Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Shameless self-promotion
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I’m delighted that Rayne Hall, editor of “Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies”, has allowed me the privilege of revealing the contributor list for the aforementioned ebook which will be hitting virtual bookshelves very soon. “Ten Tales of Zombies” is the latest in Raynes’s series of “Ten Tales” speculative fiction short story anthologies, and I’m just as delighted that this is the third one to which I have contributed (the other two being “Ten Tales of Horror” and “Ten Tales of Ghosts“).

I haven’t yet read the other contributions to “Undead”, but I’m very much looking forward to it. And let me just say that, going off my contribution, Rayne has opted for a broad and creative interpretation of the theme. It’s great to see some familiar names on this list; I’ve shared space on Tables of Content with Jeff Strand before in “Horror for Good” and “Horror Library Vol. 4“, and with William Meikle in “Phobophobia“.

To find out more about Rayne and the “Ten Tales” series, go here. And to find out more about the contributors to “Undead” – stay here!

UNDEAD cover Dec12


JONATHAN BROUGHTON lives on the south coast of England. He has three books of short stories published and a Victorian thriller, The Russian White. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Driftwood: Stories from the Sussex Seaside, Shivers: Sussex Scary Tales, Chills: Sussex Ghost Stories, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft. His writing is inspired by the people who choose to live by the sea. You can follow him on Twitter @jb121jonathan

PAUL D. DAIL is the author of The Imaginings, a supernatural/horror novel, as well as several horror short stories, some of which are collected in Free Five. Writing has always been his passion, and while he will quickly tell you that the people he has met in the many places that he has traveled have been the best schooling he could get, Paul received his formal education in English with a Creative Writing emphasis at the University of Montana, Missoula. Currently Paul teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing at a performing arts high school in southern Utah. You can follow all of Paul’s rants, rambles and reviews at his blog: www.pauldail.com, a horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog.

APRIL GREY‘s urban fantasy novel, Chasing The Trickster, is published by Eternal Press.Her short stories have been published in such anthologies as Demonmind’s Halloween 2010, The Best of Everyday Fiction 2, Northern Haunts, Ephemera, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires and Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry. Many of these stories can be found in her collection, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe available through Amazon.

RAYNE HALL lives in a dilapidated English seaside town of former Victorian grandeur where she writes horror and fantasy fiction. Her short stories have been published in many magazines, e-zines and anthologies. She has had more than 40 books published in several genres under several pen names, including the dark epic fantasy novel Storm Dancer. Her editing experience in the publishing industry spans three decades. She is also the editor of other books in the Ten Tales series. You can follow her on Twitter @raynehall and her website is http://sites.google.com/site/raynehallsdarkfantasyfiction/.

JOHN HODDY is a retired nuclear engineer and former submariner, living in Southern California where he shares quarters with a wife and four cats. A member of his college magazine features staff, he published three short speculative fiction stories before setting creative writing aside until recently returning to the craft.  His stories have been published in AlienSkin and The Devil Eats Here.

MATT HULTS writes scary fiction. He is the author of the horror thriller Husk.  His stories have appeared in several anthologies including Best New Zombie Tales, Best New Vampire Tales and The Beast Within.  Four of his stories are collected in Anything Can Be Dangerous.

DOUGLAS KOLACKI began writing while stationed with the Navy in Naples, Italy, published numerous stories in San Diego, and recently completed a cross-country trek to his new home in Providence, Rhode Island. His short story credits include Weird Tales, Dragons Knights & Angels, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic and Big Pulp. His published novels are Elijah’s Chariot and On the Eighth Day, God Created Trilby Richardson.

TARA MAYA loves rampaging robots, undersea unicorns, magic gone amuck, science turned apocalyptic, pirates dueling gladiators, kittens, cannibals and all things weird and wonderful. She has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia, pounded sorghum with mortar and pestle in a little clay village where the jungle meets the desert, meditated in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and sailed the Volga river to a secret city that was once the heart of the Soviet space program. This first-hand experience, as well as research into the strange and piquant histories of lost civilizations, inspires her writing. Her terrible housekeeping, however, is entirely the fault of pixies. She has studied ancient and modern history, sometimes even in school. She is the author of The Unfinished Song, an epic fantasy series in which two lovers are caught between the schemes of the Fae and the Deathsworn, and Conmergence, a collection of speculative fiction short stories. She blogs at Tara Maya’s Tales: http://taramayastales.blogspot.com.

TRACIE MCBRIDE [that’s me!] is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Horror Library Vols 4 and 5, Dead Red Heart, Phobophobia, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror and Horror for Good. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2008. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and is the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing. She welcomes visitors to her blog at https://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.

JEFF STRAND is the author of Dweller, Wolf Hunt, Gleefully Macabre Tales, Kutter, and a bunch of other books, including Pressure, A Bad Day For Voodoo, and Lost Homicidal Maniac (Answers to “Shirley”), and also other books including Benjamin’s Parasite, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, and How to Rescue a Dead Princess, as well as a few more like The Haunted Forest Tour and Draculas, and then some other ones. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award three times and won exactly zero times. His novels have been been published in two different languages worldwide. You can visit his Gleefully Macabre website at http://www.JeffStrand.com/.

ERICA SYVERSON – who painted the zombie on the cover – is an art student and freelance illustrator. She specialises in science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural images. http://komicks.com/

  1. “Something the readers haven’t seen before” describes your stories pretty well… it’s a hallmark of fiction by Tracie McBride 🙂

    Your stories take something normal, a situation the reader is familiar with, and extrapolate from it something breathtakingly bizarre – and you write it in such a masterful way that the weirdness appears to be part of normality and feels completely plausible. I love it.

  2. “Broad and creative interpretation of the theme” is right! 😀

    I’ve mixed stories of zombies that were infected by bites, those raised from their graves, and those that are something else altogether. Your story comes under “something else altogether” 🙂

  3. Paul D. Dail says:


    Thanks for this post and for the mention. I’m pretty honored to be in such good company. And I also look forward to checking out the other pieces in the collection.

    Hope you are having a good weekend.

    Paul D. Dail

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