Homosexuality & Zombies? Sunrise by Kody Boye

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When I was sixteen, I read a zombie novel called Dead Sea by Brian Keene. In it there were a few things that the genre wasn’t particularly familiar with at the time I read it in 2007. The main character was black, the setting was one month after the apocalypse had taken place, and most surprisingly of all—the main character was gay. As a gay sixteen-year-old, and as a teenager at the time, I was utterly enthralled with the idea that someone like me would be featured at the forefront of a horror novel (do note that this is predating the time I knew about Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which features a bisexual woman named Katie as one of two leads.) The only problem I had with Keene’s novel was the fact that the main character didn’t feel ‘gay.’ He never met a partner, he never experienced any flashbacks to past relationships, nor did he ever react to past events in a way that would have noted him as gay. That one major flaw in the book, though frustrating to no end, was ultimately what made me write Sunrise. As I mentioned before, at the time I wrote Sunrise, there was still a lack of fiction that featured gay characters, at least in the small press. This, as I said, was the reason I wrote the original novel, but when I took another look at it and re-envisioned it in 2010, I wanted to do one thing—reach out to readers with a character-driven story. At the beginning of our story we meet Dakota Travis, an eighteen-year-old gay man, who has lived the past seven years of his life in the foster care system. When the zombie apocalypse starts, he takes shelter with his Iraqi war veteran friend Steve Earnest, and together they fight through the first month until a situation forces them to flee. They meet with the United States army, and it is there that Dakota meets Corporal Jamie Marks. Their connection is instantaneous, and within a few short days they develop a bond that, to most people, would be incredibly unusual. Given the circumstance, however, their love persists, and together they begin to survive as a couple. You might be wondering how I made Dakota seem like a ‘gay character.’ It’s a true fact that gay and straight people are almost completely alike. In Dakota’s case, however, there were a few things that stuck out for him as his character. These include, but are not limited to: 1) His thoughts about how his deserter father would feel about his sexuality 2) His thoughts on the still-intact DADT in hi universe (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which has since been removed from the real world) 3) The friction it causes between them and potential enemies within their midst. It is these conflicts, both internal and external, that fuel conflict within the novel, and by the time the storm of undead comes and threaten their lives, that relentlessly inspires a sense of hope—not only for Dakota and Jamie as a couple, but as survivors of the apocalypse.

By “gay and straight people are almost completely alike” do you mean… they pretty much are complete opposites right? LOL Seeing as how gay men are usually SO much more fun than straight men… and gay women usually try to make out with me. Oh wait… well good thing I never pretended to be ‘politically correct’ and such. icon wink Homosexuality & Zombies? Sunrise by Kody Boye I plan to get to Sunrise very very soon!!! It sounds like a kick ass zombie book, with a side of M/M romance! Epic win!!


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Sunrise by Kody Boye Published: 12/29/2011 by Library of the Living Dead Press

From Goodreads:

They said the world would end in 2012. They never said it would end like this. Dakota Travis and his neighbor Steve Earnest have been hiding out in a fortified apartment in the month following the zombie apocalypse, but when a rogue gang uproots them and chance brings one of its members into their midst, there is little the two of them can do but run. They find sanctuary in a converted asylum with members of the United States Army, and while things seem to be safer than before, an underlying strain of tension begins to rule their lives as Sergeant Armstrong, leader of the small military troop, begins to succumb to insanity, while Dakota slowly and slowly begins to find himself becoming attracted to one of the sergeant’s men, a sin that not only transcends traditional military policy, but the moral boundaries of happiness after tragedy terrible enough to destroy the entire world. In a world of the undead, the fierce, the savage and the unthinkable, who can hope to survive one final sunrise?

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2775292 Homosexuality & Zombies? Sunrise by Kody Boye Kody Boye: was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

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10 Responses to Homosexuality & Zombies? Sunrise by Kody Boye

  1. Kristin says:

    I really don’t mind Gay Characters, in fact it’s kinda nice not to see the typical male/female romantic leads. I also think (sadly) DADT is very much alive, even if outwardly it’s been abolished. So I personally don’t feel that fact would be odd to see in this book. This book is definitely going on my Zombie Wishlist.

  2. Great post and this sounds like a great book!

  3. Adriana Ryan says:

    Sounds like a winner! I love fiction that centers around non-mainstream characters, and Dakota sounds like a guy I’d love. :)

  4. Hidalgelis Villar says:

    Thank you i never seen this book before but it looks awesome. A must read for me for spring or summer ^.^

  5. teressa oliver says:

    If I were single I would totally hit on you. But seriously thanks for bringing this and all the GBLT books and stories. Combined with zombies its a win win for me

  6. Great post!! I won all sorts of books from Kody and this was included. I can’t wait to get to it. It’s nice to see more GLBT included in books now. I think it’s great!

  7. This book sounds very unique… asylum, military, insanity, love interest…. very interesting…. I don’t see how the cover plays in with the synopsis though… I guess I will just have to read the book to find out :)

    • Kody Boye says:

      @Patricia — I was particularly inspired by David Moody’s covers for his AUTUMN series. I wanted to do something similarly zombie-themed. :)

  8. I have this one and can’t wait until I actually get to read it.

  9. Daphne says:

    I would read it and enjoy the perpective

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