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THE DEAD DON’T KNOCK by Matt Shaw

Published March 11, 2014 by Shadow Girl

The Dead Don't KnockThe Dead Don’t Knock by Matt Shaw

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the author of the ‘9 Months’ trilogy and the ‘Happy Ever After’ trilogy comes his first short-story adventure set in a world being consumed by ‘the crazy’.

The book’s synopsis:

“Not sure when it happened, exactly. The first I noticed was when my wife popped out for the evening. I went out, to find her, and I heard them…. out there…. roaming around looking for flesh to feast upon. My wife never did come home that night. My only guess is that they got her. I just hope they ate enough of her to stop her coming back as one of them – she deserves to rest in peace at least. She deserved that much.

A few days, holed-up in my house… that’s all…. a few days hiding out. Give them enough time to wander off looking for food. Increase my chances of getting out of here without coming face to face with the Horde.

Just hope they don’t find a way into my terraced house, in the meantime. I fear them as much as I fear looters. Funny – the survivors of the infection…. never would have thought they’d be worse but… their unpredictable, greedy nature…. they’re worse alright. Hopefully looters won’t find a way in here either.

Not whilst I’m still hiding out.

Two days. Need to get my act together…. need to be ready…..”

★ ☆ ★ ☆ ★


I put off reading this one for longer than I care to admit.
Now that I’ve read it, I’m pissed that I didn’t read it on day one!
I went through my zombie phase, reading books upon books & getting
to know the authors in the indie community…
Zombies are zombies, and after a while – there aren’t any new ways to tell your story. I had to put them down for just a little bit.
I love where Matt Shaw went with this story, though!
He touched upon some of the famous U.S.’bath salts’ incidents, and other popular zombie “Hows & Whys” that are floating around. He posed a couple very good questions of his own, too.
This isn’t just another typical zombie story.
These are Zombies, done the Matt Shaw way!

★ ☆ ★ ☆ ★

I think I’m ready to start slowly easing myself back into the community – and that’s a good thing!

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TRIPLE SHOT OF SOUTHERN HORROR By Tonia Brown

Published January 23, 2014 by Shadow Girl

TRIPLE SHOT OF SOUTHERN HORROR is my latest read in Tonia Brown’s TRIPLE SHOT series, and… I think it may be my favorite so far.

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Devil Drink: Butch Buchanan¹, the sheriff of Black Ridge & regular Good Old Boy, takes his new officer up the mountain to introduce him to Beulah Walker*. Officer Kirk Durham is like Simon Pegg in the beginning of HOT FUZZ – a straight-laced, by the book, kind of prudish guy, who arrived from a big city job – with a stick up his butt. The new officer doesn’t take too kindly to Beulah, but he will soon find out that she is more than a mere bootlegger – the town of Black Ridge relies on her to keep the ‘quo’

Sickened: There are some strange, old customs around – ones that we don’t ever think of, or know exist. Some folks take these customs very seriously. This story is about the town’s local Sin Eater², Clem. Somethin’ he ate over at the Widow Baxter’s last night isn’t agreeing with him. In fact, it won’t stop disagreeing with him! He’s been vomiting something vile -and it won’t stop. He makes it to the hospital to see Doc Pearson, a modern doctor who doesn’t put much stock into what Clem claims to do. Nevertheless, he sees that whatever is wrong with Clem isn’t something that his modern medicine can fix. Something else needs to be done.

Home Cooked Meal³: Life after the zompocalypse is not easy. Mary Shull is living day to day, on the road and on the run. Hungry, dirty, and tired – so tired – she’s ready to pack it all in. If she was dead, well, undead, she wouldn’t have to run anymore – just shuffle. And, she wouldn’t be hungry anymore – food for zeds was easy to find. As for being dirty, two out of three ain’t bad, besides – she supposed she wouldn’t care much afterwards. Unexpected salvation comes in the form of Joshua Bender. Josh lives not far from where they are, and if she would like to come with him – he’d love to have her over for dinner.

