
4.The quality of my life was hugely improved when the Magic Rock Brewery opened up a new bar within a 5 minute walk of my house.
5.I am Huddersfield’s number one fan.
6.No-one knows my real age, not even me.
7.My lucky number isn’t 7.
Then Get it stright from the horse's mouth. From Jack Strange himself.
Top author, his views are his own, no one else would own up to them.
Cats and their humans have always lived peacefully together – Ancient Egyptians worshiped them, musicals have been written about them, the internet goes Gaga for them - Zomcats! Dumps all that into the litter tray of life.
This ain't no cute, cuddly kitten zombie story.
ZOMCATS! by Jack Strange does for cuddly felines what James Herbert’s horror classic The Rats did for rodents.
It's violent, horror laced mayhem with savage satire and devilish dark humour.
The action starts on the first page and doesn’t stop till the shocking cliff hanger climax on the last.
Zomcats! When their 9 lives are up they come back from the dead!
"Strange writes Zomcats! as though he's on a mixture of speed and catnip!"
- Kensington Gore
ZOMCATS! ARE OUT THE BAG!!
Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse is the story of the dead celebrity chef Floyd Rampant, who rises from his grave aiming to create a zombie army of chefs who will rule the world, using the human species as the main ingredient in their cordon bleu meals.
It is dark, original, and so funny it should carry a government health warning.
It is a gourmet feast, an unmissable read, and a black and poignant joke. Part horror story, part political and social satire, it gives the reader a fast-paced entrée of dread, a main course of panic and a dessert of distress.
CCZA, as it's known for short, has a cast of unforgettable characters, most of whom meet with gruesome ends. The action begins in Croydon, moves to London, and reaches its explosive climax in the author’s home town of Huddersfield.
This smart, witty and profound modern day classic works on many levels.
Reclusive author Jack Strange signed for Kensington Gore Publishing in early 2016 in blood, no-one is sure whose. He has a wife, poor woman, and two lovely daughters who can’t be named for legal reasons. Oh, and besides all that, Jack Strange lives in Huddersfield West Yorkshire. Need we say more?
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
JS: When I was a child my parents couldn’t afford to buy me any toys so the only thing I had to play with was a pen. Well, not quite the only thing.
KG: What gave you the idea for your latest book?
JS: Eating raw steak while watching a cooking show hosted by a zombie-like celebrity chef who can’t be named (like so many things in my life) for legal reasons.