If you had asked me 18 months ago if I thought I would ever read a zombie book, let alone participate in the writing of one, I would have laughed at you (but not in a mean way).
If you had asked me…I’d owe you a big apology, because not only have I read a few, my name now appears on the covers of 3…as a contributing author!
It all began when I met zombie/horror writer Armand Rosamilia.
Thanks to our shared love of writing, as well as the Boston Red Sox (that’s the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox) and the Oakland Raiders, we established an immediate rapport and it wasn’t long before discussions about a collaborative effort began.
The first result was Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, released in December of 2012. Siege was an extension of Armand’s already popular Dying Days series (read about it here) and we had so much fun writing it that we decided to write a sequel.
Dying Days: Siege 2, released in November of 2013, continued the story we had begun a year earlier, and it was just as much fun to write (you can read about that one here).
As if that weren’t enough, Mando asked me to contribute to his second Dying Days anthology.
Even though we were friends, and even though we had co-written two novellas, the request was an unexpected honor. I was being given an opportunity to add a short story to Still Dying 2 – joining some premier horror authors like Patrick Greene, Brent Abell and Mark Tufo – just to name a few.
Still Dying 2 is now available in e-book and print – here are the links:
My contribution to the book is a story called Dying Days: Angel.
It tells the story of a woman named Angel, who must escape her own home to avoid the zombie hordes roaming her quiet St. Augustine neighborhood. Angel is a character from the first Siege novella and I tied my short story into that story – so there’s a bit of a continuity thing going on.
I’m very pleased with my story, but I’m sure it’s far from the best one in the collection – which is why I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this anthology. It’s a great collection of short stories…it will introduce you to several gifted horror authors…it will give you an introduction to the Dying Days world and, last, but not least…it will be the perfect thing to read on those long, dark, stormy winter nights…
As always – thank you for reading