Undead Legacy

Readers of hardcore horror and zombie fiction, Undead Legacy is now Available on Amazon!!! 🙂

You stir early, removing your head from the beaten pillow. Your home is silent. The familiar, everyday noises that introduce you to the beautiful morning are absent. The dog barking, the neighbour’s irritating car alarm, the flush of the toilet – all missing. After stumbling down your hallway, stepping into your slippers and avoiding the rug that always attempts to break your neck, you open the front door, adjust your eyes, yawn and…
You scream.

The world before you is chaos, mayhem, absolute anarchy. No…it’s an apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse, where the living dead rule and humans are a tasty, but pesky afterthought. You look to your left and see a group of the undead. Your dog is massacred, mercilessly shredded between them like a sloppy, gore soaked entrée. Their eyes lock onto you. You’re dessert. You gulp, pee your pants, panic…what do you do?

From JEA Wetworks comes Undead Legacy, an anthology of undead horror. Featuring 23 stories and poems from some of the best writers in the genre today. Whatever your view on the undead – modern, old school, classic, fast, slow – there’s something for everyone in Undead Legacy. With two very special forewords from Terry M. West and Richard Laymon artwork aficionado Steve Crisp, Undead Legacy looks to cement its place in horror literature for years to come.

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Cover Reveal: Undead Legacy

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COMING THIS MARCH!!

You stir early, removing your head from the beaten pillow. Your home is silent. The familiar, everyday noises that introduce you to the beautiful morning are absent. The dog barking, the neighbour’s irritating car alarm, the flush of the toilet – all missing. After stumbling down your hallway, stepping into your slippers and avoiding the rug that always attempts to break your neck, you open the front door, adjust your eyes, yawn and…

You scream.

The world before you is chaos, mayhem, absolute anarchy. No…it’s an apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse, where the living dead rule and humans are a tasty, but pesky afterthought. You look to your left and see a group of the undead. Your dog is massacred, mercilessly shredded between them like a sloppy, gore soaked entrée. Their eyes lock onto you. You’re dessert. You gulp, piss your pants, panic…what do you do?

From JEA Wetworks comes Undead Legacy, an anthology of undead horror. Featuring 23 stories and poems from some of the best writers in the genre today. Whatever your view on the undead – modern, old school, classic, fast, slow – there’s something for everyone in Undead Legacy. With two very special forewords from Terry M. West and Richard Laymon artwork aficionado Steve Crisp, Undead Legacy looks to cement its place in horror literature for years to come.

After all, a Legacy is timeless…

UNDEAD LEGACY

edited by Stuart Keane and Scott Essel Pratt

Cover art by Mark Kelly

with my zombie tale and stories by brilliant authors Roger Cowin, Magenta Nero, T.s. Woolard, Doug Rinaldi, Dona Fox, Anthony Crowley, Lori R. Lopez, Kent Hill, and many more.

UNDEAD LEGACY
isn’t your regular zombie book. This collection is sure to deliver several of the most original takes on the walking dead.

a shout-out to horror author Gary Murphy

Inside my upcoming book, 100 Nightmares, is a blurb by horror author Gary Murphy.

Gary Murphy is a nerd who was trained in ancient martial arts by Bruce Lee’s training partner. I’m not BS-ing! (That must’ve been a looong time ago, though. 🙂 🙂 🙂 )

He’s been published in so many horror anthologies and magazines that I simply gave up counting. We share a few anthologies such as Bones II, the recently released Memento Mori by JWK Fiction, and the upcoming Dark Fairy Tales Revisited by Horrified Press.

He is the author of numerous books including Hellish Redcap and the recently published Blood Red Putin and Other Zombie Tales.

Murph, as I like to call him, is based in the UK. He sometimes writes under the name GK Murphy.

He’s actually one of the very few people that I chat with at FB.
You see, a few months ago, in my quest to ‘find my genre’, I started writing horror stories. He was one of the few writers who welcomed me and encouraged me.

That means a lot to a newbie.

“Develop your own voice, that’s my best advice. People will inevitably admit if you’re original…”

Thank you for those words, Murph. 🙂 (and for saying it in a totally non-condescending way ^^)

When I joked about creating my own story collection, he cheered me on.
It felt wonderful to receive words of encouragement from a very prolific author. I see his stories getting published in several different places week after week and I find that to be very inspiring. I also appreciate that he’s not selfish with his talents or his wisdom.

When I asked him how he does it, his answer was simple:
“It’s just sitting down each day, having a long think, and then transferring it onto the screen. Dedication and lots of inspired thought.”

The reason why we ended up chatting a little, I guess, is because we’re both introverts. Once, he mentioned: “I just want a quiet life, but some success.”

But while the man is unquestionably a mean writing machine, I think he might need a little help in promoting his stuff. 🙂

Gary Murphy’s recent books are available on Amazon and Lulu 🙂 If you like the horror genre, you might wanna check these out. 😉 xo

P.S. Not familiar with Lulu? (coz a few days ago, I wasn’t.lol) I’ve discovered that Lulu is a great platform/ place to purchase ebooks. You can read the epub version of the book on your computer. Just create an account in very easy steps and make sure you have an epub reader installed. Another plus is that readers have the option of purchasing via PayPal. Just sayin.

