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ROTTERWORLD CONTEST!

Published June 28, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Enter to win one of two autographed sets of Scott M. Baker, Author’s Rotter series!!

How to Enter
Go Scott Baker’s Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, like it.

Go to the ZF website and answer the following scenario question: Stay or GO???

Scenario: You survived the zombie apocalypse and now live in a large compound that is well stocked and well-defended. A scientist shows up at your compound and says he has a vaccine for the zombie virus that will give the survivors the ability to immunize themselves against zombie bites and allow them to wage war against the living dead. However, it is in an underground military bunker five hundred miles away, and the chances of retrieving the vaccine and getting it to the right people are minimal.
Question: Do you take the risk in the slim hope that what is left of the world can be saved, or do you stay where you are and ride out the apocalypse from the safety of your compound?

Contest ends at Midnight on July 11. 2015!

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Become a part of the first Crowdsourced Beta Reader group

Published April 22, 2015 by Shadow Girl

You are invited to become part of a crowdsourced Beta Reader group,  the first of its kind! 

The group is to review the Up From the Depths zombie apocalypse series by J.R. Jackson.

Scenes, chapters, and chapter excerpts will be posted to the group and members will have a chance to read and make comments on how to make those excerpts, and the entire series, better.

This is the first time that something like this has been done [that I’m aware of]. You, the readers, will have actual real world input into an unpublished series and the author will literally be able to hear from those same readers and provide edits, additions, changes, deletions, etc to make sure that the work is at the level that the readers of the zompoc genre deserve.

Not only do you get access to a new zombie apocalypse novel, you get to be a Beta Reader and provide valuable insight that usually only comes in the form of bad or indifferent reviews once the book is released.

That also means that once this series gets to the point where cover art is created, members of this group will be able to pick what cover is most popular for each book.

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This is what the series is about: a zombie apocalypse.

Seriously, there is a zombie outbreak, not the usual contrived, cliche type of outbreak. No space aliens, no returning space probes, no rogue comets/asteroids, no 10,000 year old alien thawed out, nothing that Mystery Science Theater 3000 would make fun of.

No. The cause of the outbreak is more based in the real world.

There is no central Main Character, the MC as it were. There is an ensemble cast with a core element of main characters. That means that there are several characters spread all over CONUS (Continental United States. This abbreviation is also in the Glossary page of this group) and small sections of the world, one character in the UK.

There is a relatively heavy military thematic element to the series as it takes a look at various US military units, before, during, and after the outbreak.

Due to the inclusion of those units, there will be a glossary of terms and abbreviations posted to the group (separate page so you can have that tab open while reading any excerpt) that will allow you to be more informed about what is being done, used, or spoken about in the various scenes. That does not mean that the series is rift with these terms but the average reader is not that well versed in military terminology or what some might call ‘Mil-Speak’.

To any active, prior, or retired service members, any insight into the interaction between military characters that would increase detail would be greatly appreciated. I have some knowledge on how units might operate and interact with each other but I’m sure there’s some details missing that could be added in to make those scenes containing that interaction more true to life.

To clarify how this group works, there will chapters, chapter excerpts, scenes, and sequences posted from the various books, in order, so you won’t be reading something from book 5 when there was something previously posted from book 1. Each topic posted will be identified as to what book it came from. That way we’re all on the same page and the same book.

All the topics posted will be in order starting from Book 1, Denial Measures and moving all the way to Book 6, Secondary Objectives.

Your task, should you decide to participate, will be to review the posts and make comments on how they could be changed to provide more balance between plot and character, more detail to let the reader know what’s happening, resolve any obvious plot holes, make sure there’s continuity, and provide information on how to make this series better.

If you feel you can do that as a member of this group, then sit back, buckle up, and prepare for a trip through a zombie infested world that will blow you away.

To view the chapters in order, what that means is the most recent posting will be the first posting, you may have to change the sorting options. That can be done under the ‘Sort by’ then select the option that will help you get the chapters in numerical order.

