Curtis, a young college student is dragged to his first gay club by his best friend Jimmy for a night of dancing, drinking and sex…at least until the dead start to rise and attack the club. Trapped inside the Asylum are a small band of survivors, including a drag queen, a male stripper, a Vietnam vet bartender, a pretentious gay couple, and an unstable DJ. Will this motley crew survive the hungry undead rattling the sealed-off doors? Will they survive each other? Will they survive their own personal demons? Asylum recalls George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead—except with more gore and a more current social message.
“…an extremely fun, fast-paced read. Highly recommended for zombie fans, especially those purists who enjoy the classic Romero-inspired zombies.”
—Skull Salad Reviews, T.J. McIntyre
“Gunnells had me from the first sentence. ASYLUM starts off with a hook up in the parking lot of a gay night club and just skyrockets from there.”
“…the story is handled from inside each of the characters in turn as they hole up against the zombie attack. Mark does a great job constructing unique back stories and traits for each character, which is a big plus. We’re privy to their demons as death stares them in the face and there is a lot of emotional weight that adds depth to their predicament. I’m picky with story endings, but for me, Mark hit just the right notes in the final paragraphs—creating both a whimper and a resonant bang.”
“There are those who would love to be locked away with plenty of cute guys, but not like this. “Asylum” takes a spin on the zombie invasion with a gay twist, as Curtis and Jimmy find themselves locked away at the Asylum, a gay club, as zombies begin to ravage the club and leave the party goers doing something that is most definitely not partying. “Asylum” is a fun read, and very highly recommended.”
—The Midwest Book Review
About the Author:
Mark Allan Gunnells is thirty-six years old and holds a degree in English and Psychology. He is the author of the chapbook A Laymon Kind of Night and the upcoming Whisonant and Tales from the Midnight Shift, Vol. I, all from Sideshow Press. His short story “Dancing in the Dark” was recently released through Darkside Digital. A small-town boy at heart, he still lives in his hometown of Gaffney, SC, with his partner of nine years.
- The Zombie Feed, December 2010
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