Author: Jeanette Raleigh
Length: 76,000 Words
Release Date: Dec 9, 2013
After years spent fighting in the Civil War, Wyatt hungers for a peaceful, quiet place to live. To the townsfolk, his memories of the walking dead are just stories. But after a gang robs the stage coach, Wyatt knows...the zombies have returned.
Wyatt is on the trail of the Clayton gang whose attack left the stage coach driver in shock mumbling about red eyes. When a boy goes missing in the same area, the townsfolk fear the worst. There is more to fear, and soon they will be tested in the most horrific way.
It will take all of Wyatt's courage to stop the evil spreading through his town.
Wyatt: Not if you’ve seen one. One of the soldiers in my battalion died…or should have. It was dark. Gunfire and cannons pounded the night, splintering trees and lighting up the air. That boy was hit square in the middle. No living after that. No. He shouldn’t have lived.
Julia: But he did…live?
Wyatt: I don’t know that you can call it living, but he moved sure enough. I don’t really want to talk about it.
Julia: But you once told me that the world needed to know. How can we tell the world if you won’t share the details?
Wyatt: Okay. Okay. I can get through this. This boy--he walked just like you and me, but his mind was gone, and he ate from the dead. Bullets didn’t kill him. He just got right back up again. Makes me shudder to remember.
Julia: You’ve been pretty vocal about the past. But it didn’t just happen there.
Wyatt: No, no, it didn’t. We have a problem with the walking dead here in Red Bluff. I’m working on a solution. What with Ralph missing and the Clayton gang on the run, I’ve got my hands full. But my job is to keep this town safe, and that’s what I intend to do.
Julia: That’s a noble thought. What are you afraid of?
Wyatt: That moment at twilight when the sky is almost dark; the sound of dogs eating; being alone for the rest of my life.
Julia: Not of death?
Wyatt: I never thought to survive the war. But here I am. No, I’m not afraid of death, but what comes after sends a chill running up and down my spine. I’m terrified that I’ll turn into a monster, that I’ll lose my mind.
Julia: And what would you say to someone passing through?
Wyatt: I’d say keep on going and don’t look back for anything. Speaking of which, it’s still early. You don’t have to stay the night here. You can make it out of town before…before it’s too late.
Julia: You know. I think you’re right. I’d best be going. What is the safest way out of town?
Wyatt: No idea. Just don’t stop for anyone.
Julia: I appreciate your time.
I am very creative with a love of literature, art, and music. I love writing. It's amazing how many stories can bounce around at once. As the years pass, I find it easier and easier to get those stories down. When I'm not in front of the computer, I am usually painting, quilting, or hiking.