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chapter 3 | exit light, enter Rizzo

 

“Oh my God, turn that fucking thing off!” Joshua shouted over the Obliterator.

“What’s the matter, tough guy?” Morgan chided.

Jamal leaned forward, his head between the front seats, to address Josh and Morgan. “Tell me you have an ETA on your unit.”

“Aren’t you having fun? It’s like Camp of the Damned.” Joshua laughed at his attempted humor.

“Yeah, I’ve seen that film; it doesn’t end well—at least not for us.”

Morgan leaned over and smacked the back of Joshua’s head. “Stop being such a goofball, Josh. Tell the poor man how soon the cavalry will arrive.”

Josh laughed and glanced at his watch. “They should be here any minute.”

The distant sound of moans wafted up from the darkening sky.

“Please don’t get dark yet,” Echo whispered, as if to hide her plea. I wrapped my arms around her tiny frame and pulled her into me.

“Don’t worry, I won’t let anything hurt you.”

The words took me back to broken promises from the past. Susan—another young girl I’d promised to protect. That failure would eat at my heart for eternity. The only thing to be done was to finally make good on a similar promise and ensure nothing happened to Echo.

So far, so good.

“By the way, what’s the plan once we’re gassed up and on the road?” Jamal spoke softly. I loved that about him, how he always knew when to effect peace in a room—one of his many gifts.

“The plan hasn’t changed,” I started. “We hunt down and kill the Zero Day Collective and reclaim Jacob.”

Echo shuddered. “Jesus, when you put it that way it makes Jacob seem more property than prophet.”

The sentiment cut sharply. The thought that Jacob would ever be seen as a commodity to be tossed back and forth between enemy lines was insane. He was my baby, my joy, my hope for life. The idea threatened to spiral me down into emotional withdrawal. I had to change the subject before I reached critical psychological mass.

“Speaking of which,” I added, as I focused my attention back to the laptop, “I need to see if the tracker has any hits.”

It has always been rumored that technology would eventually be the ultimate demise of man. The singularity would occur and machines would take over. The tiniest fragment of my intelligence begged me to consider it possible the singularity had finally arrived—in human form. The lowest common denominator had won out and would overtake the planet with predictable stupidity and greed. Ignorance and power were the new currency.

I propped the laptop back on my lap and minimized the Obliterator application. In its place came the tracker. The application ran in the background, collecting tons of data from the network at large. Any time specific suspect words were captured, traveling across the global network of connected computers and communication satellites, a flag would be raised and the data packets logged. Once the tracker had collected enough data, I could sift through the information and begin piecing together the location of the Zero Day Collective and Jacob. It was only a matter of time before they appeared on my radar. The NSA and Sherlock Holmes had nothing on me.

As soon as the tracker window was open, Jamal peered over my shoulder, his eyes wide and his mouth agape. I could feel his warm breath on my neck as my eyes ripped through the information. A pattern started to develop.

Mobile unit.

Biologist.

Zero Day Collective.

Jacob.

40.0176 degrees North.

105.2797 degrees West.

“Bethany,” Jamal whispered, “that’s Boulder, Colorado. But what does it mean by “Mobile unit”?”

“Well, Jamal, I would assume it means that whoever is sending out these communications happens to be on some sort of mobile Zero Day Collective biological unit. In other words, it’s moving.”

Jamal sighed. “So getting a fixed location isn’t likely.”

I nodded.

Jamal grinned. “Yes, but…if you get a number of consecutive coordinates, you can at least predict where the unit will be at a given time. Of course, that would require knowing what type of unit and at what speed they were traveling.”

Before Jamal could continue, I silenced him with a palm to the lips.

“Joshua, how quickly can you get us to Boulder?”

Josh laughed. “At this rate it’ll take, oh, forever!”

Again, Morgan smacked Josh across the back of the head.

“I’m just fucking with you. We get back up to speed soon, and I can have you there in a day…tops.”

