Guest Blogger: Zombie Phreak

As I’ve stated, I’m going to be hosting a guest blog on Thursdays.  To help me test this new event is the blogger, Zombie Phreak.  He is an Amazon reviewer and a good friend that was nice enough to be my first victim.  For anyone curious about the connection, he’s also the real Nimby.  I’ve asked him to talk about how he got into writing Amazon reviews and his opinion on how one should write a review.  Without further ado, here’s Zombie Phreak:

Being an Amazon reviewer is something I just kinda stumbled into one day.  I had taken some books out from the library and they were just so horrible that I just had to tell somebody how bad they were and warn others to stay away.  It started with just zombie books and then it later grew into other things as well like movies, graphic novels and video games.

My main focus was on zombie fiction and still kinda is to this day.  You can tell just by my name, “Zombie Phreak,” that I love zombies.   My Kindle is loaded with zombie books and I read zombie fiction almost every day.  Eventually I moved from just telling people how bad something was to telling them how good things were and in the end I settled on a mixture of both.  Now I try to avoid doing just completely negative reviews.  I’ll point out what is wrong with the book but I’ll also give the author props on what they did well.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rip a bad piece of literature to shreds if it deserves it, but I’ll also sing the author’s praises if he or she did a great job.

When I do review something on Amazon (And then cross post to my blog), I like to do a summary of the book and put in little comments here and there.  So that way the reader can get a quick overview of what the story is about and then decide for themselves if they want to read it as well.  I learned a while ago that putting spoiler alerts in a review is important so you’ll see spoiler tags in almost everything I do in order to warn people who want to be surprised by the book.  Another thing I enjoy doing in a review is pointing out specific things on specific pages and cracking jokes about how stupid the characters are acting, or pointing out spelling and grammatical errors.

Something that I’m actually proud to admit is that I’ve had actual authors comment on my reviews on Amazon.  Mostly they are VERY angry that I didn’t like their work and some have gone so far as to write detailed essays as to why my review of their work is unfair.  To which I say, “If you can’t take criticism about your work like an adult, then you shouldn’t be a writer.”  However there are those who have thanked me for buying their books and thank me for taking the time to review their work.

All in all, I enjoy writing reviews of works of fiction and I really enjoy when people leave comments on my reviews.  It also makes me happy when I can tell others if something is worth their time and money, and it makes me happy when I can show people that something is a really great piece of literature worth reading.


Thank you to Zombie Phreak.  Feel free to ask him questions and visit his blog.  Hope you enjoyed this first guest blog in Legends of Windemere since neither of us knew what we were doing.  😉

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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16 Responses to Guest Blogger: Zombie Phreak

  1. sabcooke says:

    I never knew there was actually that much zombie fiction out there… time to keep an eye out!


  2. ioniamartin says:

    HA HA HA! This is the best guest post ever. I swear it really is. You are a genius. Out of all of the hundreds of responses I have gotten on Amazon for my reviews, my favourite, hands down have been the angry authors. I can’t help myself. Excellent job Zombie Phreak, Excellent job Charles. By the way, thank you Charles for keeping me entertained at the gym last night and giving me something else to focus on other than the metaphorical dumbbells. I am halfway through Beginning of a Hero.


  3. Nice! Sounds like Zombie Phreak is a very honest person when it comes to his reviews. Strange that his book character is a thief. Did that happen on purpose? 😉
    P.s. (I really do like Nimby!)


    • zombiephreak says:

      Well when it comes to my reviews I try to be as honest as possible and let people know my true feelings. As far as how Nimby became a thief? Well everyone always told me that halfling thieves were awesome and were a killer combo, so i decided to try it out.


      • Well sir, I might have to write a book about zombies just so you can review my work! lol
        And as for Nimby, he’s one of my favorite characters in all of Windemere.


  4. I’m a sucker for a good zombie story. In an attempt to find more to devour (pun not intended), I’m going to check out the blog. And I totally agree with the point about writers taking criticism; if it helps you improve, then that’s all that matters.


    • zombiephreak says:

      A good zombie story? Well sometimes you gotta go through a lot of crappy ones before you find a good one. Everyone in their mother these days thinks they can write zombie stories because they’ve seen a few zombie movies and played Resident Evil. Most of them are just bad, some are okay, and once in a while you find a rare gem that is pure awesomeness!


      • I feel like I’ve been fortunate. The ones that stick out in my mind that I’ve read have been Closure, Limited by Max Brooks, World War Z by the same guy (I still reckon the film should have been a mockumentry style) and Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, all of which I really enjoyed. Oh! And, years ago, Cell by Stephen King. I feel like that’s what triggered it all. May have read more but they don’t spring to mind right now. Any you’d suggest that are worth a look?


  5. tyroper says:

    Cool idea. This will be a great weekly feature to help me understand (maybe) reviewers. Thanks


  6. zombiephreak says:

    I had a great time writing this post, thanks for featuring me buddy 🙂


  7. zombiephreak says:

    Reblogged this on zombiephreak and commented:
    My buddy Charles made me his guest blogger yesterday! Here is the post that he made on his blog where he usually posts about his awesome book series, “The Legends of Windemere.” Check out the post and if you get a chance, check out the book as well! It’s only 99 cents on Amazon in kindle format 🙂


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