7,300 words, 21 pages
careful of bad karma. It bites back.
zombie apocalypse is over. Infected persons have been rounded up and
quarantined. Martin has had a bit of rough patch through it all, but
he’s a survivor. His wife wasn’t so lucky, nor was his neighbor’s
daughter. They used to ride horses together. He used to ride them both.
Now, in the aftermath, the healing begins with an invitation for dinner
at the neighbor’s house. Martin doesn’t know it yet, but his
womanizing ways are secret no longer. Dessert anyone?
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Praise for Meat Coma
Coma is a short story that takes place in the aftermath of a
zombie uprising. More technically, these are the infected-not undead,
but with all the same symptoms. These 'zombies' don't eat endlessly.
Instead, they eat until sated then switch off, more or less, going
into a 'meat coma' for time, until they get the urge to hunt once
again. Of course, scratches and bites infect others, but with such
limited predatory instincts, the infected are rounded up with
comparative ease and efforts are made to find a cure for them.
This story takes place in remote farmland where two families live. One
neighbor has lost his wife to the infected while the other family has
lost their daughter. They get together one night to discuss the
grieving process and how they can cope with such horrible losses. But
it's clear from the beginning that there are ulterior motives at play
and everyone has their secrets. This short story uses the backdrop of
a zombie invasion to tell a tale of base human needs and desires that
uses its backdrop well. A quick read, it brought a twisted smile to my