Check Out the New Site!

Hello all! Well, I suppose you've noticed by now that the JessePetersen.net site has gone through a major overhaul! I loved the old site to death (thank you awesome peeps at Orbit for making it beautiful for the last three years!) but since I'm not longer writing strictly zombie books, it was time for a change. We had a new header designed by the very talented AzeilaRose, who I found on Fiverr and you can also find her on Deviantart if you're looking for artwork. She's wonderful and very reasonable. There Read more [...]

Take This Job: In the Dead Volume 2

Take This Job… “I want to start by saying it wasn’t my fault,” Carter said as he stared at the three people staring at him from behind the table. They were his judges. His jury. They could easily be his executioners, too, if he couldn’t talk himself out of this. The zombie apocalypse was fucked up that way. “Tell us what happened,” the woman in ragged clothes asked him. She had a knife stuck in the wood of the tabletop in front of her. The blade was bloody and the handle was Read more [...]

Prison Break: In the Dead Volume 2

 Prison Break Brett Walters had killed his wife in 1992 because the bitch was cheating on him with his cousin Max. Come to think of it, he’d killed Max, too. The lawyers had argued for innocence, but fuck… everyone knew what he’d done. He hadn’t really tried to hide it. In all truth, he was a bit proud of it. No one had deserved to die more than Charlene. But it had been almost twenty years since he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was tired of prison. Tired of thugs. Read more [...]

Info on IN THE DEAD: Volume 2 — Free Stories!!

So many of you have asked me about more zombie books, more Dave and Sarah books, just more in general! If you read my Summer update back in June, you already know that I've recently sold two books about monsters in a support group in New York City to Pocket, to be released next Spring. And I'm happy to announce that I will start writing a 4th Dave and Sarah book (Living With the Dead Series) this Fall. I don't have all the particulars set for publication (whether it will be self-published or come Read more [...]

Guest Post: Why I Put My Zombies Behind Bars

Welcome to our first guest blogger, Marty Shaw, who writes about putting zombies in prison (a topic I'm most interested in since I'm currently writing a zombie in prison short WEIRD). Welcome Marty! To paraphrase Doctor Who, zombies are cool. All you have to do is take a stroll through your local bookstore, click over to Amazon, or switch the TV to AMC for The Walking Dead, and it’s easy to tell that animated, rotting corpses are the ‘in’ thing these days… and it’s about time the iconic Read more [...]

11 Favorite Moments of 2011

Well, I am just WAY behind the eightball on this one. Most everyone else has come and gone with their "2011" recap posts, but I've never been one to follow trends. Hell, I should put this post off until June and really confused everyone. Maybe not. At any rate, with the New Year just a little while ago, I've been thinking a lot about my favorite moments in 2011. It was a wacky year, but here are some of my own highlights: 11. Making the decision to move to Arizona/Putting our house on the market/selling Read more [...]

Why Seattle/Pacific Northwest?

As I'm writing this, I've just put the finishing touches on a new proposal and sent it off to my literary agent. No, it's not a Dave and Sarah book, but there are zombies in it. Also, it's set in the Pacific Northwest (in a fictional town called Edgewater, Oregon) just like MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was set in the Pacific Northwest (in the non-fictional town of Seattle). Over the years, people have asked me why write zombie stories set in the Pacific Northwest so here is my answer. One reason why I Read more [...]

Ask Me Anything

Thanks to the awesomeness of zombie fans, I get quite a bit of email/twitter @s/Facebook posts and lots of times I just can’t get to all of them in a timely fashion. So today I’m asking you… ask me anything. I will either answer today OR I’ll make an entire blog post out of the question.

So ask me about me, writing, publishing, zombies, cats, video games, life, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, whatever.

This could be fun… or utterly terrifying. Now… GO!

Kids These Days

I'm officially getting old. I have a three-year-old nephew. And here we are in the car and he wants my phone. To play games. Which he can load and play all by himeself. Working the menus, please he doesn't need Aunt Jesse for that. He's got it. You know what this means, right? First off, the kid knows more about my phone than I do. I didn't even know about Angry Birds (I'm not big on phone games). Secondly, he and his tiny pre-schooler friends will soon take over the world. I fear they will be Read more [...]