Zombie Town by Griffin Carmichael

From city to suburbia, zombies are all the rage as they rampage on their quest for sustenance, taking down strangers, friends and neighbors alike, without pity or remorse.

Here are nine short stories about the times when the dead walk and the living fear.

MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: What better place to be when the dead rise than the local fitness center.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT CAROL: Suburban life can be deadly dull. Or maybe just deadly.

FIGGY PUDDING: Holidays are known for feasting and jubilation, but one restaurant manager comes to regret keeping the doors open one Christmas eve.

NEITHER RAIN NOR: Public servants are said to be a dedicated lot, but carrying on with business as usual after the zombie apocalypse is taking it a bit too far.

SILENT: Little children look forward to a visit from Santa with great anticipation, but there’s nothing good coming down the chimney this year.

DARKNESS FALLS: Even a sturdy fallout shelter isn’t any protection when the super flu everybody’s been predicting lays waste to the world.

FLASHLIGHT: All she wanted was a flashlight so she could see what all the ruckus outside was about. Sometimes it’s better to remain in the dark.

IN THE MEADOW: Winter has come to a small Nebraskan town, bringing huge snowfalls. But nobody is in the mood to build a snowman.

RITUALS FOR THE LIVING: Long after the dead have risen, the survivors learn to cope with new ways of living and dying. Continue reading

2013: Beyond Armageddon by Robert Ryan

WARNING: Please do not read this novel unless you have an open mind about religion. Whatever your beliefs, it will challenge them.

Evil exists. Its name is Satan. Can he be stopped?

December 21, 2012. The world did not end. But it changed forever. For better or worse?

FACT: The alignment of the Earth, the Sun, and the galactic equator on the winter solstice of 2012 was one that occurs only once every 26,000 years. That made it the first such conjunction in the history of civilization. In a calendar that runs for five thousand years, the Mayans chose it as the end of days. They called it Creation Day. But creation of what? What lies beyond this cosmic threshold? Apocalypse or Salvation?

Find the stunning answer in 2013: Beyond Armageddon as it takes us on the ultimate archaeological dig: the dig for Hell.

October 1947. Two ancient scrolls are discovered that give proof:

HEAVEN AND HELL ARE REAL. THERE IS A GOD. THERE IS A SATAN.

BEFORE THE BEGINNING…

Their war began in the untime. Long before the universe existed, God’s beloved archangel and his legion rebelled and were cast into Hell. And Lucifer became Satan. Now the day of reckoning has come. Can the forces of Good defeat a seemingly unstoppable Evil?

2013: Beyond Armageddon takes Zeke Sloan on a demon-stalked quest to confront the root of all evil. From Satanic murders in Washington, D.C. to a necropolis deep beneath Jerusalem–where a man believing he is John the Baptist communes with God, and the dead await their Messiah. Then deeper, to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. Then deeper still. For it is far below the mysterious body of water the Greeks called the Devil’s Sea that the final battle will take place.

ARMAGEDDON. THE WAR THAT BEGAN IN HEAVEN MUST END IN HELL.

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Try Not to Burn by Michael Matula

Three strangers must join forces in order to escape from Hell.
Brandon Morales, a rookie cop with a shadowy past, shot dead at the age of twenty-two.
Samantha Reiss, a female bank robber, killed by lethal injection.
Jane Calrin, a teenage girl who ate a bullet to cap off a tear-stained murder-suicide.

All they have to do is pass a series of tests, avoid the wanton clutches of their fellow inmates, brave nightmares made flesh, and keep from being swallowed by the constantly evolving mass of Hell itself.

Of course, none of those obstacles might matter one lick, as the three of them might all just end up killing one another before their quest even begins.

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Truly Deeply Disturbed by Andrew Nienaber

Ever been cut off by a self-centered driver or angered by someone bringing too many items into the express lane at the grocery store, and thought “this jerk needs to suffer”? You’re certainly not alone. But there’s someone out there who is taking care of it for all of us without the stomach to punish those who deserve it. He doesn’t wear a cape or a badge. You’ve never heard his name, and you never will. But he’s out there, eliminating the bullies, the self-centered and the just plain terrible one by one. And he’s just hit a snag in the form of a little girl named Samantha. Continue reading

The Corpses of Old Farm Hill Road: The Arrogant Man by Tabitha Short

He wakes up every morning knowing the world owes him something. Every woman was created for his demand, except for Vanessa Roundtree and her mother. Once lured onto their farm in the middle of nowhere he becomes their prey. As they torment his body, they break down his arrogance. Will he be able to escape? Or will he become just another of the corpses of Old Farm Hill Road? Continue reading

Helmort : The Story That Inspired ‘Dracula’… by K. V. Witten

July, 1890
For twenty years, Doctor Erik Binson has hidden himself away in a private asylum outside Whitby Bay, England. Now Abraham Stoker has sought him out to deliver a letter from a mutual acquaintance – a man Erik hasn’t seen since 1870.

Inspired by what he heard that night, Mr. Stoker published his gothic masterpiece, ‘Dracula’, seven years later…

(edited to add: This is a full-size novel, approximately 80,000 words.)
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Dead Religion by David Beers

A psychological thriller unlike anything you’ve ever read.

A hotel explodes in Mexico City, killing thousands.

All evidence points to one American citizen, Alex Valdez.

The FBI wants him, or at the least, to understand what happened in Mexico before the government down there can.

Agent James Allison travels to Mexico to find Valdez, or find out about him.
What he can’t know, what the FBI doesn’t understand, is Valdez’s past.

Alex Valdez’s parents gave him a blood-rite to unleash an ancient Aztec ‘God’–this rite led a small boy to a haunted man. One that doesn’t know whether this ‘God’ exists, and if It does, is It a demon? A man that cannot tell reality from dreams with a wife who has seen her husband commit atrocities to his own body.

Dead Religion follows both Alex Valdez in the last days before the hotel’s collapse and James Allison as he searches for the truth behind the fall. Valdez believes he knows how to stop the Demon, and James only understands he wants to make it home alive to see his brother.

In a world where miracles and Gods have been pushed to a past age, Dead Religion walks the fine line between insanity and reality, in which Agent Allison must uncover the facts of the terrific loss of life in Mexico City before the same torments find their way into his own life. Continue reading

The Dead War Series Book One by George L. Cook III

In the year 2053 the dead walked. Mankind was caught off guard at first but within six years mounted a massive military assault on the dead.

These are the stories of some of those men and women that fought back. These are the stories of some trying to find a “cure”. These are the stories of those that are just trying to survive the nightmare of the walking dead. These are the stories of those that caused The Dead War.
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