Well, it won’t be long now! I feel like I’ve been saying that for years about my book, “Dead Are Alive”. But this time, I’m talking a week or two, tops. The second proof copy is on its way right now, and I’m not expecting any issues to pop up with this one. I’ve got the files for the ebooks ready to go. I’m hoping to have all of the versions available at the same time, so I’m holding off on uploading the ebooks at the moment. This way, nobody should be left waiting on the version of the book they want, ebook or print. Since Facebook has started the new thing where page owners have to pay to have their posts visible to all of their fans, I’m not sure if many of you have had the chance to check out the cover yet. If not, here ya go!
The book will be available in print for $12.99 and ebook for $2.99.
Here’s a quick sample from a scene involving Deputy Sid Hansen and some of the town’s survivors as they stop to devise a plan.
“Where did they all come from?” yelled Sid as he and the other men ran through the streets.
Felix looked behind him to check one more time. “Those guys were dead earlier!” screamed Felix. The men ran down an alley way trying to outrun the horde of ghouls behind them. Dave Wither turned around and fired two shots at their pursuers.
“They won’t die!”
“Buddy, I don’t know if you were listening or not, but those people already died!” replied Felix.
“Ain‘t no way!” commented Dave as they ran out the other side of the alley.
Sid ran toward Randal’s Mercantile. “Guys, in here!” The four men raced inside. Once everyone entered the building the deputy slammed the door shut.
“Get something to block this door!” said Steven Jones as he frantically looked around the store. As Sid and Steven pushed against the door with all of their body weight, Felix, Ronald, and Dave scoured the store for anything heavy enough to hold the door shut.
Ronald found a heavy wooden display table near the counter. “Come help me!” demanded Ronald. The two men ran to help Ronald. Numerous pieces of fine porcelain figurines and glassware covered its rugged surface. Felix and Dave shoved everything off of the display. The valuable goods shattered as they hit the wooden floor. The three men then lifted the table and started moving it to the door. The glass and porcelain debris crunched under their heavy feet as they tried to hurry before the monsters broke through the door.
“Watch out.” Ronald said as the men came close to the door. Sid and Steven quickly moved away from the door.
Once the hefty table was in place, Deputy Hansen pulled his hat off and wiped the sweat from his brow as he said, “Alright, that should hold ‘em for now.” He placed his hat back on his head and continued. “And you say those people were dead earlier?”
Felix held his hands on his hips and looked up at the ceiling, trying to rest. “Yeah. Every one of ‘em.”
Sid scratched his head as he looked around the room. He tried to process everything that had happened up to that point–no matter how unbelievable. Nothing was too far-fetched to overlook anymore. He thought out loud. “Maybe it’s some kind of sickness.”
Steven, who was visibly unnerved by all of the events said, “It’s sick, alright!”
Dave stood by the counter with his arms folded. “It could be, Deputy. Cause those people out there right now got bit by those kids.” he said.
Sid was trying hard to believe everything. “Do you guys know for sure if they were actually dead or not?” he asked.
“Can’t be real sure, Deputy, but usually when somebody’s injured that bad they don’t live very long.” said Ronald as he looked around at the other men.
Sid rubbed the back of his sweaty neck. “That’s true, but it would just make a lot more sense to me if they were laying there alive.” he admitted.
“There ain’t nothing making much sense right now, Deputy. Dead or alive, it don’t much matter. They’re still eating people.” said Felix. He looked over Sid’s shoulder and noticed the table inching away from the door. The corpses outside were shoving the door, trying to make their way inside. “And if we don’t get out of here, we’re next on the menu.”
“That’s great.” said Sid as he looked for a way out.
Steven ran to the back of the store and yelled, “Over here! We can get out back this way.” The others followed as the table scooted further from the door. As the group gathered at the back door, Sid began explaining what they needed to do next.
“Alright boys, we’ve all agreed that this is some kind of sickness, right?”
Ronald nodded. “That’s the best thing we can figure right now.”
“We need to get out of town and try to make it to Whittlersfield to get help. Maybe we can get enough people to come back to Hazel. Hopefully with enough of us, we’ll be able to do something about all of this.” explained Sid.
Ronald shook his head and asked, “What about everyone back at the jailhouse?”
Sid nodded. “They’ll all be safe where they are. There ain’t no way anything will be able to get inside of that place. It’s a lot safer in there than running around out here.”
Ronald nervously rubbed the side of his unshaved face. “I don’t know, Deputy. Whittlersfield is an awful long way.”
“I know, but it’s the closest town. We have to do something, Ronald or else we’re all gonna wind up just like them people out there.” Sid stepped up to Ronald, placed his hand on his shoulder and looked him in the eyes. “I promise your family is gonna be okay. I understand you’re worried, but we gotta do this for us all.”
Ronald stood silent for a moment looking at the floor of the mercantile. He began nodding his head in approval. “Alright, let’s go.”
Sid patted Ronald on his back and asked, “Anybody else got any questions? I know it’s a long trip, but it’s our only choice.”
Dave looked back at the front door. “They‘re about to get in here! We need to move!” Everyone else looked; the corpses outside nearly had the table pushed completely away from the door. Many of them had their arms and hands reaching inside. A few ghouls had their faces pressed against the crack between the door, chomping their teeth. The dead groaned and grunted as they used their sheer strength in numbers to push the sturdy wooden door.
“Go. Now!” screamed Sid.
That’s it for now. I’ll be posting the Prologue in its entirety in a few days, so check back and watch for updates on Twitter and Facebook (If you see them there that is. 😉 ) As I mentioned earlier, due to Facebook’s new policies, only about 10% of people that “like” a fan page will see the status updates. This is to force artists/clubs to spend money to “promote” their posts on this site/network. In order to see all posts and notifications just click/hover over the ‘Liked’ button (beneath the cover photo) & activate the ‘show in news feed’ option. This will allow you to see all of the posts. You can apply the same action to any other pages you want to continue to keep updated on. So if you’d like to keep receiving updates through Facebook, just do this. 🙂
I’m gone for now. Til next time, take care!