“B, what do you have in mind?”

Before I could answer Jamal, a soul-destroying roar ripped through the truck. The prehistoric release was followed by the shattering of glass and a pale arm reaching into the truck. Dirty, blood-soaked fingers tangled deep into Echo’s hair and yanked hard. Echo released a cry that was almost too high in pitch to hear as the arm pulled her head toward the shattered glass.

“What the hell? The Obliterator is running strong.” Josh shouted, as he gave the volume knob for the Obliterator one last turn.

“Oh my God, look at its ears,” was all Morgan needed to say.

Blood was caked around both ears. A thick, viscous liquid bubbled from the holes on the side of his head.

“The fucker cracked his skull on the cement until he went deaf,” Joshua added. “Perfect immunity to the power of the Obliterator.”

The beast gave another tug that pulled Echo’s head nearer the shattered window. Echo’s arms flailed outward to thwart the thing’s attempts at commandeering her skull.

 

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The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

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Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

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AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in November, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

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“Hired Hand”

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Synopsis of my story:
A drunkard gunslinger is forced to standoff against horrible plague local miners brought back with them into town. But if he means to succeed, Hanlin must also find the courage to accept his troubled past.

Praise for my story:
“For anyone who has watched Philip Kaufman’s The Invasion of the Body Snatchers or (pick any zombie movie) this is the sort of feeling you get from reading this.” ~ SF Site
Largely Deceased:

Description:

Largely Deceased
Ten horrific tales, including:

“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Julie Frost
“Fallen Idol by Lillian” Csernica
“Ye Shall Eat in Haste” by Steve Nagy
“So Praise Him” by Samuel Marzioli
“Saturday” by Evan Dicken
“Of Holes and Craters” by Jenner Michaud
“Hired Hand” by Kenneth W. Cain
“The Last Good Place” by Rhoads Brazos
“Ten to Midnight” by Suzie Lockhart & Bruce Lockhart 2nd
“Fallout” by DJ Tyrer

Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com


Six-Guns Straight From Hell 2 – edited by David B. Riley:

Description:

Weird western, western horror, crossover stories. They’ve been called a lot of things. The one thing no one should call them is some “new kind of horror.” This is a genre that goes back over 100 years. That always seems to surprise people when I’m giving talks on the subject. I don’t know that labels are really important to anyone but the critics, as they seem to have a compulsive need to label everything. I do know I’ve always enjoyed these stories–whether they’re in comic books, the pages of books like this one or even the occasional film.

When I look for a story for a project like this, the main thing I want isn’t just horror elements, but something fun to read. I think the stories that follow in these pages live up to that. Additionally, there is the namesake. You’ve no doubt noticed this is volume two. The first book carrying the name Six Guns Straight From Hellcame out in 2010 and was co-edited with Laura Givens. It was very popular. So, it was time for another one. I hope there are even more to come.

You’ll find a wide variety of horror and dark fantasy in these pages. One story skirts modern times as it tries to deal with some ghosts of the Civil War. Another has an African tie in to an Arizona adventure. Of course we’ve got a haunted mine, complete with a very unusual ghost hunter. And what western-themed book wouldn’t have gunfights? Rest assured, we’ve got ‘em.

So saddle up for a wild ride through the Old West. We open this book with a character from the first volume, starting with a gunfight-laden adventure featuring Joel Jenkins’ popular Native American gunfighter, Lone Crow.

Table of Contents:

  • Joel Jenkins – “Blood for the Jaguar”
  • Dakota Brown – “The Life”
  • Vivian Caethe – “The Feast of Hungry Ghosts”
  • J. A. Campbell – “Brown and the Lost Dutchman Mine”
  • Sam Knightt – ” Uncle Banjamin’s Triple ‘T’ Tonic”
  • Jason Andrew – “A Dream Of A Country Cottage”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Hired Hand”
  • Kit Volker – “Another One”
  • David Boop – “The Tale of Uji the Griot”

Cover Art by M. Wayne Miller

 

“A Ring for His Own”

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Synopsis of my story:
When a peculiar man arrives in town selling jewelry, Marshal Ben Donegal finds himself caught in a predicament that may change his life forever.

