27 June 2013

Dead Living Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Dead Living by Glenn Bullion 
Release Date: January 7, 2013
Publisher: Permuted Press
Genre: Horror/Zombie
Synopsis: It didn’t take long for the world to die. And it didn’t take long, either, for the dead to rise.

Born on the day everything ended, a world filled with the walking dead is the only one that Aaron knows. Kept in seclusion, his family teaches  him the basics. How to read and write. How to survive.

Then Aaron makes a shocking discovery. The undead, who desire nothing but flesh, ignore him. It’s as if he’s invisible to them.

The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They live day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who can face the corpses. They need someone who can live in a city of the dead.

They need Aaron.

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Meet The Author:
I live in Maryland with my wonderful wife and four cats. I love gaming, computer technology, movies, and of course, reading and writing. I love science fiction and especially horror and the paranormal. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, anything supernatural, all beautiful subjects. 

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. There’s just something about creating a story that I like. I always try come up with something that hasn’t been done, or is unique in some way. It could be someone with demonic powers, or something much more simple, such as a person that zombies ignore. It’s fun to create a character, give him or her a personality and background, and watch them evolve through a story.

I’ve tried other subjects, but always drift back to horror and paranormal. There’s a reason why we keep going back to horror movies and books, why they’ve made fifty Friday the 13th movies. People like to be scared, but more than that, I think paranormal and horror stir the imagination like nothing else. We’re all just a little nervous to open that closet door at midnight, or look under the bed.

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Lexington High wasn't hard to spot.  The similar houses stopped, and gave way to a large building on the right side of the road.  Aaron saw the tall fence surrounding it, and two moving trucks near the front gate.  He actually heard voices, and evenlaughter.  There was some banging, like someone was working with a hammer and nails.
Sam's pace picked up, despite her ankle.
Aaron slowed down.
“It's good to be back,” she said.  “We'll get some nice cold water from the spring-house, then-”
She turned to look at Aaron.  He was no longer next to her, but ten feet behind her.
“Aaron?  You okay?”
He didn't move, and Sam was actually worried.  She took a few steps closer to him. “What's wrong?”
He looked past her.  He had no idea what was beyond those gates, inside those walls.  “Sixty people, you say?”
“Give or take, yeah.”
He was quiet, then looked Sam in the eye.  “It was a mistake to come here.  But I really enjoyed meeting you, and helping you get here.  You have a good life, and take care of yourself.”
Sam's jaw dropped as Aaron turned around and started walking away.  He didn't even look back.
The old Sam wouldn't have cared.  She was home and safe.  She would have walked through the gates without a second thought, leaving Aaron to whatever life he wanted to live.
But the old Sam was slowly disappearing, and Aaron was part of the reason why.
“Whoa!  Hold on!”  She hobbled up to him and spun him around by the shoulder.  “What's going on?”
“I can't go in there,” he said.  He wiped some sweat off of his bald head.
“Why not?”
He shrugged.  “I'm afraid.”
She couldn't believe her ears.  “Is this another of your weird jokes?”
“It's just a lot of people.  I've never seen that many people in my life.”
“You were in a house, surrounded by a million walkers.  You could have died at any second.  And you're afraid to be here with living people?”
“I know the undead, Sam.  I know everything about them.  I know nothing about this place.”
“You can't just walk back to Baltimore.  You'll be dead before the end of the day.”
He smiled mysteriously.  “You don't know me very well.”
“Well, how can I if you just leave?”
He gave her a confused look.  It almost sounded like she wanted him to stay.
“Aaron, listen.  You need food and water.  Stay here for a day.  You don't like it, fine, then go.  You'll barely see anyone, and I'll watch your back.”
Aaron's stomach growled.  He was hungry.  Maybe a short rest wouldn't be such a bad idea.  “Okay.”
“Good.”  She gave him a smile and put a hand on his shoulder.  “You'll be okay.  I promise.”
It was the first time she had ever offered a promise to anyone.

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