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The Survivor [Kindle Edition]

Ursula K Raphael
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A female survivor of a zombie apocalypse finds herself overwhelmed with hunger pains. Her starvation is taking its toll on her body. In the past, she avoided the others, fearing what they might do to her, but now she must risk an encounter in order to find food. Once she finds something to eat, she has to fight for what little is left. Fortunately, the others have no idea what has followed them to their campsite.

“Nice feel to the writing...Cormac McCarthy-esque for lack of a better description... I enjoyed the twist, and had to read it again to see why I fell so easily into my assumptions.” - Steve Konkoly, author of The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged

“This is a gritty, hard-hitting tale which introduces the reader to the dangerous & sometimes sick post-apocalypse world of Raphael.” - Sean T. Page, author of The Official Zombie Handbook- The Ministry of Zombies and War Against The Walking Dead

“…a beautifully crafted short with just the right amount of brutality.” - Adam Millard, author of Dead Cells and Dead West

“...grips you from paragraph to paragraph...a story of journey, hardship, change, raw emotion and feeling.” - Joe Hotham, author of Neon Shadow

Editorial Reviews


"...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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start to a much longer story. February 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and different, a compelling read. February 2, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Fun Read January 23, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bloody Good Read July 11, 2014
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This is a terrific little read - an in-your-face horror tale with a clever twist!
"The Survivor" is a short story, and as such I don't want to spoil all the good, gruesome fun that awaits the reader by writing a wordy review here.
If you're a fan of horror stories, you can't go wrong with this little gem. With a strong female character and writing that packs a wallop, this story grabs you by the throat - and rips it out!
Download this one, horror fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark April 12, 2014
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I started reading this because I needed something I could finish quickly. This was a great choice since I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devlishly clever and twisted undead short March 1, 2012
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I'll admit from the start that I would be considered an undead literature novice by the serious "zombiephiles," which is one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity to read Ursula's story. As a "zombiephile" with serious "street cred," she has been exposed to every style, concept and gimmick used in the genre, and I banked on the hope that she would tread new ground in her debut story. My instincts proved correct. The Survivor is a unique and delightful addition to what I have read, and has renewed my interest in the genre.

Having no idea what to expect, I was slightly confused at first, in that I couldn't immediately identify the style. Still, the writing had an easy feel, and the action progressed quickly, which is critical for a short story. I felt treated to a gritty, desperate first person narrative that reminded me of the spartan style used by Cormac McCarthy in The Road. I particularly enjoyed the grim apocalyptic descriptions, punctuated by shocking, vivid detail. I enjoyed the twist, and had to read it again to see why I fell so easily into my assumptions. Not all is what it seems in Ursula's post-apocalyptic world. I hope she expands the world she started to create in this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! February 28, 2012
By Tenshun
Format:Kindle Edition
I must admit, I didn't know what to expect from this first time author. But to my pleasant surprise, she kept me glued to every word. The story isn't long enough for me to go into intricate detail without giving too much away. But don't mistake its lack of length, for lack of content; that couldn't be any further from the truth. If you are a fan of the "Undead" genre, "The Survivor"is sure to breathe new life and ideas into an already over-saturated Horror market. I read this story almost three hours ago, and it has still left me to ponder all the what ifs, and what else could be. I look forward with anxious anticipation for her next skillful scribing. Bravo AstraDaemon, And thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Startling Expressionist-style short story... February 23, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A violent zombie dystopia
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. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Swedish Zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars The most shocking read I've ever encountered...
Let me begin with one note of criticism: I wish the story was longer - there I said it - It was a very fresh look upon the zombie genre, not to mention the most SHOCKING read I've... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by R.D.TEUN
4.0 out of 5 stars Know thy enemy...
As with any post apocalypse tale, The Survivor, living in the world envisioned by Ursula K. Raphael is unsettling. Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by The Wordsmith
1.0 out of 5 stars wtf?
I dont even understand where this story was going.....very confusing. Not the best zombie story I have read. Even though it is very short it is not worth the read
Published on January 31, 2012 by awood
4.0 out of 5 stars Different twist
This story was a very good read. It kept your interest till the end. At first you read it and think oh this is just like other zombie horror stories but then you get further in and... Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Lisa Conger
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun short story
I am not much of a fiction, let alone zombie fiction, reader. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this little short story. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Michael S. Domeracki
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More About the Author

Ursula K Raphael is the real name behind the horror alias AstraDaemon at The Zombiephiles. She had many adventures in various locations before settling near Grand Rapids, MI. When she isn't writing about the undead, this homeschooling mama reviews additional genres at a few other sites, spends time on several hobbies, and constantly updates her preparations for any possible apocalyptic event. She has no plans for a writing career, but decided to see how the other half lives. The Survivor is the first story that she bothered to finish, and it may very well be her only one.

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