Hi everyone! I am honored humbled that yet another book bearing one of my short stories has now been released. “Book of the Dead, Vol. 4: Dead Rising” is now availabe at Amazon.com and at some local bookstores.
The story, “Grand Opening,” is a personal point of pride for me, as the publisher asked me specifically to write this story for inclusion into this book, an honor that I definitely could not turn down. Taking a cue from the classic zombie movie “Day of the Dead,” this story deals with military and civilian survivors who have been trapped in an underground bunker for four long years and are pressed into a tough decision when their supplies begin to dwindle.
Once again, faithful blog reader, here for you is an excerpt from the story. Comments and feedback are always welcomed and appreciated, whether it be from the section of the story printed here or if you have the opportunity to read the full story. You can CLICK HERE to buy the book from Amazon.com — and if you buy, be sure to give it a nice review so others will be encouraged to buy as well! Okay, here’s the snippet…enjoy!
Parker turned back to the table and looked around the room as he spoke, making eye contact with each of the six bedraggled people except for the man seated at the head of the table. “Supplies are dangerously low, even with the recycling and replenishment programs we have in place. Let’s call a spade a spade: we all knew years ago when we first arrived at this base that we weren’t going to be able to just seal ourselves in and survive indefinitely. Hell, all things considered, I think making it four years on our own in here is very damn impressive, and the hundreds of servicemen and civilians should consider themselves lucky that they were here with us, surviving as long as we did.”
Lieutenant Lucas Dunn, seated next to Horton, crossed his arms and let out a snort as he spoke. “Yeah, let’s all part ourselves on the back for a job so well done. Yes, ‘hundreds’ came to this base with us initially, but at the last census count earlier this month, there are only 93 of us left, so don’t make it sound like we’ve exactly been ‘fruitful and multiplied,’ all right?”
Seated directly across the table from Dunn, Lieutenant Wes Drayton pounded his fist on the tabletop in frustration. “We did everything we could, Dunn, and you know it!” The two men glared at each other as Drayton continued. “What would you have had us do? Making our presence known to the outside world would have been a clear mistake. We were all lucky that, one way or another, we ended up on the Bainbridge under Captain Castellano’s guidance.” Drayton gestured to the man sitting at the head of the table. “Without his guidance and knowledge, we never would have found Musko, and I can guarantee you that we are doing ten times better here in this underground Norwegian base than we ever would have done if we would have just kept floating aimlessly around the oceans with no kind of action plan.”
“Oh, what the hell do you know, Wesley?” Dunn fired back, punctuating the use of Drayton’s first name as an insult in the lack of military etiquette. “For all we know, the world outside is back to normal and we’ve locked ourselves in here like some scared little girls!”
“All right, gentlemen, that’s enough…” Parker began to say as he moved away from the windows back towards the table; he was interrupted by Drayton standing abruptly.
“‘Back to normal,’ you fucking moron?” He laughed coldly as he stared down at Dunn across the table. “The world is dead! We’ve lost radio contact with everyone! Since the day we sealed ourselves in this base we have received fewer and fewer communications with people still left alive out there. When Everglades Base went silent six months ago, that was the last interaction we had with any living being outside of these walls. We could easily be the last humans left alive on the entire planet, and you want to hope that things out there magically got better somehow? How did you even pass the Navy entry exam, you colossal waste of space?”
Dunn jumped out of his seat and opened his mouth to reply, but both men were silenced by the man at the head of the table, who suddenly spoke. “Gentlemen, at attention, now!” The other four men immediately snapped back into military mode, all standing erect and looking forward silently. The lone female in the room remained seated, looking down.