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– Undead Tales –

Two Zombie Short Stories

Better Than Candy

Matt was terrified of the monsters his parents told him were outside their home. But he was bored. None of his friends were allowed outside; no more baseball games or riding their bikes in the neighborhood. He sneaks into the backyard to play. It should be safe, they had a tall privacy fence.

When he is bitten by something he didn’t see, Matt runs to the basement to hide. His parents were going to be so mad he’d disobeyed them. Soon, he hears sounds from upstairs that petrify him. Non-human sounds.

Joe’s Choice

Waking from unconsciousness after being mugged, Joe staggers out of the alley toward the street. He finds chaos as he enters a zombie outbreak in progress. Scenes of gruesome horror make him want to run away, but Joe must quickly decide how he wants to handle a zombie apocalypse.

Note from author: Book contains graphic violence

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Undead Tales by Myra Nour

Undead Tales

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– Excerpt from Better Than Candy –

Matt hunched in the dark, shivering in fear. The dampness of the small space crept across his skin, chilling him even more. The faint odor of mold and mouse droppings tickled his senses. Twitching his nose, Matt felt the sneeze building, but then it simply vanished.

Surprised, he rubbed his nose. He’d never been able to stop a sneeze before. His hand stilled as a loud thump came from overhead. Up there. In the house.

When another shiver rippled through him, Matt clasped his arms tight around his body. For a moment he’d forgotten he was hiding under the stairs in the basement.

Slam!

He jumped, as if whatever, or whoever was above, could hear him flinch. Matt placed one hand over his heart. It felt like it was trying to jump out of his chest. Fear, that’s all it was, just like when he awoke from a bad nightmare, his heart racing like a scared rabbit. Taking a deep breath, he calmed down.

Then straining forward, Matt listened carefully. The drip of water from a pipe nearby was annoying, cutting through his concentration. From upstairs, muffled sounds filtered down into the basement. He dared to scoot closer to the opening, craning his neck out from under the stairs. Now he could hear the funny chattering noises above him.

– Excerpt from Joe’s Choice –

His eyes went back to the woman. Her skin was a washed-out white, even paler than he had looked in the mirror. Her chin was covered in blood, which had dribbled down onto the bright yellow sundress. One strap hung down, revealing her breast. Joe’s stomach clenched.

Half of her flesh had been torn out, including where the nipple would have been, leaving a ghastly, bloody wound. His shocked eyes crawled over her form, stopping on the left arm, or what was left of it. Jagged flesh hung below her elbow and no blood flowed, or even dripped from the raw wound. Surely a participant in a zombie walk didn’t have the skills to replicate such deadly injuries?

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– Reviews for Better Than Candy –

5 Stars! From the start, I was yanked into this story – and I couldn’t stop reading. A young boy is hiding in his basement, trying to stay as quiet as he can, so the “monsters” upstairs won’t hear him. All the emotions and things he’s feeling, you are pulled right along with him. When he finally gets the courage to come out from his hiding place, things take a turn pretty fast.

This is a great short story, very mesmerizing. I had to read to the end without pause, and there is a twist to this story at the end that surprised me, and that’s not easy to do.

Honestly? I think this would be a great short story, that would be a perfect companion to a longer novel. – Uncaged Book Reviews

Okay, how do I explain this without giving any of the story away? Awesome! The wording was great, giving me a perfect visual of the story as if I were there, seeing it happen, which, I’m glad I’m not there watching this happen for real. Myra Nour really went all out in this short story, telling it from a point of view I have never read before. The emotions of the characters are there, the fear, the physical and mental pain. The story itself is fantastic! It not only kept my interest from beginning to end, but kept my interest growing along with the story line. In the mood for a great horror story? Check this one out, “Better than Candy”, by Myra Nour. Now, I want to read more! One last thing… The title of this story fits perfectly. I give this a five star, all the way! – Stephen Helmes

– Reviews for Joe’s Choice –

5 Stars! This is a great scene, that’s the best way to describe this short story, and what a ride! Joe wakes up in a garbage heap in an alleyway, having no idea how he got there, or even what his name is, except for a name tag on his shirt. As he finally gets up and starts to move toward the street, he hears sirens and screams. Thinking it’s an accident, Joe moves towards the street. What he sees, is people running and total chaos on the street, and several people lurching his way. As they get closer, Joe begins to believe he’s stumbled into seeing a film with zombies. But as Joe continues to watch, he realizes that it’s not a film. Joe is weak, hurt and tries to follow the people that were running away.

This is a short story, and it’s described in such beautiful, gory detail, that you may lose your appetite. Myra Nour is a master at endings that you don’t always expect, and this story is no different. This is a terrific short that could easily be a scene from a longer novel. – Cyrene Olson, Uncaged Book Reviews

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– Reader Comments for Better Than Candy –

I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but this is actually the first zombie story I ever read, and WOW! I really liked it. Of course, you can’t write about zombies without some blood and gore which it does have but there was so much more to it. You see the transition from a scared and confused child into something he really doesn’t understand and shows his humanity sliding away. Very well written! Could definitely be turned into a longer story easily(hint! hint!). – Amber M. Taylor

A fantastic and haunting read!

Despite it’s sweet title, “Better Than Candy,” is a fantastically creepy read that is certainly suited to mature audiences. This wonderful and stirring short story will have you glued to the page right until the very end! The unexpected ending was a welcomed surprise, a very imaginative twist.

I highly recommend “Better Than Candy” for fans of horror. – Dawn

– Reader Comments for Joe’s Choice –

We wake with Joe in a stinking alley, lost and confused with nothing more than a name tag and a bloody face. Terror rises as police sirens sound and zombies fills the street. Was the bone-crunching scene before him fiction, like a movie on a screen? Or had reality taken an apocalyptic turn?

Full of fantastic flesh-ripping, bloody detail, Myra Nour’s short story, Joe’s Choice, is a quick and wonderfully creepy read. – Dawn S.

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