Horror Authors, Sean Platt, David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Launch Better Off Undead Podcast

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Writing trio launches horror podcast Better Off Undead, an irreverent look at the world of horror in all its pop culture flavors.

The Latest Zombie Serial Z 2134

This is a place where we can talk about horror TV shows, movies, books, and games.

Writers Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant had already found success with their weekly Self-Publishing Podcast, but they wanted to do something more in line with the genres they write in -- something which spoke to their regular readers. So they recently launched the horror podcast, Better Off Undead, an hourlong weekly look at all things horror.

The show features topics such as fast versus slow zombies and re-caps of The Walking Dead. But it was perhaps their first show which set the tone for the podcast, with their review of arguably the worst horror movie ever made, Birdemic: Shock And Terror.

“We wanted to find the worst horror movie ever made,” said Truant. “Birdemic: Shock and Terror set the bar pretty high, but we’re on a mission to find something worse. Listeners have been sending in some truly horrendous suggestions!”

The show, which is decidedly Not Safe For Work, launched a few weeks ago, and is available at their Better Off Undead website, iTunes, and streams live at their Youtube page.

The writers banded together in April to share their self-publishing experiences with writers at the Self Publishing Podcast, where they quickly became one of top self publishing websites on iTunes. Platt and Wright, who run the indie publishing company Collective Inkwell, have become the self-titled Kings of the Serial this year with their post-apocalyptic serialized fiction Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, and their latest, zombie serial, Z 2134. Truant, author of the book The Bialy Pimps, is currently working on his first horror novel, a zombie story.

It was at The Self Publishing Podcast that the trio discovered that they could mix serious subjects, share their self-publishing experiences, and have fun. They decided they wanted to do a second show with a bit more fun, which also catered to their entertainment tastes.

“We figured since we were all writing horror, and most of our readers are horror fans, why not create a podcast directly aimed at them,” said Platt. “This is a place where we can talk about horror TV shows, movies, books, and games.”

However, in its short history, the show has gotten something of a reputation among fans for going wildly off-topic, with stretches of un-related banter, and long stretches of arguing with one another.

“It’s really just three friends hanging out,” said Wright, whose cynical outlook on humanity is often a source of jabs from Platt and Truant. “We begin with a vague idea of a topic, and then we just go off. I’d say we were heavily inspired by a diet of Kevin Smith podcasts and years of listening to Howard Stern. It’s that kind of loose, fun show.”

However, the guys say once The Walking Dead starts its third season in October, they’ll be “a bit” more on topic, as they plan to review the shows on the Thursdays after they air.

“We’re all huge Walking Dead fans,” said Truant. “Now we actually have a forum to discuss the show, and look forward to hearing from other fans.”

Catch Better Off Undead every Thursday at the website, BetterOffUndeadShow.com or on iTunes.

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