Plague: Aftermath

smallcoverplagueaftermathBefore you read our review of Jeremiah Donaldson’s Plague: Aftermath I want to mention that we have two paperback copies of this book to give away. Be one of the first two people to email us at horroraddicts@gmail.com and we will mail you a copy.

Plague: Aftermath is a horror anthology edited by Jeremiah Donaldson that looks at society after an airborne Ebola virus  ravishes mankind. This collection can also be considered a sequel to Jeremiah’s first novel called Plague. While his first book looked at how the virus started and spread,  Aftermath looks at what happens next. There are six stories in this book by five different authors that show you how desperate people can get when death is everywhere and just breathing can lead to a painful death

The first story in Plague: Aftermath is Anie and Dozer by S.S.  White, this one follows a man named Anie who is heading up into the mountains with his dog Dozer to escape the plague that is running wild through America. He is waiting on a friend he met online at a campground before he goes, but slowly he begins to realize that his friend might not make it. This story is more about psychological horror and is different from the other stories in this book. Though Anie doesn’t see himself as a social creature you still hear first hand how he worries about the people he sees on the way to the mountain and worries about having food for his dog along with the arrival of his friend. Anie and Dozer looks at how loosing everyone around you might affect you, even in the worst of circumstances people need people and this story looks at the horror of being alone.

The next story is called The Tomb by Matthew Wilson. This story follows a girl named Sam who is trapped in a house with her father who is infected by Ebola. The townspeople are outside planning on burning down the house with Sam in it, Sam doesn’t believe she is infected but she may not be able to escape the angry mob outside. The Tomb had some great suspense and shows how people can turn on people in a time of crisis.

The third one is Our Time To Go by Lindsey Shir-McDermott-Pour and looks at a doctor and nurse who leave the hospital they are working at and go on the run. The two have lost hope that a cure can be found and feel that it should be everyone for themselves. The main idea in the story is of loosing hope and what happens after you abandon everything. A good point is made here on keeping hope and being there for the ones you love.

The 4th story is Dear Miss Christie  by S.S. White and is a letter written by a girl named Sara who is looking at her bleak situation but still hoping that things will get better. This one reminded me of some of the letters that you hear about from people who have lived through a disaster. You can feel this woman’s fear in her letter and also see how she is a caring person as she describes the woman she is writing to.

Next up is Going To School by Ginny Bowman about a boy named Toby whose mother is trying desperately to make everything seem normal when nothing is normal anymore.  All Of A Heap by Jenner Michaud is next and deals with the same theme . Both stories look at a character who has lost someone and how they have to carry on even though they feel their world has ended. These were both heart wrenching stories that explore how we deal with loss and change.

The last story takes a 90 degree turn from the others, it’s an action packed tale called John’s Story by the editor of Plague Aftermath, Jeremiah Donaldson. This one looks at a soldier who has the task of taking down a religious cult, I liked the idea here and think it could make a great novel. All the stories here are well written and take a scary look at the human condition when things are at their worse and don’t have much to live for. This is a timely and chilling anthology due to the outbreaks of Ebola that have been talked about in the news lately and its is an anthology that you won’t want to miss.

To find out more on Plague Aftermath check out Jeremiah Donaldson’s website:

www.ephiroll.com/storiesandbooks.html

 

Free Fiction Friday: Sabrina The Teenage Witch

For this week’s Free Fiction Friday we have a set of twins. These are two books that will probably appeal more to our younger fans or at least for fans that were kids in the mid nineties. Our books this week are based on the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

For those of you who don’t know Sabrina The Teenage Witch ran on ABC and The  WB network from 1996 to 2003. The series starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina and Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as her aunts. The plot of the series follows the adventures of a teenage girl who on her sixteenth birthday finds out she is a witch. Sabrina really got her start in Archie comics in 1962 in the comic: Archie’s Mad House. Sabrina had her own comic that ran from 1971 to 1983.