Jamais Vu Issue #3 – edited by Paul Anderson:

Description from Amazon:
Jamais Vu The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar brings you the best in dark fiction, poetry, factual morsels, criticism, and more 

Table of Contents:

Fiction:

  • Steven Rasnic Tem – “Stick Men”
  • Tom Piccirilli – “That Hideous Beauty”
  • Damien Angelica Walters – “Floating Girls: A Documentary”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “A Ring for His Own”
  • Kristi DeMeester – “To Sleep Long, to Sleep Deep”

Poetry:

  • Stephanie Wytovich – “Mermaids Can’t Fall in love”
  • John Grey – “So What Caused This?”
  • Christopher Shearer – “In the Beginning”
  • Lauren Michaud – “The Nightmare Room”

 

“The Hunted”

 

Synopsis of my story:
A man is hunted for his crimes.

Post Mortem Press
44 Lies by 22 Authors – edited by Eric Beebe:

Description:
To follow.

  • Eric Beebe – “All Authors Lie (and Some Editors, Too)”
  • J. David Anderson – “Retirement” & “Happy Birthday”
  • Paul Anderson – ” Passive” & “Lead into Gold”
  • David Bernard – “A Ghoul’s Gotta Eat”, “After Midnight in the Dairy Case”, & “Attack of the Vampire Slayer”
  • Max Booth III – “Like Something Died” & Kurt Cobain Murdered My Father”
  • C. Bryan Brown – “A Vision in Red” & “Legacy”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Adaptable” & “The Hunted”
  • Brad Carter – “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Shooter” & “The Legend of Johnny Kudzu”
  • Kyle Dickerson – “Notice” & “Rag Dol”
  • Emma Ennis – “Surrogate”, “The Lady of the Hills”, “Lullaby”, & “Inside Job”
  • Robert Essig – “Moonlight Sonata”, “Names in the Sidewalk”, & “Meeting the Quota”
  • Teel James Glen – “Knight Before Christmas” & “Mama-San”
  • Scott Goudsward – “Winter Wonderland” & “Valentine”
  • K.T. Jayne – “Unionized Freaks” & “They Taste Better with Ketchup”
  • Tally Johnson – “Four Parts of a Prologue for a Novel Not Yet Written” & The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy”
  • M.F. Korn – “Golly Mister, Will You Sign My Laundry List?” & “They Speak Creole French at Those Places”
  • Christian A. Larsen – “Chief Chatzahoaken” & “The Lightning Makes a Stop”
  • Michael Matula – “Mausoleum Monster” & “Copperleaf Road”
  • Josef Matulich – “Foot in the Door”, “Stalker”, “Ukai”
  • Jessica McHugh – “To the Willow”, “Shipwrecked”, & “The D-Word”
  • P. Andrew Miller – “Fifty Shades of Day” & “Troll Hunting”
  • Georgina Morales – “The Beast” & “Memento Mori”
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – “One Too Many” & “Behind the Door”
  • G. Elmer Munson – “Therapy 124″ & “A Man in a Room”
  • Andrew Nienaber – “Colchis, Connecticut” & “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
  • Cynthia Pelayo – “Funeral Print”
  • Nelson W. Pyles – “Regards, Eleanor” & “The Trouble with Unicorns”
  • Patrick Scalisi – “Missing Bicycles” & “Residual”
  • Rob Smales – “Spreewald Dreams” & “Was it Good for You, Baby?”
  • Tim Waggoner – “The Good Neighbor” & “A Face in the Crowd”

“Adaptable”

Synopsis of my story:
An explorer finds himself trapped in a horrifying society.

