Zombie Con

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A zombie outbreak at a horror convention, a Zombienado and a gargoyle terrorizing a small town in Texas are the latest tales from the demented mind of Derek Ailes. Will there be any survivors? It's a fast pace horror thrill ride from beginning to end. More
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About Derek Ailes

I am a science fiction & horror writer from Valparaiso, Indiana. I also love to write horror stories about zombies and cats. I am also a political satirist. In 1985 I wrote my first short story: "The Day It Rained Candy." I also started writing a science fiction series called "Power Force." In 1994 I published my first short story: "The Night Of the Living Redheads." I am currently writing horror short stories with my brother, Mark Cusco Ailes, for the horror collection: "The Second Journey Into The Unknown."

My writing influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ira Levin, Terry Brooks, R. Karl Largent, Zombie Fiction Writers. I started reading heavily at the age of five and by middle school I had read close to 200 books or more. I'm not talking just thin children's books. I mean Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Star Trek and Star Wars novels and more

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chucklesthescot reviewed on July 20, 2018

I liked the idea of a real zombie outbreak happening at a convention, where people are already dressed up as zombies and other monsters. However, I don't feel that it was executed as well as it could have been.

It sets the scene with Norman being there as a VIP guest which should mean getting ahead in line for everything he wants-except there are so many VIPs that the lines are longer than expected and the lack of planning from the ZombieCon people becomes obvious. He even meets a girl who is just as much of a zombie fan and become friends in the queue. We also have the subplot where a terrorist steals a virus and is planning to sell it when the plan goes wrong and it is released. This was all quite interesting.

Sadly the rest of it becomes rushed. A person goes into a room and is eaten. Next person goes into different room and is eaten. Someone looks for first person and is eaten. It follows a somewhat repetitive description of how each person meets their doom. There is no tension to it or original moments as the zombie virus spreads. It just needed a bit more depth and excuse the pun, for the story to be a bit more fleshed out. The lack of detail gives the impression that the author was in a rush to get it written by a certain page number so it was a bit disappointing. If the author went back and added a bit more description and thought to it, it could be a decent story. As it is, it was way too short and underdeveloped for me.
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