Pick up some “Warmth” for the Holidays
Perhaps you don’t live in a place with snow… and you can’t sit near a cozy log fire. Well… even if so, there’s no reason why you can’t have a little holiday “Warmth” this winter.
Today only, get “Warmth” for free on the Kindle! Warmth is a work of horror firmly in the dark comedy arena about an alternate earth where a prehistoric gut flora has extended the life of a select few – ghouls, who can only survive by consuming human flesh. This extended life comes with an end of the line penalty, though… when they die, all ghouls come back as flesh-eating zombies. The reanimated corpses have only one purpose – to seek out and infect humans with the ghoulish condition. But the world will not survive if most of it’s population are infected, so a select few ghouls are self-appointed zombie hunters – ever culling down the recently dead to prevent this kind of outbreak, and to keep ghoulish life a secret from the human world.
Sera is one of these – a ghoulish zombie hunter who is more than a bit cranky and irritable – the slow aging of the ghouls has also affected her unborn child, and as a result she’s been pregnant for the past 600 years.
“I hate the dead. They have no self-control” – Sera. She is ghula – one of the extremely long-lived though not immortal flesh eaters whose lives can end in only one way – in resurrection as a hungry, ambulatory corpse who will spend the short days of its unlife rotting, eating, and infecting as many as possible. Sera compares her life to a dark comedy – trapped with an unwanted pregnancy for the past 600 years, constantly afraid that the fetus will die and go zombie in-utero, always cold and constantly running a fever like every other ghoul on the planet. Luckily, two things in life sustain her: her joy in hunting and destroying the Dead, and the constant seeking of comfort in warmth.
However, all of that will soon be over. In the weeks before she’s to go into labor, an old enemy has resurfaced – Lizbet, an irrational wildcard who threatens through her impulsive and reckless actions to reveal the ghoul community to all of humankind – and by doing so, perhaps get herself killed in a violent and public scene that could potentially kick start the zombie apocalypse.
Another book I had trouble putting down, I stayed up until dawn totally blown away by all the interesting twists in the story. The characters are compelling, well thought out and unique. Not everything is what it seems and no matter how much you try to hide it, reality has a way of catching up with you in sometimes thoroughly gruesome ways. It was one hell of a ride, sad to see it end. If you have a sick sense of humor, add this to your must read list!