Today I’m super excited to be hosting a stop on the Donners of the Dead Tour and have the pleasure of having author Karina Halle on the blog sharing some films that inspired her new horror romance. If you love a story that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat and throws in a little smexy romance, add this to your TBR list ASAP!
“Three Movies that Inspired My Book” by Karina Halle
When it comes to writing a zombie book, it’s hard not to be influenced by zombie films. That said, I actually haven’t seen many zombie films. I know, considering I’ve written eleven horror books, that might come as a shock but the truth is that zombie films scare the sh*t out of me. I don’t know why it is, maybe because zombies don’t represent a threat to one or two individuals but to mankind as a whole. I mean, how do you win against that?
That said, the zombies in Donners of the Dead aren’t your typical zombies and even the classification of zombie is a pretty loose one. As such, there weren’t many films that could match the twist on the creature, nor the time period (1850s).
Except for one: Ravenous. This 1999 black comedy horror gem of a film stars Robert Carlyle and Guy Pierce in a tale loosely based on the Donner Party. There aren’t any zombies but it does deal with the supernatural effects of Cannibalism. The only thing missing from Ravenous is the romance.
The films Duel in the Sun (with my beloved Gregory Peck in a rare lecherous role), John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) and of course Pocahontas are some other films that could be called influential, if not carry similar themes of forbidden love, history and racism.
That said, I’m not sure if any one film directly influenced Donners of the Dead. While something like Ravenous is fairly similar, I didn’t actually watch the film until I had started writing Donners.
There is only one thing that I could count as somewhat directly influencing Donners of the Dead and it actually isn’t a film. It’s the video game Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. I mean, the hero in that game, John Marston ain’t too different from Jake McGraw, at least not in the looks department and when you take into the account that Undead Nightmare combines zombies AND a western, well you can see how it influenced me. I came up with the idea for Donners about two years ago and though I can’t remember how exactly I came up with it, I’m sure it was a combination of playing Red Dead Redemption then hearing or reading something about the Donner Party and then wondering “what if?”
Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle
Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive
The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.
What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.
***This is NOT New Adult***
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Giveaway provided by author
Tour wide giveaway
Open to US and Canada
(All to 1 winner): Signed paperbacks of Donners of the Dead, The Devil’s Metal and The Devil’s Reprise plus a tote bag AND a one-page handwritten story about the winner in a fight with a zombie!
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