DEAD NEW WORLD
by Ryan Hill
When the the leader of a powerful cult kidnaps the woman Holt loves, he teams up with his best friend to save her from a fate worse than death in DEAD NEW WORLD. Fans of Jonathan Maberry's ROT & RUIN and AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead will devour Hill's action-packed take on the Zombie genre.
Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.
Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.
All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well
get his wish.
Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.
1. They take a licking and keep on ticking... but is ticking really the right word, since they're dead? I'm not sure.
2. People can take out their frustrations on them. Nobody cares if you lop off a zombie's head with an ax. It's actually considered a good thing.
3. Zombies only eat meat - no messing around with veggies. Granted, zombies love their meat/brains sickeningly raw, but they also don't have to worry about their mother telling them to eat their veggies, so that's a decent trade-off.
4. So what if they have blank stares, rotting flesh, and terrible breath? Zombies always have some kind of higher metaphorical meaning to them. Which is cool.
5. When writing about them, it's socially acceptable to try and think of the most disgusting way to kill a zombie. Not only is it acceptable, it's downright expected.
6. They really come in handy if you need to clear a mine field. Just don't let any exploding zombie bits get in your mouth.
7. Nobody does Michael Jackson's Thriller dance better. Nobody.
8. In a strange, backward kind of way, zombies are proof there's life after death... get it? #ZING
9. Blind people can fight them off. Seriously. Read World War Z if you don't believe me.
10. Being a zombie probably isn't all that bad. Apart from the decaying flesh, horrific body odor, craving for human brains, walking around in the same set of clothes until someone puts you down for good... okay. Nevermind. It would be that bad.
Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing
homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross
incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina
State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC,
with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the
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