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Helter Skelter by [Bryan Cassiday]
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Excerpt from "The Dead of the Night," one of the short stories in Helter Skelter.  All rights reserved.
Copyright 2011 by Bryan Cassiday

A man had torn out the throatof my next-door neighbor last night.

Nobody had heard a sound.  The murder victim was an old woman with awrinkled face like a walnut.  She had acast to one of her blue eyes.  She oncetold me she had great difficulty reading the walk signal at the trafficintersection at the corner of our block.She wore spectacles, but they afforded her little help.  She told me she was ninety-two.

That same nighta zombie had taken a bite out of my arm . . .

I had beensleeping when I felt tremendous pain in my forearm.  The shock of the pain woke me up.  I jackknifed upright in my bed. 

A man with aghoul's face was standing over me, blood dripping from his lips.  I shoved him away from me.  He came back at me.  I hauled off and punched him spang in the nose.  I thought I heard his nose crack.  Whatever it was that cracked, he didn't likethe pain it caused.  He groaned.  He left my room after that.  Could fragments of the bone in his nose havepenetrated his brain on account of my blow?

I could not figure out how he had gotteninto my apartment.  Hadn't I locked mydoor before I had gone to bed?  I thoughtI always did.  Locking the door was partof my nightly ritual.  For the life of meI could not remember.  I realized my armwas bleeding all over my sheets. 

I bolted to the bathroom to retrieve atowel.  I wrapped the towel around mywounded forearm to stanch the bleeding.Apprehensively, I wondered if the zombie had infected me with hisbite.  From movies, I knew that if azombie bit you, you were doomed to turn into a zombie yourself.  How much longer did I have to live?  The idea of turning into a zombie mortifiedme.

Should I go to a doctor?  What good would a doctor do?  After all, doctors could not cure a zombiebite.  If I was, indeed, contaminated bythe zombie germs, it was only a matter of time before I became a zombie. 

I took twoTylenols to kill the pain in my throbbing arm.I looked at the towel wrapped around my arm.  I didn't see any blood.  Perhaps my wound had stopped bleeding.  That was a good sign.

I closed my apartment door, which thezombie had left open when he had departed.I decided to go back to sleep.Easier said than done.  I tossedand turned the entire night.  I keptworrying about whether I should have gone to a doctor.  I sweated bullets wondering how long it wouldtake for me to morph into a zombie.  Thebuzzing of the refrigerator in the kitchen kept me awake.  The sound seemed inordinately loud for somereason.  At last I managed to drift offjust before sunrise.


"Swift, thoughtful, and highly entertaining."--Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 459 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 219 pages
  • Publication date : July 31, 2011
  • Publisher : Bryan Cassiday; 2nd edition (July 31, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B005FHOGC6
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
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