Mr. Kerp did a good job of setting the stage for the outbreak. I’ve never read any novel fictional or otherwise that portrayed the Dacian point of view. These were a people that were so utterly destroyed by the invading Romans 1900 years ago that their culture and language vanished from the earth never to be seen again outside of archeology. Cleary a fertile field from which to draw one of the book’s primary characters from. Throw into the mix a disgruntled Celtic Roman Army officer and a chariot driver from a little known province that disproportionately affected the Roman World and in turn Western Civilization and the cast of characters was set to face the infection. The infection itself was portrayed in a manger that offered some unusual twists and the heartless ferocity the Romans employed to face the threat was well articulated in its full horror. I enjoyed the book and will try other books written by this author. While modern zombie books have been done to death (pardon the pun), zombie books set in the past are giving a new perspective on a genre seriously in need of new ideas. Of the three zombie books set in Rome or Byzantium this was the best. The other two Zombies of Byzantium and Scourge of Byzantium also portray the infection and its impact on Roman Civilization in their own unique manner. Overall an interesting study in how a lower tech civilization dealt with zombies. One problem they have that modern civilizations don’t is that zombies with armor are hard to deal with!
Another review earlier this year on Amazon was quite kind.
Great plot! I loved this zombie tale set at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. Pacing was nice, characters well written. Just enough back ground to keep you interested but not so much as to bog things down. Well done.
And over on Amazon UK was this very cool review–so positive I had to check with my mom to make sure it wasn’t from her.
Left me wanting to read more. Staying up later than usual just to read more! Please make some more! Left me speechless in more than one place.
On one hand, 2014 was for me a year like any other. Every new story I wrote this year was rejected, many multiple times. I racked up well over 50 rejections this year, and most of the stories I think are among my best. In fact, even though I love writing short stories, I think I’ll stop trying to write so many every year. It’s just a lot of work that mostly leads to rejections. Writing novels is probably a more fruitful way to go.
Furthermore, I tried to write another novel for Nanowrimo this year and did not finish it. So on that hand, it’s sort of a normal year.
That, however, is a very misleading hand.
It has unequivocally been the best year of my writing life. I sold two travel articles early in the year, appearing in Wanderlust UK and CSTN Solo Travel. The Tales to Terrify podcast agreed to adapt one of my first published stories. Two different anthologies (Dead Harvest and History and Horror) bought stories of mine, one a reprint and that found a home for the first time.
Best of’ all, as you have no doubt heard if you’ve been to this blog before, is that I sold my novel. This is a book I started planning in 2005 and I finished in 2011 and then spent a while looking for agents and publishers. Because the folks at Severed Press wisely pointed out that there’s not a lot of market for historical horror, they signed me to write two additional books.
I’m almost finished with my Journal to the Center of the Earth novella, the first one for them. I re-read Verne and Burroughs and Doyle and I hope to keep their fast-paced narratives even though obviously it will be a different story.
I’m excited to see what 2015 will bring.
I have been remiss but for those with ereaders, Empire of the Undead is available on Amazon. (The print version is soon to follow). It’s a new cover but one that I love equally.
It’s kind of an unusual tale, so I really hope to hear what people think. Feel free to contact me with any questions, complaints, or comments.