Apocalypticon (Xombies, Book 2) by Walter Greatshell

By Walter Greatshell

Survivors of a cataclysmic zombie-making plague go away a brief security of a refitted nuclear sub to scavenge for nutrition and provides on land. yet they quickly locate themselves dealing with new terrors at the floor and mutiny under.

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Patches of fur had gone, and there were deep scratches on his gray skin. The tip of one ear was chewed away. There was a gash beneath one eye, a slice gone from one lip. He looked tired and thin. We took the Black Cat to the vet, where we got him some antibiotics, which we fed him each night, along with soft cat food. We wondered who he was fighting. Snowflake, our beautiful white near-feral queen? Raccoons? A rat-tailed, fanged possum? Each night the scratches would be worse—one night his side would be chewed up; the next it would be his underbelly, raked with claw marks and bloody to the touch.

The four days that the Black Cat lived in the basement were a bad four days in my house: the baby slipped in the bath and banged her head and might have drowned; I learned that a project I had set my heart on—adapting Hope Mirrlees’s novel Lud in the Mist for the BBC—was no longer going to happen, and I realized that I did not have the energy to begin again from scratch, pitching it to other networks or to other media; my daughter left for summer camp and immediately began to send home a plethora of heart-tearing letters and cards, five or six each day, imploring us to bring her home; my son had some kind of fight with his best friend, to the point that they were no longer on speaking terms; and, returning home one night, my wife hit a deer that ran out in front of the car.

Nay, it could slice a sunbeam,’’ said Galaad proudly. ‘‘Well, then, maybe you ought to put it away,’’ said Mrs. Whitaker. ’’ Galaad seemed disappointed. ‘‘No, thank you,’’ said Mrs. Whitaker. It occurred to her that her late husband, Henry, would have quite liked it. He would have hung it on the wall in his study next to the stuffed carp he had caught in Scotland, and pointed it out to visitors. Galaad rewrapped the oiled leather around the sword Balmung and tied it up with white cord. He sat there, disconsolate.

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