Praise for my story:
“‘Adaptable’ by Kenneth W. Cain was also pretty damn good.” ~ The Grim Reader’s book & metal reviews
Post Mortem Press
44 Lies by 22 Authors – edited by Eric Beebe:

Description:
To follow.

  • Eric Beebe – “All Authors Lie (and Some Editors, Too)”
  • J. David Anderson – “Retirement” & “Happy Birthday”
  • Paul Anderson – ” Passive” & “Lead into Gold”
  • David Bernard – “A Ghoul’s Gotta Eat”, “After Midnight in the Dairy Case”, & “Attack of the Vampire Slayer”
  • Max Booth III – “Like Something Died” & Kurt Cobain Murdered My Father”
  • C. Bryan Brown – “A Vision in Red” & “Legacy”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Adaptable” & “The Hunted”
  • Brad Carter – “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Shooter” & “The Legend of Johnny Kudzu”
  • Kyle Dickerson – “Notice” & “Rag Dol”
  • Emma Ennis – “Surrogate”, “The Lady of the Hills”, “Lullaby”, & “Inside Job”
  • Robert Essig – “Moonlight Sonata”, “Names in the Sidewalk”, & “Meeting the Quota”
  • Teel James Glen – “Knight Before Christmas” & “Mama-San”
  • Scott Goudsward – “Winter Wonderland” & “Valentine”
  • K.T. Jayne – “Unionized Freaks” & “They Taste Better with Ketchup”
  • Tally Johnson – “Four Parts of a Prologue for a Novel Not Yet Written” & The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy”
  • M.F. Korn – “Golly Mister, Will You Sign My Laundry List?” & “They Speak Creole French at Those Places”
  • Christian A. Larsen – “Chief Chatzahoaken” & “The Lightning Makes a Stop”
  • Michael Matula – “Mausoleum Monster” & “Copperleaf Road”
  • Josef Matulich – “Foot in the Door”, “Stalker”, “Ukai”
  • Jessica McHugh – “To the Willow”, “Shipwrecked”, & “The D-Word”
  • P. Andrew Miller – “Fifty Shades of Day” & “Troll Hunting”
  • Georgina Morales – “The Beast” & “Memento Mori”
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – “One Too Many” & “Behind the Door”
  • G. Elmer Munson – “Therapy 124″ & “A Man in a Room”
  • Andrew Nienaber – “Colchis, Connecticut” & “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
  • Cynthia Pelayo – “Funeral Print”
  • Nelson W. Pyles – “Regards, Eleanor” & “The Trouble with Unicorns”
  • Patrick Scalisi – “Missing Bicycles” & “Residual”
  • Rob Smales – “Spreewald Dreams” & “Was it Good for You, Baby?”
  • Tim Waggoner – “The Good Neighbor” & “A Face in the Crowd”

“Mantid”

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Synopsis of my story:

A boy tasked with retrieving a crayfish discovers a far more terrifying creature.

Truth or Dare? – edited by Max Booth III

Description:
A Shared World Horror Anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Halloween night. The freaks are out and having the time of their lives. The kids of Greene Point High School have organized a massive bonfire out in the woods. One drunken teen suggests playing a game, a game called Truth or Dare. That’s always a fun game. Always good for a laugh. By the end of this night, nobody will be laughing. Alcohol, sex, deadly secrets, and oceans of blood await them. Do you dare to play? Truth or Dare is a shared-world horror anthology featuring the morbid writings of many prominent authors in the field today, as well as quite a few new kids on the block you’re gonna want to keep an eye on.

Authors included in this anthology:

  • JOE MCKINNEY
  • JEREMY C. SHIPP
  • RICHARD THOMAS
  • WILLIAM MEIKLE
  • JESSICA MCHUGH
  • ELI WILDE
  • JAY WILBURN
  • SANFORD ALLEN
  • CHANTAL NOORDELOOS
  • JAMES CHAMBERS
  • NIK KORPON
  • VINCENZO BILOF
  • KENNETH W. CAIN
  • USMAN T. MALIK
  • PETER GIGLIO
  • SHANNON GIGLIO
  • ERIC J. GUIGNARD
  • T. FOX DUNHAM

“Thumb on the Button”

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Praise for my essay:
“Cain gives a list of things to think about before you choose to self-publish.” ~ Blog Review

Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?

