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When Graveyards Yawn (The Apocalypse Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

G. Wells Taylor
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Book Description

When the Change came, people stopped aging, the dead rose from their graves, it started raining and it’s been raining ever since. But a guy's still got to make a living doesn't he?

When Graveyards Yawn: Book 1 (Full Novel) MURDER IS STILL MURDER IN GREASETOWN - A dead lawyer enters the office of Wildclown Investigations and hires the detective to find his killer. Wildclown and his dead sidekick Elmo soon find themselves entangled in a battle for control of a secret that offers either hope or doom for humanity. WHEN GRAVEYARDS YAWN takes the reader to a unique setting that mixes gothic horror with the two-fisted pragmatism of a hard-boiled detective novel.

Editorial Reviews


"...Alice in Wonderland meets Night of the Living Dead meets Humphrey Bogart dystopian roller-coaster." ~ Albert Berg - Unsanity Files

"an engaging story that will keep you reading late into the night and beyond." - Mark Cantrell - The Word on the Wall
"...this book is outstanding. It defies classification." - Blackat Studios Review

"G. Wells Taylor has taken the detective/mystery genre to new and horrific territory here." -

About the Author

G. Wells Taylor divides his time between promoting his books and writing the final installment of The Apocalypse Trilogy: The Fifth Horseman. Taylor lives in Canada.

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  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054GLEZU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,565 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [URL] May 12, 2002
Imagine for a moment a world following "The Change" in which the living never age, the dead rise from their graves, procreation is only a memory and the sun never shines. Toss in a first-class mystery and a cynical detective with a propensity for adult beverages by the name of Wildclown and you have a plot mix that makes a witches brew seem passé. Oh, and did I mention that Wildclown, appropriately enough, wears clown garb and
makeup, is often possessed by a disembodied entity and has a partner whose dead? Not many writers could pull so many diverse story-elements into one story and have it hold
together, but G. Wells Taylor has done it superbly. Not only is Graveyards believable, but Taylor's prose is impeccable. Wildclown, with his flawed personality, is a character
you may not like, but you will love his cynically humorous repartee and you'll be rooting for him all the way through this imaginatively clever novel.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror/sci-fi/noir/quasi-apocalyptic classic December 3, 2006
This is the novel that taught me that POD books could be just as good, just as well-written, and just as entertaining as any contemporary fiction. I know that inspiration is a personal matter, and Graveyards may not have the same impact on you as it did on me. Nonetheless, there is much here to enjoy for anyone who appreciates hard-boiled mysteries (especially ones infused with apocalyptic overtones). The narrative pulses with real tension and menace. The violence is abrupt, brutal, and convincing. The mystery that drives the plot, although essentially a MacGuffin, is well-handled to the very end. And the more subtle enigma of the protagonist -- a man with two souls -- gives the novel the emotional heft of a true noir classic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the Movie! March 25, 2002
By A Customer
I was amazed. When Graveyards Yawn takes some familiar ideas from detective and horror stories and ties them into a book that's totally unique, creepy and entertaining. Wildclown is a one of a kind detective, and Greasetown is just like its name. The writing is thought provoking and fun. And to help you get a feel for the novel Taylor also produced a huge, official web site dedicated to the story and its setting and characters. There are pictures and animations of the detective, characters from the book and an ongoing book launch party inside the book. Lots of stuff to keep you entertained for hours. This is one fantastic package. I can't wait for the movie!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that sucks you in September 10, 2011
By Jetpack
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This is a review of the Kindle version.

At the start, I wasn't too impressed with this. A hard-boiled detective story with an insane clown, the spirit who possesses him and their dead sidekick. But the story and background just did a great job of sucking me in. It's clear the author has thought about what the world would be like if the dead start moving, and how it would impact society. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading, and the more I cared about the characters. Especially Fatso - just really love him, for some reason. The quiet dignity of a dead man, but willing to risk everything for his boss.

