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Monday, May 30, 2011

Timothy Holbrook and the Zombie Interview

Russell Burns from the Island Standard newspaper interviews Timothy Holbrook about the “Zombie Curse.”                            

Russ: How old are you, Tim?

Tim: I’m going to be seventeen.

Russ: Did you have any idea that there might be zombies on the farm your dad inherited from Mr. Wailingreen?

Tim: We knew that there might be a ghost. A girl who died in a mysterious fire many years ago, because my dad told us about that before we left California. Her name was Sadie and there were different stories about how the fire started.

Russ: But what about the zombies?

Tim: I don’t think there were zombies until after we moved there. Faith Hollow Township had a history of paranormal events.

Russ: Such as?

Tim: Voodoo for example. The Faith family had several voodoo mambas and there were also huongan asogwe, high priests. Wizards. I learned that some wizards can do magic with both hands, that is good and bad magic.

Russ: It’s a choice they can make?

Tim: I think so. Yes.

Russ: Did you ever see the actual ghost of Sadie?

Tim: She liked to creep up on me when I did something stupid. Like take a pratfall in the mud. You kind of look like you don’t believe it Mr. Burns. We spoke to each other frequently.

Russ: You’re certain? It is kind of a stretch.

Tim: Sadie liked poetry. I learned part of a poem to recite to her. A wizard told me that ghosts are kind of like lost dogs wandering around. I wanted to help her and in order to do that I had to get her to trust me.

Russ: Speaking of dogs. My editor arranged this interview and one of his notes suggests that you trained your dog to find voodoo dolls.

Tim: I didn’t train her she just came by it naturally I guess.

Russ: Do you have a girlfriend?

Tim: Yeah, well. I’m sort of going steady.

Russ: Can you tell us who she is?

Tim: Not really. See? I sort of haven’t asked her.

Russ: Any closing remarks?

Tim: I guess you can tell everybody that in spite of my good luck I’m still going to be in the stove wood business when school is out. Folks can phone my house to set up an order.

Russ: (laughs).

Authorial Intrusion Here: The working title of the new adventure is “Timothy Holbrook and the Reflected Worlds.”

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I’m wondering if anyone else is bothered by the fact that The New Yorker magazine has become so political. It seems as if some issues are wall to wall reporting of wars, revolutions and elections. IMHO since David Remnick became editor it’s turned into a news magazine. Granted, when Tina Brown was editor it was celebrity driven to the point of ad nauseam. Where’s the balance?

I’m seriously considering not renewing my subscription after too many years to count.

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