Zpoc Exception Series
Re-Civilize: Book 3 – Liam
is now available!
Liam earned a full scholarship and escaped the small town of his birth. When his father passes away, he’s sucked back into the life he’d worked so hard to leave behind.
Reluctantly he leaves school and travels home to the farm he grew up on. The farm where working with his hands was worth more than the knowledge he garnered from the books he read to escape reality.
He tries to help his mother settle his father’s estate and plan the funeral despite her emotional guilty trips, but things go horribly wrong in a short span of time. In a last attempt to do something right and ease his guilt, he heads back to school to try and rescue his girlfriend, Stella. But everything has changed in the world beyond the vacant acres he’s been protected by while dealing with his home life.
The world as he knew it has crumbled into something unbelievable. Zombies have taken over and ripped society to shreds…literally. Making it back to Stella becomes impossible.
When he realizes the futility of his journey, he’s forced to a safe zone to preserve his life. Once there, Liam has to make a decision that will change the course of his life forever.
Some of you may or may not know that I have written for charity anthologies where the proceeds go to a selected charity to help people or causes.
So, you can read my writing…for charity!
Below, I’ve listed all the books that are currently available, in case you’d like to feed your reading addiction while helping a good cause.
Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care – registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658
Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology.
A charity anthology of short Zombie Stories created in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care (registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658). All royalties (100%) are to be donated to Breast Cancer Care.
Treasured Chests is a unique, intelligent and terrifying collection of short Zombie Stories. An eclectic collection of short stories brought to you by the Zombie podcast Good Morning Zompoc, featuring the finest authors in the Zombie and Horror Genres.
*Warning Explicit Content*
Foreword – By Diane Coughlin
Invasion A – By Peter Mckeirnon
Run from the Dead – By Marc Moore
Adam’s Birthday – By Claire C Riley
Not the Main Character – By Devon C Ford
A Flash of Light in the Darkness – by Marilyn Peake
Scarecrows – By David A. Simpson
To Walk the Halls – By Rebecca Besser
Last Light – By Christopher Artinian
Judgement Day – By Ricky Fleet
Wolfe in Dead Clothing – By R.L. Chambers
Beginning of the End (Garage Survival) – By T.D. Ricketts
Bobbies Boobies – By Grivante
Insomnolence – By Valerie Lioudis
Concrete Jungle – By M.R. Wallace
The Karakyuza – By Kevin J Kennedy
Slayer – By Andrew Lennon
Zombie Granny – By Steve Higgs
Betrayal – By Jaime Johnesee
Flesh – By Stuart Keane
House of Dead Repute – By Matt Hickman
Excuses – Cartoon by Stan Yan
All royalties are to be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658.
The Undead That Saved Christmas
The Undead That Saved Christmas is the heart-chilling anthology with stories across the spectrum of holiday mythology. The perfect stocking stuffer that doesn’t include a box of shotgun shells or a macheté, The Undead That Saved Christmas brings together various talented authors and artists from Great Britain, the United States and Ireland. Stories include The Magic of Christmas, by Rebecca Besser; Santa Claws is Coming to Town, by Calvin A.L. Miller II; Night of the Frozen Elf, by Richard S. Crawford; And to All a Good Fright by Stacey Graham; and many others. The anthology also includes rich illustrations by David Naughton-Shires, Jason Tudor, Chris Williams and more. Another thing to expect in this anthology is a fun collection of holiday zombie-themed poems and carols. And to wrap things up there is an awesome assortment of original comics, from Mike Schneider, Nate Call, and many others. Proceeds from the sales of The Undead That Saved Christmas benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency (hugsffa.org) and will help them give their foster children gifts this holiday season.
The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2
Another round of ghoulish holiday stories, The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 is an anthology of both jolly and frightening proportions. From zombie toys to flesh-eating Santas, Vol. 2 is sure to be the most unique gift under the tree. The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 brings together various talented authors and artists from across the world.
Stories include: How I Got My Sack Back, by Stephen Johnston; Death and the Magi, by Joe McKinney; Zombies We Have Heard on High, by Jamie Freeman; You Better Watch Out, by Scott Morris, and others. Get into the Christmas spirit with carols and poems such as ‘Twas a Season of Zombies by Rebecca Besser and The Last Noel by Craig W. Chenery.
Whether you buy it for yourself, a friend, or family member, know you’re doing it for a good cause. Proceeds from the sales of The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol. 2 benefit the Hugs Foster Family Agency (hugsffa.org) and will help them give their foster children gifts this holiday season.
