Chewing Braaiiinns with… Sean Munger

Today on Days with the Undead we feature an interview with Sean Munger, author of Zombies of Byzantium. For those of you unfamiliar with Sean, let’s take a moment to get everyone better acquainted…

newportrait1Sean Munger is a longtime Oregonian, oenophile and lover of history. A former attorney, he is now a teacher and student of U.S. history, working toward a Ph.D. He has also written extensively on heavy metal and the worldwide metal music scene and briefly wrote for a regionally-produced cable TV horror series.

Zombies of Byzantium is Sean’s first book for Samhain Horror and reflects his longtime interest in medieval history. He has previously written science fiction and historical fiction. Sean’s second book for Samhain Horror, The Zombie Rebellion, due out in 2014, brings him back to his professional specialty of Early American history.

Welcome Sean. So tell us: why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

With the exception of a short story, I had never actually written horror before I began writing Zombies of Byzantium. When I got the idea for it I was thinking more in terms of the historical setting—“How could I make an interesting, exciting book set in the Byzantine Empire?”—and the idea of zombies made sense for a number of reasons. First, it’s usually associated with modern horror. Until recently you haven’t seen a lot of “historical” zombie stories, so I thought Zombies of Byzantium would be something relatively new. Second, the nature of the horror in a zombie story has great possibilities to draw out interesting elements. The best zombie stories focus not on the conflict between humans and zombies, but the way humans deal with the threat. And finally, zombies are a lot of fun! It was really great trying to do something more “modern” but in a very old setting.

Tell us about your latest project.

I’ve got several irons in the fire. My second zombie novel, The Zombie Rebellion, will be released by Samhain Publishing in May 2014. That’s also a historical zombie book, set during the Whiskey Rebellion, which was a little-known uprising that occurred in the backwoods of Pennsylvania in 1794. Right now, totally unrelated to zombies or horror, I have a serial running on the website JukePop Serials. It’s called The Armored Satchel and it’s a spy thriller set during World War II. (Link: https://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/501) Finally, I am working on a new horror novel, called Doppelgänger. It’s not about zombies, but instead a modern horror twist on the old Victorian haunted house story. It should be interesting.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

I purposely made the zombies in Zombies of Byzantium quite traditional. They’re “slow” zombies, mindless brutes, terrifying more in numbers and their inexorable nature than their individual abilities. What’s different, I think, is how the human characters react to them. If a zombie outbreak occurred in the modern world, we would give a lot of thought to understanding the cause—“Why is this happening, and how do we stop it?” In medieval Byzantium, in the 8th century A.D., they wouldn’t think that way. Byzantines were very mystical, religious people. Something like a zombie outbreak they would simply assume is a punishment from God, and they wouldn’t think much more about the cause. Therefore, the characters in Zombies of Byzantium are more focused on wiping out the threat and worrying about the cause—and the theological implications—later.

What are your 5 favourite Zombie books that you didn’t write?

My favourite is the technical “Bible” I used while writing Zombies of Byzantium, which is Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide. It scarcely left my desk during the entire time I was writing the book. Of course I love Brooks’s World War Z as well (I haven’t seen the movie yet). I can’t say I read a lot of zombie novels, but I do like Mikhail Lerma’s Z Plan: Blood on the Sand. I’m also intrigued by Scott Kenemore’s Zombie, Ohio: A Tale of the Undead, and the historian in me can’t resist Josh Miller’s A Zombie History of the United States.

What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

Hands-down my favourite is Jacques Tourneur’s 1943 masterpiece I Walked With a Zombie. It’s so atmospheric and dark, like a film noir with zombies, and there are very few movies ever made that are quite like it. Of course there are the classics, Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, and Victor Halperin’s White Zombie with Bela Lugosi from 1932. I love to laugh at Return of the Living Dead, which is a really clever send-up of the whole zombie genre, and I think showcases the wonderful talent that Dan O’Bannon had—it’s a shame he didn’t direct more films. (Okay, that’s four—sorry!)

Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

I think the interest has always been there, or if not always, for a very long time. If you look at sort of the “bestiary” of traditional horror creatures—vampires, werewolves, and zombies—while it’s true that zombies are probably the one that got into the culture most recently, the concept has been around for many decades. The word “zombie” entered our language in 1891. Vampires and werewolves date back to the Middle Ages. The wonderful thing about traditional stories is how you can reinvent them for a new generation and make them seem completely original. The Walking Dead is just another reinvention, as was Night of the Living Dead. The cycle will continue for as long as people find something visceral and compelling about stories that frighten and horrify them. Horror is as old as humanity. I’d like to think that storytellers will continue to reinvent tales of mythological creatures, like vampires or zombies, to entertain and terrify each other, as they have done for centuries.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

(1) My laptop. Until the power goes down, I can use it not only to keep track of the situation as it develops, but also to Google things like, how do you build a Molotov cocktail?

(2) The sword leaning up against the wall of my living room. I write medieval fiction, and I collect medieval weapons!

(3) Ditto for the battle axe, though the blade is rather dull.

(4) Although it’s out on the patio—does that count?—I would grab the propane tank from my barbecue. In a worst-case scenario it could be fashioned into a bomb or flamethrower.

(5) Books, which my house is full of. Not only would they make great insulation and “stuffing” for barricades, but if fires need to be lit in strategic places, the paper will make good fuel.

Well Sean if what you’ve got are books and a dull battle axe, I’m not sure you’re going to make it… Let’s hope that Google comes in handy for you!

Now let’s take a look at Zombies of Byzantium…

Taking place in Byzantium (the Eastern Roman Empire) in 717 A.D., Zombies of Byzantium is the story of Stephen Diabetenos, a young monk who specializes in painting icons. Sent to a neighboring monastery to replace a dead painter, Stephen and his friend Theophilus happen upon a small country village that has been hideously ravaged by the undead. After a pitched battle with the ghouls at a local inn, Stephen and Theophilus decide they must hurry to Constantinople, the capital, to warn Emperor Leo III about the outbreak of undead flesh-eaters and appeal to him to send a Byzantine legion to destroy them. Unfortunately Leo has other things on his mind–such as the impending siege of Constantinople by the Saracens, the Byzantines’ mortal enemies. When Leo decides he can kill two birds with one stone by using the ghouls as a weapon against the Saracens, all hell breaks loose–with very bloody results!

Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!

Thank you Sean for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to connect with Sean, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.

Zombie Film Fridays: Cargo

So I’ve been seeing the link for Cargo being passed around Facebook over the past few days and I decided to sit down and watch the short film the other day. I have to say I was blown away. So much packed into such a tiny package. Watch it – I’d love to hear your thoughts! Cargo was a finalist for Tropfest 2013 and besides that, I don’t know much about it, but I give an A++!

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: New Tool!

Okay I think I may have found one of the coolest inventions with definite viability during the Zombie Apocalypse.

The LuminAid Inflatable Solar Light!

Holy heck, this thing is cool and I’ve already ordered myself three of them. As long as the sun is shining, you’ll have light when it’s dark out. Check out the video!! You can also check out their website and store here.

Darlings of Decay: Chewing Braaiiinns with… Michelle Kilmer

Recently I joined 32 other women who wrote in the Zombie genre and we released a fantastic compendium of undead treats for lovers of the genre! It’s called Darlings of Decay and the best news is that it’s a FREE download on Amazon! What a great way to try samples of some of the greats writing in the genre! Click on the cover and it will take you straight to Amazon.

Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with Michelle Kilmer, author of When the Dead and other books. For those of you unacquainted with Michelle, let’s take a moment and get to know her…

MichelleKilmerMichelle Kilmer is a lover of the macabre, especially zombies. She is a frequent zombie walker and can be found, with her twin sister, in “full gore” at many horror-related events. Having grown impatient for the zombie apocalypse she decided to bring one to her doorstep in When the Dead . . . her first novel, published in 2012. The Spread, co-written with her twin sister and released in 2013, is a short story collection that follows the plague from chapter to chapter and person to person.

