I suppose that made us the lucky ones, but for me it was a pretty tough pill to swallow. Before everything went down - before a combination of rabies and leprosy turned people into something an awful lot like zombies - I was a Maryland doctor, nearing retirement, wealthy and respected, even if I was a pompous ass. In the walled city, all of that disappeared and I had nothing. Not until Rosa showed up one day. She had dreams, making me realize that I had lost mine. If not for her, I would never have escaped. Never seen the world outside the walls. Never known hope again. But with hope came fear, and in our world, that came with death. Funny how the disease took away life, community, even civilization itself, but gave me one thing I never knew I wanted: family. Still, our life was a cruel life, and it taught me one thing clearly.
We might not all get killed by this world, this disease, but there's no way we're all getting out alive.
The Oasis of Filth - Part 1
The Hopeless Pastures - The Oasis of Filth - Part 2
From Blood Reborn - The Oasis of Filth - Part 3
Winner of the Red City Review science fiction and fantasy book of the year award!
"The book sets up a believable and in many ways terrifying world, one which takes the zombie genre in a direction that can actually be called unique..."
"While a book about outcasts banding together may seem as overdone a trope as zombie fiction itself, once again I have to assure anyone reading this that the author, Keith Soares, is in all ways a step above those expectations in his ideas and his execution... I don't recommend reading this book; I recommend reading every book this author publishes, as I have no doubt he will continue raising the bar."
"Soares paints a frightening, realistic picture of life in a post-apocalyptic world... It’s refreshing to read a book in this vein that allows the reader to explore a protagonist’s anguish without relying on a flat, twenty-something hero."
"Quite different from the majority of novels in the zombie apocalypse genre, but in those differences were some truly great decisions by the author in creating a post apocalyptic environment, and mind set, that is unlike any other I have ever read, and I have read literally over a hundred books by now dealing with post apocalyptic worlds."
"A realistic zombie virus -- great book!"
"A zombie trilogy that had me hooked. I found it to be unique among books in the zombie outbreak genre and very plausible. Fast-paced and exciting. I couldn't put it down!"
Keith Soares is an American speculative fiction author who has a potentially unhealthy obsession with Godzilla, so it’s no coincidence that kaiju have made it into some of his stories. His favorite question to ask when writing is, “How would I respond if that really happened, right now?” If he saw a raving, bloodthirsty shamble, he’d call it a zombie. If he suddenly couldn’t be hurt by fire, he’d call that superpowers. If he could harness electricity at will, he’d call that magic.
More than anything, Keith writes stories about family, whether that means the parents that gave birth to you or the friends you’ve had for years. His characters are fiercely loyal, though they often feel like they aren’t up to the job of whatever disaster they’re living through. We all feel that way, sometimes.