Saturday, July 4, 2015

DEAD IN THE ATL by Jacked Up Tales



The Premise

This is a fanfiction story based on a zombie role playing game that took place in face-to-face sessions. As the authors describe it, the game was based on a standard premise:
The dead have returned after a series of disease outbreaks and botched attempts to deal with the situation. Atlanta is under siege. The police are no where in sight. The military are in route. But a small group of survivors find themselves running for their lives and in the middle of something much more sinister than they ever expected.
The author of this free zombie fiction is clear about his intent when he took the game and made it into a zombie story:
This is a character-driven fiction. I always believed Zombie fiction was never truly about the zombies...but the survivors.

About Developing Character-Driven Fiction

The lead author goes on to make some very useful statements about writing. He bases his own fiction on the actions taken by players during a role-playing session.
We play these games as a release and an exercise of our own imaginations and wits... What I intend is for the characters to live and breathe... They have a life of their own and, after a few sessions, both the GM and the player know how the character thinks and what makes them tick. There will be room for the character to grow and change,but it has to make sense in the framework of the character’s own story.
As the leader, he is often in a position to guide the development of character through actively taking charge of the game. This, he says, is very similar to creating good character-driven fiction.
IN FACT, that’s the fun. Discovering who they really are. Actually, that’s the dynamics of any good zombie story. It’s not about the undead and all of the details of the grossness although there is a place for that obviously. A good zombie story is about what we find out about the players. What they actually become. Are they who they claim to be? The hero? The Villain? The coward? The team player? The self centered? The possibilities are endless.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Free Zombie Flash Fiction

Ringing in Revenges 

Inside the rose in his hand was the smell of life. The thorns pierced his flesh and small insects came out. 

He had brought one yesterday to her door but had not been admitted. 

He knew she did not want to kiss him but perhaps she would like it if he trapped her between the stairs and the laundry room and ate her brains.

Robin Wyatt Dunn writes and teaches in Los Angeles. 

He's online at

Monday, June 29, 2015

Free Zombie Fiction Submission Guidelines

The Free Zombie Fiction Blog invites authors to  submit links to their free online work.
  • Links to free zombie fiction can be submitted using this form  

  • Links may also be submitted to juleromans(at) gmail(dot)com 

The  Free Zombie Fiction Blog  also welcomes submissions of original zombie stories for publication on the blog.

  • Stories should be 55-1500 words in length.Work should be original and not previously published elsewhere. 

  • The Free Zombie Fiction Blog does not publish extreme works or erotica.

  • Email submissions to juleromans (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jule reserves the right to determine publication needs on a variety of factors. Authors retain copyright and are welcome to republish after 30 days with this credit line: "Originally published on the Free Zombie Fiction Blog <insert link>.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

THE DISEASED, By Keith Barclift

Keith Barclift has completed his first online novella.  The Diseased  is a fourteen-chapter online zombie novella that recounts the struggles of a small band of survivors in and around Atlanta, Georgia. 


The Diseased

from the beginning

Or, start with this sample
From Atlanta, you can reach eighty percent of the population of the United States within a sixteen hour drive.  Not to mention the city was home to the world’s busiest international airport.  When Dwight D. Eisenhower came up with the Interstate System, he had no idea that it would be used to spread a disease that would be as infectious at the Spanish Flu and resembled the offspring of Rabies and Mad Cow Disease.

Jule Says:

At First Glance:

Each chapter of the zombie novella begins with an epigraph. Some of them serve to illustrate the main character, and some provide exposition about the zombie plague itself. 

For the most part, the manuscript is clearly written with fewer grammatical errors than most online zombie serials. The vocabulary is more sophisticated than most.

Overall Appearance:

The site is relatively easy to navigate using the top menu bar. The overall appearance of the work is professional and uncluttered.

Friday, May 29, 2015


In David Moody's Autumn series, a vast array of interesting characters meet, disperse, and sometimes meet again. Each one has an individual history, with sometimes-hidden motives that we may not always understand.  

The free stories on Last of the Living offer a glimpse into their private worlds. Here are three of them:


There's a character named Amy Steadman, for example. The free fiction section on Last of the Living offers a series of six installments in her personal story. Have caution, though. David Moody says there may be spoilers for Autumn, Autumn: The City and Autumn: Purification.

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Amy Steadman-


There are two other characters named Jacob Flynn and Philip Evans. The free fiction section on Last of the Living offers a two-part expansion on the events that shape each character's personality. These stories may contain spoilers for Autumn and Autumn: Purification.

Jacob Flynn



Philip Evans (not pictured)


There are at least 30  other free stories on  David Moody's site. 

Find them here: