By Ella Grey
A few weeks ago my first zombie story and probably my last dip into that genre was published with Three Worlds. Originally I wrote the story for a different publisher but decided to go into another direction with the story, hence it stayed in my inbox and gathered dust.
I have a lot of stories in one state of another on my hard drive that might never see the light of day. I guess that’s part and parcel of being a writer tied to a fickle muse. I really need to get rid of him and get my hands on an ungraded model.
I’m not a great fan of zombies. Okay, I said it. I don’t watch ‘The Walking Dead’. I stay clear of George A Romero’s series of films, though I have seen some of them. I can actual tell you a lot of random facts about zombie movies because I’m a geek like that but I don’t like zombies. I’m okay with vampires, werewolves and other monsters but there is something about zombies that really freak me out. Maybe it’s the unrelenting shambling. The slightly dazed expression. There isn’t much going on behind those eyes but there is one burning need. They want to snack on you. An arm. A leg. I’m sure they would gobble up a finger or toe. There is no reasoning with them. You can’t put them off. A mother, father, child or a friend. They can be anyone and the only way to stop them is with a very sharp sword, a shotgun or anything to severe the spinal cord. Could you do that? I know that the will to survive is strong but say your daughter or son is coming towards you. Could you kill them? Maybe would argue that they are already dead. That they aren’t the person they once was and that’s true but when one of the monsters has the face of someone you love, could you hurt them?
When the zombie apocalypse comes I’m taking my family to the local supermarket and hiding out there.
Anyway back to the point.
I wouldn’t describe ‘The Last Days’ as a zombie story. They’re there but they aren’t the main focus. It’s a story about the bond between a mother and daughter. How far Grace Killen will go to save her daughter who’s been kidnapped by her father, an abusive man who Grace was paired with due to a lottery.
It’s also a story of Robert Carter. A man who is the leader to the small community of Oak. They both must work together to save the little girl. For Robert it’s a case of redemption. He has made a lot of mistakes in his time. He certainly doesn’t feel worth of the position of leader.
With a dash of an unconventional relationship and a monster who has a heartbeat. It’s a story that I’m proud of and it’s perfect to fill an hour or two. I also create the cover J and I love the way it turned out.
The world went to hell a long time ago. Grace Killen is a woman on a mission. In a world where pairings are decided by a lottery, she got stuck with a man who abuses her. After their daughter is born, he leaves and Grace couldn’t be happier. He could end up as a meal for one of the shambling dead and she wouldn’t cry a single tear. Then he came back for Sophie. Robert Carter is a man with a lot on his plate. The leader of the Oaks and the only known person whose visited Chicago and lived. He doesn’t expect a beautiful woman needing his help or the baggage that she brings with her. Neither knows what the future will bring but they plan on facing it together.