When Michelle isn’t covering herself in wounds and eerily realistic blood or writing about zombies, she is the owner of a web design company, a gamer, a musician and a crafter.

She lives with her husband in a secured-access apartment with two baseball bats, a machete, a growing canned food collection and a fear of the dark.

Welcome Michelle. So tell me: why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

As a society, zombies offer us a unique escape from all the constraints of our day-to-day lives. Rules and order disappear and chaos reigns. I personally am drawn to them because they force us to re-examine ourselves and remind us to value life.

Tell us about your latest project.

I am currently working on a lot! A follow-up to my novel When the Dead, a short story collection featuring fans as main characters, a young adult zombie novel, a sci-fi short story collection, I could go on…

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

Mine don’t run, they don’t have superhuman strength, and they don’t rise from the grave. If you were dead already, you don’t come back.

Has there been a Zombie novel or short story that has inspired you to write in the genre? If so, tell us about it and why it inspired you.

Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. I love the journal style and the different locations the character travels to. Also The Rising, City of the Dead and Dead Sea by Brian Keene. His characters are always interesting.

What is your all-time favourite Zombie book that you didn’t write?

That is very difficult for me to choose, but I think I’m going to pick Dead Sea. I loved the idea of surviving (or trying to) on a ship.

I will have to be sure to check that one out – thank you! Do you feel that gender plays a part in getting noticed in the genre? If so, why do you think readers are more comfortable reading Zombie works written by men?

Yes, I do. But I’m hoping that being a female author in the genre will help me stand out. Men, generally, are more brutish and perhaps this gives readers the idea that they would write darker, bloodier, more twisted stuff. I’m not really sure the psychology behind it, but one should never group or divide individuals based on sex or anything else. Everyone has unique ideas.

Have you ever thought about using a male pseudonym to sell more books?

Nope. Never. My work is mine and whether it sells less because my name and gender are attached to it doesn’t matter to me. Besides, we won’t change the system by playing its game.

Characters or gore – what do you spend more time writing?

Definitely characters but with a bit of gore on top. I’m not writing to gross people out. I’m writing to get people to think. Character dynamics, the way people react (or don’t), what regular people do in irregular situations, these are the things that intrigue me.

What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

If I had to choose, they would be:

Dawn of the Dead (remake)

Shaun of the Dead

Return of the Living Dead III

Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

There has always been an interest, but TWD has made the genre more accessible to folks who hadn’t considered it as something they’d enjoy. But, many ONLY watch TWD. They don’t always go on to read zombie novels or even the TWD comic. When the Dead has been likened to TWD with its character driven story. So maybe I’ll get some of those fans!

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

1. The central metal pole of a tall lamp

2. Metal leg of an Ikea desk

3. metal shelving rail, detached from wall

4. heavy coffee table books as brain bashers

5. hanging slider blinds, taped together and then shaped to a blade point

Too bad I’m not in my bedroom where the machete is!

You may be one of the first people with a fighting chance Michelle. You’ll have to work for it, but the odds seem good.

Now let’s take a quick look at Michelle’s When the Dead

Adobe Photoshop PDFHave you ever wondered what might happen if a group of survivors decided to stay put? To never leave the safety of home to search for salvation? When the Dead . . . provides one scenario to answer the question. In a world where neighbors are strangers and we live behind locked doors, the living dead can really bring issues to a head. There is no way out for the residents of Willow Brook Apartments. Outside a plague is spreading while behind the walls, neighbors are forced to become friends . . . or enemies. When the Dead . . . will introduce you to a doomed family, a dying child, an egomaniac, a murderer, and other undesirables (including the undead!!) in three floors of secured-access chaos.

Thank you Michelle for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’re looking to connect with Michelle, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her website.

Also, if you’d like to meet Michelle and purchase one of her books, she will be at Quarantine Zone Sept. 27th – 29th (http://tacomazombpocalypse.com/).

Zombie Film Fridays: Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Last week I talked about one of my favourite cheesy Zombie movies and since it has a sequel, this week we’re going to take a look at Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. Better yet, watch them in sequence if you can and don’t drink the water!

