This is the best zombie defense you could have!

Oh and did you know zombie ants are a thing?

I have to thank Ernie over on Twitter for this gif. Like, why don’t they do this in zombie movies? Best line of defense ever.

Anyway, I swapped what I was originally going to send this month about names in Science Fiction and my brain’s unusual process for figuring out how to pronounce them. (Spoiler alert: It makes no sense.)

Instead, I’m going to, once again, remind you that I have a book releasing soon and the clock is ticking down for when the pre-order sale is over. If you don’t act now (or at least before August 23rd) then zombie fungus will come take over your brain.

Okay, no it won’t, but I did read a spooky drabble where it took over a guy’s brain and made him climb up to the top of a building so it could explode from his head and spread its spores. AND zombie fungus is totally a real thing.

When the fungus infects a carpenter ant, it grows through the insect’s body, draining it of nutrients and hijacking its mind. Over the course of a week, it compels the ant to leave the safety of its nest and ascend a nearby plant stem. It stops the ant at a height of 25 centimeters—a zone with precisely the right temperature and humidity for the fungus to grow. It forces the ant to permanently lock its mandibles around a leaf. Eventually, it sends a long stalk through the ant’s head, growing into a bulbous capsule full of spores. And because the ant typically climbs a leaf that overhangs its colony’s foraging trails, the fungal spores rain down onto its sisters below, zombifying them in turn.—How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds

Seriously, if a zombie apocalypse happens, let’s hope it’s not THAT. We want slow, shuffling zombies that are dumb and easy to escape. Not spore spreading ones. Not ones that pretend to be dumb like Erin finds out in The Cure.

So, yeah, my pre-order deal is counting down and you should grab The Cure before it ends. Reviews are popping up and are calling it a page turner. Seriously, go get it. Get it now. I feel weird badgering you about it so let me shut up. 🙃

And remember, if you ever feel compelled to climb to the top of a building for some reason it means a zombie fungus has eaten your brain.


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