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Friday, August 1, 2014

#Zombie Days, Campfire Nights #Excerpt by Leah Rhyne @Leah_Beth #Horror

Near the outskirts of our sprawling town, the mob started to thin. The rain let up, and I began to breathe again. I reached over and took Michael’s hand, and he squeezed it, pulling it to his lap and rubbing my hand with his thumb. We were in this together, whatever this was. We weren’t alone.
But I didn’t have my parents. They’re dead. Mom and Dad are dead. We killed them. My mom and dad.
I hyperventilated. Wheezing, gasping, I tried to calm down but couldn’t catch my breath. “It’s my fault. Our fault. Dammit, Michael, we caused this, and my parents are dead, and now we’re going to die, too.”
He took his eyes off the road momentarily to stare at me. “What are you talking about? How could we have caused this?”
I tried to speak, and cried harder. “We…” gasp, hiccup “had…” sniffle, snarfle “sex.” I took a deep breath, and then said again, “And now we’re going to die. I’m Lynda. I’m Tina. I’m every slutty girl in every single horror movie, and I had sex and now the zombies are going to get me. They’re going togetus.”
I stopped, shocked at the fact that I had just said “zombies” in a non- ironic fashion. Zombies. They were real.
Even though he’d just swerved to avoid another one feasting on a person writhing in the middle of the road, Michael started to laugh, which only made me cry more. He shook his head and said, “You’re crazy, Jen.”
Millions died when the zombie plague swept the country. For the survivors, the journey has just begun. Jenna, Sam, and Lola are still alive. Jenna avoids human contact, traveling East Coast backroads with her boyfriend, a dog named Chicken, and a Louisville Slugger. 

Sam escapes to the mountains, where he’s conscripted into a zombie-slaying militia sent on nightly raids to kill the undead…and innocent civilians. Lola’s imprisoned in the “safety” of a zombie-free New Orleans hotel, but life grows more dangerous when her brother gets bitten by a zombie. Jenna arrives in the French Quarter, lured by the false promises of New Orleans’ drunken leader. There, she’s ripped away from her boyfriend, drugged, and dumped in a death camp after refusing Franklin’s sexual advances. Jenna and Lola’s lives collide there, where the dead live and the dying are victims of gruesome medical experiments. 

Escape isn’t easy: release the genetically-enhanced zombies from the lab to create a diversion, slip away, and don’t get eaten. When Sam arrives, will he join the right side of the battle?
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Genre – NA-Horror, Sci-fi
Rating – PG-13
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