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
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
People I know or have known…
It opened its eyes to a red blur that slowly began to clear. It had no conscious thought of who or what it was, or who or what it had been, as it had no memory to call upon. To It, Darryl Turp did not now or ever exist. The red tint remained as its vision cleared and it struggled to focus on the object in front of it. Moving felt awkward and sluggish, and if it had a memory, it would equate the sluggish motor responses to the time Darryl Turp had drank a bottle of tequila and then ate the worm. Although its reactions were slow, its senses were tuned to a fine edge. It realized quickly by the rich, salty smell that in front of it was its one purpose for being, the one thing it craved above all else.
Jon Schafer (One of the top horror authors on Amazon) is an artist, a writer and used to design amusement parks, casinos and family entertainment centers as well as owning his own architectural design firm.
He loves to write and has traveled around the world so he uses a lot of his life’s experience in the background of his books.
He served in the Marine Corps and, while he would never do it again in a million years, cherishes every minute and memory of that time.
His first book, Dead Air, is number one of a four book Zombie apocalypse series, with book two, Dead Calm, and book three, Dead Weight also on sale. Dead End, the final book of The Dead Series, is in production and will be out soon. His other book, Immigrant Song, takes a hard look at illegal immigration but with a twist. All his books are Indie written, edited, promoted and produced.
He is a Master Diver and Dive Master through PADI, so to be near some of the best diving in the world he currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
When you finish one of his books, please rate and review it. He relies on his readers to tell him how they liked his work and doesn’t have family and friends flesh out his reviews.
Links to Purchase Print Books
Link to Buy Dead Air Print Edition at Amazon
Link to Dead Air Print book for sale at CreateSpace