A high school prom faces a deadly threat: a flesh-eating virus that spreads via a popular brand of bottled water.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: The school mascot is a rabbit and in the original Cabin Fever, Paul sees a guy in a rabbit suit at the hospital, Paul (Rider Strong) and Deputy Winston Olsen (Giuseppe Andrews) are the only characters from the first film to appear in the sequel, and according to Fangoria magazine there were two separate drafts of Cabin Fever 2 written in 2004 (One by famed original director Eli Roth and one by genre favorite Adam Green. However due to internal politics at Lionsgate both Green and Roth’s scripts were set aside to bring in a completely new vision. When the film was eventually finished, it was shelved for several years).

And now it’s time for the trailer!

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: New Tool!

How many of us truly think about what we would do if the Zombies attacked? I know I have thought of the usefulness of different household items and have come to the conclusion that many of them are useful.

Take for example the rubber band. Don’t think you’ll need one when the shit hits the fan? Think again…

 

Here are a list of unique uses for the rubber band:

  • Wrapping it around wrapped food can help to keep that food fresh
  • It can keep certain items together
  • You can use it to keep your fingers in prime shape, allowing you to have better aim
  • You can mark the level of water in your coloured container (an easy and quick way to determine if you need to refill)
  • You can use it to tie your hair out of your face (let’s you see the Zombies coming at you more easily, especially on a windy day)
  • If you cut one in half you can use it to help keep your glasses on your face (will help when trying to shoot and when fleeing quickly is necessary. Trust me, you don’t want to lose your glasses and render yourself blind)
  • If you wrap them around your club/stick/handle it will help to prevent splinters
  • You can make a ball of them and use it as stress relief (and trust me, you’ll be stressed with hordes of the Undead pursuing you)
  • You can split an injured finger easily with a stick and an elastic band
  • You can melt them to make a decent adhesive when you need it
  • If you attach them together in a rope of sorts, place a bell or something jingly on it and then stretch it between two points, you’d made yourself a perimeter alarm

Essentially the uses really are endless and I know the elastic band will become an essential part of any preppers tool kit after the Undead rise. Can you think of any additional uses I didn’t emphasis here? If so, share them!

Darlings of Decay: Chewing Braaiiinns with… Ally Thomas

Recently I joined 32 other women who wrote in the Zombie genre and we released a fantastic compendium of undead treats for lovers of the genre! It’s called Darlings of Decay and the best news is that it’s a FREE download on Amazon! What a great way to try samples of some of the greats writing in the genre! Click on the cover and it will take you straight to Amazon.

Today I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with Ally Thomas, author of a few different series and contributor to the recent compilation Darlings of Decay. So for those of you that aren’t familiar with Ally, let’s take a moment to learn a little more about her…

Ally Thomas loves writing paranormal books that showcase vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, and any furry monsters who go bump in the night. She enjoys imagining new origins for these traditional creatures and seeing where it’ll take her.

Ally lives in the south with her husband and unproductive furry co-workers including two cats and a dog. She is currently working on the next installment of the paranormal series, the Vampire from Hell and the upcoming paranormal romance series, Fanged Love. Learn more at www.allythomas.com.

Welcome Ally! So tell me: why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

Primarily I write about vampires.  However, zombies are an interest to me.  I’ve wanted to start a zombie series for a long time.  That’s why I was excited to be invited to be a part of the Darlings of Decay zombie anthology. I wrote a story called Zombie Wolf that is included.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

Zombies, being undead, are sort of like vampires to me.  They’ve just stepped over to that next level of going clearly insane with wanting to eat people’s brains.

Has there been a Zombie novel or short story that has inspired you to write in the genre? If so, tell us about it and why it inspired you.

I’d say probably zombie movies have inspired me.  My favorite zombie movies are Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later.

What is your all-time favorite Zombie book that you didn’t write?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Do you feel that gender plays a part in getting noticed in the genre? If so, why do you think readers are more comfortable reading Zombie works written by men?

