When a man suffering from a rare disease receives a debilitating head injury, the treatment given him mutates his affliction into a highly contagious virus. As the disease spreads, it first kills its victims and then reanimates them into beings that are compelled to eat ravenously and crave human flesh.
In Clearwater, Florida, Steve Wendell is following the stories of people attacking each other but is unaware of the severity of the situation. When Heather Johansen, a Sheriff’s Deputy who is interested in Steve as more than a friend, tells him the real story of cities being overrun by the dead, he makes plans to barricade himself in the fifteen story bank building where the radio station he manages has its suite of offices.
As the dead rise up to challenge the living for control of the earth, Steve locks himself in with Heather and eight others. The group continues to broadcast live as the dead surround their redoubt and search for a way in. Coming across a ten year-old girl that is immune to the disease, the group tries to find a way to transport her across a land filled with the flesh-eating dead to a government facility where she can be studied and a cure found.
Targeted Age Group:: Ten to one-hundred
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After receiving numerous rejections from the mainstream publishing companies, an agent suggested I self-publish and switch from writing about serious subjects such as illegal immigration and the Gaza strip to horror instead. He assured me that this genre would at the very least get my name established. I have always loved the zombie moves put out by George Romero so I decided to go in that direction. What started out as one book quickly evolved into a four book series though, and now Dead Calm and Dead Weight, the next two books in The Dead Series, are out. The final book will be released in August of 2014, and will of course be titled Dead End.
Who are your favorite authors?
George R.R. Martin, Ken Follett