Short Story Saturday #12

Welcome to this week’s edition of Short Story Saturday, where I find books 100 pages or less on Amazon that are both self-published or small press published and worth reading, which means you’ll only see mini-reviews of 3 stars and up on this feature!
 

Z is for Zombie by Philip Hansen

Publisher:  Self-published

Genre:  Horror

This 21 page story is available as an ebook from Amazon.  More reviews can be found on Goodreads.

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and nothing is fine.

Mack, Skinny, Navarette and El Tee are Echo Squad, soldiers on the frontlines of the zombie war. Faced with an army of zombies that hungers for all flesh to be eaten their tiny group must survive deadly decap zombies and wicked clever roamer zombies in time for an aerial assault that will change the face of the battleground against the living dead.

Z is for Zombie is an action-packed gun-porn short story in the world of the living dead.

This is a man’s story.  A story worthy of a man cave and the story to read between Halo 3 matches.  I wasn’t surprised to learn that the author is an avid gamer (as am I) and the utter pwnage of the characters over the zombies in the novels was epic…like purple epic…like I just beat the hidden cow level epic.  Okay, okay.  Seriousness.  This is a story about soldiers…in a zombie apocalypse.  They talk like soldiers and there is quite a bit of military jargon used in the story.  I loved the dialogue.  The descriptions are so vivid.  The pacing and action is super fast.  The plot and characters feel so authentic and intense that I just have a need to read the story out loud – and then I realize that I probably shouldn’t in front of my kid.  I don’t want to explain what “headshot” means.

Warning:  excessive cursing  violence, and gore.

I do have one complaint – the text is in a stupid font and non-adjustable.  Besides that, this is a pretty awesome short story.

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Short Story Saturday #2

This week’s short story is for all my dark fiction lovers who are tired of reading stories about ponies and unicorns and magic beans to their children.  Here is a very adorable tale about a young zombie who tries to tell his parents about a human in his closet.  His parents don’t believe him until it is too late.  The lesson in this book is for the parents – believe your little zombies.  It is currently FREE on Amazon.  Buy your Kindle copy HERE.  I would purchase a board book version in a heartbeat, but unfortunately it is only available on ebook.

There’s a Human in my Closet by Ryan Leach and Mike Bombon

Summary:

This is the story of young little Zed
An interesting boy who is very undead.

Like little boys, he sometimes tells lies
And sooner or later he’ll learn that’s not wise.

Crying wolf, is what human boys do,
But for zombie boys, they cry about me and about you.