Monday, December 10, 2012

DEAD STOP at the truck stop.

Greetings my shambling shuffling friends!

Please excuse me will I drink a beer. It helps me rinse away the taste of hooker spit from the local lot lizard at the truck stop down the road. Speaking of truck stop, I have encountered a wonderful truck stop zombie story titled, DEAD STOP, by D. Nathan Hilliard.

This novel was released just this past August and is screaming to be read by zombie fans, and made into a major Hollywood movie.  I am going to say right off the bat, that even though it was a different writing style, this story is at the top of the list right along side with World War Z.

Yes, DEAD STOP is that good.

DEAD STOP takes place over the course of one night, and reminded me of the first zombie movie I ever saw in the 1980's,  Return of the Living Dead.  That is because in DEAD STOP, just like the movie, the horror only continues to increase, with the fate of the main characters becoming more grim by the minute, a rare escalation of story that never lets up.

This story begins with the most detailed and scientifically accurate description of a rotting corpse in a casket, long dead, and the first stirrings of life that swims through the remains lying in their own puddle of decomposing goo. The moment I read that, I knew I had a gem in my hands.

Immediately following, a county worker mowing cemetary lawns becomes our first victim in the book, in beautiful gory detail. Not just his death, but every death afterward, as if an angelic muse gave the magic touch to our author as he described the gore in detail.

But I am not going to spoil the story for you, I want you to buy DEAD STOP and read it. So let me jump into the G.R.E.A.T. Score with both feet and make a bloody splash.

G-ore: Top notch and magnificiently descriptive, he has moved to the head of the class on this one. 10

R-ealism: The science woven into the fiction kissed this story with a sense of realism rare in zombie and horror. D. Nathan Hilliard did his homework. Another 10

E-ntertainment: The kills, the people's reactions, not wanting to put the book down. Perfection achieved. 10 again

A-ction: The way the people were struggling for their lives, even when there was no chance, the horror the expierenced, and the smooth flow of the story, mated with a constant sense of urgency, makes this baby a nail biter.  10

T-hrills:  Very creepy and horrifying. I have prided myself with having my own zombie escape plan, and yet this story left me rethinking my options, and feeling vulnerable deep in the back of my mind. A rare 10 again.

Total G.R.E.A.T. Score is a 10!

I don't believe that I have ever given a perfect ten to a zombie story before. Nor have I ever read a novel twice before writting a review, but I did with DEAD STOP.

At the age of 36, to have relived the same terror and fear deep in the recesses of my mind that I experienced as a kid when I saw Return of the Living Dead, was fantastic.

So tell me my rotting friends, will the patrons of the local truck stop be safe behind locked doors, or will they have to keep truckin down the road to find their refuge?

You will have to read DEAD STOP by D. Nathan Hilliard to find out.

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Thanks for reading, and until my next post, I will be shuffling along with the lost.

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Edited by: Stephanie Stump

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