Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you.
I’ve just this minute finished reading Flesh and Blood (great title – incredibly appropriate in retrospect), and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it I’m a bit jaded when it comes to zombie stories these days. I still love the living dead, but there are so many folks jumping on the bandwagon that much of the originality seems to have been drained from the genre. A lot of stories are formulaic, their endings all too easy to predict.
Your story, on the other hand, was superb.
First and foremost, I loved your writing – the narrator’s voice was pitch-perfect and his descriptions wonderfully evocative. I’m on the other side of the world, but I could clearly see and feel where the story took place; the details were well-drawn-out, never feeling forced. The relationship between the father and son was particularly effective. I also thought the description of the first zombie sighting – the naked man – was brilliantly done. I loved the sudden contrast of the bizarre against the ordinary.
The story itself, whilst clearly drawing on many of the standard zombie tropes, managed to do something new with it. I enjoyed the way the short (and the father-son relationship) came full circle with the final paragraph.
Jerry, I think this is a first-class short, and I hope there’s plenty more where that came from. Refreshing, intelligent and original - I loved it.
Once again, apologies for taking so long to get back to you. Thanks for letting me read Flesh and Blood. I can understand why it has been so highly regarded.
(David Moody if the Author of the Hater and Autumn books)
Excerpt from Nightsound
As if they could no longer control themselves, the things on the other side of the wall giggled with glee. My heart pounded in my chest and I stumbled backwards. My jaw dropped open. I ran and flicked on the light. I looked out the bedroom door to the back side of the wall. There was nothing there, yet, the laughter continued. I beat on the accursed spot with my fists, yelling out, "Shut up! Damn you, be quiet! Leave me alone!"
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Jerry McKinney started writing about the beginning of 2010. It has become a passion he cannot ignore. He is an extra-ordinary truck driver who is a member of Mensa, yet he still enjoys the silliness of everyday life. With influences of King and Barker, Jerry has written stories included in several anthologies. His story "Lie Canthropy" originally appeared in the lupine anthology, I Believe in Werewolves. He has since explored his own macabre fascinations with ghosts, vampires, serial killers, zombies and the like. Jerry divides his time between a day job and his true passion of writing while soaking up the rays in balmy Central Florida.
Jerry has written stories in Key Publications Vicious Trilogy. Since then has been accepted in 69 Flavors of Paranoia Menu 11 and Corner Club Press Issue 2.
Expect a lot more ... It's gonna be a hell of a ride!
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