When I read books by [author:Tonia Brown|3160763], I always switch my Kindle’s internal dictionary from ENGLISH (United States) to ENGLISH (United Kingdom). I do that with some other UK authors, mainly because I love learning the slang. (My goal – someday I’ll speak fluent UK slang, and will use it regularly). For Tonia, I have a different reason.
You know those words… you don’t hear them every day, you know what they mean, but… do you, really? Having a Kindle has made looking up words so easy. I find myself checking random words all the time, just to make sure that what I think I know is correct, and to learn other forms or uses of the word. Sometimes you know what a word probably means by the way it’s used. I look those up a lot with Tonia, too.
For TSO Southern Horror, the word was ‘tetchiness’
– “The kid’s voice was laced with tetchiness.”
TETCHY: Bad tempered; irritable

* – I feel like Beulah’s character has a touch of [book:Lucky Stiff|8515643]’s Madame Sangrail in her. Whether that’s the case or not – it gave me a warm fuzzy, and this close to Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time to go visit the Madame again, get a little ‘Peter’ in me!

¹ – For Tonia,
Thank you for the show out that you wrote for me before you met me! I got super excited and misread BUTCH as BUCK at first… My Uncle Buck (Buchanan) is a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy.

² – From //www.wisegeek.com/
A Sin-Eater is a traditional type of spiritual healer who uses a ritual to cleanse the dying of their sins. The sin-eater absorbs the sins of the people he or she serves and typically works for a fee.
As the sins are usually consumed through food and drink, the sin-eater also gains a meal through the transaction. Sin-eaters are often outcasts, as the work may be considered unsavory and is usually thought to lead to an afterlife in hell due to carrying the unabsolved sins of others. The Roman Catholic Church regularly excommunicated sin-eaters when they were more common, not only because of the excessive sins they carried, but also because they infringed upon the territory of priests, who are supposed to administer Last Rites to the dying according to Church Doctrine.

The sin-eater saves the dying not only from hell, but also from wandering the earth as a ghost – thereby performing a service for the living as well. In some traditions, sin-eaters perform their work for the moribund, while in others, the ritual takes place at the funeral. The sin-eater is usually associated with the British Isles, but there are analogous customs in other cultures as well.

A sin-eater typically consumes bread as part of the ritual of taking on the dying person’s sins. He or she may also eat salt or drink water or ale. Sometimes, special breads are baked for the purpose of the sin-eating ritual, perhaps featuring the initials or image of the deceased. The meal is sometimes passed over the dead or dying body or placed on its breast to symbolize its absorption of the person’s sins. The sin-eater may also recite a special prayer.

Some cultures have customs that are similar to sin-eating and may have evolved from more traditional forms of the ritual. Instead of a designated, outcast sin-eater serving a village, for example, the deceased’s nearest relatives may perform the service, as was once traditional in Bavaria and the Balkan Peninsula. In the Netherlands and some parts of England, ritual baked goods were given to the attendants or pallbearers at a funeral. This latter tradition lived on for a time in New York. Today, the custom of the sin-eater has largely died out, though it is often referenced in popular culture.

– Another article describes the Sin-Eater as someone who performs the service at little or no cost, with the meal itself being payment. To me, that seems like people are taking advantage of a shitty situation – the Sin-Eater‘s probable outcast status is likely to make him/her live like a hermit, lonely, broke, and probably hungry. The widowed are then perfectly positioned to get the service performed on their terms.
Things like this are why Hansel & Gretel got eaten! If people treated the witches/healers/wise-ones with respect instead of disdain – many outcomes would be more pleasant!!

³ – Again, for Tonia,
I’ve read this story before! It seems like it was a submission for the ZF/MDC [book:Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions|16896514] anthology. I know you said your story didn’t make it in, for whatever reason, but – I distinctly remember… Whatever you told me your submission title was, I did not have it in the batch of stories I BETA’d for JK/SG. (All titles were given to me anonymously, no author names attached. We had this conversation after the final stories were chosen by the editors.)
So – WHERE HAVE I READ THIS?

