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The Dead Woman (Dead Man #4) [Kindle Edition]

David McAfee , Lee Goldberg , William Rabkin
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Learn About the Dead Man Series
The Dead Man series blends the horror of Stephen King with the action of classic men's adventure pulp fiction to create short novels that are thrilling to read. See the whole series, available on Kindle.

Book Description

Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. Now he's on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.

Matt thought he was alone with his torment, that he was the only one who could see the evil in people’s souls as rotting flesh. But in a small town in Tennessee, terrorized by a vicious serial killer, Matt meets a woman who may see the same dark world that what he does…and who may be able to reveal the secrets behind to his mysterious rebirth. But Mr. Dark, the depraved, immortal enemy that Matt has chased across the country, is here too and determined to stop him before he can find what he seeks.


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Q & A with David McAfee, author of The Dead Woman

Question: You broke into novel writing by self-publishing your first books, like 33 AD, Saying Goodbye to the Sun, and now 61 AD, earning wide-spread acclaim. Can you tell us a bit about what that experience has been like... and what you have learned from it?

James ReasonerDavid McAfee: I didn't start off self publishing. I don't think many writers try that route initially. (Some do, of course, but they are the minority.) But after several years of publisher rejections I just decided to go it alone. I felt I had a quality product that could do well if given the chance. It worked out much better than I could have imagined. I think I got into it at exactly the right time, what with the advent Amazon's Kindle and their e-publishing platform. I've often related self-publishing to being a castaway on Gilligan's Island. What I mean by that is, when you are on the island, you have enough of everything you need to keep yourself alive-Giligan and his friends had plenty of food, water, shelter, etc.-but you still want to be rescued. In this case, being rescued would mean a huge contract from a NYC publisher. Since that hasn't happened, I'll just keep helping myself to the island's food for a while.

One thing I have learned over the last year and a half is that you have to stay positive and be willing to accept criticism. No one likes to be criticized, but it happens. In this business, it happens a lot, and you have to learn to use that feedback to make your work better. I was (and still am) very proud of 33 AD and its success, but that doesn't mean I consider it perfect. You take your lumps, especially as a self-published writer, and learn as you go. And someday, hopefully, you'll get a great email from someone like Lee Goldberg who wants to work with you.

Question: Most of your writing can best be described as "horror"...what attracts you to that genre?

David McAfee: I love horror. It's so visceral. Or it can be if it's done properly. One of the things that attracts me to the genre is the reaction of the readers. I'm not Nicholas Sparks, I'm not trying to make anyone cry or fall in love. I want people to read my books and shudder, but in a good way. I know I've done my job when a reader emails me to tell me they had a nightmare about the Lost Ones (which has happened more than once). I love that, because I know I got inside that person's head on a subconcious level. Because of that, I know the reader will remember me for a long time. There is nothing better than that feeling. Not to me, anyway.

Question: The field is so glutted. Isn't it hard to find a fresh way to write about vampires and zombies?

David McAfee: The vampire field is glutted, but mostly by teen angsty vampires like Edward Cullen and his ilk. I tend to refer to them as "neutered" vampires. Don't get me wrong, they have their fans and there is nothing wrong with that, but in my opinion they have no edge, no bite, no reason to fear them. In too many contemporary vampire novels, the vampires appear as moody human beings with a mild skin condition and selective diet. They have lost the part of them that makes them monsters. My take on vampires is nothing more than a return to the pre-Twilight vampires. The ones who were more interested in the blood in your neck than your feelings.

The real freshness of my work comes in the setting. In 33 AD, a vampire in Biblical Jerusalem is sent to assassinate Jesus of Nazareth. Ha! Have you ever read anything like that before? Probably not, and that's why I like it. Add to that the fact that the vampires in my books are blood-hungry, evil monsters who would just as soon tear out your throat as to look at you and you have quite a yarn.

Question: What attracted you to The Dead Man series and how did you get involved in it?

David McAfee: I'm going to answer the second part of that question first, because one leads into the other. Lee Goldberg, longtime television writer and author of the Monk series of books (and many others), read 33 A.D. and really liked it. He even left a fantastic review on Amazon in which he stated that (I'm paraphrasing here, but only a little.) "David McAfee is the real deal." For a small time self publisher like myself, who could never gain acceptance from a publisher, that was huge! Lee has been in this business for a long time, and to have someone of such experience and talent praise my book represented a tremendous validation of my work. It made me think I really could do this, after all.

So, a few weeks later when Lee emailed me and asked if I would be interested in working on a project he and his longtime writing partner William Rabkin had cooked up, I jumped at the chance. As I learned more about the project, I came to love it. Matt Cahill, dead but not dead, able to actually see the evil in people. He was presented as kind of a nomadic savior, of sorts. The traveling gunsligner in the white hat who goes from town to town saving people from evil, even their own evil. Like a modern day Kung Fu if the original had been written by Stephen King. Honestly, who could resist the chance to work on such a project? Not me.

