Shamblers by Andrew Cormier
the zombie apocalypse

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Synopsis

Betrayed by his best friend and left to die at the hands of zombies, Nick Steiner has a vendetta to settle: if he can stay alive.

Being shot by Marcus Gray has given Nick sufficient reason to want revenge; for that alone Marcus deserves to die. Yet Marcus didn’t just shoot Nick: he stole Nick’s woman as well.

Nick has vowed to kill everyone and everything in his way until he gets his girl back and makes Marcus pay.

DISCLAIMER: This novel contains depictions of extreme violence, adult language, sexual references and situations, and other miscellaneous terms that are considered racially, ethnically, or sexually derogatory. If you are easily offended it is advised you think twice before purchasing this novel. The author wants to make it known that any offensive language and situations contained within Shamblers have been put there solely in the interest of story telling: they are used to show how certain people could behave in a real apocalypse if society collapsed (let’s face it- people wouldn’t be very nice). None of the derogatory terms are meant as jokes. They are actually used quite seriously in the story and hence should reflect on some problems with our society as it now stands.

The author does not condone violence in any manner. Nor does he condone any sort of racism, sexism, etc, against anyone.

EXCERPT:
"It had initially been thought that the zombie virus was an offshoot of Ebola. Many zombie-virus symptoms mimicked the terrible, hemorrhagic fever.
Ebola infection starts with a fierce head and backache. As the virus amplifies within a host, it tries to turn every living cell into a duplicate of itself. It turns a person’s skin yellow and causes red-splotches to appear throughout the skin as the victim bleeds internally. It also turns their eyes red. As it spreads, it dissolves the muscles that control facial movements: it changes a person into an expressionless zombie. It also wipes upper brain functions, which destroys an individual’s personality and leaves that person a shell of who they once were.
Ebola then turns the insides of its host into jelly: you begin to vomit black junk which is basically your dissolved liver and internal organs. The vomiting is uncontrollable and goes on and on. Your stomach fills with blood. Blood clots multiply and begin to surge through your body. You may have a heart attack or stroke. You then bleed out from every orifice. In its final stages, you shit out your intestinal linings in a rush of a**-blood.

How do I know so much about Ebola? It was on the news everywhere for weeks when scientists first believed it was the agent responsible for the zombie epidemic. At first, many people infected with the zombie virus experienced similar symptoms to Ebola: they suffered from high fever and head/backaches. Their skin changed to yellow or pasty white. They developed discolored patches of skin. They vomited uncontrollably for hours. They bled from their eyes, nose, mouth, or a combination of them.

Once all that was over with, they died as they curled over in agony, clutching blood-filled stomachs. Unlike Ebola, they came back and spread the disease through biting others. It would likely never be proven if the zombie virus had spawned from Ebola. The men and women who’d bothered with that type of thing were mostly the really smart and scientific folk. As far as I knew, they were now all dead. Maybe they weren’t as smart as they’d thought? Or maybe scientists lacked common sense but were good book readers. Either way, they hadn’t found a cure."
 

About Andrew Cormier

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Andrew Cormier was born in Lowell, MA. He was raised in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod until the age of 6. He lived in Chelmsford, MA for approximately 17 years before moving to New Hampshire in 2006. He began reading at a very early age, at an accelerated level. Around the time he was nine or ten, he was reading such books as Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, or Jack London's Call of the Wild. He has been an avid reader and writer throughout his life. His works include three novels, over 100 songs/poems (many of which are available in his collection entitled Edge of the Abyss), and a number of short stories such as Piece of Mind and The Ultimate Revenge. His first novel was completed as a sophomore in high school. It totaled 96 pages and was a Sci-Fi piece. He lost that manuscript due to a computer failure (and now routinely backs up all work). His favorite authors include R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan (RIP), and George R.R. Martin. In his free time, Andrew Cormier is an avid musician with over thirteen years of guitar experience, a video gamer, and also enjoys a variety of other activities. He likes to go camping, enjoys the outdoors, likes to walk, loves steak and lobster, and he is a graphic designer. He graduated in 2013, summa cum laude, with a BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts from Southern NH University. He recently started a writing blog. Feel free to visit it and post comments or like it. He welcomes and encourages all fan feedback and discussions. He despises all the hashtags from Twitter, but uses it as a useful marketing tool anyway. For events and updates please go to his official site: author.andrewcormiergraphics.com and register for his blog.
 
Published July 13, 2014 229 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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