Table of Contents
Stories and Poems Introduction By John Olson and Bud Hanzel
Oh, Tannenbaum By Rebecca Snow
How I Got My Sack Back By Stephen Johnston
Death and the Magi By Joe McKinney
‘Twas A Season of Zombies By Rebecca Besser
Emergency Rescue By Kelly Dunn
The Last Christmas By Emma Ennis
Zombie Party Mix By Beth Bartlett
Attack of the Zombie Toys By Melissa Helwig
Zombies Don’t Jingle By Rusty Fischer
Zombies We Have Heard on High By Jamie Freeman
You Better Watch Out By Scott Morris
Christmas of the Dead By Timothy J. Collins
Daddy’s Angel By Kevin Walsh
Dinner at Eight, Dead by Dawn By Nathan Correll
With a Little Help from my Elves By Suzanne Robb
Believe, Annie By Eloise J. Knapp
The Gingerbreads 2: The Girl in the Christmas Pajamas By Lyle Perez-Tinics
The Last Noel By Craig W. Chenery
Zombies Don’t Pop By Rusty Fischer
Survivor’s Christmas Carols By Bud Hanzel and John Olson
Comics A Zombie Christmas Story By Robert Freese – Illustrated by Amanda Stoltz
Even Zombies Need a Christmas By Brian S. Logan – Illustrated by Brian McCranie
Looking A Gift Dog in the Mouth By Wm. Brian MacLean – Illustrated by Wm. Brian MacLean
All Sales Final By Mike Schneider – Illustrated by Alex Kautz
The Carnival 13
Come one, come all! Step right up and join thirteen masters of macabre literature as they take you on a journey unlike anything you’ve ever traveled. We’ve got freaks, fantasy and fear; all lined up waiting to take your breath away.
Will you be tempted by the Freaks of the Flesh? Astounded by the Freaks of Fantasy? Baffled by the Freaks of the Mind? All this and more await you for just the small price of three tickets… and your soul.
Featuring all-new and exclusive chapters from John Everson; Jason Darrick; Dan Dillard; Charles Colyott; Dale Eldon; James Garcia Jr.; Matt Schiariti; Anne Michaud; Rebecca Besser; Armand Rosamilia; Jon Olson; Brent Abell; and Julianne Snow – this twisted tale will leave you gasping until your last breath.
All proceeds to benefit Scares That Care!
Stories From The Chapel
This anthology is a collection from professional and amateur writers, poets, and artists who all have one thing in common: a passion for the film “Night of the Living Dead”. In an effort to preserve a piece of cinematic history, they have joined forces with the Fix The Chapel movement to save the iconic building that appears in the opening scenes of that historic film. Located within the Evans City Cemetery in Evans City PA, the chapel is being threatened with demolition due to a lack of funds to maintain it. By purchasing this anthology, you will not only be entertained by some incredibly talented people, you will also help to preserve one of the last remaining ties to a film that has inspired countless film makers, authors and horror fans. We thank you for supporting the cause.
(Photo) – Chapel – Alfredo Torres
Introduction – Alfredo Torres
(Photo) – Gary and the Chapel – Alfredo Torres
Foreword One – Gary Streiner
Foreword Two – David Moody
(Art) – Burning Agenda – Tricia Martin
1 – Burning Agenda by Dean Vanderkolk
(Art) – The Chapel Restored by John McLain
2 – Poem 1 – Survival Chapel – John McClain
(Photo) – Chapel Doors – Alfredo Torres
3 – The Evans City Cemetery Shindig – Kelly M. Hudson
(Art) – Crying in the Chapel – Richard Dean
4 – Crying in the Chapel – Richard Dean
(Photo) – Chapel Haven – Alfredo Torres
5 – The World of Zombies – Rebecca Besser
(Art) – Dreamscape – John McClain
6 – Poem 2 – The Last Stronghold – Cecelia Robbins
(Art) – Save the Chapel – Kristal Stittle
7 – Refuge – Kristal Stittle
(Art) – Under the Rainbow – Tricia Martin
8 – Under the Rainbow – Paul S. Huggins
(Art) – The Chapel Restored – John McClain
(Art) – J. Dennis Bounds
9 – Benediction – J. Dennis Bounds
10 – Poem 3 – A Chapel’s Tear – Sandy Patton
(Art) – Ouch – Shane Ryan
11 – Ouch – Darren Barker(Photo) – Chapel side – Alfredo Torres
12 – Billy’s Remains – Rich Hawkins
Art – Night of the Living Wed – Philip R. Rogers
13 – Going to the Chapel – Tonia Brown
(Art) – Side Trip – Richard Dean
14 – Side Trip – R. G. Nojek
(Art) – Stormy Monday – Tricia Martin
15 – Stormy Monday – Glenn Brauer, Tricia Martin and Gordon Martin
Elaine is an average teen girl. All she wants is to be noticed by the boy she likes and for her parents to relax enough to let her go on a date with him. She’s tired of her boring life where the most excitement she has is her parents fighting, which she hates.
