By now, I’m sure you’ve seen Emera’s and my numerous reviews of Isaac Marion‘s works, namely The Inside, Warm Bodies, and Anna. These works are pretty much all highly recommended, and are self-published by Marion (links provided at the bottom of this post). Marion is noted for his strange genre niche that is, for the most part, a mix of horror, weird fiction, and romanticism.
Back in the day, in the summer of ’08, I discovered Isaac Marion, a wonderful, prolific writer of short stories. He had recently (I think) released a self-published novel, The Inside, so I decided to order one after reading the rather tantalizing synopsis of a man who chases a girl in his dreams. The communication and order process was great, and I soon owned and read The Inside. Also, at the time, I was living in a temporary summer dormitory.
And then Anna, another self-published comic adaptation of a ghost short story, was released and I purchased. Finally, I snatched up the eagerly awaited Warm Bodies, Marion’s second self-published novel, a zombie love story expanded from an old short story. At the end of all this, a year and a summer later, I graduated and moved to an off-campus apartment.
Now, I had been receiving emails from desk workers at my old temporary summer dorm telling me I had mail, and assuming any important mail would be forwarded to me, I ignored them. Besides, I was too lazy to make the trek out there. But lo and behold, half a year later at my apartment I found a postcard for me in the mail and thought
“Hurr? Mail forz me?”
Fucking. Brilliant. In case you don’t know, R is the zombie protagonist from Warm Bodies and “I am a Zombie Filled with Love”. The short story, especially, experiments with 1st person zombie narration, emphasizing a zombie’s inability to form coherent thought and retain its grasp of the English language. There is a sad, pathetic, yet romantic beauty about R that really drew me to the story. Notice that the poststamp is December 2008. Well… I got it half a year later in June, but no matter. Basically, (I think again) Marion sent these personalized postcards to people who purchased The Inside to promote his new novel.
This postcard arrived after I had read Warm Bodies, and after a bit of confusion, I understood exactly and squeed Really. Hard. Just imagine if you received a postcard from the character of a book you had just read. Yeah.