If you’d like to participate, or check out the group before making a decision, just click on the link provided.

UP FROM THE DEPTHS BETA READER GROUP ON ZOMBIE FIEND 

7 SUNSETS TO WIN

Published December 7, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Two sisters struggle to exist after an apocalyptic virus has turned the entire human

population into flesh eating zombies.

Win a Copy of the Critically Acclaimed Movie

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ZOMBIE! ZOMBIE! BRAIN BANG! – An anthology from SHB

Published September 8, 2014 by Shadow Girl

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OZ by Brian Williams
Brilliant story! Why it hasn’t been written before now is a mystery to me. Maybe it’s because of that pesky ‘Going straight to Hell’ thing (?) I don’t know. It’s written now, and I’m pleased to know that I’ll be hanging out with Brian Williams when I die. I’ve heard that the coffee shops in Hades are lovely.

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BABY ARMOUR by D.F. Noble
A Nascar fan with a gaggle of babies finds the perfect way to get some money. Never mind how drunk he was when he came up with the plan. Not for sensitive readers – take the title literally, and read at your own risk. I can seperate IRL from fiction, and I cringed – while giggling.

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PLAY PLACE by Mike Lombardo
Those playscapes at Mickey D’s are disgusting pits of children’s ooze, but this one turned out to be a safe haven for the workers when the SHTF. How long do you think you could survive in the claustrophobic tunnels before you could escape safely, or the zeds got to you?

THIS is how you look to the zombies!!

THIS is how you look to the zombies!!

FLUSH by K.M. Tepe
This one is terrifying. I always look in the toilet now, especially since the spider incident of ’91. This brought back all those rational/irrational fears. I grew to love the little sister in this story, and can picture them growing up in a few years – into a Sam & Dean Winchester relationship, and business.

THE JOB by Quinn Hernandez
A zombie hunter with a low moral code will get rid of your dead kid problem… because the younger they are, the more profit he gets. As long as they’re still undead upon delivery. Hey – it’s a dog eat dog world these days!

HUMMANIFACTION by Mandy DeGeit
This is a really interesting ss – and I’m a little torn about telling you about it, or letting you read it to find out yourself. It’s very short, so I think I’ll let you read it without any spoilers. The title makes sense 😉

FELICITY MARMADUKE by Rich Bottles Jr.
Felicity is a bit fucked in the head, but not enough to be punished the way that she was. A morgue worker who got a bit frisky had the unthinkable happen to her. While trying to fix the situation, she was a little too free with her speech. An unfortunate thing, because her doctor ratted her out.

UNDYING URGES by Jesse Wheeler
Henry is quite into his necrophilia. In fact, he’s pretty sick compared to other necros I’ve read about. Frugal to a fault, he looks longingly at his gooey puddle o’ Brenda with affection, and decides to give her one more round on the Henry stick before disposing of her. It’s only now that he realizes how special she is.

SALTY by Justin Roberts
Oh, balls. This zombie story is close to my reason for human infection. Not close enough for me to not finish it, but… Bath Salts is an awesome segue ever since the Florida Face Eater.
Besides… I like saying ‘balls’ at numerous times throughout the day.
Kenny, and Stanley are trying Bath Salts for the first time. Kenny’s experience is a bit more enjoyable than Stanley’s!

PACK-RAT or –
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH – A Parable by John Bruni
This feels like a true love story 웃❤유
These zombies are not like the movies, and it’s not Humans VS Zeds.

RIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD by David Hayes
Karen works at The Careful Solutions Abortion Clinic. When the SHTF, you can imagine what type of reanimated corpses invade Karen’s Territorial Bubble!

ZOMBIES OF EAST JESUS by Jesse Wheeler
The zombies came because those damn fool kids never learn. No respect for other people’s property, and an urge to see some boobs brought on the apocalypse. I could think of worse things.

