Thursday, July 28, 2016


Never Say Die: 
Stories of the Zombie Apocalypse
By: Stevie Kopas

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
Pages: 159

Family, friends, lovers...

Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together.  But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart?

Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them.

Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don't break.

Never Say Die isn't just another zombie survival novel; it's a collection of refreshing stories of humanity set on an apocalyptic backdrop.  Each story throws you head first into the end of the world and explores the before and after of our most important bonds, whether they be with a family member, a friend, or ourselves.  Take a closer look at Jack, Rosie, Trevor, Patient 63, Gordon, and Elena.

Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack's sister is mysteriously taken.  Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become?

The morning of an estranged couple's divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.  Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey's end?

After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world's population.  Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good.  Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63.  But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to its end all over again?  (Previously released in At Hell's Gates 2: Origins of Evil.)

A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don't go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive.  The human race may depend on it.

A troubled young man makes the decision to end his life, but when the dead come back to life and his story is overrun, Trevor has suddenly found the will to live again, only this time he realizes he has found a new purpose in life: Revenge.

Stevie Kopas was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She is a gamer, a writer, and an apocalypse enthusiast.  Stevie will never turn down a good cup of coffee and might even be a bit of a caffeine addict.  She is the author of the The Breadwinner Trilogy and other short stories, as well as a reviewer and Managing Editor for Horror Metal Sounds.  Stevie currently resides in Florida.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

CaLLiNG aLL...

Last year, The Gal's 31 Days of Horror was more amazing than I could have imagined. There's just one problem with such awesomeness.  How do I top it this year?

How does 62 Days of Horror sound to you?

(I can't even describe what that thought does to me.)

October will be all about horror and dark fantasy authors.  Haven't been interviewed on The Gal?  (Or have my questions sitting in your Inbox, but haven't had a chance to get to them yet?)  Now's your chance!  Contact me (leave a comment, message me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, email me... heck you can even text me) and I'll get the questions sent over to you ASAP.  
            Questions a little too constricting for you?  Or you're thinking 'Dangit, I've already been on.'  You are more than welcome to just write a guest post about the awesomeness that is you.  And don't forget to tell us a little something about the books you've written that you think we should take a look at.
            Have a book coming out in October?  (Or anytime really.)  I want to know all about it.  Talk to me about a Release Day Spotlight (these are free all year round).

I know what you're thinking - that I've forgotten how to count, huh?  You're like, 'Meghan, I hate to break this to you, but that's... that's only 31 days.'

Hear me out.

I've mentioned an idea a couple of times, and to be honest, at first it was just a joke, but when people told me of their interest (and one awesome author already sent me something over), that idea became complete reality.

I'm a huge fan of Christmas - one of my three favorite holidays - even if I'm the only one who considers my birthday one - but I am damn tired of it taking over my Halloween month.  Payback is a...

THIS December, WE are fighting back!!

December will be a month of original horror short stories, all inspired by Christmas (or winter, if that's the way your story ends up taking you).  The scarier, the better.  There is no specific length requirements and I'm open to all ideas - just contact me, let me know you're interested, and share with me what you're thinking (or you can be like some of the authors from last year and keep me just as surprised about your idea as everyone else).

This is open to ALL horror and dark fiction authors, so if you're not one, but know one that would be interested, let them know about this.
            Wait, what?  You're not a horror or dark fiction author, but would like to give this a try?  You are welcome to join us - the more the merrier.  (That goes to writers who have not had anything of there's published AND authors of other genres.)

Friday, July 22, 2016


Hear the Wolves
By: Victoria Scott

Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: 3.28.2017

It's survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott.

Sloan is a hunter.
            So she shouldn't be afraid of anything.  But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, an near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight - it makes her too scared to be on her own.
            When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked.  Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop.  One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident.  And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there - their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.
            But the woods are ice cold, and the wolves are hungry.  Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time.  That's when the wolves start hunting them...

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