Published by Post Mortem Press on 1.29.16
Genres: Apocalyptic, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Zombies
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What started as a night at the theater and a meteor shower ended with the dead walking the planet. Living in a fortified cul-de-sac in the shadow of Boston a group of refugees have etched out their survival. At times they’re not sure who to fear more; the zombies wandering the streets or the power mad “controller” of Boston, Richard Crenshaw. Until the day a crazed environmentalist shows up at the gates with promises of “the cure” disrupting their lives. With a handful of volunteers, Catherine sets off with her team to follow the half-mad scientist to Florida to where he believes the cure for the zombie plague exists. When they arrive in the swamp they are greeted by unexpected horrors both human and inhuman. The insanity of the scientist, Pierce leads them on a chase through the swamps of Florida searching the cure that ends badly for everyone.
Zombies! And not just human ones either! Very cool!
Fountain of the Dead starts out in the suburbs of what’s left of Boston about 10 years after Storm Night. That was the night a pretty meteor shower turned into meteors actually hitting the earth and somehow raising the dead. Our plucky group of survivors has come together and started to make a community, sometimes trading with their evil neighbors who control Boston itself. One night a stranger comes to the gates ranting about finding a cure and, of course, they let him in. So begins their journey towards the truth.
I’ll have to leave the plot off there, other than to say there were a few turns that did surprise me. I think it’s pretty hard to do that, especially being as big a fan of The Walking Dead as I am. The premise of finding a cure is an intriguing one, as most other zombie novels are wholly immersed in just surviving. These characters were well developed, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the bad guys. I also liked the imagination and creativity on hand for the very last portion of this novel. Bravo to what happened outside that shed!
I did have some issues with the editing. There were more typos than I would have liked, as well as missing or incorrectly spelled words, which took me out of the story here and there. Luckily, the pacing was good and I was able to hop back into the action without too much trouble.
Fountain of the Dead shows off some incredible imagination, especially towards the end, and for this reason I feel comfortable recommending it to fans of horror, but especially to fans of zombie stories and/or The Walking Dead.
*Horror After Dark received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is it*
About Scott Goudsward
Scott T. Goudsward is a New England based author, living in the cubicle world by day and the world of words by night. He has been writing seriously since 1992. He is a member of the Essex Writers and Artists Group and co-moderates the New England Horror Writers. Scott’s latest novel Fountain of the Dead came out summer 2015, his latest co-written non-fiction book Horror Guide to Florida came out late 2015, both from Post Mortem Press. He also has 2 new co-edited anthologies which came out during 2015 “Wicked Tales” from the New England Horror Writers and Once Upon an Apocalypse 2 with Rachel Kenley.