Amelia Beamer is the author of The Loving Dead, the number two zombie novel of the past decade according to Barnes & Noble. She works as an independent editor and proofreader with major publishers including Shueisha English Edition, a new general imprint of popular Japanese titles translated into English. She built her publishing career working as an editor at Locus for seven years, and for three years before that as a student assistant at the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Now based in Chicago IL, she spent the past few years as a digital nomad in England, Ireland, Iceland, Australia, Japan, Germany, and around the states.
She publishes short fiction, book reviews, poetry, and cultural criticism. An essay she wrote about the TV series Lost was republished at Gizmodo. Her most recent short fiction appears in Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane, and Zombies vs Robots: Women on War! She speaks regularly at literature conventions, conferences, and events, and is available to lead writing workshops.
For more information, visit: ameliabeamer.com
Award Wins and Nominations
2011 Locus Award — First Novel (Nominee) – The Loving Dead
2005 Asimov’s Undergraduate Honorable Mention – The First Stone
2004 Asimov’s Undergraduate Nomination – Assisted Living
Most Recently Published Novel (as of June 2019)
Kate and Michael are roommates living in the Oakland hills, working at the same Trader Joes supermarket. A night of drunken revelry changes their lives forever, but not in the way that anyone would expect.
A slow-spreading plague of zombie-ism breaks out at their house party, spreading amongst their circle of friends, and simultaneously through the Bay Area. This zombie plague ― an STD of sorts ― is spread through sex and kissing, turning its victims into mindless, horny, voracious killers.
Thrust into extremes by this slow-motion tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the choices they’ve made in their lives, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive and reunite in the one place in the Bay Area that’s likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hoards: Alcatraz.