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by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason
Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his pyramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.
These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.
THE BUZZARD ZONE
by Ronald Kelly
The sky darkened, black and oily; swirling, impregnated with vigilance. It was not a bad turn of the weather promising rain or storm or tornado. It was keenly alive. Silent, yet ever moving, ever watching.
Ever alert for what was commonplace in those dark and dangerous days.
Always with its ravenous eye upon death.
It began in Juneﾅ the Infestation. A tiny, black insect the size of a gnat appeared from out of nowhere and swiftly took the world by storm. By September, 94% of the Earth’s population was dead ﾅ or transformed into mindless, flesh-devouring creatures known as Biters.
In the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Levi Hobbs and his family realize that isolation will not protect them forever. As the sky grows dark and turbulent with buzzards, they know that they are in the Zone and that violent and ravenous death is on the move. When the Biters invade Hobbs Ridge, Levi and the others leave their home behind and take to the road. But, heading into North Carolina, they discover new dangers and horrors to contend with; some put into motion by the Infestation, while others are conjured from the evil hearts of men unrestrained by law or conscience.
As they near the city of Asheville, the Zone grows more widespread and the hungry hoards merge into an unstoppable exodus of death and destruction. Levi and the others know then that there is only one place left to goﾅ one place in which to make their final stand.