New free AUTUMN story – The Garden Shed

As promised, THE GARDEN SHED – a new 8,000 word AUTUMN story – is now available to read over at www.lastoftheliving.net.

The Garden Shed - artwork by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk)An Englishman’s home is his castle…

Lester Prescott thrives on order and uniformity. His home is pristine and perfect and is situated in a relatively well-to-do residential area. He is well respected socially and is the most accurate and productive accountant ever to have been employed by the firm of Ashcroft, Jenkins and Harman. Lester Prescott thinks in black and white. 

Last Tuesday morning, more than six billion people were killed by the most virulent virus ever to blight the face of the planet. Much to his surprise, Lester Prescott survived. As you’d expect, this most pedantic and ordered man is struggling to deal with the aftermath.

The story has been illustrated with another beautiful photograph from Antony White (see yesterday’s post for more about Antony and his work). There are still plenty more stories to be added to www.lastoftheliving.net, and I’m still looking for artwork for some of them. If you’re interested in getting involved, have a look at this document and get in touch.

The Autumn artists – Antony White

I’ll be posting another free short story to www.lastoftheliving.net tomorrow – THE GARDEN SHED – one man’s desperate fight to protect his home from vast approaching hordes of the living dead. The story has been illustrated for me by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk). Antony’s already illustrated several pieces of free fiction, and I thought it only right that I spend a little time singing his praises.

I first became aware of Antony several years ago when he sent me a few illustrations inspired by AUTUMN (you can see a gallery at the end of this post). A zombie-junkie before the undead were anywhere near as popular as they are today, he told me that back then “…you really had to look for it. A few years ago there seemed to be a barrage of zombie books emerging from the grave, and Autumn was one of them. The book was released free, so I downloaded, printed and was completely absorbed after the first few pages.”

As you’ll see from the before/after pictures after the break (click to enlarge), Antony’s style really lends itself well to creating post-apocalyptic imagery.

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Another Purification update

Juliet Appleby, illustrated by Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk)Apologies for the lack of updates this week – I have a few important deadlines which I need to concentrate on hitting. Normal service will be resumed very shortly.

In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to Juliet Appleby, another new character who appears in AUTUMN: PURIFICATION. Juliet’s story is available to read now over at www.lastoftheliving.net, and is accompanied by another atmospheric illustration from Antony White (www.blackpapersky.co.uk).