In Strandville, there are worse fates than becoming undead.
How are vaccines made? It’s a complicated process that boils down to this: the virus is weakened and inactivated, part of the virus (or bacteria) is incubated (often in eggs), and the end product is something that works with the human immune system to prevent the disease.
Fifteen years in the medical field and a penchant for horror had me pondering, if this works for lethal viruses, why not the z-virus?
“Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel (#1)” was an exploration of that idea. The more of it I wrote, the deeper I got into the science, and the darker the experiment became. I looked at blood-borne infections and experimental medicine, and applied some of the theories to one simple concept: humanity is on the brink of extinction, how far will they go for a cure?
Enter the nefarious, but brilliant, Dr. Howard Nixon, of the Nixon Healing and Research Center, located in Strandville, NY, a fictitious town in the Adirondack Mountains. Nixon has henchmen, he has victims, and he has enemies.
This look at the outbreak (and subsequently in Afterbirth, the follow-up that sees the experiment through to its shocking conclusion) has the escape of a group of female ‘test subjects’ turning into a global epidemic.
The cure is in Strandville all along…
Everyone has their own agenda, and not everyone is as they seem. Nixon uses extortion to enlist some of his help, and that, of course, backfires. Some people can only be pushed so far. This is one of those stories where the cure might be worse than the illness, and humans might be more dangerous than the epidemic.
Fast-paced and frenetic, Cure was optioned for film by Fred C. Caruso, producer of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, HBO’s The Rat Pack, and associated with such films as The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America.
We’ve worked to create an exciting script, but have not yet found a studio. I am hopeful that one day we’ll find our match. Part horror, part medical thriller, the Strandville Zombie Novels have been hailed as an original take on the genre.
Both “Cure” and “Afterbirth” are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in e-book and print.
Cure (Strandville Series, #1)
Afterbirth (Strandville Series, #2)
Belinda Frisch’s fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War.
She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition and her novel, Cure, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival.
You can find out more, including links to Twitter and Facebook via her blog.