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FEAST OR FAMINE – A Zombie Fiend Anthology

Published August 15, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Survivalists / Preppers are people who have prepared to ensure their safety and continued existence in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse is something that everyone should think about. When TSHTF, and it’s the end of the world as we know it – zombies may or may not be the cause. It could be war, it could be disease, or even Mother Nature. Whatever the cause, if you’ve prepared for zombies – any other disaster will seem easy to handle.

Next comes the hard part.

Will you help those who have mocked you? Are you ready to defend everything that you’ve worked so hard to establish? What will you do as the government tries to interfere? These are all important decisions that will have to be made!

When the time comes, will you survive – or be caught unprepared?

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“DOIN’ WHAT I CAN, WITH WHAT I GOT”

With all due respect to Bowie V. Ibarra, I disagree with you on the most hysterical part of any movie in the TREMORS franchise. What we have in common is that both of our moments include Michael Gross.
My *PMPL moment is when Burt declares – “I’m out of ammo.” At the time, that struck me as the funniest thing EVER.
The sad part is – Burt Gummer SHOULD be the second most quoted movie character of all time – (next to Sir Bruce). If we’re in the same bunker when TSHTF, that will become ‘our thing’. Deal?

The stories in this collection are all centered on survival in the apocalypse. Some people thrive, while others try to survive by force – stealing what they can, and turning against their fellow man.
One woman does what is necessary to survive on her own, while another woman tries to lure her friend over under false pretenses. Relationships are strained as friends turn against friends, and others are saved when couples realize that family comes first.
One man finds the love of his life – 33 minutes before she dies, while another man turns his back on his family to take care of the only thing of importance to him – Himself. Zombies are not the only monsters in this collection, and definitely not the only thing to worry about. These stories show that mankind is usually the worst monster of them all.

Here are a few highlights from this amazing collection –

THE BEGINNING is the first story in the collection, and it sets a tone for the entire book. Sara Gray paints a picture with colors that I never knew existed – and parts of it had a bigger impact on me than I’d thought possible. I don’t want to post spoilers, so I’ll keep this brief… This story of one woman’s survival begins the moment the SHTF, and follows her throughout the z-poc. At one point during this ss, I wanted to curl into a fetal position, cover my head, and cry. Very powerful, and the perfect story to begin this collection.

Alan Dale’s contribution – EAT ME, BITE ME; JUST DON’T IGNORE ME! is another stand out story in F/F. Two survivors in a city over run by the dead look for a way to connect. The distance that separates them could practically be measured by saliva, (spitting distance), but it might as well be miles.

Rick Restucci’s THE HUMAN RACE could easily be made into a movie – probably not as good as the one that played out in my head while reading it, but a good movie nonetheless. A very wealthy survivor finds a way to bring entertainment back to television – in the form of a new reality show.

BRINGING IN THE HARVEST is a unique and enjoyable story. By Introducing new elements into the zombie genre, Carl Fox is a name I’m going to keep an eye on.

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is a story that I’d contact Bowie about, if he wasn’t already a part of this anthology. Grizz needs to read it for sure!
Jamall K. Luckett ties the zombie story in with with the male soap opera world of wrestling. This ss is going to make a lot of people I know giddy with delight!

The epilogue is from UP FROM THE DEPTHS author J.R. Jackson. I’ve learned more from him than from all those tv survivalists combined! He’s one of the most knowledgeable people in the field. He gives you tips that are usable by the everyday person, and you don’t need a million dollars to get the supplies you need. He also advocates the use of water purification tablets, rather than drinking your own urine, so… BONUS!
When the weekly Survival Chat starts up again, I’ll make an announcement. Until then, you can join in on group discussions at Zombie Fiend.

There are stories of greed, and stories of compassion. Family turning against family, and people trying to make it alone. Each is different, but it’s all about survival. This anthology will make you think. When the shit hits the fan, how will you end up? Feast, or famine?

