In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learns a brutal lesson. Sometimes the shambling animated corpses aren’t the worst thing that can happen to you. Sometimes the monsters are human, hiding their thirst for violence behind deceptively benign masks.
If zombie fiction isn’t your thing, that’s fine. Because this novella by Lori Whitwam is much more than that. Monsters Unmasked explores human nature in the face of a cataclysmic event where every facet of human life has been tipped upside down. Exposing both the darker side of human nature and offering a thread of hope, Monsters Unmasked begs the question — what would happen in a zombie apocalypse? Or any apocalypse, for that matter. How would you, your neighbors, your friends react? The people you think you know…do you really know them?
Ellen’s story is one of deep despair and emotional chaos as she fights to regain some of what she’s lost. In the aftermath of captivity, amidst the constant threat of zombie attacks, she must find a way out of the darkness and set foot on the brighter path of hope.
Based on a world created by the talented and brilliant Joshua Guess, Monsters Unmasked is a stand-alone work that meshes seamlessly into the compelling universe he’s created. Not only am I a huge fan of Living With the Dead in particular, I am a huge fan of quality in general, and this is quality work. Lori Whitwam provides another look into a fascinating world in which nothing is what it seems; survival may require more than you bargain for and this novella constantly challenges you to wonder what you would do in the place of the survivors.
Like Joshua’s work before her, Lori’s novella is not your usual self-publishing fare. Like Joshua’s work, Lori’s compelling and memorable story is worthy of standing on the shelves of every brick and mortar book store, side-by-side with traditionally published products. Both Guess and Whitwam show the publishing world that there are quality self-published works out there definitely deserving of the support and accolades of not only the self-publishing community, but the publishing community as a whole.
Ellen’s tale will stay with you a long time after you finish the last page. Thought-provoking, dark and yet hopeful, don’t miss this read.