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Zombies are not Always Humans by Shawn Micallef

Photo by Shawn Micallef

What is Halloween without a ghost story. I realized late this year I did not create any special content for this spookiest day of the year.  So, I take laptop outside with me and as I await the scariest of creatures I start to put fingers to keys and produce this story. Those creatures, well of course children looking for candy and the ever so “happy” parents walking along with them.

I mention the timing of this story to hope you may forgive me some grammatical errors that may appear within this story.

A bone chilling scream, one that turns the blood ice cold, sending shivers up the spine and often results in a look towards the scream. The other result is often panicked footsteps growing fast as people run in the opposite direction of the scream.

The two words that created such a scream…” ZOMBIE CATS!!!!!!”

You may find yourself going what? Zombie cats? Why would that create such terror in a man, woman or even a child?  It is simple my friend, the zombie outbreak did not find itself claiming human after human as books, and movies would have us believe. In this instance, the outbreak took hold in our four-legged friends: Cats, Dogs, squirrels, chipmunks and even the family hamster.

Sure, you may laugh at that, and even wonder what is there to fear about such an outbreak. We must forget that man domesticated many of these animals. We have let them into our homes and we trust them with our families, and often see them as one of our own.

So, it was a peaceful world till an asteroid passed within a very close 100 miles from Earth sending radiation down upon the planet. Scientists informed humanity that he radiation would be harmless to humanity, but they did not factor in the animals. This would turn out to be catastrophic to humanity as the first signs of danger came out of China and South East Asia.

I have to say that when first report of animals attacking those who ran the kennels and dog mills was first met with joy by many in the west. Those who felt that it was barbaric to eat dogs for food were thrilled and saw it as karma that this was happening. Those feelings lasted for all of twelve hours as videos started popping up all over the internet. Those cute cat videos had been replaced with snarling, foam dripping, and black eyed creatures attacking their owners. The first 5 to 10 of these seemed to be claimed to be faked but as more started to show up a few turned into hundreds, thousands, and eventually they stopped.

The videos were replaced with news stories that pushed all other concerns off the airwaves. The bi-partisan bitterness was gone, the headlines on divide gone, and replaced with the horror that was about to hit the west. You see, the trajectory of the Asteroid had it moving from East to West.  The west had time to prepare, they were advised to lock up their pets, some even stated as going so far as mercy killing them. However, remember these are family pets that are part of the family, and many said no not my pet. Sadly, if they had only headed the warnings.

Now, let me explain what happened when a human was attacked by one of these zombie critters. The whole thing would start with the pet’s eyes turning a dark black. There feral instincts returned immediately and nothing was safe from an attack if it had a heartbeat. This met children to adult were not safe from an attack. You should remember that I said heartbeat as their attacks were meant to kill.  Sure, you could hold off one or two animals, but after awhile they attacked with a pack mentality. The pacts would grow in size from small numbers to over a hundred depending on area. You then add in feral animals and even the military of great countries found it difficult to stop the packs. There was one news story on how a great army was wiped out by a pack of animals containing cats, dogs, hamsters, mice and even some larger zoo animals. The animals lost quite a few but another side effect of the virus, or whatever it was, gave the critters a near zombie like abilities. The critters, well they did not go down easy and would take quite a lot to put them down. Another problem with that military unit, they had already seen losses from their own animals as the units dogs had gotten loose and done their damage.

So, by now you can guess what that scream would cause such panic. Humanity was under attack from those creatures, big and small that we at one time considered family. Humanity finally found themselves on the lower end of the “new” food chain. It became increasingly harder and harder to escape the packs. This is one thing that the books and movies got right, and that large urban areas were first to fall. Of course, the rural areas did not fair much better as many had their share of pets.

Those on the International Space Station could only look down and see the fires from space as they lit up the planet. Eventually even those men and women on the ISS found themselves in danger and feeling the results of the event, ask supply missions suddenly stopped. They were left up in space with no support, or help.

You’d have thought that parts of the artic would have been save, but think again. Those in Alaska and other locations would use dog teams as a way to travel. They may only have them for sport purposes, but even they were turned. So, even the artic regions were not safe. In truth, were there was a pet there was bound to be death.