That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

  • Foreword by Mort Castle
  • Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
  • What is Horror by Graham Masterton
  • Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
  • Reader Beware by Siobhan McKinney
  • Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
  • From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
  • Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
  • Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
  • Screenplay Writing: The First Cut Is the Deepest by Dean M. Drinkel
  • Publishing by Simon Marshall-Jones
  • Weighing Up Traditional Publishing & eBook Publishing by Robert W. Walker
  • Glenn Rolfe Toes the Line with Samhain Horror Head Honcho, Don D’Auria by Glenn Rolfe
  • Bringing the Zombie to Life by Harry Shannon
  • Audiobooks: Your Words to Their Ears by Chet Williamson
  • Writing Aloud by Lawrence Santoro
  • Ghost-writing: You Can’t Write It If You Can’t Hear It by Thomas Smith
  • Ghost-writing by Blaze McRob
  • The Horror Writers Association – the Genre’s Essential Ingredient by Rocky Wood
  • What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
  • Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
  • Self-Publishing: Thumb on the Button by Kenneth W. Cain
  • What’s the Matter with Splatter? by Daniel I. Russell
  • Partners in the Fantastic: The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
  • The Journey of “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” by Richard Thomas
  • Writing Short Fiction by Joan De La Haye
  • A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
  • Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
  • Horror for Kids: Not Child’s Play by Francois Bloemhof
  • So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
  • Horror Comics – How to Write Gory Scripts for Gruesome Artists by Jasper Bark
  • Some Thoughts on my Meandering within the World of Dark and Horror Art by Niall Parkinson
  • Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
  • Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
  • Reviewing by Jim Mcleod
  • Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
  • The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, “Yes!” by Anonymous
  • The (extremely) Short Guide to Writing Horror by Tim Waggoner
  • Growing Ideas by Gary McMahon
  • Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
  • A Room of One’s Own – The Lonely Path of a Writer by V.H. Leslie
  • Do You Need an Agent? by Eric S Brown
  • Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
  • Submitting Your Work Part 2: Read the F*****g Guidelines! by John Kenny
  • Rejection Letters – How to Write and Respond to Them by Jasper Bark
  • Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
  • On Formatting: A Concise Guide to the Most Frequently Encountered issues by Rick Carufel
  • How to Dismember Your Darlings – Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
  • From Reader to Writer: Finding Inspiration by Emma Audsley
  • Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
  • The Year After Publication… by Rena Mason
  • Writing Horror: 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Five Laws of Arnzen by Michael A. Arnzen
  • The Cheesy Trunk of Terror by Scott Nicholson
  • How to be Your Own Agent, Whether You Have One or Not by Joe Mynhardt
  • Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Pitch to Impress: How to Stand Out from the Convention Crowd by RJ Cavender
  • You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner
  • Vaginas in Horror by Theresa Derwin
  • Friendship, Writing, and the Internet by Weston Ochse
  • Buttoning Up Before Dinner by Gary Fry
  • How to Fail as an Artist in Ten Easy Steps by John Palisano
  • Writer’s Block by Mark West
  • Be the Writer You Want to Be by Steven Savile
  • Afterword by Joe Mynhardt

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:

  • are suffering from writer’s block
  • are starting their writing careers
  • are looking to expand their writing repertoire
  • are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
  • are looking to pay more bills with their art
  • are trying to further their careers
  • are trying to establish a name brand
  • are looking to get published
  • are planning on self-publishing
  • want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
  • are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
  • love the horror genre
  • are not sure where to take their writing careers

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing
Cover art by Ben Baldwin
Edited by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley
eBook formatting by Robert Swartwood 

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