I hope you're all snug in your jammies drinking coffee, reading a book, doing something to take care of yourself. Sundays are for self-care. You know what else Sundays are for?
First up, I have some news to share...I've written a thing, and it will be out Friday because IT'S FRIDAY THE 13TH! This story will be available via download code from Book Funnel ONLY to my newsletter-y subscribers. If you're receiving this little post in your email, you're in! If this didn't come in your email, well, mosey on over to www.rlmerrillauthor.com and a little box will pop up asking you to do the subscribe thing. DO THE THING. Then check your email Friday, September 13th for the goods.
Second...I have a super creepy horrorific book to share with you folks today from author H.E. Roulo. This post comes to you from the macabre collection known as HorrorAddicts.net, a group of fab folks that I shall be joining as their music reviewer! Stay tuned for more news on that. But without further ado, please welcome
Some Stories Just Won’t Die: A Zombie Book’s History of Survival by H.E. Roulo
In 2009, the serialized podcast of H.E. Roulo’s novel Fractured Horizon was a Finalist for the 2009 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story (novel). Looking for new challenges, Heather wrote the script for an audio drama called “The Killer with Eyes of Ice” for Necropolis Studio Productions, best known for their Parsec Finalist audio drama Age of the Zombies. The voices were recorded but production stalled.
But some stories just won’t die.
Inspired by the audio drama, Heather wrote the short story “The Killer with Eyes of Ice” for the Live and Let Undead anthology, released in 2011 from Library of the Living Dead Press.
Then, like any good zombie, the audio drama from Necropolis Studio Productions revived and released in 2015 (http://necropolisstudioprod.com/orc.html). Inspired by the interest in her sci-fi zombie story, Heather expanded the universe created in the audio drama and short story into a full-length novel, Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome. The novel had immediate success and released in 2015.
When Samantha’s brother goes missing, the trail leads to Julius Cerberon, the rich philanthropist who built a dome for sufferers of mankind’s newest disease. Can she really accuse the universe’s greatest humanitarian of murder?
Meanwhile, on a downtrodden planet, Trevor has the unenviable job of zombie bait. He saves his dream girl, but she is infected. Her goodbye kiss forces him to escape to the domed utopia where infected are quarantined until they change--but he will never change, isn't infected, and has to keep kissing the girl to pass the tests. Not a bad deal, until the dome breaks and a planet-worth of zombies invade.
And his girl could change any minute now.
PLAGUE MASTER: REBEL INFECTION blurb-
Trevor's return from the zombie infection makes him unique. It also makes him dangerous.
Trevor is a hero on his homeworld, celebrated for finding a vaccine against the zombie virus, but the ruling Founders don't trust him and his low origins. When the revolution comes, Trevor is caught in the middle.
Despite his homeworld's troubles, a message from a Plague Master forces Trevor to seek reinforcements. He hunts for Kristin, the woman he left behind, and an answer to why the vaccine is failing.
He and his friends must fight on space stations and worlds overtaken with infected to discover the terrible truth about his cure.
Read the exciting sequel to Plague Master: Sanctuary Dome.
H.E. Roulo is a Pacific Northwest writer of science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. She earned a BA in English from the University of Idaho and is a SFWA member. Her science-fiction novel Fractured Horizon was a Parsec Award Finalist. She’s had dozens of short stories published in anthologies and magazines and was the winner of the 2009 Wicked Women Writers contest. Recent publications include Fantasy magazine (Women Destroy Fantasy special issue), Nature Futures 2, and Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge. She co-hosted the author interview podcast Podioracket.com from 2009 to 2012.
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Best of luck, Heather! I for one am terrified of zombies so this book will definitely scare the pants off me. Yes, you all know I love horror and things that go bump in the night, but I have to draw the line at loving zombies. It only took one episode of The Walking Dead to give me nightmares. The horse...the sounds...the being trapped and dying slowly while being eaten alive...but I digress. Sure, I love zombie flicks, in fact one of my favorite flicks this year was The Dead Don't Die starring Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, and Adam Driver, I LOVED Warm Bodies, and The Crazies is an all-time favorite. How about you? Post in the comments your thoughts on zombies and a random commenter can win a copy of H.E. Roulo's book!
Remember...Friday is the big day! I'll actually be in Orlando with my fellow Dreamspinners (I can't WAIT) but that newsletter will go out and give you a super creepy and fun read for your weekend! Sound good? Subscribe today!
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