Question: What sets The Dead Man series apart from the other horror you have written?

David McAfee: The books are a lot of fun. They are gory and fast and a kick in the pants to read. But there is more to it than just blood and gore. With Matt Cahill there is a sense of a higher purpose. In The Dead Man series, you know there are forces of good and forces of evil, and you also know they are warring with each other. Their weapons in this war? Why, people, of course. Ordinary people who might or might not even want to play a role, but are forced by their circumstances to participate.

To me, that puts Matt's story on a whole different plane from anything else out there. This is a story people are going to want to read, and keep reading. From Book 1 (Face of Evil) all the way to the final installment, whenever that may be.

Question: What was it like writing in a book in a series that you didn't create?

David McAfee: I was nervous about it at first. I wanted to make sure I did the characters justice as well as the series, and I also wanted to turn in a good story. When Lee approached me about joining the team, he and William Rabkin had already hammered out some possible plots. All of them were great, but I had a story in my head about Matt meeting up with a woman who shared his ability to see evil in people. I knew I could probably write any of the ideas they had presented, but I also knew I could really sink my teeth into this idea, so I asked Lee what he thought of it. He and Bill were behind it 100%, and so I set off. I put Matt in the tiny fictional town of Crawford, Tennessee and let him run. It was a blast. I have to say that working with Lee and Bill was a real pleasure. Up until then I'd never had a real editor. I never would have believed how much easier a good editor can make things, but now I'm a believer.

Question: What are you working on now?

David McAfee: At this moment I am working with friend and fellow author Jeremy Robinson on a short novel featuring one of the characters from his Chess Team thrillers. It's a new genre for me. I've never done a thriller before, but it's been fun. Once that is finished I will be splitting my time between working on the next Bachiyr novel, editing a horror story called The Gallows Tree, and finally setting up print versions of some of my other books, which are currently only available as ebooks.

But I can definitely see another Matt Cahill book in my future. Provided Lee and William will have me, of course.

Review

This series just gets better and better with each new installment.This is a terrific little book. It's well written, tight and meets with my one requirement for an excellent Dead Man book. A little axe swinging action! --Man Eating Bookworm

It sets up a plot deviation that could bring quite a bit of fun in future entries...by fun, I of course, mean blood-stained mayhem! It really delves into what it means to be The Dead Man or The Dead Woman as the case may be. --Permission to Kill

"David McAfee takes the ax and runs with it... What really makes these horror novels so enjoyable is how quickly they can be devoured, leaving readers wanting more. " Bookgasm


Product Details

  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZZY80
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Direction for The Dead Man June 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dead Woman is the fourth in the The Dead Man Series and it is excellent.

This is the first time that we get to glimpse Matt's future, not just what's around the corner, or the next town, but what exactly might be in store for him in the long run. It's more of a psychological journey, this time, and I think it was well written. I don't know about the next person, but when I put down a book and the wheels in my head start turning...wondering where in the world this is going to go--I feel excited about it.

This installment was quieter, if you will, but to me it was more ominous than the previous three books. I can't wait for the rest!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pulp fiction! June 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This solid entry into the saga of Matt Cahill "The Dead Man" introduces a new character to the series, a woman who may have the same gift...or curse. Fast moving, character driven with clean, tight prose, this series brings back an lot of wonderful memories. Buy and read 'em all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She looks good for her age. June 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Things are really starting to take shape in The Dead Man series. After reading the first three books (The Dead Man: Face of Evil,The Dead Man: Ring of Knives, and Dead Man: Hell in Heaven (The Dead Man)), The Dead Woman feels like the point where the rules of this world have been firmly established and now its time to throw a change-up. We know Matthew Cahill, the man with the ax who came back from the dead with the ability to see the evil festering in people, and we know he's after Mr. Dark, the menacing entity tormenting him and outmaneuvering Matthew in each encounter. But, a series like this can't last long if that's all it is. Enter the dead woman.

Matthew Cahill winds up in the small town of Crawford, Tennessee, which I believe is the furthest he's gone from his former home in California so far, where this whole series began. He's tracking Mr. Dark and figures he's on the right track when, almost as soon as he arrives and goes to the local McDonald's, he hears news of a serial killer terrorizes the area. He's basically broke though, so before he can move on, he takes a job helping an attractive antique shop owner named Abbey in need of a brawny assistant. That leads him to meeting an ill-tempered cop named Dale, who has a past with Abbey.

