“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I
will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am
your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they
try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your
survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are
to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must
work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in
Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will
they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will
Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the
reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to
deliver him to the safe hold?
Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.
We ran to the hospital. On the way, we encountered hardly anyone, alive or dead. Where were they all? When we arrived at the hospital car park, I understood. Zombies were pack animals. A massive crowd of them were crammed in and around the main building like they were waiting for a concert to start, all barely paying attention to their surroundings and seemingly swaying against the force of gravity. The other thing was the smell. When watching horror films filled with shuffling zombies, the horror came from their ghastly looks—the reminder that death has a tight grip on us all, well, most of us. But what the filmmakers should focus on—if they could—was the acidic rank odor zombies gave off. They had been dead barely twenty-four hours. It took a normal human body at least thirty-six hours to really start to smell, and that was with a vampire’s heightened senses. These guys smelled like they’d been out in the sun for three weeks covered in rubbish and besieged by wily maggots. They were mostly intact, though. Maybe this hospital had been Zombie Ground Zero. Most had turned so quickly their comrades hadn’t had time to feed.
“Maybe we should try a less populated target.” Nicholas twitched his nose and turned away from me to dry retch.
“Maybe you should grow a pair.”
“Maybe you should act like a lady.” He now had his hands on his hips, squaring up for yet another argument.
“Acting like a lady isn’t going to help now, is it? What do you want me to do? Drop my handkerchief in front of the zombies and watch them fight one another to scoop it up for me? Moron!”
“Always to the ‘nth degree with you, isn’t it?”
“Shut up. Look, the doors are holding, and they’re outside, not inside, which means there must be some people left in there alive to have barricaded this place so tight.”
“Or maybe there are just more zombies in there.”
“Well, there’s definitely a blood bank in there, and that’ll help matters no end!”
Nicholas looked thoughtful then nodded. He of course didn’t want to actually say aloud that I’d had a good idea. “So, how do we get past them?”
I assumed it was a rhetorical question, so I started down to the car park entrance, where most of the zombies were mobbing. I opened the outer door as quietly as possible.
“Ladies first,” Nicholas whispered in my ear.
“I thought we’d agreed I wasn’t a lady.” And with that, I shoved him as hard as I could into the throbbing throng of zombies.
I guess I’ve
always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way,
although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around
me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with
vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed
child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every
break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned
that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say,
everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted
safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?
progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a
Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m
currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!
countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories
included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.
of supernatural Halloween reading featuring: vampires, mermaids, reapers,
werewolves, demons, gods, dragons, ghosts, witches, a phoenix and much more!
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to be a character in the Battle of the Undead books? Well here’s your
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