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They possess no pulse, nor a heartbeat. Their flesh is clammy and cool to the touch; the blood in their veins congealed and equally chilled. Their lungs have long since discarded the need to regulate oxygen. Logical thought escapes them, as does such common emotional states as happiness, sadness, or depression. The age-old weaknesses of man, such as lust, greed, or envy, no longer apply.
Yet they walk. They desire. They pursue…relentlessly. They hunger...insatiably…infinitely.
Spawned by a deadly, mysterious plague that ravaged the earth’s population seemingly overnight, the reanimated dead soon dominated the landscape, relegating those unfortunate enough to be labeled ‘survivor’ to permanent ‘prey’ status.
Enter, if you dare, a merciless, gore-drenched realm where walking cadaver’s rule, while the living have fallen to the lowest rung on the planetary food chain.
Read for yourselves the grisly yet strangely enticing elements that make up Terry Lloyd Vinson's latest excursion into horror; ‘The DEAD Effect’.
Fourteen 'dead-fests' in all, to include:
THE GRAVE CANYON:
In terms of popularity, it ranks as one of the United State’s most visited landmarks, a vacation destination taken by millions each year. Why, even a world-wide plague that eradicated the majority of humanity cannot quell the instinct of the passionate, determined tourist, as DEATH, indeed, takes a holiday….
Once bitten, it is imminent. Once tender flesh is parted by ravenous teeth dripping with decay and disease, it is truly only a matter of time. As friends and family members are forced into a brief period of hellish purgatory known as ‘the waiting’, only a single, agonizing question remains. What to do in that single, horrific moment when ‘The Turning’ becomes a reality?
Enter a nightmarish realm where vital organs and body parts are bought and sold with shocking regularity; where the recently deceased and most assuredly damned vie for the freshest replacement parts the market can provide, and in return pay the highest price imaginable.
Once a well-renowned gumshoe with a reputation for using any means necessary to solve a case, Rutger ‘Slug Trail’ Cavander continues to ply his trade as the best private dick in dead-world.
Hired by an enigmatic benefactor to track down a former mob boss in hiding, the cities most notorious undead detective is drawn into a tangled web of intrigue, mystery and mayhem while cruising the cadaver-laden streets of Zombie town.
THE REAL MONSTERS:
People are apt to ponder why often times the good die young and horribly, while the truly evil amongst us are allowed a free ride into their golden years only to pass peacefully in the night. Witness a case to the extreme opposite side of said spectrum in this tale of purest retribution, wherein the vilest of all get their just due, and then some, from the most unlikely of sources…
Phantom spirits have but a precious few hours within each calendar year to roam and mingle among the living, and while the vast majority are harmless and non-malevolent, many seize the opportunity to evoke horrors that go way beyond simple Halloween ‘pranks’….
THE WAITING ROOM:
Hospital waiting rooms have often been referred to as the 21st Century equivalent to The Spanish Inquisition. Perhaps a bit overstated, though not if one refers to the following terror tale, as all those unfortunate enough to be labeled ‘patient’ inhabit a nightmarish realm of infinite ‘limbo’ filled with unimaginable horrors…
Death is not limited solely to living, breathing organisms. Cultures can also perish, driven to extinction as generations pass and age-old traditions fade like mornings early fog into blazing sunlight. Bare witness to such a unique tragedy in this futuristic saga, where computer ‘Super-Viruses’ will be utilized not for destruction, but as sophisticated learning tools…
"The DEAD Effect" is now available in both ebook and paperback editions by DOUBLE-DRAGON PUBLISHING, and will soon be on sale at Fictionwise.com and other on-line booksellers.