by Teel McClanahan III, Copyright © 2009
A Zombie novel
From the back cover:When the walking dead fill the streets, who can cheat death?
Who can survive?
Featuring a zombie outbreak that devastates Denver, an indecisive adulterer, and a series of violent, disturbing, and perhaps even heart-rending events of the sort you’d expect when the dead rise up to eat the living, Cheating, Death is a roller-coaster ride through a horror show both of death and of the heart.
Cheating, Death is the fourth glimpse of the storybook universe first seen in Lost and Not Found, and gives a detailed look at the zombie outbreak that put the events of Forget What You Can’t Remember in motion. Read one for fun, then read them all to get the rest of the story.
Books in this series:
About the Author
Teel is happily married to an English teacher and they live together in Phoenix, AZ with a cat which does not appreciate having Teel read his books aloud to it nearly as much as you probably would. While satisfied with never having to shovel the desert’s heat from his driveway, Teel is interested in experiencing more travel in his life—especially of sorts like “through time” and “to other planets,” so feel free to invite him along if you’re going.
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eBookThe eBook edition of Cheating, Death is available under for those who can’t afford to pay, or who have never tried one of my books before.
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AudiobookThe Audio version of Cheating, Death was recorded in 2009, and was podcast both on the Modern Evil Podcast and on Podiobooks.com in 13 parts, one per chapter. The MP3 Audiobook version contains the same basic recordings, but without intro/outro on every file.
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If you cannot afford to pay for the audiobook, please enjoy the podcast version. The following is a list of links to all episodes of Cheating, Death on the Modern Evil Podcast:
- Appendix Z – About the Zombies
- Chapter 1 – Trouble In Traffic – In which a truckload of zombies is spilled across I-76 on the outskirts of Denver, and Melvin Spall narrowly avoids becoming one of the first victims of the zombie outbreak.
- Chapter 2 – Breaking News – In which the local news tries to decide how to frame the story of the ongoing zombie outbreak, and Melvin’s family is awakened to see how that news show goes horribly wrong, putting Frances in a panicked state as she tries to get her family ready to escape.
- Chapter 3 – On the Road – In which the police attempt -ineffectively- to keep things under control on the roads leading out of Denver, and Melvin gets his family in their SUV and on the road with the zombies already spreading into his neighborhood.
- Chapter 4 – Go With the Flow – In which two teenagers argue about each other’s choice of late-night sneaking around before being whisked away to Mile High Stadium for safety, and Melvin’s family gets separated from each other there when zombies are noticed inside the stadium.
- Chapter 5 – Hysterics and Histrionics – In which panic leads to pandemonium, and the morning’s distressing events lead to an argument between Melvin and Frances about his cheating.
- Chapter 6 – Leaving Safety – In which a young woman wakes up in the back of a van with no idea that there’s been a zombie outbreak while she was passed out, and Melvin leads his family away from the imminent disaster of the over-crowded stadium to try to find food and shelter.
- Chapter 7 – Taking, Chances – In which a couple of guys decide that the chaos of the zombie outbreak has created the perfect chance for some looting, and Melvin tries to protect his family and to gather supplies before things go horribly awry for everyone.
- Chapter 8 – Indecision, Separation – In which Melvin and Frances get to the heart of their argument and Frances decides to leave Melvin for good, walking off into the zombie-infested streets alone.
- Chapter 9 – Finding, Failure – In which Melvin’s solo wanderings lead him to a seemingly-safe bakery and into a situation that is more dangerous at every turn, then finds a working phone and calls Stacy.
- Chapter 10 – Turning Around – In which Melvin walks back toward downtown to rendezvous with Stacy, and Frances’ trancelike wanderings lead her back to the grocery store where she left Melvin.
- Chapter 11 – Together Again – In which Melvin and Stacy face a confrontation with zombies in different ways and Frances appears and suddenly attacks her cheating husband, then at sunset the Sergeant’s forces begin to assemble at Civic Center Park.
- Chapter 12 – Rejection, Revelation – In which Melvin and Stacy gather supplies as they argue about what happened with Frances, and Melvin gets left behind once more.
- Chapter 13 – Death and Salvation – In which Melvin Spall, abandoned and alone, dreams of his own death, and Stacy joins forces with the Sergeant, discussing the true danger of the zombie outbreak with Lorraine.
Original Cover Art
|‘Cheating, Death’ – Original Cover Art
acrylic on canvas
Appendix Z: About the Zombies
Some helpful information about the zombies in this book:
Zombies are slow.
Zombies are stupid.
Zombies do not use tools.
Zombies do not use language.
Zombies do not experience romance.
Zombies are not just old, hungry vampires.
Zombies do not want to exact revenge on the living.
Zombies do not have any magical abilities or super-powers.
Zombies can only be killed by damaging or destroying their brain.
Zombies eat the living, and are attracted to the motion and commotion they make.
Zombies like eating brains, but are not possessed of superhuman strength, so how are they supposed to bite through your skull?
Zombies who did manage to eat the brains of their victims wouldn’t be much of a threat, since they’d prevent the spread of zombie-ism by doing so.
Zombies are created when a human has had fluid contact with a zombie; primarily via saliva transmitted into a bite wound.
Note: Hell is not full, zombies are not a sudden and global phenomenon bringing all unburied dead to life, the dead are not clawing their way out of graves, and this book’s cover is intentionally misleading.
Zombies spread quickly because the living are stupid, too.