Robert Decoteau


I was born in 1974 in Bremerton, Washington. I moved to Bellingham, Washington at the age of four and have been here ever since.
I love living in the Pacific Northwest about two months out of the year. The other ten months it rains.
Constant rain gives me plenty of time to read and write. While I'm hooked on writing horror right now, I enjoy many other genres.
My favorite author is Robin Hobb, who also lives in the northwest. She is the award winning Fantasy author of Assassin's Apprentice and several sequels.
I have one son. I named him Chance. He is currently six going on fifteen. We are both currently enrolled in school, but I am a few grades ahead of him.

Where to find Robert Decoteau online


New Year's Eve of the Zombies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,900. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00 from 1 review)
Eugene Holiday and Amir Goldstein are back in this sequel to Silent Night of the Living Dead the two awkward, young men are faced with finding a permanent shelter for their growing group of survivors. But not everyone's goals are the same. The two friends soon discover that zombies aren't the only dangers they face after the rising of the dead. If you like dark humor and paralyzing zombies, you'll love the Holiday Zombie Series.
Silent Night of the Living Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,870. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00 from 1 review)
Eugene expected to work his last day as Santa’s helper in the local mall, but the sudden outbreak of zombies has him and his friends running for their lives. Will young Mr. Holiday survive the mall on Christmas Eve? If you like dark humor and zombie fun, you’ll love Silent Night of the Living Dead, the first installment of the Holiday Zombie series.
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205
Price: Free! Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Theodore Granger believes he’s cursed. He’s spent the last ten years locked away. But today is his day, the day he is to venture out into the world again. There is only one simple task on his agenda: walk one block, cross the street, and have a cup of coffee . The only problem is, he chose the wrong day. Enjoy this short story based in the world of my novel Don of the Living Dead.
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305
Price: Free! Words: 13,700. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Charles Grimly has marital problems you wouldn't believe. His mommy issues are even worse. He may not be all there, but he's going to have to pull himself together if he plans on making it through this day in one piece. Enjoy this short story based in the world of my novel Don of the Living Dead.
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502
Price: Free! Words: 14,120. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Tommy's whole world is falling apart around him. It is the worst day of his life, but it is about to get much worse. Enjoy this short story based on the novel Don of the Living Dead.
Don of the Living Dead
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,550. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00 from 1 review)
Do you like dark humor and flesh eating zombies? Then this is the book for you. Don Carver is an unlikely hero who must brave the savage streets after a zombie outbreak, escape downtown Seattle,and save his six-year-old son and his cruelly vindictive ex-wife, but first, he must figure out how to outwit the zombie blocking the door of his bathroom stall.
The New Days: The First Son
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,450. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
A novella chronicling one man's plight to find a safe future for his son in post zombie apocalypse America. Nocturnal zombies sprint and howl for the blood of the few survivors that have lasted the three years since the Old Days ended. In the New Days it's every man for himself. Kill or be killed.
Zombie Betrayal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,280. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00 from 1 review)
Joe is stuck in a marriage that is quickly circling the drain. Can he hold onto his sanity as he struggles with the prospect of an unfaithful wife? Or will the precarious house of card that is his mind come tumbling down upon him?
The Second Ward
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A fast paced short story of a young mental patient who is seeking freedom from his own personal hell.

Smashwords book reviews by Robert Decoteau

  • Zombified, Episode 1: Wooneyville on April 14, 2011

    Quick Look- If you like zombies, you'll like this novella. Mr. Di Spirito mixes slow Romero style zombies with the modern sprinters. He takes the best of both worlds and creates an entertaining and enthralling night of terror for his characters. Full Review- The story is told in third person limited, so you get the feeling of following along with the main character. It doesn't take long to start identifying with him and his plight. The natural human responses are accurate and this allows the reader to suspend disbelief. There's nothing worse than reading about almost super hero type characters as they annihilate a town of zombies. Di Spirito's character are all too human. Each has flaws and quirks and emotions. Matt's characters laugh and cry, they vomit and they run for their lives in all the right places. Some of his characters are shocked into paralysis, others run screaming in terror begging for help, and still others just have that 'kill now cry later' attitude. The mix gives it a realism. This story is about zombies. Too often I buy some zombie fiction that starts out being about zombies and then becomes something else; whether it becomes a love story, or a family dynamic drama, or just some human faction intent on the characters' destruction. All too often the zombies become the back story. These zombies get center stage for the duration of the work. The story flows fast and pages turn quickly. The dialogue is true to the characters. The main character is a likable guy and the supporting cast is fleshed out enough to be real without detracting from the immediacy of the zombie situation. Di Spirito lets you get to know them on the fly through their actions and discourse and this keeps the book from bogging down. Overall, I have to say my only complaint is that I have to wait for the next episode.
  • Zombified (Episode 2: Yankee Heights) on May 03, 2011

    The Good Matt Di Spirito spins another harrowing tale in this installment of Zombified. He introduces Matty, a brazen, young college student with a severe addiction to coffee and cigarettes. Matty only has a few pages of normal before he is thrown head long into the zombie invasion of his small town. The character is developed very well on the fly. You get to know him not by the author telling you who he is, but by him showing you. This is a key to good story telling. Di Spirito's knowledge of the setting is instrumental is the believability of the tale. His use of Colonial University's biology lab to delve into the nature of the infection that is spreading across the northeast is refreshing. Too often, there is a cut away scene to some secret lab or a military scientist is introduced and half-hazardly releases classified info to the main characters. Di Spirito has a way of grabbing the reader by the hand and sprinting though the story while letting him or her see for themselves the brutality and gore that must be carried out in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. At the end he leaves you gasping for breath and begging for more. The Bad There isn't much -bad- to write about. There are virtually no punctuation or spelling errors in Matt's work. He is a stickler when it comes to these things; it's one of his biggest pet peeves. In fact, his proclivity for grammatical perfection has opened my eyes to the call for it in my own writing. There are, however, a few places where a word is missing. Most often it's just an "a" or "the" but as a reader you add them in your mind or fail to notice something is missing. If I wasn't looking for mistakes I never would have found any. I have seen the same types of errors in high run titles from major publishers so I really can't knock him for the three or four occurrences. I'm sure Matt will take the time to point out all my punctuation mistakes in this review. All I can say for myself is, "Please, Matt, I'm getting better all the time."
  • An Axe to Grind on Sep. 26, 2011

    An Axe to Grind is a great piece of zombie fiction. The writing was polished and the story was original. The amount of available reading material with zombie content has increased ten-fold in the past year, but very little of it is as well done as this short story. Just because they don’t make Blockbuster, super high budget movies, with A-list actors and the best make-up effects money can buy, doesn’t mean we have to be the same way with zombie fiction. This is one man’s story and it is told in a way that both delights and entertains.