Welcome to Romero Park
by Amber Michelle Cook
Series: Night of the Victorian Dead #1
Publication date: September 12th 2014
by Unchangeling Press
Genre: Thriller, Zombies
The unwitting attendees of a country ball are all too busy striving to hide secrets and make matches to see what’s going on around them until it’s almost too late!
Among the green and rolling hills of Old England, the fields lie ripe for reaping under a blighted Harvest Moon. While tenants and servants fear the eerie light, Mr. Dorchester invites several families of his acquaintance to his estate—for a visit culminating in a ball to celebrate his ward’s engagement to a most eligible neighbor. Amid all the usual hopes and anticipation such an event inevitably excites:
– The disillusioned host is desperate to seize his last chance for happiness,
– His foreign ward struggles to pass herself off as a Blushing English Rose,
– The governess pines for her employer and seeks to free him from blackmail,
– The reclusive apothecary, working there under false pretenses, hides more than one secret,
– A local beauty raised to marry well is awakening to her true character,
– And a young gentleman is finding great satisfaction in playing the indispensable manservant.
All the while, signs of the dead rising increase until the entire household wakes in the middle of the night to a gut-wrenching scream inside the house.
Where imagination and suspense reign over splatter-gore, and the knowing modern reader can enjoy accompanying unsuspecting characters down the road to the inevitable, while themselves encountering mysteries and unexpected twists along the way.
The Zombie Apocalypse Has Already Happened, And They Won.
You know all those great guides to surviving the zombie apocalypse? Well, I finally realized today that we don’t need them anymore. And that’s good news, right? If you think of all the training, the supplies, the risks and the nasty wounds, and all the sacrifices you’re prepared to make. Maybe it’s better this way.
Why don’t we need them anymore? Because, don’t you see, they’ve already won.
Zombies have already taken over.
They’re everywhere. And they’re into everything.
They’re in your head, man!
To understand what’s happened, you have to get into the mindset—the mindless mindset—of the modern zombie. Do they really want to wander the streets day and night hoping to bump into the living? Do they like being shot, sliced up, brained and decapitated?—even if they’re going to win in the end. Of course not. They may be slow on many levels, but they caught on eventually.
This is my theory of how it happened. After many simulated war games vs. us, the humans, zombies came to the inevitable conclusion: the war could be won without blood shed, and none of them needed to get their brains bashed in. The one tool they needed, the only tool, was Hollywood. After converting these simulations into small, cult features, they expanded to increasingly larger budget Hollywood films. Soon big studios wanted in, and big stars wanted in, too, and then they went unstoppably viral. Into comics, graphic novels, novels, television and computer and role-playing games, they finally converted pop culture and have taken over without mercy.
It’s too late, you see. You’ve already been infected.
If you can’t see it in yourself, I’ll show you the full extent of their contagion.
I have a thing for dis-associative word pairs. That means putting words together that have no connection whatsoever. Pope rodeo. Lawyer twig. But you can’t do that with the word ‘zombie.’ Every Google search I did, no matter what I paired it with, yielded results.
Zombie + fairy = all kinds of zombie fairy costumes, and a host of zombie fairy tales.
Zombie + dolphin = a Plants vs. Zombies creature called Dolphin Rider Zombies, and there was a whole page of images, artistic rendering of zombie dolphins.
Zombie + tangerine = a study guide for students on a grade school book called Tangerine with zombies in it.
Zombies + glitter = many, many links, including videos on how to make yourself up as a glitter zombie. On Etsy alone there are Christmas cards, glistening porcelain zombie hands, gold glitter pendants of the word zombie, and neo-cameo broaches of glitter zombie girls. The phrase is so popular, the owner of Glitter Zombies Fashion had to take glitterzombie22 to get that as her Gmail name, so there are at least twenty-one other people using ‘glitterzombie’ as their signature. I also found this, a glitter zombie bowling tournament:
Glitter and Gore: 2014 HAA Zombie Bowling Tournament
Zombies! Blood! Brains! Glitter! Uhm…glitter? Yes, glitter…and lots of it. On Friday, July 18, the Houston Apartment Association held its annual Bowling Tournament…
Zombie + charity = there are all kinds of zombie related organizations and events for charity, including the Zombie Squad.
Community service work
We host a number of events throughout the year and raise thousands of dollars in donations to support charities in our local communities as well as reputable national and international charitable institutions.
Every year, ZS chapters raise 10’s of thousands of dollars, thousands of lbs of food, dozens of gallons of blood and hours of volunteer hours in their local communities.
And a zombie walk.
The Zombie Walk For Charity was a huge success. We collected over 350 non-perishable food items and over $1000.00 for charity…
And a zombie evacuation race, where you run a course trying to keep out of the grasp of zombies coming for you!
Do you have the guts to run the zombie gauntlet and support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity? If so then the Zombie Evacuation Race is for you!
The Zombie Evacuation Race is a new and exciting event. The race consists of a 5km obstacle course where you must ESCAPE THE LIVING DEAD…
Zombie + doily = people selling zombie images on hand-stitched lace doilies.
Halloween on Pinterest
Pins about Halloween hand-picked by Pinner Ruth Giffney | See more about zombie bride, doily invitations and zombie makeup…
Even Zombie + dust bunny produced zombie products for sale, undead figures made out of some cotton-y substance.
The word zombie can be translated into at least 54 different languages.
So, what do you think, have they successfully taken us over?
~About the Author~
Amber Michelle Cook writes stories of deep meaningful fun.
Partly raised in Germany, she went to an international school for high school, majored in linguistics, loves literature and period pieces. She’s also a photography/graphic arts artist of color and wonder living in the great Northwest.
In addition to leading improv-writing tables, she heads National Novel Editing Month.
Aside from words and stories, she adores dogs and is fascinated by any and everything aquatic. Especially cephalopods.
See http://ambermichellecook.weebly.com for her Wubbulous website, a blog on Caution: Adults Playing, and her Chromatic Daffodil Shadows and Prism Cast images.
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