It's actually Abbey's past that plays a focal point in this novella. She's the dead woman. A person, just like Matt, able to see the rot and decay on the faces of those under the spell of Mr. Dark. And she's had that ability ever since she herself died, decades ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Man continues. June 3, 2011
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Yes, that's right. Matt Cahill is back, visiting another small town, looking for Mr Dark, axe at his side. Welcome to another great episode in The Dead Man series.

David McAfee is the latest author to throw evil at Matt Cahill. It is hard to say too much about the novelette without delving into spoiler territory. Matt is in Crawford, a small town with a big problem. There is a serial killer on the loose, could this be Mr Dark's handy work? Matt is barely in town a day before he spies the tell-tale-signs, but someone else can see them too, and she could tell Matt who Mr Dark is.

I think it is easiest to liken this series to a TV show. A bunch of writers are called together by Lee and Will and they sit down and come up with a series. While Lee and Will's original work is adhered to, each writer who pens an episode brings their own flavour and feel. David has brought a subtle mysterious feel to this book, which left me wanting more. Needless to say, this was another Dead Man that was read in one sitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Thrill Ride! June 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of my favorite installments. I found it to have an interesting storyline and for the first time there was a serial killer loose among all of the other supernatural forces at work in the book.

As usual this was a one session, couldn't put the Kindle down read and I'm eager to see what happens next. In this one Matt meets a hot woman, Abbey, who helps him along on his mission of discovering who he is and what his purpose is. After all, a man isn't brought back from the dead for no reason...as the serial killer is letting bodies pile up and Matt is searching for Mr. Dark, Abbey brings a sexy and unique aspect to the book. A must read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Dead Woman! June 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dead Woman, David McAfee's entry in The Dead Man series, is a knockout! He takes the series in an exciting new direction, letting Matt Cahill know that he's not alone. McAfee captures the the feel of the series and adds heft to Matt's character. His sharp writing and slick plot make this one a winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Fourth in the DEAD MAN series of short action-adventure stories published by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin, The Dead Woman is written by David McAfee, who has a number of titles in both print and eBook editions up on Amazon. McAfee drops our (un?)dead hero Matthew Cahill in the small town of Crawford, Tennessee. Of course, as luck would have it, there's been a serial killer on the loose in town, and pretty quickly Matt gets himself embroiled in the local drama. Offering to aid Abbey, a young woman trying to close up her mother's antiques shop, Matt runs afoul of Abbey's ex-husband, Dale, one of the town's police officers. Killers, cops, and beautiful young ladies, oh my...

I won't ruin the plot by giving much else away, but Matt winds up discovering that he is not the only person to possess his gift of seeing the evil within a person's soul manifested as rot and decay eating away at their bodies. There is also more conflict with Mr. Dark, the ancient and demonic entity who torments Matt on his adventures. We are given glimpses of more layers beneath other layers; the plots of the DEAD MAN stories continue to shed light on something much more elaborate, perhaps even epic, taking place with Matt caught in the middle having far more questions than answers.

The DEAD MAN series has gone on for some months now, with several more books on the way, and it is in no danger of growing stale. In fact, with each new author comes a new perspective, a new lens through which we are viewing this twisted world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better and better
Great book my favorite so far. I really like how they use Mr Dark in this book i really like the use of good and evil.
Published 5 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Exposure
The Dead Woman, #5 in The Dead Man series, continues the travels of Matt Cahill, resurrected drifter, in his attempt to find out the truth behind Mr. Dark, his nemesis. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TimothyMayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories
If you are looking for a quick, fast paced read that deals with the supernatural and some interesting and eccentric characters this is your book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JBWES
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Can't wait to see what happens with the Dead Women next. Very good series. Get this on TV! Like the installments. Excellent for Kindle.
Published 14 months ago by REF
4.0 out of 5 stars She's a maneater....ohhhhhhhh
My apologies to Hall and Oates, but that song kept popping up in my head while reading this chapter in The Dead Man serial. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Troy Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror At It's Best
The Dead Man series has been a "can't put it down" experience. This one fits the mold. It's horror at it's best.
Published 15 months ago by Edward S. Schackman
4.0 out of 5 stars Part four in the Dead man series
Much better than part three, well written, fast paced and thrilling. If you are looking for a quick read that is interesting and could be enjoyed without reading the first three in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paige M. Vallee
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this series...
Love the format and each story is a suspenceful read. This one is no exception. Another good installment! Can't wait for #5
Published 17 months ago by nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good series so far
Pretty good read ....now on to the next one ! I like books that make you excited for the next one.
Published 17 months ago by terri rominger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book I could not put it down and that's the truth.
I loved the book it kept me at the end of my seat the whole time. If you love a page Turner this book will where your fingers raw. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Patrick Duffy
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