Monday, 7 October 2013

Sick by Tom Leveen: Flash Fiction Blog Tour - Story Part 1

Sick author Tom Leveen has written an exclusive short story for World Zombie Day and five blogs are distributing the story in five segments. The Abrams and Chronicle Books team are taking part in this year's World Zombie Day in order to raise money for the St. Mungo's charity, and you can click on the banner at the bottom of this post to be taken to their Just Giving page.

Here's what Sick is all about:

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They're the misfits, the troublemakers -- the ones who jump their High School's electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they're the only ones with a chance of surviving. The virus turns Brian's classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don't die easily. In other words: Zombies. The whole school goes on lockdown and the military surrounds the fence, and Brian and his best friend Chad are safe (and stuck) in the theater department -- far from Brian's sister, Kenzie and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids who he'd never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won't be easy and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. In a world turned upside down, who exactly are the real monsters? 

Read on for the first part of Tom's World Zombie Day story!


Last Year
by Tom Leveen

Part 1

London, October, 2012. This is what happened:
The most terrifying aspect of it all—beyond the rending of flesh that sounded like raw steak being torn between mighty hands, or the epic screams of the eaten that seemed to suck the ambient temperature down to zero—the worst part of all was that they thought…
They chose.
They planned. Stories had shown up online weeks earlier, but they were fringe reports, loony conspiracy theories, of the sort that Elvis lived, E.T. was among us, and the government was watching our every move. . . .
These were not the type of stories one takes seriously; they haunted the dark corners of the internet like specters, not the flesh-and-bone of hard news.
“Me mum was dead and all laid out in the church, and aw hell, she climbed right up outta that coffin!”
“I been diggin’ graves twenny years. For the life of me I don’t know how anyone coulda come into the cemetery and dug up every single grave in the place. And not like the machinery done it, either. Swear on my life, it was like the bodies dug um’selves out from the inside.”
By the time professional media started reporting the instances, the attacks were still few and far between, everyone could wave them off as odd , gruesome stories and tut-tut about the state of the world today . . . but that was all. No further precautions were taken.
Then came the all-too-aptly-named World Zombie Day…

Click HERE to read Part 2 over at Sister Spooky!


Click HERE for the A&C Just Giving page!

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