DISEASE by M.F.Wahl
DISEASE brings us into a world where zombies seem friendly compared to the demons that can live inside a survivor’s mind. Humanity’s war against the living dead has been lost. Those who managed to stay alive must now face the monsters in their midst.
There is no time to think. Casey acts on instinct. She rips her bleeding foot from the piece-of-shit door and shoves Alex into a corner. She raises her bat.
It makes a sickening thud as it connects with the man’s skull. He goes down and without even a momentary pause, springs for Alex, now at eye level. Alex tries to dart around him, but the man is quick. Very quick. His hand snags Alex’s pant leg and drags the boy toward his gnashing teeth. Alex thrashes, kicking wildly.
Casey crashes her bat down on the man’s head. Skin leaks down his face, alleviated from its tenuous grip. The blow knocks him sideways, but he doesn’t loosen his grip on Alex. Nothing slows him down. She swings again, with skull-crushing force, caving a dent and causing the man’s remaining hair to stand awkwardly askew.
He turns his repugnant face toward her. A raspy attempt at a growl escapes his chewed lips.
Casey’s bat finds a home. Chunks of bone and tainted flesh splatter the lace curtains adorning the windows. She hits the man again, and again, and again. Finally he stops moving, his skull obliterated, now twin to the body lying in the study.
Breath tears through Casey’s lungs. She blinks sweat from her eyes. Alex is still on the floor next to her. His large blue eyes stare at the worse, she thinks.
Interview with the author
Where does you inspiration come from?
From my dreams and daydreams,mostly. I let my subconscious run wild and throw me things it finds interesting. I love it when ideas just bubble to the surface, it feels like alchemy, because with me ideas and inspiration are intrinsically linked. I’m also able to find inspiration in the music I listen to, the books I read, and the art I admire. On occasion I even get if from the places I visit. Nothing like a foggy night in a quiet fishing village to get the wheels turning.
Would you ever want to change genre’s and if so what would you like to experiment with?
No, I can’t say I’d ever change genres, but I could certainly mix them. I’m primarily a horror writer, but I’m also a sci-fi lover. I’m planning on diving into a novel now that will mix the two, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Are your characters/ideas drawn from people that you know personally in any way?
No. I completely fabricate my characters. I like to create worlds and people and while everything I write is filtered through my own experiences, I don’t like to base situations and characters on the life I live. You don’t want me to either, because my life is pretty boring. In all seriousness though, I find it much more engaging to create, rather than rehash what I already know.
Where would you like to be in 10 years with life or career?
I hope that I make it to the NY Times best seller list within those 10 years, that means I’m doing something at least partially right. I also hope that I never quit writing. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t have at least 15 novels under by belt in the next 10 years.
What book or books are you reading now?
I just finished re-reading my own novel, DISEASE. I had to search through for proofing errors before it went to print, but that was work. For my own pleasure reading I also just finished reading The Electric Church by Jeff Somers. I picked up a copy in a used bookstore a while ago, and I really enjoyed it. Next on my docket is The Evolutionist by Rena Mason, she’s a fellow HWA (Horror Writers Association) member, and I’ve been meaning to read it now for quite some time.
What do you do with your free-time when you are not writing or brain-storming?
Are you kidding me – what free-time? Between writing and the family, free-time is just about as elusive as a unicorn. When I do get a few minutes to myself though, I read, and that’s about as exciting as my life gets these days.
What is your fondest memory from childhood that left an impact on your life?
It’s hard to pinpoint just one, but a memory that comes to mind is watching scary movies I wasn’t supposed to be watching. As a youngin’ I often stayed up late with my father while my mother was working, and watched movies like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Gremlins. Of course then I had nightmares, but the memories are fond because even at a young age I loved horror and found it my true calling.
As a child M.F. Wahl quickly ate through the local library’s entire sections on the paranormal, true crime, serial killers, magic, and hypnosis.
By the age of 11 “IT” by Stephen King was the reading material of choice, hidden in a school desk (much to the dismay of one math teacher who wrote home that Wahl “read too much!”).
As an adult M.F. Wahl spends as much time writing as possible. Days are spent funneling creative energies into penning dark tales. Nights are spent watching horror movies and TV curled under a blanket with the family. At the end of the day when eyes finally close other people’s nightmares are fuel for M.F. Wahl’s dreams.
DISEASE is a serialized novel and is M.F. Wahl’s debut. Currently it’s available for purchase on Amazon, iBooks, KOBO, Smashwords, and more. The paperback is slated to be released just is time for Halloween, and an audiobook is in the works as well.
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