The books that we want to give out to a good home are Spying Eyes by Nancy Holder and Halloween Havoc by Diana G. Gallagher. Nancy Holder has written several young adult books including book tie ins for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville and she won a Bram Stoker Award in 2005 for her anthology co edited with Nancy Kilpatrick called Outsiders. Diana G Gallagher has also written several young adult book tie ins for such shows as The Secret World Of Alex Mack, Star Trek and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.

In Halloween Havoc Sabrina is trying to throw a party but no one shows up until her Aunt Vesta casts a spell and brings zombies, the mummy, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster to the party. Suddenly the party is hopping but out of control and Sabrina’s cover as a normal teenager is about to be blown.

In Spying Eyes Sabrina finds out about All-You-Can-Cast-Day, a holiday where witches are allowed to cast as many spells as they want without worrying about the usual rules. Sabrina enjoys casting spells to help her friends but soon finds out that one of her spells has outlasted the holiday and  now the Men In Black  are coming to town to look for any trace of magic. Can Sabrina throw them off her trail?

If you would like to own Spying Eyes and Halloween Havoc and you live in the United States, leave a comment on the blog telling us why you would be the best owner for these books. Good Luck.

Free Fiction Friday: Twins up for grabs

For this week’s Free Fiction Friday we have a set of twins. These are two books that will probably appeal more to our younger fans or at least for fans that were kids in the mid nineties. Our books this week are based on the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

For those of you who don’t know Sabrina The Teenage Witch ran on ABC and The  WB network from 1996 to 2003. The series starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina and Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as her aunts. The plot of the series follows the adventures of a teenage girl who on her sixteenth birthday finds out she is a witch. Sabrina really got her start in Archie comics in 1962 in the comic: Archie’s Mad House. Sabrina had her own comic that ran from 1971 to 1983.

The books that we want to give out to a good home are Spying Eyes by Nancy Holder and Halloween Havoc by Diana G. Gallagher. Nancy Holder has written several young adult books including book tie ins for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville and she won a Bram Stoker Award in 2005 for her anthology co edited with Nancy Kilpatrick called Outsiders. Diana G Gallagher has also written several young adult book tie ins for such shows as The Secret World Of Alex Mack, Star Trek and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.

In Halloween Havoc Sabrina is trying to throw a party but no one shows up until her Aunt Vesta casts a spell and brings zombies, the mummy, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster to the party. Suddenly the party is hopping but out of control and Sabrina’s cover as a normal teenager is about to be blown.

In Spying Eyes Sabrina finds out about All-You-Can-Cast-Day, a holiday where witches are allowed to cast as many spells as they want without worrying about the usual rules. Sabrina enjoys casting spells to help her friends but soon finds out that one of her spells has outlasted the holiday and  now the Men In Black  are coming to town to look for any trace of magic. Can Sabrina throw them off her trail?

If you would like to own Spying Eyes and Halloween Havoc and you live in the United States, leave a comment on the blog telling us why you would be the best owner for these books. Good Luck.

Free Fiction Friday: Coraline

This week’s Free Friday selection is Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. This book was originally written in 2002 and illustrated by Dave McKean. Coraline was turned into a stop motion animation movie in 2009. The movie version of Coraline was directed by Henry Selick and included the voices of Terri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning and Ian McShane. The movie took 18 months to shoot after two years of pre-production and is the longest stop motion animation movie ever made.

The book Coraline tells the story of a girl named Coraline who has just moved to an apartment in an old house. She lives with her parents who work from home but don’t have a lot of time to spend with her. One day Coraline goes exploring and discovers a door that is just like hers. She enters and finds a world that is like hers but more colorful and better then the one she is living in. Her other mother pays more attention to her and is everything that Coraline wants her real mother to be. Not everything is what it appears to be in the other apartment though. Soon Coraline finds herself trapped in the other world and has to outsmart her other mother to escape.

If you would like to adopt a slightly used copy of Coraline, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog  tell us why you would like to have a copy of this used book. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, American Gods, or The Graveyard Book you will probably enjoy Coraline also. This is for US residents only. Good luck and please leave a comment.