When the zombie apocalypse wipes out the world as she knows it, she makes her way home, where she has always been overprotected and safe.
This time, home is not the fort of comfort she has always known. Instead it’s a den of danger where she’s bitten by her zombie mother.
Wounded and scared, she manages to hide. Her father comes to her rescue and attempts to get them to a safe zone he heard about on the radio. They run out of gas and end up having to find shelter. They end up in Chad’s house.
Chad tells them how he’s immune to the zombie virus, and that he believes Elaine is too, because she hasn’t turned into a zombie from her bite.
They make plans to travel together to the safe zone once Elaine is strong enough. When Chad goes to find them a new vehicle and supplies, he finds a small boy named Tad.
At the safe zone, Elaine has to deal with being separated from her father and Tad, while being forced to make a decision that will change who she has always been…and her relationship with Chad.
You’ll see many of us authors offering up our books as great Christmas gifts. And I know when you see us doing it, you’re thinking that you don’t know if the person you’re thinking about giving the book to will like it. So, I thought I’d write this article to help you pick the right book for the reader on your Christmas list!
Reason #1 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is that they aren’t likely to already have the book.
Why? Does the book suck? No. Most Indie Authors are either new authors or authors that have been around for a couple years, but aren’t well-known yet. They generally have some really cool, interesting books that aren’t popular to the masses. This means that their writing and books haven’t reached that many hands yet. Usually each Indie Author has a small to medium pool of loyal readers, but they aren’t usually more than a couple hundred to a couple thousand of the millions of people on planet Earth. That’s not for a lack of trying or even because of low quality work, or anything like that. It’s just hard to get people to pay attention to your book that isn’t in a brick-and-mortar book store or on the shelf at the local grab-all store. They are, however, plentiful in online markets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, etc. You can find a lot of ebooks and paperbacks from marginally well-known Indie Authors at those outlets.
Reason #2 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is that you’ll introduce them to a new author.
I know you’re thinking that new authors can be scary or uncertain. I mean, what if the person you buy the book for doesn’t like it? There are a few ways to kill that uncertainty and make you a great book gift giver.
If you know who the person’s favorite author(s) is, you are in for easy shopping. Find out what genre that author writes and then look for books in the same genre; it’s really easy to do on Amazon. Why Amazon? Because after you’ve found the genre you want (which is fairly easy on that site), you can then use the “Look Inside” feature to read the first couple chapters of the book to check for quality of writing. You can also read through the reviews left by people who have already read the book. (Note: When dealing with a lot of reviews, throw out the best review and the worst review and focus on the middle reviews. This is where you find the most truth. If most reviews are negative, pass on that book. Also note when the book was released. Sometimes newly released books have less reviews because people haven’t finished reading the title yet, so newer books may still be really good, but have less reviews. Then look at the quality of the reviews overall.) Once you’ve narrowed down a couple of titles, check out other books by that author to see if their other books are getting decent reviews. That should give you a good idea of what authors are worth checking into further.
Once you’ve found a couple of authors, check out all their books to see if they have a series, because if you decide to buy something buy that author as a gift, you don’t want to give the book that is in the middle of a series, you’ll want to start with book one. You’ll also want to see if the author has other books that will appeal to the person you have in mind, or a book you didn’t know about that might be liked more than the one(s) you’ve already researched.
Reason #3 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is that the storyline will more than likely be more original than mass market books.
Originality is a big thing with Indie Authors. Sometimes the reason an author is an Indie Author is because they can’t find a mass market press that’s publishing their subject matter. It is often because Indie Authors are trying to create something new in their genre of choice.
Usually this is true. I say usually because there are some writers who don’t have original ideas and just try to copy someone else’s story. Unfortunately, this happens all the time. So all that stuff you went through checking out authors in reason #2 comes in handy.
