Literary awards: Runner-Up (2nd Place) General Fiction: 2014 Hollywood Book Festival.
The book that simultaneously redefines and spoofs the zombie genre.
From the quirky and weird world of award-winning author Jake Aurelian comes The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie—a chaotic and satirical journey into your untypical zombie world told from the perspective of an angry clown. Ripper the Clown is an unpredictable cartoon character come to life … a visionary, a renegade, a rogue … and a frustrated stand-up comedian … that is, until Ripper’s murder (at a holiday festival) coincides with a powerful tornado that, for reasons unknown, spawns the zombie apocalypse. Ripper enjoys the notoriety of being the world’s first zombie until an elderly zombie is brutally murdered at the hands of the living; Ripper’s crusade for zombie justice leads to the second American Civil War—“The Cold War V.2”—wherein our clown hero (using old zombie movies as stereotypical inspiration) instructs, trains and commands an army of zombie clowns against their living oppressors and the President of the United States, D.B. Cooper (yes, a legendary criminal is in the White House).
The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown parodies and redefines the popular zombie, horror and comic book genres, mixing biting humor and pop culture references with social commentary and political satire. In his alter-ego clown persona, Jake Aurelian has created an edgy, raw and violent, yet complex, emotional, multi-dimensional character—one that is strangely endearing and strangely relatable (as clichéd as it sounds) to readers and audiences of all ages.