[The Return Of] Ted Dead, Just Your Everyday Zombie

Published October 8, 2013 by Shadow Girl

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After taking a brief sabbatical from Ted Dead to pursue untold avenues, I’m excited to announce that Cal is back, and with the help of the Revengers, ready to save the world from false prophets and Hollyweird’s Z-Day propaganda. But first, he has to save Ted from the evil clutches of the Brangelina Beast!

To review the old and catch up on the new storyline, beginning with ‘[The Return Of] Ted Dead, Just Your Everyday Zombie #1. World War Zzzzzzzz…’ be sure to check him out on www.TedDead.com and on Ted’s newest format at ZombieFans.com.

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Darlings Of Decay ~ Book Trailer

Published August 22, 2013 by Shadow Girl

This video trailer previews zombie stories from thirty-two of your favorite female authors in one, big Bestselling Zombie Anthology!
Featuring –

Tamara Rose Blodgett
Vanessa Booke
Chantal Boudreau
Laura Bretz
Tonia Brown
Catt Dahman
Mia Darien
CM Doporto
Jacqueline Druga
Dana Fredsti
Belinda Frisch
April Grey
Michelle Kilmer
Rebecca Hansen
Lori R. Lopez
Suzi M.
Tara Maya
Shannon Mayer
Lyra McKen
Cynthia Melton
Kristen Middleton
Chrissy Peebles
Jeannie Rae
Suzanne Robb
Julianne Snow
Rebecca Snow
Anna Taborska
Ally Thomas
C,A, Verstraete
A.R. Von
Annie Walls
Jen Wilde

With over 325,000 words and featuring some of Amazon’s Best Selling Female Authors of Horror, this is certainly not your typical anthology book!

Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless. Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse

 

 

 

**********SPECIAL ALERT**********

As of right now, 8/22, for a limited time,  the Kindle edition of Darlings of Decay is on sale! #Free Download

http://www.amazon.com/Darlings-Of-Decay-ebook/dp/B00DQ1P3S4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377156788&sr=1-1&keywords=darlings+of+decay

 

 

Darlings Of Decay

Published July 1, 2013 by Shadow Girl


Chilling tales of zombie horror from thirty of your favorite female writers.

Featuring some of our favorite Zombie Grrls…

Tamara Rose Blodgett
Chantal Boudreau
Laura Bretz
Tonia Brown
Catt Dahman
Mia Darien
CM Doporto
Jacqueline Druga
Dana Fredsti
Belinda Frisch
April Grey
Michelle Kilmer
Rebecca Hansen
Lori R. Lopez
Suzi M
Shannon Mayer
Tara Maya
Lyra McKen
Cynthia Melton
Kristen Middleton
Chrissy Peebles
Jeannie Rae
Suzanne Robb
Julianne Snow
Rebecca Snow
Anna Taborska
Ally Thomas
Christine Verstraete
AR Von
Annie Walls
Jen Wilde

Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless! Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse.
Even better, it’s FREE on Smashwords right now, and will be available on Amazon soon!!
Smashwords has every format available for you, download a copy for every device!

WARM BODIES book trailer (OFFICIAL)

Published June 10, 2013 by Shadow Girl

This is a NOT the trailer for the movie!
It’s an ad for the novel, created by the author himself.

“R is a man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R but also his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”

KELLIE’s DIARY By Thomas Jenner & Angeline Perkins

Published May 26, 2013 by Shadow Girl


This is the diary of a nine year old girl who is experiencing the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse, although she doesn’t know that’s what it is. It starts with her classmates getting sick, and staying home from school. While these kids are home, even more are getting sick… school is becoming a ghost town. Kellie’s patents make sure she gets her flu shot, and she continues showing up at school, even when she is one of only six students left in her class.
While she is at school, the monsters come. Kellie has to figure out what to do to survive while there, and if she wants to leave. She needs a plan to get out of the school, and to make it back to her home & family.
Although this book is short, it’s only the first story in the series, and it’s available for free download.
It is in diary form, and the font used is a handwriting font. I couldn’t get it any larger on my Kindle.
http://www.amazon.com/Kellies-Diary-ebook/dp/B00C839IPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369552240&sr=1-1&keywords=kellie%27s+diary

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