From reading the first chapter or so of a book with Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, you should have a decent idea of whether the book is boring and unoriginal. The summary of the book will as well.
General rule, look for subject matter you haven’t seen much of before. Or something you have heard of before that’s looked at in a different way, or expressed from a different angle.
Reason #4 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is because you can often get a signed copy of the book by contacting the author directly.
Unlike mass market authors that don’t have any contact information easily found anywhere, Indie Authors have blogs, Facebook pages, and are easily found on social media or through their website. Often, if you contact them through one of these channels and ask to buy a signed copy of the authors’ work, they’re more than happy to provide that option.
This allows you to get a customized gift for the reader on your shopping list. You can have the book signed to them. Not only did you give them a book, but you gave them something special and personalized! That’s usually a huge thing for presents.
Reason #5 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is that you don’t have to give it to them directly.
That might seem confusing, but let me explain. Say you do all the research I suggested in reason #2 and you find a bunch of books you think the person might like. At that point you might be unsure of what to get and that’s understandable. There are a lot of options and you want to be a great gifter.
So, here’s how you can be a great gifter without actually giving a specific book: make a list of the authors and books you found that you think the reader would like and give them the list with a gift card!
This is a great option for a reader that has an e-reader. Why? Because they can get a few of the books you suggest instead of one. They will more than likely at least look into the Indie Authors you suggested. And, possibly, they could grab a paperback from one of the authors they already like and maybe an ebook from a new-to-them author from the list.
That makes the giving of a gift card personalized and it still gives them options, if you’re unsure.
Reason #6 to give an Indie Authors’ book to the reader on your list is that you’re helping out an author, not feeding the big publisher machine.
If you’re someone who likes to buy from local, privately owned shops, stores, or businesses, that’s what Indie Authors are in the publishing world. Most of the time, Indie Authors are making little to nothing off their work because they aren’t well-known by the masses. That’s right, not all authors are making big money. A lot of them have full-time day jobs, most of them have families, and a few depend on their writing to support those families if they’re lucky enough to make what they need.
What am I saying? You would be making a purchase that matters to a person. The sales Indie Authors get are a big deal. They are truly, deeply appreciated. So, not only are you buying a book that someone you love might enjoy, you’re helping support small business. You’re helping people and families.
I hope this article has explained how and why to buy the reader on your Christmas list an Indie Authors’ book, and I hope if that reader enjoys dark fiction (zombies, creatures, horror, thrillers, suspence) that you’ll check me out as one of the authors you’d like to gift to that reader.
Excerpt from The Dead Song Legend Dodecology Book 4: April from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City by Jay Wilburn:
“Hey.” Satch walked out to the end of his chain near the open gate and extended his arms. “We’re stuck in here. Let us go, dick.”
The man did not turn his head and no other living men passed as the wall of the dead trudged through the mud after the fleeing guards.
Satch extended his foot and tried to hook a metal slat of the gate to pull the paddock closed. He did not come close. “Kidd, can you get it? We need to box ourselves in at least.”
Kidd’s stake speared the ground farthest from the gate with Tiny chained between the other two. He tried anyway, crossing over Satch’s and Tiny’s chains. Even being taller, he could not reach as close as Satch did to the gate. “We’re fucked.”
“Get down, both of you.” Satch squatted low to the ground. “Stay quiet.”
Kidd and Tiny dropped to their knees where they planted within the corral.
The first few zombies lumbered past without turning their heads to look. Tiny shifted his head slowly to track progress on both sides. One naked corpse staggered into a section of fence on the opposite side of the gate. It bounded into the crowd and the bodies jostled one another as their dead muscles negotiated the unforgiving mud.
Lightning flashed and weak thunder grumbled in the distance.
One of the bodies farther out impacted a door panel on one of the SUVs beyond the men’s line of sight in the rain. Another creature hit the fence closer to the gate. It turned its head. One blue eye and one solid red stared out over the tops of the men’s heads as the dead monster passed. A woman hit the gate with her shoulder. The gate turned inward only a few inches, but screamed on its hinges. She continued toward the house without reaction. Two others turned their heads at the sound. Their paces slowed, but they continued past the corral at an angle.
Something screamed diagonally from the paddock and every body stopped in mid stride. They all stared over the corral in the direction of the noise. The creature brayed again as a donkey with one ear and no eyes bounded through the mob. Three zombies hung off its back and sides with fingers and teeth dug into flesh between ribs. The blind, bloody donkey screamed and kicked in a circle, but could not shake loose. It collapsed and the dead fell on it in an insectile swarm.
