Deadmonton Excerpt

So, I’m NaNoing, as usual, except that this year I had zero enthusiasm for it and writing my story was like pulling teeth. I was working on ‘See the Sky Again’ which is an Aphanasian novel. Writing the Aphanasian piece I felt like I was pulling teeth. It really, really hurt. The problem, I think, was that the setting (an underground city) wasn’t fully formed in my mind yet. It’s still not. Once it is I’ll go back to it, but in the meantime I’ve switched and I’m now working on my WIP zombie novel, Deadmonton.

The words are coming much easier now and I’m really very fond of this novel. I can’t wait to get it done so I can share it with people (my brain won’t let me send out WIPs for critique).

And here is a short excerpt — warning, this is a pretty violent and profane passage, it is, after all, a zombie novel 🙂


Geraldine watched Alice’s face. As Scrub-boy and Shanise came within touching distance, Alice’s nostrils flared and a wild-look of awareness crept into her eyes.

It reminded Geraldine of the time an ex-boyfriend talked her into going hunting with him. After getting up obscenely early and freezing her ass off in a blind for hours, finally a deer had come into sight. She’d watched it through binoculars while Ross lined it up in his scope. Then, without warning the breeze shifted and blew from behind them, straight at the deer. She’d watched its notstrils flare and its eyes go wide and scared-looking. Then it had stomped its foot and bolted back into the underbrush, all before Ross managed a single shot.

That was how Alice looked now, only instead of stomping and running, she lurched forward. Scrub-boy reached out, planning to catch her, Geraldine suspected, unfortunately it was he who got caught.

Alice grabbed him by both shoulders and pulled him toward her. At the same time she tilted her head and lunged forward, fastening her teeth on his nose. Scrub-boy screamed and pulled back, leaving a good portion of his nose behind in Alice’s mouth. The motion reminded Geraldine of a ghastly parody of how children get a freezie out of the wrapper with their teeth.

In amongst the blood which now covered Scrub-boy and Alice both, Geraldine could see something translucent and white where his nose used to be. Cartilage, she thought, it must be cartilage.

Scrub-boy clutched his nose and staggered backward, while Shanise stumbled to the side. Her eyes were wide and glazed with what Geradine assumed to be shock and terror. She could relate to those feelings very well.


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