OK, so we had a plan. And we had to tear it up.

Due hideous and unforeseen circumstances (read outbreak of zombie plague at HarperCollins Canada‘s Toronto HQ), (un) Death Match got delayed, then postponed, and then — for the briefest of moments — cancelled.

But we’re back. And throwing all caution to the wind!

The Yonge and Bloor zombie-infestation appears to be limited to certain high-end boutiques and restaurants around the Yorkville area (you know who you are), so we are confident that we can now get on with business without anything undead gnawing on our thigh bones.

Is the timing ideal? No. Do we care? No. Are we going to do this thing anyway? Yes. We are just that crazy.

So what is the hell is (un) Death Match anyways?

It’s kind of a long story, but the short version is that it involves the awesome Jane Austen mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, gory modern-day vampire novel The Strain (by some nobody called Guillermo del Toro and his friend Chuck Hogan), and it pits marketing powerhouse HarperCollins Canada against plucky underdog Raincoast Books in the most unequal slugfest of the year (at least until Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters goes head to head with Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in a couple of weeks!).

Hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time…

Anyway all you really need to know is that that basically it’s me and Deanna McFadden, Marketing Manager at HarperCollins Canada, posting stuff we like about vampires and zombies and generally trash talking each other, and that you (yes YOU) need to vote for either vampires or zombies in our poll (over there in the sidebar). And their will be prizes…

And voting for vampires means that cute puppies will suffer. That’s all I’m going to say.  (NB Deanna’s away for another couple of days so I can say whatever I want).

And who am I? Me? Well, my name is Dan, I work for Raincoast Books. And apparently this was my idea. Sorry. Vote Zombies.