In Extremis

Rated 4.82/5 based on 22 reviews
This is a short story. Job would preach his sermons with a powerful voice that echoed throughout the church. All would stop and make their way to the sanctuary to hear and hope. Hope ... was all they had left. The undead horde outside would pound upon the barred church doors when Father Job addressed the congregation. It had made Claire wonder if it was too late for salvation.
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Words: 3,730
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465847133
About Jerry McKinney

With the influences of King and Barker, Jerry McKinney lets loose his imagination upon the world. A normal man with a demented mind.

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Review by: CarolynP on March 14, 2015 :
What a wonderfully written zombie story. Very emotional and a lot happening in a short read.
Being new to this reviewing thing I still don't understand how someone can love a story and yet give a low star rating.
As for me, this is certainly a 5 star story, I couldn't give anything less.
(review of free book)

Review by: Eric Jeitner on June 25, 2014 :
This story makes for an interesting take on the zombie subgenre. It blends some classic elements with a novel twist on religiosity. If you're a fan of zombie fiction, try this one out.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carlos Carrasco on April 29, 2014 :
A fun, well-written little story of a Church trying to hold out against the zombie apocalypse.
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Review by: punkrockgrrl on March 12, 2014 : (no rating)
I have read, and enjoyed, everything written by this author. In my opinion, he is one of the best short story writers of our generation.
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Review by: RIP32 on March 11, 2014 :
This was a fantastic horror/undead tale.
I really enjoyed it.
Didn't take long to read which was sad, would like to read a novel length.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tom Canter on Jan. 29, 2014 :
I don't normally read horror but after saying that this was a great read. Yes I would have liked to have read a longer version too but I'm grateful the author gave is the pleasure of reading this at no charge.
Good creepy story. :)
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Review by: Michener 78 on Jan. 24, 2014 :
Enjoy this tasty morsel. Chilling tale that is not to be missed!
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Review by: Rowland Somers on Jan. 19, 2014 :
Great story and very well written.
Nice and creepy.
I'd like to read a longer version too.
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Review by: Bess Torman on Jan. 15, 2014 :
This is my kind of story. Written with a lot of feeling and emotion. I like a good creepy story and this definitely made the grade.
A full novel version would be a bestseller!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Peter Stephan on Jan. 15, 2014 :
Read this and loved it. There's nothing better to give a tingle to the spine than a great 'undead' story. This is one of those stories.
I would have loved to read a longer version too.
(review of free book)

Review by: Trent F on Dec. 28, 2013 :
Great short story. Would love to read a longer version.
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Review by: Divya on Sep. 07, 2013 :
Nice story.
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Review by: Artie Margrave on July 30, 2013 :
Real and creepy. Very creepy. A proper short story. Only has minor typos. Interesting read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 02, 2012 :
This one had me from the first words! Jerry McKinney is becoming one of my favorites! He is able to write great characters and a great plot in 20+ pages. He captivates me and holds me in his story and I can see clearly the images as they happen. I felt so sad for the Priest and the Nun and their fight to stay a step ahead of doom. Great job Mr. McKinney! I cant wait to read more!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on March 01, 2012 :
If there's one thing Mr. McKinney has perfected, it's the art of hooking you with his opening! It's a skill so many authors struggle for years to learn, but his instincts have led him unerringly to the Bull's Eye right from the start.

Another sign of a great author is the ability to describe a situation so that you can see it - without boring you to tears! How many times have you read about the location of every plant in the room, whose garden they came from, and when? Tolkien was a habitual over-describer, IMO. That's definitely not the case here. By the 4th paragraph, McKinney manages to project a clear (and disturbing!) scene into our minds, shocking enough to instill in his audience a desire to read on, to learn how this situation came to be.

As with most self-published authors, there are a few mistakes here and there, but they're not as glaring, distracting, or as frequent as they could be. And he has a MUCH larger vocabulary than is common among his peers.

