I’ve had readers from time to time ask me where I got the inspiration for the Zombie Fallout series. It’s funny actually, or maybe not; now that I’m writing this I should probably seek professional help and get some heavy medication. In the opening scene Michael Talbot (the main protagonist) has just returned from work and is about to take a shower when he hears his wife scream. She’s basically fighting a zombie to get their security door closed. He runs down and because he’s slightly off-center and has been waiting for a dooms-day scenario he quickly figures out these are zombies.
This isn’t one of those stories where someone goes outside and asks the folks if they’re alright before getting torn to pieces.
That very first chapter of Zombie Fallout was something I used to think about as a ‘what if’ type scenario before I would go to bed. The rest of the story truly grew organically from that.
I think folks can relate to Mike because he’s an every-man. He’s not Rambo, he doesn’t know 13 forms of martial arts, he has character flaws but above it all is his unwavering love for his family and friends. People that he would gladly throw down his life for if it would protect them:
It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant through the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known, was the effect this largely untested inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country, convulsed, collapsed and died, only to be re-born. With a taste for brains, blood and bodies, hordes of modern-day zombies began scouring the lands for their next meal.
This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting on the edge of insanity. Ensconced in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand.
God help them all.