Thursday, February 13, 2014

Scott Scherr Discusses Don't Feed the Dark

In the pre-dawn hours on a Saturday morning, something malevolent has awoken, striking fear and terror into unsuspecting citizens all throughout North East Ohio. Former acquaintances, neighbors, loved ones—all at random—transform into flesh-craving monsters hell bent on devouring the living. Corpses are rising from their places of unrest. Nocturnal animal-man hybrids hunt in packs. The dead are awakening from within the living...
By morning, the sun weeps over streets splattered blood-red as an unsettling silence soon follows, lulling the broken remains of society into believing the blood bath is over. Survivors gather to lick their wounds and mend their broken hearts and ravaged lives as local governments struggle to maintain law and order.
As a second wave approaches, a handful of survivors from all walks of life must put aside their differences and band together to escape the pending slaughter while storm clouds begin to gather from within their fragile community. Some who were once respectable in the eyes of society will devolve into madness while the despicable rise to the occasion in a world no longer respecting of persons.
It is their world now. The dead are hungry and do not discriminate.

Don’t Feed The Dark is an online zombie serial novel that will feature new segments from the book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the entire novel is posted. Every Tuesday and Thursday will feature zombie related articles and discussions aside from the book. All feedback is encouraged.

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A Note from the Author

From my years in the U.S. military to working security at a nuclear power facility, late night conversations about survival have always been a fascinating subject for me, and the people I have worked with in both professions. One survival topic that repeatedly rises up out of the grave, catching us off guard as it sinks its teeth into our engaging debates, is the ‘what-if’ Zombie Apocalypse scenario, offering a diverse range of opinions on the matter.

I have worked with Marines, National Guardsmen, police officers, firefighters and survivalists, from the amateur to the hard-core enthusiast, and all consider the subject of zombies, although fanciful, still a very relevant discussion when it comes to survival, since there are many parallels between this fictional scenario and the real world possibilities. One example that comes to mind is a pandemic outbreak on a global scale and how it might change people into desperate beasts willing to kill one another out of self-preservation… and then the lines between fantasy and reality start to blur. Though opinions vary, the overall consensus in our discussions is that the well-prepared have the longevity advantage after the initial ‘panic’ has killed thousands of people desperately trying to flee before the first wave of the undead shamble into town.

From out of those many late night discussions, the seeds of Don’t Feed The Dark were planted somewhere deep, growing like an infection as my thoughts went from survival in general to the individuals themselves left to deal with the world that remained after humanity was bumped down the food chain—the undead becoming the dominant species in a world where the rules of civilized behavior and consequences no longer applied. I continued to let the subject of zombies slowly brew within my thoughts until the “why” and the “how” became irrelevant, leaving me this final question:

“Who would survive in a zombie apocalypse and at what personal cost?”

This has since been the driving question behind the writing of this novel and I’ve come to the conclusion that survival alone, no matter how well-prepared, is secondary to the unwavering heart, sound mind, and ability to adapt under the worst circumstances that will tell the tale of who lives and who dies long after the world as we knew it has passed away.

So with all that being said, I present to you Don’t Feed The Dark, a character driven story with no superheroes that defy belief, just people from all walks of life; good, bad, indifferent, thrown into the zombie apocalypse and having to work together to survive this frightening new world. They will struggle with nightmares that walk the day and monsters surfacing from within, until finding themselves teetering on the edge of madness where the darkness waits below to devour mind, heart and soul, long before the undead feast upon the leftovers.

-Scott Scherr

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