The Cost of Living

Infected Books
29 reviews

About this ebook

A survival horror story from the author of the best-selling AUTUMN and HATER novels.

The world is dying. An abhorrent epidemic is sweeping the globe, destroying everything it touches. Contact with even a single drop of contaminated blood or saliva is enough to spread the disease. Within hours even the healthiest people are transformed into hideous, germ-spewing creatures. They hunt out the uninfected in their tens of thousands, their sole purpose to continue spreading the infection.

On a recently-built housing development on the outskirts of a large city, one man will stop at nothing to protect his family from the coming storm. Stuart has been one step ahead of the game from the beginning. His garage is stocked high with supplies, the doors and windows of his home fortified, weapons held ready in case of attack.

With each passing minute, there are more and more infected surrounding the house. With each passing minute, Stuart and his family have less food and water available. Some time very soon, the balance of power will inevitably shift.

But Stuart won’t give up on his family, no matter what the cost.

THE COST OF LIVING and ISOLATION are available in a combined and expanded edition from Infected Books entitled LAST OF THE LIVING.

Ratings and reviews

29 reviews
Debbie Balaam
April 29, 2022
Author said there was no happy ending. Did not expect the Mother to turn into a murderer and kill all children and her husband including herself! What a shocker. Husband had tried so hard to keep them alive. 💀💀💀💀.
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Patricia Paulson
May 5, 2023
That ending there me for a loop! Am I crazy to say it made sense to me?
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3krazykids mom
January 30, 2024
quick read but decent story.
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About the author

David Moody sold the film rights to his novel HATER to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). His seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Moody has an unhealthy fascination with the end of the world and likes to write books about ordinary folks going through absolute hell. Find out more about his work at and

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