Tales of the Nothing Man by Brothers Dunne #zOctober2015

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Welcome to the 3rd annual zOctober event hosted here on My Book Addiction! I’m super thrilled to have so many fabulous authors on the blog, as well as so many incredible fans stopping by to see what’s new in the zombie world. Thank you to everyone for being here!! Let’s welcome our next author….

Tales of the Nothing Man

Tales of the Nothing Man
by Brothers Dunne
Publication date: July 15th 2015
by ATZ Publications
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies

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*SURVIVOR: A person, against all odds, who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks. Someone who outlives the others.
*APOCALYPSE: A universal or widespread destruction or disaster. The end of civilization. A cataclysm in which the forces of evil significantly outweigh those of good.
*ZOMBIE: The body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and willless for but one goal: the consumption of human flesh. A creature of no prejudice, no bias and no fear.
**NOTHING: What is it? Define it. Not anything. No thing. Nothing remains of what once was. Once defined, becomes something. Once a man, but now a void of emotion.
Between these pages, we promise no answers.
What we do, is offer tales of despair, pain and loss. We share stories of courage, strength and humanity. Scattered survivors in a shattered dead world set upon individual quests. Seven strangers with no common thread, weaving a patchwork quilt of survival with little more than one single reason: because they must. The man who they have all seen. The man they seek. The man who is nothing, intertwines them.

HARK! We promise you nothing


~Guest Post~

G’day Everyone,

Comedy in horror writing? How do you do it? It’s not easy, but i think it makes for a better story. Especially in horror stories. It’s the ying to the yang, the calm in the storm, the flash of light in the dark, the held back smile in the face of fear and the kung to the fu.

If done properly it can add to the story in a big way. Done incorrectly it just seems amateurish. One of my best lines I ever wrote was when we were still in school: The devastation was overwhelming, my heart sank and I softly farted. – See? Amateurish.

My favourite type of humour is the awkward, everyday, relatable humour. You know those awkward moments that we all encounter but most of us ignore. e.g. you drive down the freeway on the way to work, all alone on your own version of auto pilot. Not thinking of anything, maybe you don’t even notice the grin on your head listening to the morning crew chatting and laughing. Maybe you don’t realize your wearing your resting bitch face because you hate the world and everything on it because you shouldn’t be up, yet let alone driving to work. But for some unknown, unexplainable reason you look out your window, not the front window, but the side window. It may be fate, it may be dumb luck or it could be the force, because for one brief second you look out the side window at that exact same time the driver in the car next to you looks out their window and you lock eyes for a few brief awkward seconds. You both see each other’s dumb grins or resting bitch faces. For a brief few seconds you see into the other persons little niche but neither of you admit it’s awkward and both parties continue on their ways.

It’s hard to explain awkward humour in writing. On screen, in a movie or on TV it would only take a few seconds to build the awkward humour, however when writing it, it takes a lot more explanation and can often lose the subtlety of the situation. For instance I find great humour in that little patch of awkwardness that can come not following the unspoken life rules. An example would be not following the rules on the required distance that is acceptable to hold the door open for the person following you. If you’re standing there looking like an idiot for to long because missed judged how long the next person will take to get through said door it can be very awkward. You can’t just close the door behind you and enter the room alone that would just be rude. Do you pretend that you weren’t ready to go through the door yet and close the door and wait for this person to catch up a little bit? And then there is the ordeal of letting the person in, do you walk through and hold it behind you, or do you sort of stand half in the door way half in front of the door struggling to hold it open, but pretending it’s easy while the person has to slide to closely past you.

Another example can be as simple as saying “You too”

Take-a-way employee: “Enjoy your burger Sir.”
You: “You too.”

You expect the take a way employee to say enjoy your day, instead he says something else, but you already have your answer in the chamber and you accidentally discharge before knowing what your doing. Of course you don’t want the take a way employee to also enjoy your burger. You didn’t order enough for you to both share because you weren’t intending on sharing. You’re only logical course of action is to find another burger joint and never speak of this again.

There is also the ‘set up and knock down’ type of humour. I have an example below that I made for a friend as a novelty wine label.

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Tales of the Noting Man is by no means a Zomedy! The comedy in the book is no more than the typical flash light in a horror movie. Only flickering in the darkness giving glimpses of light. With TNM we set out to write something unique in the genre (something very hard to do in such a flooded genre) And have hopefully succeeded in doing so by joining several different tales, written in different styles all married together with one common denominator – The Nothing Man. Don’t take our word for it though, check out the link below and have a read of the reviews.

Also, needs to be said. All profits of the month of October will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.

We would love to know what you guys think. If you made it this far we have some questions for you. It would be really awkward if nobody asked anything…


Questions for you! Be sure to post your answers
in the comments for a chance to win!

What type of comedy do you like in writing?

Do you think either of these work?

Do you have any examples of other types that might also work in writing?

I would love to see some examples of witty dialogue!

Thank you for signing up for the event, Brothers Dunne. I’m super excited to read Tales of the Nothing Man. How cool to have it published by ATZ!! Happy zOctober to you both. ~ Toni


~About the Authors~

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Residing in Western Australia, Brothers Dunne is the collective pen name of Aussies Justin and Robert Dunne, the creators of The Nothing Man. An interesting fact about Brothers Dunne: they are identical twins. They have both been writing their entire lives; both with beautiful wives and children; both surrounded by good friends and family (obviously); both with amazing imaginations and the ability to convey stories. After publishing several successful short stories, the two brothers revealed a project they’d secretly worked on for several years aptly named Tales of The Nothing Man.
Tales of The Nothing Man is their first full length novel. Showcasing their ability to combine prose, horror, and gut-wrenching emotion, Brothers Dunne begin their literary travels across the zombie apocalypse. But it won’t end here, my friends. They have several more rabbits to pull from their hats for you.
So read… enjoy… relax…

…until Brothers Dunne say “stop”. brothers dunne 2

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Pam E

    I like awkward humour because it’s usually the sort of thing that I would do, like the burger bar example.
    I like smutty humour too, but it has to be the right kind of book for it to work properly.

  • I like all kinds of humor – throw it all in there! Naughty. Corny. Physical. Dark. Inappropriate (or does that fall under naughty?)

  • NC_WA

    I like the awkward humor because it lends itself to dialogue and situational comedy in writing. I also like witty banter like in The Martian, or the Nexus books by Nicolas Wilson.

  • Jami Broveak

    Horror and comedy together make me think of movies like Shaun of the Dead or anything written by Mark Tufo.. If you can scare me and then make me laugh, I will love you forever 🙂

  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    I like romantic comedy.

  • Jeanine

    I like witty comedy, especially when someone is so witty that the other person doesn’t even realize they’ve been made a patsy.