Jon McGoran spends a lot of time talking about fresh produce and occasionally even composting. But few could guess that lurking behind those images of fresh organic tomatoes, he has been thinking about what human flesh might taste like.
McGoran is the communications director for Weavers Way but he’s also a writer with a very dark side. The Mt. Airy resident’s latest project is writing a short story for an anthology of stories based on IDW’s comic series Zombies v. Robots.
McGoran says that there are certainly bigger zombie fans than him out there, but that he’s always been intrigued by the fictional flesh-eaters.
“Zombies are one of the only modern monsters,” he said. “Vampires and werewolves have their roots in folklore. Zombies are really a pretty modern construct.”
McGoran also said that he tends to enjoy stories where there is more of a scientific aspect to the zombie apocalypse, which is why he enjoyed AMC’s The Walking Dead and movies like 28 Days Later.
McGoran has already written one zombie tale, “Appetite”, from the point of view of a zombie. A successful diet drug was the catalyst of McGoran’s zombie outbreak.
G.I. Joe: The novel
McGoran worked on a similar project for IDW when he wrote the short story “Unfriendly Fire” for a collection of short stories based on IDW’s G.I. Joe comic series.
“In a way, it was out of the blue,” he said. “I wasn’t a huge. G.I. Joe fan or anything, but it was fun to get into that world.”
Exposed: Jon McGoran is D.H. Dublin
McGoran is also the author of a series of novels based in Philadelphia — Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn — all of which are published under the pseudonym D.H. Dublin.
“I had always been kind of fascinated by forensics but intimidated by amount of research required to write it well,” he said. “It was a lot of work. It was an insane amount of research.”
McGoran chose to set the thrillers in Philly for a number of reasons.
“For me, I think, Philadelphia ends up being a pretty big character in the books. The city has distinct character. It’s also the only city I know so well to feel comfortable writing about it with second guessing myself. It helps to have that level of assuredness.”