Cure (Strandville Zombies) by Belinda Frisch #zOctober2015


Welcome to the 3rd annual zOctober event! I’m super thrilled to have so many fabulous authors on the blog, as well as so many incredible fans stopping by to see what’s new in the zombie world. Thank you to everyone for being here!! Let’s welcome our next author, shall we….


by Belinda Frisch
Series: Strandville Zombie Series #1
Publication date: June 5th 2012 (Revised April 2015)
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Zombies

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Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won’t let her go. He doesn’t count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon’s staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

Contains editorial revisions April 2015

Before we even get to Belinda’s guest post I just want to say that CURE is a wicked, twisted tale that I reviewed for my very first zOctober event. I highly suggest grabbing a copy! Here is just a taste of my review….

Cure comes out of the gate running with a gruesome glimpse into the twisted mind of Dr. Nixon and the underlying purpose of his research center. There is nothing slow moving about this book. The horror begins immediately and had me mesmerized — like watching a train wreck. I do mean that in the most flattering way possible!

~Guest Post~

The Zombie Genre: There’s Room for Everyone

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When I tell people I write zombie fiction, I’m met with the occasional eye roll. *ugh, zombies* There’s some Hollywood-induced fatigue following The Walking Dead bandwagon jumping. For a while it seemed every movie, television show, and book featured some undead thing. For us zOctober types, this was great, but media saturation has the mainstream calling zombies overdone, old news, and a trope. “There are too many zombie stories,” they say.

I’m here to tell you there is room for everyone.

The great thing about zombie fiction, and a big part of the reason I write it, is that it’s super flexible. There are pre-apocalyptic, outbreak, and post-apocalyptic stories. Fast zombies, runners, infected, biters, crawlers, radioactive zombies, some that spit venom, Nazi zombies, voodoo zombies, science fiction and even medically-created zombies.

There’s The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation, and even Helix (which bears a striking early resemblance to my novel Cure, though I swear mine came first), and those are just the shows I know about on TV. Movies—forget about it! There are too many to mention. Did anyone check out Maggie? I thought it was slow, but it focused on the process of people turning and the choices their loved ones had to make. It wasn’t graphic and disturbing as much as slow and pensive.

Zombies don’t necessarily have to be at the core of every zombie story, as was the case with Maggie and is with my Strandville Series, which exists because of my fondness for mad scientist medicine and post-apocalyptic living. I wanted to expand upon the virus (and in a shameless plug, I’ll tell you my outbreak tale, Cure, is free for all e-readers from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords). In Strandville, the humans are forced to endure not only the end of the world, but the attempts by the medical community at saving it, even if that means inseminating captive women with zombie hybrid fetuses. In Afterbirth, the offspring come to fruition with varying and often fatal results.

It’s gory. I love gore, but you don’t have to to love zombies. You can despise it and go all Warm Bodies if you’re that kind of fan. Romance is alive and well in the apocalypse. There are no limits. Survivors can live under martial law, under no laws at all, or governed by an evil Umbrella-style corporation. You can mechanize your zombies if you want to, and I’m sure someone has. The diversity of subject matter and the endless possibilities for any cast struggling to survive the zombie apocalypse means there’s plenty of room, not only for the stories that have been written, but for those entering the pipeline.

As an avid reader, I am grateful for the wide range of options. As an author, I am thankful for the freedom to write what I want to. I don’t read or watch zombie stories exclusively—heck, I quit watching The Walking Dead two seasons ago (with mixed feelings) because they killed off every. single. one. of my favorite characters. No, those aren’t typos. Those periods are hard stops where my heart breaks every time I think of Rick killing Shane, Lori being bled to death after her daughter’s birth(annoying as she was), and Dale’s dirt nap. I even miss Merle and Andrea.

Getting back to it, I took a two-novel break to work on medical thrillers since medicine is my first love, but I’ve returned (with much enthusiasm) to my horror roots. Departure, Strandville Three, is in progress and while I’m only a few chapters in, I have missed my intuitive hybrid child, her strong but sensitive mama, and the men in her life (because face it, gore fan or not, I’m still a woman who enjoys a good love triangle).

If you’re a fan of medicine and the idea of being locked down in a hospital with a growing horde, pick up Cure. It’s on me. Even if you’re not, if you like some other kind of zombie, that’s great, too. Support the genre and enjoy. There are so many talented and diverse authors participating in zOctober that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Thanks, Toni, for hosting such an incredible event and for allowing me to be part of it.

Thank you, Belinda, for such a fabulous guest post. You know I’m a huge fan of yours, and I’m thrilled that you chose to participate in my little event. Happy zOctober! ~ Toni

~About the Author~

Belinda Frisch

*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Acquired for summer 2015 re-release by Thomas & Mercer, Fatal Reaction

After the author’s fifteen years of working in health care, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she’d like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

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