Thank you, Scott!

Thank you, Scott Scherr, for joining the Blog Blast for 100 Nightmares

Read his post here (Join blog blast here)

Scott Scherr is a horror author as well as a poet.
To all the zombie lovers out there, Scott has a free zombie novel on his site!

Don’t Feed The Dark is a FREE online zombie serial novel written by Scott Scherr that started on February 10th. New episodes from the novel will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the entire novel is completed.

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Synopsis:

In the pre-dawn hours on a Saturday morning, something malevolent has awoken, striking fear and terror into unsuspecting citizens all throughout North East Ohio. Former acquaintances, neighbors, loved ones—all at random—transform into flesh-craving monsters hell bent on devouring the living. Corpses are rising from their places of unrest. Nocturnal animal-man hybrids hunt in packs. The dead are awakening from within the living…

By morning, the sun weeps over streets splattered blood-red as an unsettling silence soon follows, lulling the broken remains of society into believing the blood bath is over. Survivors gather to lick their wounds and mend their broken hearts and ravaged lives as local governments struggle to maintain law and order.

As a second wave approaches, a handful of survivors from all walks of life must put aside their differences and band together to escape the pending slaughter while storm clouds begin to gather from within their fragile community. Some who were once respectable in the eyes of society will devolve into madness while the despicable rise to the occasion in a world no longer respecting of persons.

It is their world now. The dead are hungry and do not discriminate.

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You can read Don’t Feed The Dark from the beginning at:
http://freezombienovel.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/chapter-1-1-demon-night/

For current updates or just to show your support, you can also “like” The Dark on Scott’s Facebook Page at:
https://www.facebook.com/dont.feed.the.dark

WOMEN IN HORROR: My Review of 3-Z by Lori R. Lopez (and a free zombie ebook)

What’s so special about February?

Valentine’s Day? Sure. But more than that, February is WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH! For 28 days, we celebrate all the beautiful, fantastic, filthy minded women in the horror industry.
(hmm I think this should be celebrated every day of the year, don’t you?)

I reviewed my list of 10 BOOKS THAT ROCKED MY 2013 and realized one thing… my god, it’s a total sausagefest! lol (Do check out those books, by the way, they’re all awesome.)

So this month, I decided to pick up a book from a female horror author. And because I also have a thing for stylish hats, this particular writer caught my attention.

Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez is an author, poet, artist, actress, songwriter, musician and activist for conservation, children and animal rights.

I love short story collections. If I want to know the range of an author I read one of their collections and if at least half of those stories do it for me then there’s a very high possibility that I might read more of their published works. As a hobbyist who writes horror fiction, I’ve read very few zombie stories (my favorite by the way is Poppy Z. Brite’s ‘Calcutta, Lord Of Nerves’) so I decided to go for Lori R. Lopez’s 3-Z.

3-Z is a collection of three zombie stories.

The first story is ‘Pound of Flesh’. From the beginning, Lopez’s wonderful writing grabbed me.

From the book: “SACRIFICE. That’s what it’s all about. Giving your pound of flesh to get ahead in this world, this modern megalopolis we have wrought with hammers and sweat and steel. Plenty of concrete.”

Then and there, I knew I was going to end up reviewing this piece. Despite the title, this zombie tale is gore-free. What you get instead is a story with depth. I truly felt the main character’s desperation in this piece. Still, the writer managed to inject a great deal of humor into the dreadful scenario. The result: a totally enjoyable read.

The second story, ‘A Big Problem’ wasn’t exactly as scary or as crazy as I hoped it would be. I like my bizarro extremely descriptive and batshit insane. But I did enjoy the exchanges between the main characters and read the story with a small smile on my face. This didn’t quite do it for me but in the end, Lori Lopez’s good writing and humor became this story’s redeeming factor.

The last story ‘Knock, Knock’ was more like old school horror. And that’s a cool thing. It’s like when you already have an idea of what’s going to happen next but still, the story constantly grips you. The pros in this story were the well-realized characters and the scene with the cats, oh yeah, I loved that particular part. 🙂

So what did I learn from this short story collection? That Lori R. Lopez is a versatile horror author perfect for the eclectic reader (like me). And yes, I’m going to check out her other books as well.

I devoured Lori R. Lopez’s 3-Z in one sitting. My rating? A FABULOUS FOUR! 🙂

WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH just gave me another reason to love February. This month (or every month), I encourage you to grab a book by a female horror author. Oh and btw, a reprint of my story “The Other Child” will be featured in Sirens Call #13 Women in Horror Issue and I’m really proud to be a part of this very special edition. Lori R. Lopez will be in this February’s issue as well! Watch out for it. 😉 Support female horror writers! (UPDATE: the ezine is out now! check out the website to download it for FREE)

xo

K.Z.

P.S.
3-Z is currently free on Kindle and Smashwords. What the hell are you waiting for? 🙂

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