Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chapter Fifteen: Epilogue (or...“The damned double ending!”)

If you made it this far, you deserve a prize. I have my one dedicated Beta reader (that's you, Vix), but if you would like to get a jump on the rest of the world and be a "special, honorary" Beta reader for DEAD" Darkness Before Dawn, simply leave a comment today at the end of this post and then email me at twbrown.maydecpub@gmail.com so I know where to send you a PDF or Mobi version of your very own to read and maybe even point out a mistake or two that got missed along the way.


Thousand of stories have been spawned by the creature that Romero almost singe-handedly created. Many of those stories refer, either subtly or quite blatant, not only to elements of Romero’s tales, but also to the man dubbed “The Master” by millions. Malls have an iconic place in the realms of the zombie multiverse. There will always be “outside” threats from other survivors that seek to spoil some false utopia. Often, the zombie is the lesser threat as it brings out the best and the worst from those who fight and struggle to survive.

The zombie is a terrifying monster because of just how very “real” they are. Whether it is due to a viral infection that causes bestial rage ala 28 Days Later, or some bizarre radiation dragged in from space by a crashing satellite, a zombie is not too far-fetched. After all, The Bible features the first possible zombie: Lazarus.  The story never says what happened after Jesus left. While it is not assumed that Lazarus went on a flesh-eating spree, it still opens the mind to the possibility of the dead re-awakening.


As horror has unraveled and become slash or torture-porn, and the good, old-fashioned monster has morphed into the stranger next door...the zombie remains. As vampires undergo high school hormone make-overs...the zombie endures. As Jason spends his time battling Michael and Freddy...the zombie trudges on.  As sick old men take out their frustrations of a cancer diagnosis on perceived ingrates with no appreciation of their lives by trapping them in unsolvable torture puzzles that would repulse Torquemada...the zombies gather outside by the millions seeking to devour the last survivor. As today’s scary story plays out on the six o’clock news...zombies break down the last door. 


They feast.


They kill...


...the people they kill get up and kill!

20 comments:

  1. yeah I think they missed a trick there with the Bible, a "book" written by the zombie Lazarus would have been awesome! and gee thanks for adding to my nightmares whilst Im home alone, I just checked all the doors and made sure my prepping (all caused by YOU) is up to date.... and thanks for the zombie Nurse pix at the end lmao!

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    1. Always pleased to stir in new nightmares!
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  2. I would love to be a beta reader. This is my favorite series ever.

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  3. Open call for Beta Readers?? Oh, please please add me to that list!!
    Wanda B.

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  4. I would love to be a beta reader. I emailed you. Thanks

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  5. I'd love to be a beta reader. These books rock.

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  6. I would be more than honored to do so.

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  7. What...? Oh God..me me me!!
    I don't know if I can wait to end of January...

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  8. It would be an honor to be a beta reader my friend.

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  9. I would be happy to be a beta reader for you

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  10. Would love to be a beta reader! HS ELA teacher genre! Also, where do you have a list of all the "Dead" series books? I just read the first one and am hooked! Keep up the great work!

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  11. Yes, please add me too to the beta reader list. Thank you

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  12. I don't wanna ask, but when ....??
    I'm so excited..to the point I may need a paper bag..(to breathe..)
    Ha ha

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