The world as we humans knew it had been turned upside down. There was death and destruction all over the world. A simple bit often leads to massive infections, but if the critters got you down on the ground, a hold of your throat, and well please I’d rather you use your imagination than describe. Plus, at some point children could find this record.

Oh who am I, why am I writing this? I was lucky to a point. You see I am a prepper and had a bomb silo buried in a secret location about a mile into the woods from my home. I been able to keep up on what has been happening in the world through short wave radio. I was in touch with a group in Montana when I heard the scream come over the mic. I have not heard a word from that group since. My electricity is off a generator in another room and that is going to be the cause of my death.

I say my death as I can here mice trying to dig thru the walls. The exhaust for the gas generator was not sealed properly and the critter have found their way down to the generator room. I will not attempt to refill the generator as that means sure death. However, air circulation is also powered so again if the critters do not get in, when the air flow stops, well, yeah, I’m gone. I’m kicking myself as I did not get time to put in the solar panels and batteries that were next in the planning of my “bunker”.  So, I’m using what time I have left to put at least some type of general down for anyone who may some day come across my location. You may ask how would they find it, well when I know the time is getting close I’ll turn on the emergency beacon I have that is battery powered. It will at least last longer than I will.

It is time for me to save this, close this laptop and let those who may come, if anyone does find it.  I feel the air getting stagnant, breathing getting harder, and I’m getting light headed. It’s only time now. To think, the creatures and critters we called our pets would…………………………………………………………………….

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Short Stories

 

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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenAuthor Angie Gallow is the author of The Coven and her book is brought to the world by her pubisher Siren’s Call Publications.  What exactly am I talking about? Well here’s her Biography from her Facebook Page: 

Biography

The author known as Angie Gallow enjoys all things weird and creepy. A great lover of books and words, words, words as Hamlet would so eloquently put it. Even though this is the first novel published, the author has been writing for years, honing her craft through the fine professors at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write The Coven?

Inspiration for The Coven came from the old vampire lore, when people were superstitious of people rising from the dead. It came from superstitious stories of clergyman and hunters tracking down the undead and roaming through cemeteries, looking for just-risen vampires. I wanted to infuse that back into the vampire’s world, to make them deal with it again, and make them battle with the notion that their own kind can be the cause of their downfall.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name names of your main characters?

I just wanted the characters to be memorable. Otherwise, there is no huge meaning or significance to their names at all.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

No. This story is completely fabricated of my own imagination with the help of myths and lore. My memories aren’t involved 🙂

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I grew up reading a lot of Roald Dahl. I remember The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett being my favorite book growing up. I read a lot of dark stories; I was a horror lover from an early age.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I haven’t from them yet but I hope they don’t stay quiet for long.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

Like a dream was coming true. After sending so much time writing and rewriting a novel that you, at one point, don’t believe will ever get read, it’s amazing. I was quite proud of myself.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

All the time. It’s in my blood and I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing.

Question 8: What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

I guess the overall message is, ‘just because you don’t like it, don’t ruin it for everyone else’. We see that in the juxtaposition of the characters Sebastien and Harold. Sebastien, at one point, draws the connection between werewolves and vampires, saying that werewolves can start over and rebuild their clans but vampires can’t. Sebastien just wants to live out his existence peacefully, whereas Harold hates himself, claiming that no one should be allowed to live on forever. He hates being a vampire so much that he will aid the enemy to rid the world on his own kind.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

I’ve played with that in my head for a while now. I originally had it where the Diocese Club regroups and finds out that it was Sebastien who foiled their plans and comes after him. I thought about having his human companion grow up a bit and get pulled into the fray; maybe have Sebastien find love… but it’s only play in my mind right now.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

I haven’t made any dedications in the book but if I had to I would have dedicated it to my parents. They’re the reason I’m here and if anyone deserves to share the spotlight, they do.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

France. Vampires seem to just gravitate to France because the romantic aspect that France carries; vampires just seem to fit in France, for some reason, even though that’s not where they’re stories originated from. We always see vampires in France.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Interview

 

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