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Length: 14 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"...a short story detailing the cruel evolution of a 'survivor' in a horrifying apocalypse." - ZombieBloodFights


"It's raw and gruesome. Told in the first person, it does very well to evoke the desperation of its apocalyptic atmosphere." - BoomBabyReviews


"Raphael has a unique view of this wasteland that is a little different than what is to be found elsewhere. The ending twist was unexpected but did not seem forced as it does in some stories." - The Examiner

From the Author

I think it's safe to say that the zombies are not the worst monsters in my story. In fact, I've taken to calling The Survivor a post-apocalyptic tale rather than a zombie story because the zombies are mostly background characters. Without giving away any spoilers, my main character - the female survivor - has a unique way of looking at everyone and everything because of her unusual circumstances.

I guess I want my readers to ask themselves, "What really makes a monster?" Is it simply being different, or killing without guilt? If you kill in order to survive, are you a monster or are you a survivor? Some would say that there are several types of killers in my story, but are any of them really monsters?

I guess that is the biggest debate about zombies: are they really monsters, or just the poor bastards that got infected?

Product Details

  • File Size: 97 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Ursula K Raphael; 1st edition (September 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZTHSGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Ursula K Raphael is the person behind the book reviewer alias AstraDaemon. She has lived in many places in the US & UK, but she currently resides in west Michigan. When Ursula isn't writing about books and other media at astradaemon.blogspot.com, she spends time on an assortment of projects and personal interests. Ursula has no plans for a writing career, but she has written two short stories and one poetry anthology. The Survivor is her first horror story, Out of the Ashes is her first fantasy story and Moments is her first book of poetry. Over the years, she has developed a profound respect for real authors who write for a living...Ursula would much rather read than write.

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In the spirit of full disclosure, Ursula K. Raphael is a person I consider a friend. That being said, I actually read this story a while ago when she sent it for possible inclusion in a May December anthology. I read the story blind (all author info stripped, as is our policy with all anthology submissions)and scored it very high. (I believe it garnered an 84 out of 100. For personal reasons the story was not able to be included. This is a fun twist on a zombie story that takes the reader for a fast and fun ride. No spoilers here, but there is a very unique twist to this tale. I hope that Ms. Raphael will pick up the pen once more; perhaps to add another chapter. The writing is clean and descriptive. It is well-edited and reads very quickly. I urge those who pick the story up to prompt the writer to give us more.
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A dark and different look at the zombie themed fiction , I would encourage Ursula to write a longer sequel or add to the story, it was very good. It delved deeper than most zombie books. Currently there are thousands of z books that read exactly the same. This one did not and I found it refreshing.
I hope to see more and longer books from Ursula, it took me away to a dangerous and fascinating place. Well worth your time.
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Raphael takes us with during a starving woman's desperate search for food in a post-apocalyptic landscape. The main character remains anonymous, but we get hints. For instance, she was a mother once. The world after the disaster are cruel and without mercy. Only the selfish and the strong eat their fill. When we meet the woman in this story she feeds on cats, former pets with bells in their collars, which make them easy to find. People are divided into three groups: Survivors, Sadists and Them. Everywhere hungry zombies lurk, victims of an unnamed disease. But the greatest threats are the men who use the apocalypse to revel in rape and abuse. The woman in this story keeps moving cautiously in the outskirts, living on remnants or pets. But her hunger is growing and she is forced to start taking greater risks.

The author's language is straightforward and quite raw. This is not a pretty story. The image of humanity that characterized is bleak. It is a chauvinist's world, where it determines who show the greatest cruelty, and will not hesitate to pull the trigger. The text is completely devoid of hope, even if the reader towards the end may revel in righteous anger and violence. The zombies are somewhat innovations. They are described by predator behaviors when they hunt, making the short text even more suggestive and thrilling. Ursula K. Raphael, also known as an book reviewer on Zombiephiles under the pseudonym AstraDaemon, shows that she herself can write, and gives us a story that turns the definitions inside out and state the classic question: who is really the monster here? I have great hopes that the author soon returns to her violent zombie dystopia in longer format or with more short stories.

(swedishzombie.com)
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As with any post apocalypse tale, The Survivor, living in the world envisioned by Ursula K. Raphael is unsettling. You have the usual teams you'd expect to see on the playing field battling it out for life: "The Survivors" and "Them." As if trying to live under those conditions weren't hostile enough, when the only option left is the Hail Mary pass ... a wild card is dealt.

The newest kids on the block are bullies and we quickly learn that both our teams avoid these Sadists like the plague (no pun intended), because they have no intentions of playing by the rules.

But the victors at the top of the hill are quickly dethroned, because everyone pays the piper and like the saying goes `Hell has no fury like a woman scorned' and Mother Nature has had enough. She brings in an apex predator that will change the landscape of the living forever.

"His fear preserved him, while everyone else had died or evolved."

This is one of the most beautiful sentences in this story and it's the perfect metaphor for the zombie genre as a whole.

I'm not a zombie fan because for quite awhile every new zombie story was just a revision of the one told before it, everybody was doing the same thing, if you read one zombie story, you pretty much read them all.

But now, with the market flooded with all these cloned survival/journal types of post-apocalypse stories, the genre is starting to evolve. Raphael is right about an apocalypse not being the end of all life ... stories like "The Survivor" and other author's like her will make up the arrowhead that will usher in a dawn of a day.

Only the strong will survive.
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Very fun little zombie tale that makes for great late night reading. Ms. Raphael adds a wonderful twist on a familiar sub-genre and opens up a whole world of possibilities that I for one would love to see her pursue.

Very gruesome, fun story.
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'The Survivor' by Ursula Raphael is a short story detailing the cruel evolution of a 'survivor' in a horrifying apocalypse.

Noting the efficiency of words and identification of characters by broad description and not names, (ex. The Survivors, The Sadists, Them), I was reminded of theatrical pieces done in the expressionist style that de-emphasize the identity of the characters, while emphasizing the spiritual transformation of the characters in the context of the story.

The story follows the transitional evolution of a woman during this fearful time. Lost, alone, and struggling to live, her previous self is slowly destroyed by the cruel truth of survival.

However, the societal role she played in the civilized past (a mother) resurfaces when she hears the fearful cry of a boy during her hopeless quest for survival. However, the new mother that manifests is tragically different than the civilized one in the new world.

The piece is very short, and a perfect download for a short bus trip, or a nightmarish story before bed. The abstract nature of time within the piece gives it the nightmare quality you will experience from the first words to the cruel ending.

Ursula Raphael effectively puts together a cruel story of transformation in a world shattered by a nightmarish of horror in "The Survivor". If are looking for a quality piece of expressionist zombie horror that makes for a good short read, this is the story for you.
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