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Alaskan author to sign zombie, werewolf books in Oklahoma City on Saturday

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm •  Published: February 24, 2012

As the captain of an Alaskan touring boat, J. Kevin Burchfield is known as “Captain Kevin” to tourists and sightseers. He shares a darker, fictional side to the Alaskan landscape in his two books, “The Great Alaskan Adventure … With Zombies” released in 2010, and the new “Full Moon Over Juneau.”

Burchfield will sign his books in Oklahoma City from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at All Star Comics, 6900 N May Ave., Suite 10.

Burchfield moved to Alaska after growing up in Oklahoma City. As owner of “Lost in Alaska Adventures,” he and his boat provide fishing expeditions and whale watching tours, among other events.

While he’s never seen a zombie or werewolf on his tours, the geography in the books is accurate for those possibly planning an Alaskan trek through locations including Hoonah and Tenakee Springs.

In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Burchfield described “Full Moon Over Juneau” as “one man’s journey down a path that he never chose.”

The werewolf in “Full Moon Over Juneau” turns completely into wolf form at each full moon.

Burchfield said he thinks werewolves appeal to people because they’re trapped in a situation they have no

control over. He compared the werewolf’s battle with their lupine nature to each person’s battle with things in their own lives beyond their control.

“It’s his struggle with those inner demons,” he said.

Though Burchfield’s books are prose, Wyll Greenewood of All-Star Comics said he expects the novels will appeal to comic-book fans.

“We’ve been infiltrated by these creatures for a long time, going back to the early 1940s,” Greenewood said. “They’ve had their claws in this industry for a while, particularly in the early 1970s.”

Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” ran for 43 issues during the 1970s, and introduced the character of Moon Knight in issue No. 32.

Greenewood said Burchfield’s book “The Great Alaskan Adventure … With Zombies” would make a fine companion piece to a well-known vampire comic.

“It’s zombies in Alaska,” Greenewood said. “‘30 Days of Night’ would be the perfect example of people it would appeal to,” he said, referring to the best-selling comic written by Steve Niles that was adapted into a 2007 film. “30 Days of Night” featured a vampire attack on the town of Barrow, Alaska.

Burchfield said his first interest in horror came from watching Count Gregore on Oklahoma City television. The Count, aka John Ferguson, made regular appearances on local television from 1958-1988, introducing horror films and playing a macabre host.

Burchfield describes his books as “pulp horror,” and each are written from the first-person perspective. That, and the real-life settings and characters, add to the books’ feeling of reality, he said.

- By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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