A mysterious disease has struck a hit and run victim.
After Officer Dean begins the investigation it becomes clear the disease is the beginning of an epidemic.
Harry and his family live a modest suburban life in Beach Town, on an island Southwest of the UK. He is dissatisfied with his marriage when he agrees to take his best friend Sheila to a job interview.
Stuck in traffic on the motorway, strange events begin to unfold, and Harry and Sheila are forced to the hospital hoping to find his family when chaos ensues.
They encounter Charlie and together they must survive an attack of significant proportions.
Whilst the dead are quarantined, Harry knows it can’t be contained and the town is a day from a total apocalypse.
Witness four horrific journeys as the dead rise. In a desperate race for survival Harry will discover the brutal lengths he’ll need to go in order to keep his family from certain death.
Targeted Age Group:: 15-99
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The inspiration for this book came from reading other zombie books and being generally dissatisfied with predominantly first person narrative. I wanted to write a book I wanted to read, so the inspiration came from not finding zombie stories that were simple and effective and focused, genuinely on humans. I am also a huge fan of zombie fiction, movies and television shows anyway, and wanted to make my mark on the world with Beach Town: Apocalypse!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters came from the idea that I had. If someone is already fed up or miserable, what would they do in the zombie apocalypse? The characters were supposed to be at their wits end with their own lives. Harry, in particular, with his unhappy marriage, ends up making some very tough decisions and sometimes choosing the wrong thing. He's just an ordinary guy, but makes some awful mistakes. Throw in a zombie apocalypse and this plain guy just got more interesting. Characters for me come from observations of the world and how people interact, and I create fictional characters after that observation.
Jamie closed the door and led Dean through the plastic
strip curtains that smelt of strong disinfectant. A light flickered,
and another went out with a snap. They walked down a sterile
corridor to an open room tiled with white and five metal top
tables lit by harsh surgical lights. Each table had a corpse on it
covered with thick, green mucous. Dean felt nauseas as Jamie
led them to the nearest table.
‘We think this is some kind of superbug. The bug
developed rapidly, maybe over a day; it seems.’ Jamie lifted the
left wrist of the body revealing a tatt. It was purple and green,
the first thought that popped into Dean’s head was that it must
have been sepsis. Jamie released the lifeless arm and it slumped
onto the table; the dull thud echoed in the silent room.
‘Sepsis I assume,’ Dean said boldly, feeling confident it
was, because otherwise this was a waste of official police time,
also the stench of the mucous was making him queasy.
‘Yes, but like the bug it developed rapidly, over the course
of an hour, just before she died. So why would being struck by
a motor vehicle cause this?’ Jamie walked over to the sink and
picked up a metal clamp, scissors and two pairs of latex gloves.
There was a cough sweet left on the side, he quickly dropped it
into his white lab coat. Dean covered his nose and mouth with
his hand, the stench was like stale milk and shit, and he gagged.
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