Friday, October 30, 2015

THE GAL'S 31 DAYS OF HORROR: Stephen Kozeniewski

The Ghoul Archipelago
By: Stephen Kozeniewski

Genre: Horror, Zombies
Publisher: Severed Press
Publication date: 10.16.2013
Pages: 360

After ravenous corpses topple society and consume most of the world's population, freighter captain Henk Martigan is shocked to receive a distress call.  Eighty survivors beg him to whisk them away to the relative safety of the South Pacific.  Martigan wants to help, but to rescue anyone, he must pass through the nightmare backwater of the Curien island chain.
            A power struggle is brewing in the Curiens.  On on side, the billionaire inventor of the mind-control collar seeks to squeeze all the profit he can out of the apocalypse.  Opposing him is the charismatic leader of a ghoul-worshipping cargo cult.  When a lunatic warlord berths an aircraft carrier off the coast and stakes his own claim on the islands, the stage is set for a bloody showdown.
            To save the remnants of humanity (and himself), Captain Martigan must defeat all three of his ruthless new foes and brave the gruesome horrors of... THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO.

About the author:
Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie.  He was born to the soothing strains of "Boogie with Stu" even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn't even really want to get into right now.
            During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star.  The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.
            He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor's is in German.

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