dinsdag 4 november 2014

Book Excerpt from Journal of a South-African Zombie Apocalypse

 

Book Excerpt 

Middelburg was deserted. Everyone must have fled or been killed. It didn’t look like there was a soul anywhere—alive or dead. Cautiously, we entered the town and started navigating the main street. The only sound was the hollow rattling of the cart wheels that carried Pa along. My heart was thumping again, and I could hear it in my ears, like rushing water. After a few minutes, my apprehension was replaced with a sense of calm—it looked like we were alone. I could see the pharmacy was a few hundred metres down the road. For the first time in what felt like forever, I felt a thrill of excitement—our luck was going to change. 
That’s when I realised how stupid I was being.


Never let your guard down.


Never feel comfortable.


Never walk down the middle of an urban area when there is a zombie outbreak.


We’d made this exact mistake in Bloemfontein and now we were doing it again. We were idiots! We should have sent in a scout party instead of going as a group! We’d stopped thinking, letting our judgement get clouded by grief and desperation.


It all happened fast. For creatures that can’t run, zombies move faster than you expect, and when there are hundreds of them they move like an avalanche. I’m not sure if it was a zombie trap or if they had simply been alerted by the sound of those damn wheels, but they appeared all at once, trapping us like a ring of fire.


Weapons drawn, I was ready to die: ready to be torn apart by bony fingers and blood-stained teeth. So far, we’d made nothing but wrong choice after wrong choice, and good people had paid for it with their lives.

So much for being a survivor.

About The Book

Title: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse
Author: Lee Herrmann
Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian
Pages: 180 pages
Publication Date: August 2014
ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1
South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.
After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.
Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee Herrmann was born and raised in South
Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.
He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.
He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).
Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.

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