THE AUTHORS –
Bowie V. Ibarra
Sara Gray
Paul McConnell
Alan Dale
Johnny Andrews
Rebecca Besser
Tony Monchinski
Rich Restucci
Carl Fox
Jamal K. Luckett
J. Cornell Michel
Dylan Worthey
R.J. Spears
Kevin A. Harris
Julianne Snow
UP FROM THE DEPTHS”>J.R. Jackson

Cover art by Chris Rawding

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HOLIDAY OF THE DEAD

Published July 15, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Holiday of the DeadHoliday of the Dead by John Russo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I R&R’d this a couple of years ago, when I was just starting to do reviews and discussions on Zombie Fiend.
I did my review story by story, (I still use that style today). The majority of the authors were also ZF members 🙂 and I got to chat with them while I read Holiday of the Dead: Zombie Anthology. I’m still friends with most of them – (uh-huh, online friends DO TOO count!), and I always look forward to reading their work.
Sadly, I wasn’t backing up any files back then. This is on my list to re-read & review – (right after I review the new ZF anthology, Feast or Famine: A Banquet of Tales for the Zombie Prepper!)

Check out the rebirth of Zombie Fiend!

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Beer Run of the Dead by D.F. Noble

Published May 5, 2014 by Shadow Girl

♬ It’s the end of the world as we know it, where can I get a dime?♬

Original cover from StrangeHouseBooks

Original cover from StrangeHouseBooks

☣ ☣ ☣ ☣ ☣ 5/5 Biohazards for BRotD

Action packed dumbass, zombie killing, booze hounding, jiggly tits, of action full of super action! Beer Run of the Dead is the first book in a series sure to quench your thirst.
Follow Kip, Rock and Steady, as they struggle to survive and stay completely shit faced in the face of certain undead doom. These three unlikely heroes hold the key to humanity’s salvation, but will they succeed being inebriated as they are? Not everyone who saves the world is a rocket scientist, a super hero, or a handsome actor turned politician. Sometimes people who save the world… they’re fucking idiots.

New beer label cover from Rooster Republic Press

New beer label cover from Rooster Republic Press

I really gotta tell ya, I’ve been a bit zombied out lately. Add to that the fact that I can’t get the end to my zombie SS written, and… it kind of bums me out. SOO… it took me a little while to open this book up. But, once I did – I couldn’t put it down!
Beer Run Of The Dead has made it’s way into my top five favorite zombie stories. Ever. (Sharing spots with Tonia, and Cal – you know who I go on and on about!).
The saviors of mankind in this story, our warriors of booze & justice, are Rock, Steady, & Kip – these are friends of yours. Whether you know them now, or knew them in your past, I’ll bet that at least 80% of us picture that friend when reading this. Take a bit of everyone’s favorite unlikely hero – Ash, (Bruce Campbell), get him FUBAR, and then double the humor – and that’s what I want you to expect when you start BRotD.
I don’t know what else to tell you about the plot without ruining the story for you, but I think what has already been said in the synopsis is enough. I made so many notes and highlights while reading – but I can’t let you in on all of it!! I can’t NOT touch on some of it, though.
Soft warning here… (not like an EBS warning, more like the required weekly test of the EBS.) The remainder of this post contains bits that are kind of spoilers – but only spoilers for scenes, not spoilers for the story line.

Some of my favorite things in this book…

There is a ‘shit & slide’ – (you’ll see!), Cartman quotes, and a woman who gets beat with her own dildo – (and loses her teeth from it)!
Kip’s mom has a muscley bf, who is like any newcomer into a relationship with a teenager – he is trying way to hard to be buddy-buddy, and trying even harder to be cool. That makes him an instant d-bag, you know the type. He is gonna be a bro! Well, first thing he does is shotguns a hit of his joint to Kip, and his reaction is the first thing that had me dying. Kip goes to his room alone & thinks

“My head feels like an electric blanket with a fan blowing. Fuck I’m hungry. Fuck I wanna nap. Maybe I should call grandma sometime, it’s been a while…”

– I’m just cracking up – I know your pain, bro!!

