Sometimes They Get Hungry

     by Jason K. Allen / Horror / Thrillers & Crime
Sometimes They Get Hungry

On the last day of the Tipton County Fair, young Billy Slater waited outside as his older sister and her boyfriend entered the haunted house. He glanced up and examined the faded mural painted on the outer wall. The monsters depicted were cheesy and hopelessly outdated. He shook his head, wondering why anyone would pay good money for such a lame ride. His sister and her boyfriend never returned.Robert Alphonse Moore was ill and told he would die within six months. The only way that he could continue to live would be to have his brain transplanted into the body of a healthy person. Benny Harris, was willing to provide his body - at a price. procedure was illegal but money talked. Robert had been told that hew would still be Robert with the except that his brain would reside in a healthier and younger body. But did Robert remain Robert after the operation?
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    The Zombie Who Liked Fred Astaire

     by Jason K. Allen / Humor
The Zombie Who Liked Fred Astaire

Story #1: The Zombie Who Liked Fred Astaire - A zombie desires to dance like his hero, Fred Astaire, but first he must find a willing teacher. Story #2: The Goldfish Who Contemplated Life - A sad goldfish dreams of escaping his fish bowl so he can fight zombies, eliminate erectile dysfunction, and meet Justin Bieber.It is the year 2049. John Ennis, a writer and political analyst, finds himself in Medina Hurriya, capital city of Algharb. His goal is a new media series for Global Focus Report, but he quickly finds himself dangerously ensnarled in a struggle against Algharb’s oppressive regime.The story has its roots in the early part of the twenty first century. During that period Europe and more particularly France had entered a period of intense transformation. In addition to the wave of continued immigration from Muslim countries, the sons and daughters of previous generations of immigrants reached maturity. The Muslim population of France reached eleven million. Islam had replaced Protestantism to a very large extent as the second religion of the country.Successive governments had encouraged or condoned immigration, without looking further than their next election, without questioning the changes that were taking place in the world, without taking the decisions necessary to integrate the new arrivals into the mainstream population.The result was a gradual radicalisation of attitudes of both the recent arrivals and the existing population towards each other. Most immigrants felt excluded or discriminated against and many were easily converted to the attitudes of their co-religionists in their countries of origin, who in turn were conditioned by events in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, where Islam was in conflict with the West. This novel was originally written in 1991 and I have altered relatively little in the story as it is told here. Many of the scenarios have come to be: a Middle Eastern Caliphate, the massive flight of refugees towards Europe, the rise of right wing political parties, encroaching Islam, the spread of communitarism, the retreat of the UK from the EU, and the threat of disintegration of both. The politicians of Europe and the USA are largely to blame for the situation that exists in the Middle East today and the paths that lay ahead for France the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe are fraught with danger.
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    The Horse-Drawn Hearse

     by Jason K. Allen / Horror / Mystery & Detective
The Horse-Drawn Hearse

On Halloween night in 1973, young Daniel Taylor was approached by a mysterious horse-drawn hearse driven by a sinister old man. Forty years later, the hearse emerged from the darkness and appeared to Daniel once again - but this time it was carrying a coffin.Weatherton-native Jacob Grayson finally has life exactly how he wants it to be: a nice job, a gorgeous apartment, and a brand new start in Chicago. He appears fine on the outside, but beneath layers of thick skin lies a pain bigger than his seemingly-perfect life. Jacob journeyed hundreds of miles from home not only took him from the place he called home. He was also running from the pain of a bad childhood, the unexpected death of his beloved mother, and the estrangement of his father that caused him years of pain and self-destruction. In the midst of suddenly losing everything, Jacob finds himself far from the quality of life he once knew and places him at a crossroads. One road leads to deeper depression and possibly death, while the other leads him on the path to redemption and an unexpected reunion with his dying father. Will Jacob finally reach out to his dying father and forgive him, or have years of hate hardened his heart forever?
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    The Dead Need Nature, Too

     by Jason K. Allen / Humor
The Dead Need Nature, Too

Unfulfilled by the zombie lifestyle, one of the walking dead spends a day at the park finding joy and meaning in nature.G.R. Agent 102498 loves his job. "Collecting lives" is what he was made to do. He has worked hard to climb up from the bottom, but lately he feels stuck.He has been a Level 2 Agent for long time now, and he feels he is ready to be promoted to Level 3: Random Works.When he happens across a couple, whose son is just days from turning three, he knows he has finally found the Collection that will convince his superiors to promote him.His boss agrees to the collection, but adds some treacherous conditions of his own. And to make matters worse, a beautiful Agent shows up in his hunting grounds looking for a promotion of her own.This story is approximately 11,000 words long.
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