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Interview: Joe Schreiber, Author of Star Wars: Death Troopers

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Thanks to celebrated horror novelist Joe Schreiber, the Star Wars universe has gotten a little scarier. For the first time ever, bloodthirsty zombies are invading the galaxy far, far, away in the new novel Star Wars: Death Troopers which hits stores today.

Star Wars: Death Troopers, which is in the time just before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, is set on a prison barge carrying load of prisoners across the galaxy that has broken down in deep space. The warden discovers a seemingly abandoned Star Destroyer and sends boarding party to scavenge parts to repair their prison barge. That plan doesn't end up going so well, as half of the party doesn't return and the nearly all of the ones who do come back are infected with a deadly virus. A handful of survivors fight for their lives as the virus-infected inmates won't stay dead and are very hungry.

Schreiber, the man responsible for this tale of the undead in the Star Wars Universe, is a Michigan resident who has previously lived in Los Angeles among many other locations. The author who currently resides in Hershey, PA with his wife and two children has also written Chasing The Dead, Eat The Dark, and his newest tale of terror; No Doors, No Windows, which also hits stores today.

LAist had the chance to talk to Schreiber, who will be signing copies of both his new books today at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, about bringing zombies to Star Wars, working with Lucas Books and his start in writing horror.