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Survival Skills – A Flash Fiction Zombie Story

17 Apr

Something’s wrong. I can’t put my finger on what yet but I’ve always been able to sense when things are amiss. It’s what’s kept me alive since the dead unexpectedly and inexplicably rose from their graves. Some saw this as a sign of the Second Coming and ran forward, arms open in greeting; no sooner had this welcoming committee reached the no-longer-quite-so-deceased than they were devoured. The dead might be dead but it hadn’t dented their hunger and it seemed that, above all, they craved human flesh. Maybe they just wanted what they no longer had – blood coursing through veins, a still-beating heart, a brain sizzling with electricity.

Once the true believers had been consumed, the dead turned their attention to the rest of us: chasing us down, pursuing us like prey. They might stagger and stumble but they’re relentless; grinding down your resistance day after day after day. When it started, the army were sent in to stop them but soldiers are trained to kill and they didn’t know quite what to do when faced with an enemy that was dead already. This is not to say they didn’t try, they did; it’s just they didn’t do much good. After that, it was every man for himself or, in my case, every woman.

Suddenly I realise what’s wrong: the birds have stopped singing and the forest around me has fallen silent. That, I’ve learned, is a sure sign the dead are approaching. I freeze, listening, trying to work out where they are and how I can escape one more time. I don’t really know what I’m doing but I must be doing something right; after all, I may well be the only one still breathing in this world where the dead now stalk the living.

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Flash (or micro) fiction aims to tell a whole story within a specific short word limit. For this one, the target was 300 words and it comes in at 296. A PDF of this story can be downloaded from here. Other flash fiction and short stories which I’ve written can be found here.



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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Three Men In A Boat – A Flash Fiction Zombie Story

3 Apr

There’s three of us crammed into a row boat built for two, floating in the middle of the mill pond. It seemed like such a good idea when we scrambled into it to escape the horde of undead that descended on our village without warning but now we realise it was the wrong thing to do. We can see the zombies crowding the nearby shores, moaning and shuffling, surrounding us on all sides; they know we’re here, they can sense us but they can’t get to us so it seems like we’re safe. Yet, there’s no way we can escape either and we don’t have any thing we can eat. All we can do is huddle together, making sure the dingy doesn’t drift too close to the shore and hoping that somehow, someone comes and rescues us.

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Flash (or micro) fiction aims to tell a whole story within a specific short word limit. For this one, the target was 150 words and it comes in at 137. A PDF of this story can be downloaded from here. Other flash fiction and short stories which I’ve written can be found here.

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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in the UK, and available as an ebook and in print in the US from the 21st March 2013. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review (where it scored five stars out of five) of For Those In Peril On The Sea click here or visit https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/for-those-in-peril-on-the-sea/

The Bookshop – A Flash Fiction Zombie Story

20 Mar

I don’t feel hungry anymore; I haven’t since yesterday morning. I guess after a while your body just gives up expecting food. It must be different with water though because my thirst keeps getting worse. I need to do something about it or it’ll drive me mad but that would mean going outside; Mark did that the day before yesterday and he hadn’t made it more than a few feet. I’d rather die in here than go outside and face them – but god I need something: beer, wine, Coke, anything. Hell, I’d probably even take a Pepsi. This thought makes me laugh. The old world’s gone and yet the advertisers still have their hooks in me.

There’s a half-hearted bang on the security shutter: they know I’m in here but they also seem to sense I’m close to death because they’re losing interest. At first, when I was still strong, they hammered on it almost continuously and I was sure they were going to break through. Mark was still here then so maybe that had something to do with it. We’d worked together in our tiny bookshop for six years and while we’d never had many customers, enough came through the door to keep us afloat; just. At first we thought we’d got lucky, getting the shutter down in time to stop any of them getting in but after a few hours we realised we should have run the moment they first appeared. Instead we’d locked ourselves in and we were now trapped in a room filled with nothing but books and they wouldn’t help us survive; I know because I tried eating a couple of pages from The Raven on the third day to see if it would ease my hunger – It didn’t; it just made my stomach hurt. That’s when Mark got the idea of making a break for it into his head. I did my best to talk him out of it but his mind was set, so as quietly as possible we’d inched the shutter up just enough for him to slide underneath before I slammed it down again, and that was the end of Mark.

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I’ve been sitting with my back against the counter for almost a day now; too weak to move. I wonder how many others there are like me: trapped and dying while they roam the streets outside. How many, like Mark, had tried to run? How many had been killed? I’m guessing all of them. Yesterday, when I could still stand, I’d peeked through the little gap in the shutter. I found if I moved my head around I could see most of the street. I could see where the pieces of Mark’s body were strewn across the pavement. Much of his flesh was gone, either torn off as he was killed or chewed off when they fed on him afterwards. I saw two of them too: crouched down, picking away at his skull. One poked at it with a bony finger causing Mark’s left eye to pop from its socket. It dangled there for a moment, swinging back and forth, before it was bitten off and swallowed.

A thought occurs to me: it mightn’t have been painless but at least Mark’s death was quick. If I was braver I’d pull up the shutter and take my chances with them rather than just sitting here, doing nothing other than dying; but I’m not – I never have been. All I can do is wait for death to come and wonder how long it will be before I’m finally free.

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Flash (or micro) fiction aims to tell a whole story within a specific short word limit. For this one, the target was 600 words and I think it comes in at 598 so I was pretty close. A PDF of this story can be downloaded from here.


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From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in the UK, and available as an ebook and in print in the US from the 21st March 2013. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review (where it scored five stars out of five) of For Those In Peril On The Sea click here or visit https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/for-those-in-peril-on-the-sea/