Question Wednesday: Writing More Zombies

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Kelli McElreath asks:I was wondering, with all your short zombie stories will you ever develop them into books. There are several that stuck Read more [...]

In My Mind: In the Dead Volume 2

 In My Mind Kevin Conor Keller / / CC BY-NC-NDChelsea Everett lifted her head from her pillow and let out a moan that seemed to echo in her head and around the room. She stared around her, eyes clouded and mind equally blurry as she stared at the clock on her bedside table. It was blinking 3:02 over and over again and she sat up with a curse. The power must have gone off again in the night. Again? She rubbed her eyes. It felt like she’d forgotten something, but what? What Read more [...]

I Told You So: In the Dead Volume 2

 I Told You So Bahman. / People Photos / CC BYRobert Torrence had been born in Riley, NV. Born and raised, he used to say, grinning while the bartender filled up his glass at the dingy Wild Coyote Bar. He knew just about everyone in that stinking little town. And then… the mall had come and it had gotten so shitty. Riley was on the very outskirts of Reno, but Reno had a way of stretching and it seemed like in a blink of an eye they were what was called a suburb. A Starbucks had come five Read more [...]

Dave Speaks: In the Dead Volume 2

 Dave Speaks Sarah tries to make it a game, but I must say I’m sick of the road. Ever since the zombie outbreak in Seattle over six months ago, ever since we killed our therapist, we’ve been running. Fighting. Scrambling for every scrap of food, every drop of water, every bullet for every gun. The zombies don’t stop, so we can’t stop either. But I’m not tired. In truth, I’m never tired. And the reason is one that if I say out loud, people will probably come after me with pitchforks Read more [...]

Paging Dr. Clooney: In the Dead Volume 2

Paging Dr. Clooney The hospital on a Thursday night in sleeply little Cognerville wasn’t exactly hopping. At sixty miles outside of Seattle, they avoided most of the big city problems and excitements. Honestly, the biggest news here was a cow roaming off or a drunken pushing match at the Ripe Apple Bar on Main Street. Dr. Brandon Hudson hadn’t meant to land here. He’d had the same “ER” or “Gray’s Anatomy” kind of dreams as anyone else in medical school. He’d always seen himself Read more [...]

Great Costume: In the Dead Volume 2

Great Costume Holland Raine always held her annual Halloween party in August. How that had happened, no one could really remember, not even Holland, but after fifteen years it didn’t really matter. The second Saturday of August, at 7pm sharp, the doorbell would ring and her three bedroom home in California would be filled with witches, devils, sports stars and more, as well as all the ‘slutty’ versions of the same costumes. She loved it, and had hosted the party without fail, even the year Read more [...]

Take This Job: In the Dead Volume 2

Take This Job… “I want to start by saying it wasn’t my fault,” Carter said as he stared at the three people staring at him from behind the table. They were his judges. His jury. They could easily be his executioners, too, if he couldn’t talk himself out of this. The zombie apocalypse was fucked up that way. “Tell us what happened,” the woman in ragged clothes asked him. She had a knife stuck in the wood of the tabletop in front of her. The blade was bloody and the handle was Read more [...]

Prison Break: In the Dead Volume 2

 Prison Break Brett Walters had killed his wife in 1992 because the bitch was cheating on him with his cousin Max. Come to think of it, he’d killed Max, too. The lawyers had argued for innocence, but fuck… everyone knew what he’d done. He hadn’t really tried to hide it. In all truth, he was a bit proud of it. No one had deserved to die more than Charlene. But it had been almost twenty years since he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was tired of prison. Tired of thugs. Read more [...]

Info on IN THE DEAD: Volume 2 — Free Stories!!

So many of you have asked me about more zombie books, more Dave and Sarah books, just more in general! If you read my Summer update back in June, you already know that I've recently sold two books about monsters in a support group in New York City to Pocket, to be released next Spring. And I'm happy to announce that I will start writing a 4th Dave and Sarah book (Living With the Dead Series) this Fall. I don't have all the particulars set for publication (whether it will be self-published or come Read more [...]