Happy Birthday, Max Brooks, born 22 May 1972.
- My rule is that whatever I write has to start with its first fan, which is me, I have to love it, because if I don’t love it then it’s not worth doing.
- Before I’m a zombie nerd, before I’m a science-fiction nerd, I am a history nerd.
- I wrote The Zombie Survival Guide because I wanted to read it, and nobody else was writing it. All I’ve been doing with everything I’ve written is answering questions that I had.
- Zombie books were going to be my passion projects, but certainly not pay the bills. I thought I was going to have to get a real job on a sitcom or something, and have my zombie books to remind myself I was still a writer at heart. I never thought I could actually pay my bills and write what I wanted.
- I’m not a horror fan. I’m an anti-horror fan. I think horror fans feel deep down in the pit of their souls, they feel safe, and therefore bored. And therefore they want to be scared. I already have a baseline level of just anxiety about the world I live in. I don’t need to go seeking it out.
- I think the notion of learning how to survive when the old world rules no longer apply – it pretty much sums up everything I write about. It’s really the crux of my work.
- I write a lot about change, and I write about my characters having to adapt to external changes that they did not choose and do not necessarily want.
Max Brooks is an American horror author and screenwriter. He is the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. He is well-known for writing World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
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