Have you met Meat?
Until December of last year the only post-apocalyptic fiction I’d ever written had been two stories that appeared in my collection 9 Dark Tales. One story in particular, Don’t Mess With The Pizza Guy stoked the creative fires of my muse who from that point on teased me with the possibilities of what could be. The story takes place twenty years after the Zombie Apocalypse. The dead, those that remain, still roam unfettered across the country while the survivors are concentrated in armed camps scattered across the land.
One camp in particular stands out, Bremo Bluff, where a coal powered electric generation plant occupies the north bank of the James River. Here, due to the foresight of those who survived the initial outbreak, an armed camp was built around the plant and while much of the rest of the world spent its nights living by candlelight, those who live in Bremo Bluff enjoy the conveniences a ready supply of electricity offer.
In Don’t Mess With The Pizza Guy, our hero is Meat, named as such because upon his birth at the height of the Zombie Apocalypse, his mother took one look at him and pronounced him Meat. Twenty years after his birth he moonlights as a pizza delivery guy in Bremo Bluff, and when one of his customers kidnaps him with the intent to use him as bait for a killing party, he turns the tables on his captor.
Meat for me has grown to represent man’s insatiable desire to survive whatever is thrown at him. That undying hope coupled with a tenacious ability to spring back from the brink of extinction and move forward in the face of what many might view as insurmountable odds. But where did he come from? What happened in his past to make him the man he became?
In an attempt to answer those questions I’ve gone back to a time when he was only twelve with my latest release, BorderTown: Meat Goes to Richmond, a serial novella of approximately 30,000 words scheduled to be released in three segments of 10,000 words each.
Each part will be exclusive to Amazon and available for free to Kindle Unlimited members. Each part will be priced in such a manner that you will not pay one penny more whether you purchase each 10,000 word part individually so you can follow along as each part is released, or you can wait until the 30,000 word novella is completed and compiled.
Part one has already been released and is available for free from February 6th to the 8th to celebrate the release of part two that will be released 02/07/15. Part three will follow the first week of March. Don’t ask me what happens in the end, I know, but I don’t know yet as Part three will be written this month.
What lies beyond Meat Goes to Richmond is anybody’s guess at this point. I know I want to explore Bremo Bluff in more detail, get to know the people who make up this outpost at the edge of a brutal land, and I’d like to follow Meat as he grows up. Tagging along as he ventures beyond the fence on his varied quests.
Bordertown: Meat Goes to Richmond Part I
They lived in a new reality, the time after, adventurers in an old new world. At twelve they had been forced by circumstances into adulthood. Coming of age when the few remaining Zombies were the least of their worries. Where savagery was the norm, and man’s inhumanity to man was on daily display.
Accompanied by Window, Einstein, and Billie-Bob. Meat embarks on a quest to retrieve several young children kidnapped from the Bremo Bluff compound by a savage band of survivors.
Window earned his name due to his transparent nature. He had shown up outside the fence six years before, dressed in a filthy pair of batman pajamas, and carrying an empty forty-four-magnum revolver. No one knew where he came from or what circumstances brought him to the fence, and he wasn’t sharing.
While Einstein was the smartest in the group, his knowledge filled him with a deep sense of what was right, giving him with a view of the world that at times ran counter to the stark realities of survival.
Billie-Bob was one half of a set of twins. Those who knew him and his brother called them both Billie-Bob, as they were never really sure which of the twins they were talking to at any given moment. While not as smart as the others he had the ability to hit any target, moving or stationary, with practically any rifle he was given.
Billie-Bob and Einstein had grown up in Bremo Bluff, as such they had little experience of the world beyond the fence. Meat begins to question his ability to lead when they capture a member of the band responsible for the kidnapping. An argument ensues over what to do with him, since they can’t just turn him loose. Window carries through with his own decision, sparking tension and mistrust within the group.
The trail leads them to Richmond where they will face a brutality that could only come from the depths of hell. But first they have to overcome their own differences if they hope to survive.
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Bordertown: Meat Goes to Richmond Part II
Every dark cloud has a silver lining, but some silver linings mask a frightening secret.
As their journey continues friendships are tested and strengthened. Window confesses to matricide and a frightening secret about Bremo Bluffs is revealed, shaking Einstein’s faith to its very core.
Taking refuge from a spring storm in a vacant house they discover a survivor, a young girl who had been hiding from her mother who had recently died and turned. Her presence sparks a touch of jealousy among the four friends, and Meat decides to leave her behind with Einstein until they pass back through on their return from Richmond.
If they return.
Reaching the outskirts of Richmond Meat has never felt as alone as he does at that moment. Questioning his ability to lead he begins to suspect that what lies at the end of their quest is something far more terrifying than Zombies or man’s savagery.
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Richard was born in Frostburg, Maryland, in the winter of ’58’ and currently lives eight miles away. A five-year stint with the military allowed him to see what he wanted of the world. Married with four grown children and eleven grandchildren, he and his wife provide a home to four pets that are spoiled beyond rotten.
While the majority of his fiction is dark, his focus is on the character’s struggle to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. A fight that mirrors his own ongoing battle with depression. An avid reader he has written and published three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories since his return to writing in 2008 after a computer crash wiped out nearly ten years of work in 2001.
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