Saturday, April 3, 2021

A Quiet Apocalypse Tour and Giveaway

 


A Quiet Apocalypse
by Dave Jeffery
Genre: Dystopian Horror




The end is hear...

A mutant strain of meningitis has wiped out most of mankind. The few who have survived the fever are now deaf.

Bitter with loss and terrified to leave the city known as Cathedral, the inhabitants rely on The Samaritans, search teams sent out into the surrounding countryside. Their purpose, to hunt down and enslave the greatest commodity on Earth, an even smaller group of people immune to the virus, people who can still hear.

People like me.

My name is Chris.

This is my story.


A Quiet Apocalypse is told from the perspective of ex-schoolteacher Chris, a hearing survivor. He has lost everything, including his freedom, and through his eyes we learn of what it is like to live as a slave in this terrible new world of fear and loss. I was keen to write a piece that preyed upon people’s traditional misconceptions of deafness as an illness, and the imposition of ‘hearing’ norms. It is a story that has poignancy in any understanding of the struggles of minority groups.” – Author, Dave Jeffery



The heavy breathing continues behind us and I turn to the

Samaritan I’ve blasted and who is now lying supine on the stairs. Paul

joins me as we look down at the boy gasping for air. Where the bullet has

struck his neck, bubbles fizz as though he has a strawberry soda pouring

through the wound.

“Can’t be older than sixteen,” I whisper. “What have I done?”

The weapon in my hand drops to the floor, a statement of my

contempt for what I’ve become, what I am.

Kid-killer.

“What you’ve done is stay alive and that’s all we have now.”

Paul steps up to the boy and places the muzzle of the rifle against

his brow. There is no acknowledgement in the kid’s eyes, just the faraway

look of the dying.

The rifle quickens the boy’s passing with a report that is as loud as

any I have heard in the past half an hour. It is an act of mercy and an

execution blended together until it becomes one and the same.

Paul turns to me, his face grim. “We’ll drag them all out into the

street. I guess the dogs will be eating well for the next few days.”

I bow my head, not seeing anything good in his statement.


Cathedral
A Quiet Apocalypse Book 2


CATHEDRAL ... The world has changed. So have the rules.

In the silence of a quiet apocalypse, there is Cathedral. It is a city like no other, sanctuary for the survivors of a terrible plague that has deafened the world. The walls protect the small community. Rituals and laws maintain order to prevent a return to chaos.

But Cathedral is a dangerous and complex place. For citizens like Sarah and newcomer Paul it can be either home or prison.

They just have to decide where their loyalties lie…



We turn a corner, there is another half a mile of High Street until

we reach the city gates, another run of storehouses. As soon as we have

walked twenty paces, we see the group of four people sitting on the

concrete ramp leading up to a warehouse.

There are three men and one woman, of mixed ages, but united by

their shaven heads and malformed hands. The fingers appear twisted, the

palms convoluted like panels of corrugated metal. One man has support

splints on his wrists, bulky leather straps keep the haphazard bracelets in

place. The four vagabonds sit and, at our approach, hold out their ruined

hands whilst the woman types slowly on her tell-pad with a zig-zagged

finger.

Good peOple! HAv meErcy at our timme of neeDD.

Alice intercedes. Her comment is brief, and I can guess it’s not

welcoming.

I look upon these poor souls, victims of a momentary lapse of

reason, and the long-term penalty it has incurred. It is pity that has me

pulling a wax wrapping from the folds of my gift bag and tossing it to the

woman. She has no chance of catching the alms but tries regardless, and

it hits the street, the wax paper keeping the sandwich inside it contained.

The men sit back as the woman scoops it from the concrete with the

combined mangled digits of both hands.

I feel Alice place her palm in the small of my back and urge me

along.

You shouldn’t encourage them, Sarah. They get their daily rations,

even though they contribute nothing.

I watch as the woman opens the wrappings in her lap, the white

paper stark against the grey rags of her skirt. The men sit patiently, their

eagerness betrayed by their twitching, twisted fingers, and she portions

out the sandwich, distributing each piece like a mother feeding her young.

Once this is done, she looks up at me, a crown of stubble on her

head, face etched with the deep lines of chronic pain, and she lifts her

parody of a hand to give a wave of thanks.

Alice nods as if her worst fears have come true.

See? Now they’ll expect it every time. You’re just a big softy. It’s

my new name for you, Sarah Soft!

I smile and turn away from the group as they take comfort from

their meagre meal. The laws of Cathedral can be harsh.

But as Chapter 9 reminds us, a life without them is worse.




Dave Jeffery is author of 15 novels, two collections, and numerous short stories. His Necropolis Rising series and yeti adventure Frostbite have both featured on the Amazon #1 bestseller list. His YA work features critically acclaimed Beatrice Beecham supernatural mystery series and Finding Jericho, a contemporary mental health novel that was featured on the BBC Health and the Independent Schools Entrance Examination Board's recommended reading lists. A third edition of this book will be released by Demain Publishing in 2020.

Jeffery is a member of the Society of Authors, British Fantasy Society (where he is a regular book reviewer), and the Horror Writers Association. He is also a registered mental health professional with a BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Health Studies.

Jeffery is married with two children and lives in Worcestershire, UK.





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