Here’s something to let you into my head, to show how goofy my brain works…
In chapter 3, (at about 9% in) -when TSHTF, there’s a line that says… “A thick wall of smoke rolls steadily down the street…”
I highlighted ‘smoke rolls steadily down the street…’, and I made a note so I’d remember to tell you guys (and the author) that I automatically sang that to QUEEN’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’. I had it stuck in my head for the rest of the day, and now that I’m re-living the moment… it’s back. So… this is your mandatory ear-rape. Now you’ll have it stuck in your head, too.
Not long after the Jock Jams 57 sing-a-long, still at about nine percent, there is a scene that had me literally laughing out loud, and I had to read it to my husband –
The scene itself is utterly hilarious.
Add the fact that I’ve been working a full time McJob since the GM layoffs and it turned to pure comedy gold!

There is a guy ordering breakfast in the drive-thru of a fast food joint. The customer, Mike, is the epitome of ‘that guy’. The asshole customer who wants something to be wrong, so he can bitch. If there is nothing wrong, he’ll make something up. (Remember… TSHTF moment has already begun, things are blowing up, sirens going off – and he’s pissed about having to wait to order). Already irrationally upset, when he orders a Coke but the place only carries Pepsi – he starts to lose his shit, and then the real fun begins!

“Is Pepsi all right?”
“What? No, I won’t drink that shit. Give me a Sprite instead.”
“Is Sierra Mist okay?”
“Are you fucking serious? What is this shit?”
“So, a Sierra Mist?”
“No, I said are you seri—“
“One Sierra Mist, got it. So we have two biscuits and gravy, two hash—“
“I don’t want a goddamn Sierra Mist! Listen, jackass, I want—“
This time, it isn’t the pimple-faced kid on the other side of the speaker distracting the Cardinals fan, but an ambulance that comes wailing down the street from out of nowhere. Weaving in and out of traffic, the thing is all over the road, hopping the curb before finally nailing a car at the intersection. Glass shatters, metal buckles, and the car does a near three-sixty before colliding with oncoming traffic.
“Frikkin’ shit!” the Cardinals fan exclaims.
“Sorry sir, we don’t carry Mr. Pibb.” (bah ha ha!)
– stuff happens, more stuff happens, and then…
“What the fuck is going on…” the Cardinals fan softly moans, from the relative safety of his car.
“Excuse me, sir, did you say foot-long hot dog?”

Last funny that I’m going to point out is when Kip meets Rock & Steady. They’ve been through a lot already, and
Kip describes some things he’d had to do when TSHTF. Rock & Steady seem sympathetic, and they proceed to tell Kip about how/why they’d had to kill their girlfriends when the end of the world started…
I don’t want to ruin all my favorite parts for you, so I’m just making a note to say… don’t miss it!

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D.F. Noble is a hell of a writer.
He has three stories in the SHB anthology STRANGE SEX.
His SS CINNAMON had a sci-fi edge to it, and reminded me of an old movie I once saw called (I think…) CHERRY 2000.
His SS INTERLOPER is about the big guy upstairs seducing the women on earth, and the SS FOREIGNER, well… FOREIGNER made me gag. A lot.
All the shorts in SCARY FUCKING STORIES were great, too. Plus, I feel like I got a little peek inside his head.
What I’m saying is this – he’s not a guy you can jam into one category. Multi-genre, multi-talent.

Note to Don and/or Arthur…
Those shots of tequila at the end… are they Cabo Wabo Blue agave tequila? I’m going to imagine that – YES, THEY ARE! Will also assume that they’ll have some Hagar-Miester to mix with Red Bull for some power shots 😉

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