The zombies crossed one another as they pushed past each other to get at the body and the noise. As the animal fell silent, the zombies circled in the storm, losing track of their targets. They moved around the fencing from all four sides, weaving in different directions.
One stumbled into the post of the open gate. It turned and backed up, knocking the gate open a few inches with another metal screech. The others stopped and turned toward the noise from all sides. They closed in on the corral.
The one inside turned in a circle before walking between Kidd and Satch on the ground. It stopped, tilted its head, and opened its jaws over Tiny.
Satch wrapped his chain around the zombie’s neck from behind and pulled it down to its back in the mud. It clawed at the air and gave two choked clicked. Kidd raised his cuffs and slammed them down, denting the monster’s forehead twice. The double crack echoed out through the yard. More bodies turned toward them. Kidd wrapped his chain around the thing’s skull and braced both feet of the side of its head as he pulled. The chain crinkled and then sheered through the scalp as the links pulled through. The arms collapsed to the mud as dark brain matter oozed out into the diluting rain.
The men stayed crouched around the still body as moving zombies circled the fenced enclosure. A few stared at the gate, but then turned away and walked into the rain.
As a mob writhed over the body of the donkey a few yards away, the stray undead spread out and moved wide around the corral. More filtered through the yard from the direction of the outside gate to the grounds, but passed the enclosure wide as well.
Gunshots rang out from the direction of the house. Glass shattered.
A few of the dead on the outside edge of the pile over the donkey peeled away and slogged toward the house and the gun shots. The others in the yard turned inward and angled toward the house in closing ranks.
Three bounced off the flat of the fence and pushed each other to get around. A fat man struck the gate, bouncing it off the post with a crash. It swung open wide with a series of pops. Two more knocked the swinging gate and bounced it again. It crashed and swung slowly open with a screeching drawl.
One slanted body in a tattered, soaked suit turned to face the corral. It stepped up against the fence a few feet from the open gate and reached over. The suited zombie’s bare feet dragged through the mud as it struggled to continue to walk despite the barrier. The sections of fence rattled against one another.
Two more creatures turned inward from the other side and pressed against the rattling fence, reaching over as well.
A woman in a wet, see through sundress lifted her claws and slinked through the opening in the gate with a grace that resembled dance. She unhinged her jaw in a throaty growl. Her dark wig and pillbox hat fell off behind her, revealing a nude nylon skull cap over her mangy scalp.
Satch stood, but pulled up short as his chain remain wrapped around the neck of the last body they took down. He wrestled to untangle with his wrists pulled down to knee level. “Kidd?”
Kidd Banjo whipped his chain out of the mud from his knees and jerked up against her ankles with both hands. She made a grab, but he ducked under and she landed on her face.
The suited zombie pumped his feet harder without realizing he stood next to the entrance. He slipped and rested his chin and armpits over the fence and growled at them.
The woman raised her head to stare Tiny in the face with her jaws packed with clods of mud. The dirt spewed out as she hissed at him.
Satch freed himself from the other body and lifted both cuffed hands above his head. He brought his double fists on her head, skimming off the back of the skull with the follow through. Her head split open from back to front and moist brain spilled out in chunks, but held inside her skull cap. She dropped her face into the mud again without closing her mouth.
The pair lowered to crouches once more. Kidd slid his chain out from under her legs.
The other zombies against the fencing open their mouths as they reached for the men inside and let up a moan. Others diverted and pressed against the fence on two sides. One of the connections buckled and the fence leaned in nearly to the point of spilling the pack of zombies in on top of them.
All three men stood.
Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in Conway, South Carolina near Myrtle Beach on the Atlantic coast of the southern United States. He has a Masters Degree in education and he taught public school for sixteen years before becoming a full time writer. He is the author of many short stories including work in Best Horror of the Year volume 5, Zombies More Recent Dead, Shadows Over Main Street, and Middletown Apocalypse. He is the author of the Dead Song Legend Dodecology and the music of the five song soundtrack recorded as if by the characters within the world of the novel The Sound May Suffer. He also wrote the novels The Great Interruption,Time Eaters, and co-authored The Enemy Held Near with Armand Rosamilia. Jay Wilburn is a regular columnist with Dark Moon Digest. Follow his many dark thoughts on Twitter as @AmongTheZombies, his Facebook author page, and at JayWilburn.com