Definitely recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! October 28, 2011
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This is bizarro fiction, with a master's stroke of the brush!
I was playing Russian Book Roulette on Amazon and took a chance on this one, without reading the full synopsis.
This is one of the most rewarding chances that I've ever taken.
Read it, hug it, squeeze it and name it George!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique. Just great. July 15, 2011
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A really unique book. I really enjoyed it. It's definitely is it's own thing. What happens when the dead stop dying? And no they don't try to eat you, the just become second class citizens. I guess the book would get classified as urban fantasy, but it really is very different from anything by Jim Butcher, etc. and it's clearly not your typical apocalypse. What it is is a lot of fun.

I don't write a ton of reviews (you can probably tell) but this book was so enjoyable and the setting so unique that I thought I should write one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, compelling zombies April 9, 2012
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I stumbled upon "When Graveyards Yawn" when I bought a Kindle and started hunting for zombie stories and discovered there were a LOT of them offered free. I read half a dozen, of which two were halfway good, before reaching WGY. Quickly I discovered, this was like nothing I'd ever read. A combination of hardboiled detective and zombie apocalypse, but written as if it were a graphic novel. I've never read anything so visual that didn't include drawings. Nor have I read anything self-published that was so clearly first-rate.

As a combat veteran I stopped enjoying stories that involved killing, but later as a pest control operator I discovered that God made cockroaches so we could commit mass slaughter without guilt. Well, that's why the zombie apocalypse was invented, and why I enjoy them.

Wells creates a brilliant and unique class of zombie that retains its memories, its physical speed, and even its humanity -- yet he is a master at creating bad guys so repulsive, both living and "undead," that when the violence starts and the hero must cut a swath of blood and body parts, I'm not left feeling morally violated. This despite the protagonist's beguiling Sam Spade amorality.

To list the story's quirky features would be to risk turning a reader away, thinking, "This is just weird." Sure, it's weird for a private detective to wear clown makeup around the clock, throughout the year. More strange is what happens to Detective Wildclown when he's on the job, or how he spends his time alone. Don't sweat it. All these features are executed so brilliantly, they demonstrate the rule of writing that "You can break any rule, as long as you do it really, really well."

Based on my experience with this first volume in the Apocalypse trilogy, I have purchased the followup volumes and look forward to reading them and other of Wells' works.
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I "LOVED" this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was very hard to put down. I would recommend this book to every one I know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Graveyards Yawn
The book was interesting, but not really what I was expecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Ride...
I actually really like this book...the humor dark.The characters come off the page wonderfully.I have also read other books by G. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Inlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickass wordsmith
Taylor always hits it out of the park when I think I can't find anything good to read.
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My wife is the reader and she loves it.
Published 6 months ago by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
quite possibly the strangest book ive ever read. loved every word of it. if you need something new and fun to read, check this book out.
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More About the Author

G. Wells Taylor is currently promoting his Dracula of the Apes trilogy and writing a new Wildclown novel due for a late 2015 release.

DRACULA OF THE APES picks up where Bram Stoker's Dracula left off and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes began. Genres collide in this thrilling horror/adventure fiction hybrid.
Dracula's Gypsy servant Horvat has the special duty of preserving his master's body if the worst should ever happen--and the worst has happened!
Van Helsing's team of vampire hunters has decapitated the count and reduced him to dust and ashes.
Horvat's instructions are simple. Dracula's remains must be stored in a special urn and bathed in blood while en route to South Africa where a mysterious ally will see to his resurrection.
But fate steps in off the African coast and a shipwreck casts Horvat and his precious burden into the jungle setting of another literary classic.

Taylor is also writing a new Variant Effect installment due to launch in 2016.

His current Kindle titles include The Apocalypse Trilogy: Book 1 - When Graveyards Yawn (FREE for Kindle), Book 2 - The Forsaken, and Book 3 - The Fifth Horseman; The Variant Effect Series: Book 1 - The Variant Effect (FREE for Kindle), Book 2 - GreenMourning, & The Official Variant Effect Collector Pack; The World of Change books: Wildclown Hard-Boiled, Wildclown Hijacked, Menagerie - A Wildclown Novel, The Corpse - Harbinger; Bent Steeple, Mother's Boy, Memory Lane and 6 - Portrait of a 21st Century Snuff Fighter.

Taylor lives in Canada and would like to thank his readers in advance.

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