There is a depth here that short stories don't often contain; honestly, that's why I rarely read them. They seem like fragments to me. Somehow, McKinney has managed to find a balance between the gore, the hope, and the tenderness. He finds inspiration in the midst of madness and is skilled enough to share it all with us.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tim Feely on Feb. 19, 2012 :
This is the first story I have read by the author and I was blown away by how powerful and affecting this short story is. I have read my share of zombie stories and this story grabbed my interest from the first sentence and kept me riveted to the end. It continued to be in my thoughts days later and that is the mark of a good story. It is very well written and you come to genuinely care for the characters and hope they survive the tale. This story is well worth the money and I look forward to reading more of the author's work.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Jan. 26, 2012 :
This is a wonderful story. I was not expecting a zombie story to be so emitoinal but this one made me cry. You can not help but to feel the pain of the preist for his flock and for the Nun for the love of her preist and her religion. This is a wonderful story for someone who has not read a zombie story and wants to start and this is one of the best for zombie lovers everywhere.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Jan. 24, 2012 :
ok... so now I am hooked.
Did not understand how this fantastic author wrote at first but now I think I get it!!
More than fast paced this author is staccato (short, sharp, crisp & detached)
In few words he describes a scene allowing you to develop it in your mind before slamming you into the next horror.
This zombie interlude gives no explanations, nor needs one, with no start or finish, just a plop straight into the middle.
another good ending.... without any gush at all Jerry is becoming a firm favourite.... I do wish he would produce a full novel to expand on his unique thoughts... although I would probably need some prozac to calm down afterwards!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Malina Roos on Jan. 22, 2012 :
Tight, faced paced story about a zombie apocalypse, Catholicism and duty to the masses. Gripping tale about a few survivors and the Priest and Nun that are fulfilling their duty to God and the Church while trying to remain alive. Zombie survival for the faithful. Very good read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Coffin Hop Press on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Jerry McKinney's "In Extremis" drops us in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, trapped within the walls of a small church complex, with the risen dead clawing at the gates. Quick, deadly, and incredibly harrowing, this story mates Catholicism and the Undead and succeeds in giving us a nihilistic world's end painted in blood and faith. Check it out!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Jan. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
He's a priest and the church has become the home to the dwindling few who have not crumbled to the fate of a zombie. The church has always been know to be a santuary and the priest has had a calling from above but to whom is he calling now? Is helping the nervous individuals who are hundled inside the church or is his voice ministering to the unliving, hungry souls outside the church walls? As the dead pound upon the door, the preaching continues and the drama unfolds. This short story is fast-paced with alot of details. Open your heart and hear the message.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Jackie Williams on Oct. 27, 2011 :
This is indeed an excellent story. I was drawn in from the start. Great visuals and a tight storyline. I loved it. A new take on a zombie story. A must read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rafael Lopez on Oct. 24, 2011 :
"In Extremis" by Jerry W. McKinney is a well written horror story that gives a unique perspective on a Zombie Apocalypse. It tells of a group of survivors brought together by faith who find sanctuary in a church and their struggle to cope with what has happened.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lori R. Lopez on Oct. 23, 2011 :

Will faith save a priest and a nun from the Zombie Apocalypse? Can faith endure after death? Find out in this beautiful yet horrible glimpse of a parish surrounded by a flock of decaying corpses. The faithful undead congregate outside Father Job's church, lured by the man's powerful voice. Perhaps he speaks their language; perhaps he understands them just a little too well. "In Extremis" by Jerry McKinney is truly like no zombie tale I have read or seen due to the author's exceptional ability to capture a moment in stunning relief through the eyes of a character, while reaching into that character's soul and pulling out the essence of the individual. It transcends the typical Zombie category, along with the Horror genre, by presenting two such characters -- a priest and a nun -- caught up in Hell on Earth. They are selflessly carrying out their mission with loyalty and devotion, even as the world teeters on the brink of doom. Is it faith or courage that keeps them going, as living breathing parishioners are replaced and overwhelmed by the walking dead? The author's attention to detail enhances what reads like a distinctive yet classic story of Good versus Evil. However, upon McKinney's horrific Armageddon-scape, there are no guarantees of survival or salvation. The horror is believable and down-to-earth, gritty and hard-hitting. You may cringe, but you cannot look away. The humanity in his words, on the visages of his fictional progeny, will keep you reading until the end. This writer knows how to deliver true horror, the kind to be savored and read again, the kind you will remember. The kind that will become part of your life. And leave you wanting more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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