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Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a widely published poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to that novel, she has written the short-story collection The Hand of Buddha, co-edited twelve anthologies, and written a zombie novel, Dead Love, which was a 2009 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize. She is the founder of Left Coast Writers in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led workshops in Japan, Indonesia, Greece, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Central America, Spain as well as the United States.

Zombies in Japan? You bet your life! Dead Love is an artful supernatural thriller that follows a cast of nefarious characters—both human and otherworldly—as they foul one another's plans and power plays in a conspiracy of global proportions. It begins when Clement, a lovesick ghoul, falls for beautiful young Erin. Unfortunately, she is marked for death by the Japanese mob (the yakuza). Using secrets learned from a Haitian witch doctor, and taking us to Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Malaysia, Clement finds a way to rescue and possess her—but not at all in the manner he expected.


“From what twisted recesses of the imagination does a character like Clément spring? It’s a globalized manga comic turned literature. The circus troupe was a stroke of genius. Some scenes will be etched into my memory forever.” —Maureen Wheeler, Founder, Lonely Planet Publications
“Linda Watanabe McFerrin charms us with a winding tale of an evil enchantment. A wondrously wild story, told as if the deadpan voice of Dashiell Hammett had been mixed with the song of an artful siren.”
—Susan Griffin, Author, A Chorus of Stones and The Book of Courtesans

“With a poet’s sensibility and lapidary prose, Linda Watanabe McFerrin transcends the genre with this dark and sensual tale about a ghoul’s obsessive love for a beautiful young zombie. As its peripatetic story unwinds through gorgeously evoked locations from Tokyo to Haiti to Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, DEAD LOVE tempts us down into its particular underworld of supernatural corpse-eaters, Haitian bokors, and Japanese yakuza, and seduces us with its dazzling, at times hallucinatory visions and its mordant humor. Linda Watanabe McFerrin does for ghouls and zombies what Anne Rice did for vampires: made them intelligent, original, fresh and unforgettable.”
—Christi Phillips, author of The Rossetti Letter and The Devlin Diary


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