I don’t really let that bother me.  Women have being writing horror since Mary Shelley with Frankenstein, so I don’t think it really matters as long as it’s a great story that grabs the readers.

Have you ever thought about using a male pseudonym to sell more books?

Nope.

Characters or gore – what do you spend more time writing?

Probably characters, but I love to throw in the violence and gore too when I can.

What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

Shaun of the Dead

28 Days Later

Night of the Living Dead

Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

I think it has helped increase interest, but I also think zombies are the next big thing.  And that shift has been on the horizon for several years I think.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

Scissors, electric guitar, my laptop or my dog, and possibly my bookcase if I could get the zombie to stand in front of it.

I’m sorry Ally, but Zombies are generally not very co-operative… It’s not looking good for you…

Now let’s take a look at Ally’s Zombie Wolf (The Net Generation #1)

ZombieWolfAt twenty-four Zachary has been through many zombie outbreaks and knows how to stay alive. He’s been so good at killing zombies for so many years that he makes a living at it. He claims it’s the reason he has the nickname the ‘Zombie Wolf,’ even though he knows that’s not the case.

With time and space travel being as common as the Internet and cell phones, Zachary and his team travel often to kill zombies and rid the solar system of total infestation. Now in the year 3015 A.D., more sightings of zombies are being reported on Planet Earth, but no one knows how to kill these snake-like creatures. Zachary’s destiny unfolds when he comes face to face with the next generation of zombie and an innocent bystander gets bitten. He considers killing the attractive girl because she’s as good as dead anyways. But when he sees she has a werewolf mark, same as what he has, he knows he must save her.

Thank you Ally for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to find out more about Ally and her work, you can visit her website!

Zombie Film Fridays: Cabin Fever

Pancakes! What a great line to have in a Zombie movie! If you haven’t seen Cabin Fever and are looking for something fun and campy, you really should give this movie a chance. 

An offbeat horror tale about a group of five college friends on vacation at a remote mountain cabin when one contracts a flesh-eating virus. As it spreads among the friends, their true feelings and personalities emerge as they struggle to survive the virus and each other.

My Rating: A-

Interesting Facts: Joey Kern was rushed to the hospital four separate times for different eye injuries, Peter Jackson stopped production on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King three times to screen this movie for the entire crew (Jackson was so enthusiastic about the film he gave director Eli Roth publicity quotes), the “pancakes” scene was made up during filming after the director saw Matthew Helms practicing tae kwon do during a break (he discovered that Helms was a real-life black belt, so he decided to add the scene to give a chance for Helms to show what he could do), and it was also the most profitable horror film released in 2003.

And now it’s time for the trailer!

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: New Tool!

Okay, most of us have come to the conclusion that we need to get our acts together. While the Zombie Apocalypse may never happen, even though there’s as good a chance as any for it to happen, something catastrophic is only a disaster away. That being said, I’m always on the lookout for new tools to add to my toolkit.

The Halligan tool is something I was introduced to while studying for my degree in fire and explosions investigations. In case you’re wondering what it is, it’s a tool that firefighters use to help them while they’re exploring fire scenes while looking for survivors.

 

And if you’re looking for the deluxe version, you’ve got the Stanley Fubar.

 

So consider adding either of this to your toolkit and trust me, you’ll thank me for the multitude of uses they have!

Darlings of Decay: Chewing Braaiiinns with… Rebecca Hansen

Recently I joined 32 other women who wrote in the Zombie genre and we released a fantastic compendium of undead treats for lovers of the genre! It’s called Darlings of Decay and the best news is that it’s a FREE download on Amazon! What a great way to try samples of some of the greats writing in the genre! Click on the cover and it will take you straight to Amazon.

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Becky Hansen, author of zombie fiction. For those of you that haven’t heard of Rebecca yet, let’s take a moment and introduce her…

Rebecca is a twin and lover of everything zombie.  When she isn’t plotting gruesome fictional deaths she fancies hiking, painting and watching low-budget and foreign horror movies. A seasoned special effects make-up artist, she turns willing subjects into the walking dead on the weekends. She lives just north of Seattle with her boyfriend, three attack cats, a gun, axe, machete and small collection of knives

Welcome Rebecca. So tell us: why Zombies? Is there anything specific that draws you to the genre?

