Inside Monastic Walls

The Crimson Pact, vol. 1

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Featuring “Inside Monastic Walls,” by Chanté McCoy

After years of tranquility, young Phideas’ life is disrupted when an odd-acting monk visits the monastery. Soon, others are acting strangely, including the donkey which tries to strangle the servant. But a miracle has also occurred…or has it?

The Crimson Pact Volume One (The Crimson Pact #1)

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Salt Lake City: Dead End

The Dead Walk Again

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Featuring “Salt Lake City: Dead End,” by Chanté McCoy

The zombie apocalypse has arrived. Three months in, Andrea posts her story from a basement in Salt Lake City, telling her tale of survival. She’s already lost her husband; she may have lost her son.

Salt Lake City: Dead End

Featuring "Salt Lake City: Dead End," by Chanté McCoy ***** "The zombie apocalypse has arrived. Three months in, Andrea posts her story from a basement in Salt Lake City, telling her tale of survival. She’s already lost her husband; she may have lost her son."

Featuring “Salt Lake City: Dead End,” by Chanté McCoy
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“The zombie apocalypse has arrived. Three months in, Andrea posts her story from a basement in Salt Lake City, telling her tale of survival. She’s already lost her husband; she may have lost her son.”

For all you fans of “The Walking Dead” and the shambling undead in general, here’s a fresh collection of stories from around the country, reporting in within the first few months of the zombie apocalypse: The Dead Walk Again. My protagonist writes from — you guessed it — Salt Lake City.

The Dead Walk Again is a conceptual piece oriented around a few basic concepts:

  1. A zombie apocalypse has occurred. The Dead have risen from their graves and anyone that dies from anything besides serious head trauma will reanimate as a member of the walking dead.
  2. A group of survivors somewhere in the United States have set up a website to allow very basic communication among other survivors through surviving PDA and wireless devices.
  3. That people from all over the country have sent in their personal narratives to be told on their site.

The stories are about “the ongoing struggle to survive in a world where humanity is suddenly not on top of the food chain.”

In my short story, “Salt Lake City: Dead End,” a frantic Andrea posts her tale of survival from a basement. Three months in, she’s already lost her husband; now she may have lost her son. What would any mother do given her circumstances?

The book released a few days before Halloween, but I just got the memo. The initial solicitation for stories suggested that the publisher, Metahuman Press, may publish an ongoing narrative. Here’s to hoping!

Don’t Let the Demons Get You Down

Looking at the calendar, I’m overdue for an update on the writing scene.

The update:

Featuring "The Third Eye," by Chanté McCoy ***** "Despite the efforts of Darrius Papadas, a demon has come into the world. His failures don’t stop there. Unable to convince the Athenian government to rally the troops, the guilt-ridden Darrius works his way home…only to face the demon again."

Featuring “The Third Eye,” by Chanté McCoy

In May, my third and final installment in the Crimson Pact anthology series was published. “The Third Eye” completes the tale that began with young Phideas fleeing down the Meteora.

Spoiler: In the second installment, “Body or Soul,” Phideas ultimately finds Darrius Papadas. Now, despite the efforts of said Darrius Papadas, a demon has come into the world (but I won’t tell you how; you’ll have to read Crimson Pact, Vol. 2 to find out. So much for spoilers).

His failures don’t stop there. Unable to convince the Athenian government to rally the troops, the guilt-ridden Darrius works his way home…only to face the demon again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. As I’ve mentioned before, anthologies are a great way to explore a genre, discover other writers, and pass hours with a variety of stories.

Featuring "The Interview," by Chanté McCoy "Monica committed crimes she cannot recall. Behind bars, she believes she may be crazy, perhaps suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The truth and her predicament are made clear when her cohort in crime clarifies a few points. "

Featuring “The Interview,” by Chanté McCoy

In “The Interview,” published in March in Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2,  Monica is accused of crimes she cannot recall.

Behind bars, she believes she may be crazy, perhaps suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The truth and her predicament are made clear when her cohort in crime clarifies a few points. Ah, yes, demons are involved.

Yet another demon, Iorangi, is featured in “Career Calling,” which was published last month in Big Pulp.

I love Iorangi. He has spunk. And, if you’ve every wondered why demons do what they do, he’s more than straight up explaining his career choice.

Featuring "Career Calling," by Chanté McCoy***** "Why do demons do what they do? Who knows, but one is willing to explain his career choice, providing some insights for the curious."

Featuring “Career Calling,” by Chanté McCoy

A caveat about the cover: Big Pulp does not cater specifically to the LGBT community. While the cover of Big Pulp: Summer 2012 illustrates an enclosed story, that story “The Purloined Pearl,” is not representative of the other 25 narratives and poems. Skip that story, if you’re worried.  Otherwise, you might find it to be an interesting take on an Indonesian folk tale.

That covers the demon scene. I haven’t written any more tales about those supernaturals, so no more are coming down the publishing  pike in the foreseeable future.

As for zombies, I’m on a roll. Brains, anyone?