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In the Land of the Blind: A Zombie Story [Kindle Edition]

Robert Swartwood
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Book Description

Like everyone else he knew, Steven's heart did not beat. Instead it lay dead in his chest, as docile as his brain and his lungs and his soul. So when he first heard the faint beating sound coming from outside his bedroom window, he didn't know what to think.

"In the Land of the Blind" is a 3,000-word nontraditional zombie story that won the 10th Annual Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest. It was also the inspiration for Robert Swartwood's zombie thriller The Dishonored Dead. The prologue and first three chapters of The Dishonored Dead are included in this e-book.

Note: "In the Land of the Blind" appears as a bonus story in the e-book version of The Dishonored Dead 

Praise for The Dishonored Dead:

"The Dishonored Dead is one of the most original and gripping zombie novels I have ever read, offering a glimpse into the life of a zombie in a world turned backwards, where zombies live and humans are feared. Highly recommended!"

-- Jeremy Robinson, author of Instinct and Threshold

"The Dishonored Dead is simply brilliant, and its telling a superb achievement. Robert Swartwood has given us a wonderful twist, not only on the zombie novel, but on the dystopian tale as well. It's like Brave New World meets Logan's Run, but with a bite all its own. Strongly recommended!"

-- Joe McKinney, author of Apocalypse of the Dead and Flesh Eaters


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About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Wigleaf, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. Visit him online at robertswartwood.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 128 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RMS Press (March 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4X8LG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,695 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical zombie tale... January 16, 2012
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Yes, "zombie story" might be in the title, but don't be fooled. Mr. Swartwood has spun a tight little ditty about a strange world in which the "undead" are the norm.

To say more might give it all away. I need to seek out more stories from Swartwood--this was just enough to whet my appetite, and not a word more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique January 10, 2013
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This is a unique zombie story and definitely not what you would expect. Well thought out and told in a way that will keep you wanting more. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different approach June 26, 2013
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I gave this 4 stars because I felt it was well written and interesting. It's a novel approach to a zombie story to come at it from the perspective of the zombies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Role Reversal April 16, 2013
By Kay
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The premise here is a surprising one, and a very good one! What if YOU were the zombie? Only, zombie means human? And the humans are what WE would think of as zombies? Confusing? At first... but if we were the ones to be feared, would we consider ourselves zombies? No, we'd call ourselves humans, and fear those different than us.

While this was extremely short, it was also extremely well written, and makes me want to know more about this upside down world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different June 21, 2012
By PattyW
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I wasn't going to get this story but I am glad that I did. It was an entertaining story that was different. The zombies being the norm. I thought that was fun. I will check out other stories by this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Zombie tale. June 9, 2012
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If your a true Zombie lover then you'll love this book! This story is extremely unique. The tale is told from the Zombie's perspective. Enter the mind of a Zombie if you dare.....LOL. Zombies are people too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, challenging, but good. May 24, 2013
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Downloaded this "introduction/sample" (short story and 3 chapter introduction). As an old school zombie fan (zombies don't run, don't use weapons,don't strategize, etc) it was a challenge to wrap my head around undead being a civilized society(living in homes, holding down jobs, having babies, etc.) I had to keep reminding myself to be open minded to the concept. The writing style and storylines(sampling of them) made it easy to WANT to open my mind to this different take on the undead and good enough to make me want to go ahead and buy the full version of the novel The Dishonored Dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Land of the Blind: A Zombie Story April 27, 2013
By JaYa
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I liked this story. Wasn't all what I was expecting but it's a good quick read. I will be checking out Mr. Swartwood's other stories, I was hoping that there might be more to this one, some day? Good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
Okay, the whole concept of zombies is unbelievable. But The zombies in this book are living. The undead grow up, Drive cars, get pregnant, work. In the book really had no ending.
Published 9 days ago by Deborah
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Read
Couldn't read.
Published 25 days ago by B S H
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective!
I picked this up because it was a free Kindle download and it had zombies in it and honestly because the cover looks pretty cool! Read more
Published 1 month ago by zombie phreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice!
Published 2 months ago by William Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a twist
Very interesting and still trying t o get my head around it. Will buy the novel to figure it out more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by c-bar
5.0 out of 5 stars Eh
What can I say. It is a book. I liked it but you might not so you have to read it for yourself to decide
Published 3 months ago by Mel
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite work
I understand that this story is laden with allegorical meaning, but . . . it just doesn't work. Flipping the roles of the zombies and the humans just doesn't make sense because... Read more
Published 7 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not what I look for in a zombie read
I'm not giving this story 2 stars because of anything the author did or didn't do per se. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Crazie Betty
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting take
The uniqueness of this story was its main appeal: what if the world were zombies and a human was oddity and considered the monster? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Allan J. Ashinoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book/author
Fun read!!! You'll love the book and the author, couldn't put it down. Thank you, hope you keep up the good work
Published 8 months ago by Karen L
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More About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Chizine, Space and Time, Postscripts, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.robertswartwood.com.

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