I have loved the horror genre since I was little, my twin sister and I used to host our own horror movie marathons and the zombie thing kind of developed from there. We started dressing up as them on Halloween, then got into special effects makeup and started writing about them more recent years.

Tell us about your latest project.

I am currently working on some short stories with my sister that stemmed from a contest we ran when we tabled at Crypticon. I have been writing movie reviews with a friend of mine from watchplayread.com and finishing up a photo comic with my sister we are submitting as part of an artist collaboration.

What makes your Zombies different, if anything?

I wouldn’t say my zombies are necessarily that different from the main stream zombie (if there is one); I guess my writing often has a dark comedic side to it. So it isn’t necessarily completely scary, there is a lot to laugh out loud about.

Has there been a Zombie novel or short story that has inspired you to write in the genre? If so, tell us about it and why it inspired you.

When The Dead by Michelle Kilmer. Granted, she is my sister but I was truly inspired by her real life scenarios and cast of characters. I could relate to some of the things they dealt with (other than zombiesJ) in the story. I was driven to get some of my ideas out on paper, I have my sister to thank for that.

What is your all-time favourite Zombie book that you didn’t write?

Monster Island by David Wellington. I don’t know if it is my all time favourite but it is definitely a good read

I love Monster Island as well! Do you feel that gender plays a part in getting noticed in the genre? If so, why do you think readers are more comfortable reading Zombie works written by men?

I definitely think that it does. I am not exactly sure why though. Maybe people think the mind of a man can be far more dark and sinister than that of a woman? It isn’t the first thing that men have led (but the women are close behind). I don’t see why this, like many other things, can be conquered by females!

Have you ever thought about using a male pseudonym to sell more books?

No, I write as me. I make up enough in my stories; I wouldn’t want to sell under some sort of facade just for a better profit.

Characters or gore – what do you spend more time writing?

With previous work, probably characters. I would like to bring a little bit more gore into play though. It is something I personally prefer in the genre. There can never be enough gore!

What are your top 3 favourite Zombie films?

Dawn of the Dead (The remake)

Return of the Living Dead 3

Mutants

Do you think the popularity of The Walking Dead and its appearance in mainstream media has helped to increase the popularity of the genre, or has there always been such an interest?

Absolutely! I know so many people including family members that have little to no interest in Zombies fall completely for The Walking Dead. It seems now like people are more open to the idea. I know many conversations I have had with people about zombies are started over The Walking Dead. It’s almost like a zombie icebreaker.

Pop Quiz: If the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur right now, 5 things found in the room you are currently sitting will be your weapons – what are they?

Shoot. I am at my desk at work. Working hard! I think I’d have better luck building a barricade then finding anything worthy of weapon status. Basically, I’m screwed;

  1. Pair of scissors
  2. Small metal desk fan
  3. Stapler
  4. Computer tower CPU
  5. Ikea VÄTE Table Lamp

Well Rebecca, you may well survive, but just by the skin of your teeth!

Let’s take a look at Rebecca’s collection with her sister Michelle – The Spread: A Zombie Short Story Collection…

You don’t know when it will change your life, or how, but the zombie plague is spreading quickly and in ways that no one could have imagined. In Part I, an independently-hired researcher watches a mysterious plague decimate an island and takes notes with a gun-toting guard at his side. but the brisk waters of the Puget Sound can’t keep it from spreading to the mainland. In Part II, follow the infection from chapter to chapter and person to person. A frightened neighborhood cat, a harmless fishing trip, a room full of infected preschoolers. perhaps someone will deliver it right to your front door. How kind. Featuring short stories that showcase the many ways in which a disease can overwhelm a city, The Spread will get you thinking of how mundane acts can become deadly. No matter your precautions, the spread will reach you. Of that you can be sure.

Looks good huh? You can find it on Amazon by clicking on the cover!

Thank you Rebecca for taking the time to answer my questions!