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Day 7 of #COFFINHOP2014: Undead Candle

Undead Candle

It went up like a Christmas tree starved of water for too long, dried skin easy fuel for the flames.

I stood there watching the colours flicker—orange, red, and yellow—as I cursed what my father had become. I didn’t feel sadness for what had happened—I knew he was in a better place now.

But I should have known that sometimes Murphy’s Law rang true.

As it stumbled around, its body burning without pain, everything it touched caught fire. Now I was watching the house go up, drawing more of them to the blessed inferno.

Burn, fuckers, burn.

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Day 6 of #COFFINHOP2014: Waiting

Waiting

Out of the darkness it called to mean. It moans filling up the black air all around me. I could hear it moving through the room, searching for me, like it knew I was there. Eventually it would find me, my luck wouldn’t hold—there was no way I could be so lucky. It was something I could admit to myself.

Something brushed up against me, almost as startled as I was to make contact. I screamed, scared of what was to follow.

Teeth bit into me as slimy fingers raked the flesh of my arms. The wait was over.

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

RANDOM PRIZES: 5 winners will receive digital copies of Glimpses of the Undead and The Dead of Penderghast Manor

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Day 5 of #COFFINHOP2014: In Hiding

In Hiding

All I can see is the blue sky above me as I lay in hiding. I can hear them all around me, shuffling through the colourful panorama of fallen leaves. I’d been stupid, thinking the gully would keep me safe, hidden. But I began to realize they wouldn’t actively avoid the drop. Instead they’d fall into it, joining me at the bottom should they get too close.

I lay there, hoping to remain hidden. And I’m not above admitting I’ve been praying to any deity listening to keep me safe. I feel hollow, but hopeful.

Until it falls atop me.

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

RANDOM PRIZES: 5 winners will receive digital copies of Glimpses of the Undead and The Dead of Penderghast Manor

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Day 4 of #COFFINHOP2014: The Trap

The Trap

Like a disco ball, the silver pendant hung from the limb, casting dabbled shadows as it spun in the wind. Underneath it, they gathered, faces skyward, arms reaching for the trinket.

The shot ricocheted off the trees, downing one of them. The burst of sound caused them to cock their heads, trying to discern the possibility of prey. But the cascading pinpoints of light dancing across the landscape pulled them back in.

The pair with the guns locked eyes, their smiles wide as they realized their plan had worked. More shots rang out in the silence of the summer morning.

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

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Day 3 of #COFFINHOP2014: Prey

Prey

The blood covered its front, freely running down its throat down over the tattered clothing it now wore. It was indiscrimate, partaking of the flesh from anyone who happened across its path. A lonely, hungry existence at times. But then there was the reward of the kill, that moment where all it saw was red—glorious, satiating red.

A flicker of moment caught its eye, decaying tendons stretching, almost tearing as it turned its head, focussing on the movement.

Fresh meat had come around the corner; it was time to hunt again.

Red overwhelmed it, its prey in its sights.

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

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Day 2 of #COFFINHOP2014: Pom-Poms

Pom-poms

It still held the pom-poms in its undead fingers, the yellow and white strips pocked with darkening blood. It belonged to the once beautiful blonds who’d cheered so loudly for her team—before the opposing team’s quarterback took a chuck out of her throat.

There were only screams after that.

As she fell, the heavily-padded zombie fell with her, consuming her flesh until someone pulled him off. Not that it would matter—she was already dead; the virus now working its way through her system.

It got to its feet, new eyes open to the surrounding world. Then it lunged.

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Day 1 of #COFFINHOP2014: Fingers

Fingers

Sally held her breath, knowing it was just around the corner. She could hear it hitting the wall, soft thumps of decaying flesh sure to leave marks on the painted surface.

If it found her, it would be over. She had nowhere to go in the dead-ended hallway she’d boxed herself into.

They inched around the edge, putrescent green fingers testing what had once contained them. It was coming to get her.

Sally screamed, unable to keep her panic contained. As punishment, the rotten face followed its fingers, the cold milky eyes lighting with hunger at the sight of her.

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GRAND PRIZE: 1 Print edition of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow

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#COFFINHOP2014: It’s Coming to Get You…

As Coffin Hop 2014 approaches, I’ve been madly dashing around trying to get ready for it! This year, I’ll be featuring a different drabble every day and there’s a little bit of a theme which I’m going to see if anyone guesses—and yes it’s more than just zombies!!

Oh and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!

So what could you win?

  • 5 winners will receive digital copies of my short story collection Glimpses of the Undead as well as copies of my short story The Dead of Penderghast Manor
  • 1 winner will receive a Print version of Glimpses of the Undead and Days with the Undead: Book One

Don’t forget that you can check out all the other Hoppers starting October 24th to the 31st by going to CoffinHop.com!

Zombie Film Fridays: The Returned

On this edition of Zombie Film Friday, we’re going to talk a little bit about The Returned. I was first told of this movie by a friend of mine who hates horror. He’d seen a trailer and decided to look it up on Netflix, then told me about it. I’m still not sure if he watched it, but I did and to be honest, it was a lot better than I’d even hoped. It’s got an interesting story and strays from the typical in a good way. So give it a watch and let me know what you think!

In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the “Return Protein” which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With injections every 36 hours, the “Returned” are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protesters turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate. Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus’ and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex’s secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie.

My Rating: A

Interesting Facts: The movie was filmed in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; and throughout the entire movie Kate realizes how secretive she needs to be about getting medication, yet when she gets the last remaining doses she leaves the building yelling into her cell phone about it.

And now it’s time for the trailer…

Random Monday Mini: The Cull

Okay so today’s Random Monday Mini wasn’t based on a word, but a photograph…

shattered

The Cull

The first stone pinged off the side of the vehicle with animosity, thrown by a protestor from the crowd. Her angry face shone brightly before being lost among the sea of acrimony the bus travelled through. The passengers could only sit and stare, unsure of what was really going on and what would become of them. Herded up like animals, they’d been forced onto buses, their meagre possessions stripped from them by masked guards. Silently they sat, in a state of collective shock, their powers of comprehension failing them in the face of such secrecy and overwhelming authority.

The children cried and cuddled into their parents, not wanting to witness their fate, not understanding what was going on. All along their route, the people outside hurled their insults along with rocks, the outer casing of the bus only managing to keep out the rocks. As the windows weakened, so did the resolve of the worried inside. The masked and armed guards could see the collective composure slipping away with each barb, their poison spreading and infecting even the most determined. And then the screams of hatred and words of abuse exploded inward as the web expanded across the surface of the glass. The angry roar of the gathered filled the interior of the bus until there was no space for anything else. The air reeked of smoke, stale sweat and fear.

Slowing to a stop, great wrought-iron gates loomed in the front windscreen; they had arrived. But no one knew where they had been brought to. The gates opened and the bus rolled forward. Fences and makeshift buildings had been erected inside the walls—the space designed to keep those who inhabited it inside, while the others were kept out. But which side of the wall was clear of infection?

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