With the official release of The New Zeitgeist, author/musician Eric Kiefer hopes that he’ll provide his fellow horror fans with something they’ve never seen before… the first “multi-media” zombie concept album.
“It’s a rock opera and a pulp fiction novella for all of the deadheads out there,” said Kiefer. “As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been done in the zombie apocalypse genre. The combination is the first of its kind.”
It’s clear that Kiefer is a writer influenced by the classics of zombie lore — George Romero, Max Brooks, Robert Kirkman. While it contains its fair share of gore and action, The New Zeitgeist series focuses more on the day-to-day realities of life during the zombie apocalypse… what people do when they’re not being chased around by zombies.
The story begins with the full-length CD, The New Zeitgeist: Songs from the Zombie Apocalypse. Framed as a post-apocalypse radio broadcast, the concept album features eight original songs including the epic-sounding finale, “Evolution” and the rock anthem “Destroy the Brain” The music is interwoven with DJ commentary and on-air news flashes that lend a creepy realism to the effort, providing plenty of replay value for hardcore zombie fans.
The storyline and setting is expanded in the companion e-book, The New Zeitgeist: A Tale from the Zombie Apocalypse. Designed to be read in a single sitting, the 16,000 word novella chronicles the origin story of Ray Bukowski, a songwriter who spends the zombie apocalypse trapped inside a New York City recording studio. Together the album and e-book provide a one-two “multimedia” punch that breaks new ground in the zombie genre.
“In the end, I just hope that I told a kick-ass zombie story,” said Kiefer.
The digital album and e-book are available through nationally-recognized digital distributors such as iTunes and the iBookstore, Amazon, eMusic, Barnes and Noble, CD Baby and more. Fans can learn more and see free samples at Kiefer’s website, http://www.thekiefer.com. The album can be purchased at: http://www.erickiefer.bandcamp.com, and the e-book can be purchased at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333066.