A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak

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After the unexplained death of their newborn son, experimental biologists and owners of the controversial Laroda Animal Research Laboratory Lyssa and Ramon Stemple find themselves at the center of a brutal murder investigation involving one of their employees. The case takes an unexpected twist when the slaying is linked to a deadly new illness sweeping Long Island: the victims begin to come back as the living undead. As the Stemples attempt to flee the scourge, their six-year-old daughter Cassie exhibits the first symptoms of illness. Desperate to save her, Lyssa is forced to attempt something so radical, so unspeakably horrifying, that the apocalypse itself will pale in comparison.

A Dark and Sure Descent is a standalone novel in the world of GAMELAND, the epic cyberpunk series published in episode format from May through December 2012. The events in this current book take place twelve years before the series.

The GAMELAND Collection currently consists of the following titles:

Golgotha — the short prequel to the GAMELAND series.

S.W. Tanpepper’s GAMELAND — The eight-episode series telling the story of how a group of computer gamers and hackers break into the Long Island live-action virtual reality gaming arcade in hopes of seeing some of the undead. Breaking in was easy, but getting back out is a killer.

Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive — Insights into the world for the avid GAMELAND fan.

Velveteen — A terrifying twist on a classic children’s tale as told by six-year-old Cassie Stemple.

Signs of Life (Jessie's Game, Book 1) — The thrilling follow up to the series.

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The thrilling follow up to the 1st season and conclusion to the epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND by Saul Tanpepper.

This box set includes all three full-length novels comprising the Jessie's Game duology (Signs of Life, Dead Reckoning), as well as the thrilling prequel, A Dark and Sure Descent.

Save $ by purchasing this set versus the individual books.

Signs of Life

Welcome to GAMELAND. Everyone's dying to get in.

Someone is attempting to hack Jessie Daniels’s brain implant. Only problem is, her prime suspect, Micah Sandervol, is supposed to be dead. And reanimated. But what if he's not, after all?

For Jessie, a traumatized survivor of a reckless break-in to Long Island’s Gameland, survival means just getting through the day. Her best friend now roams the island as one of the soulless, people close to Jessie are disappearing, and her own husband is acting suspiciously. Control lapses are occurring with greater frequency. It’s only a matter of time before the implant network, meant to protect them, becomes their greatest threat.

A Dark and Sure Descent

It's the summer of 2030, and the government is experimenting with a new digital network on Long Island. That's not all they're bringing.

This is the true account of a biomedical disaster that changed the world in the most terrifying way imaginable… and it all started with a single bite.

After the unexplained death of their newborn son, experimental biologists Lyssa and Ramon Stemple find themselves at the center of a brutal murder investigation involving an employee at their controversial animal research laboratory. The case takes a shocking twist when they are unjustly blamed for intentionally creating a virus which will destroy the Stream. As the Stemples attempt to flee the human scourge, their six-year-old daughter Cassie begins to show the first signs of infection. Desperate to save her, one of them will attempt a treatment so radical, so unthinkably horrific, that the looming Apocalypse will pale in comparison.

Dead Reckoning

The thrilling conclusion to the GAMELAND saga

As network outages begin to spread on the mainland, Jessie Daniels, the only person known to be immune to the Reanimation virus, is ruthlessly hunted down inside Arc Property’s virtual gaming arcade on Long Island. After her are a half dozen Live Players and an untold number of dead ones. As the world descends into chaos, she begins to unravel the secrets of the people who created the technology, including one which promises to destroy them all.

For ages 16 and older.

What is S.W. Tanpepper’s GAMELAND?

Episodes 1-8 (Season One) were released in monthly episodes between May and December 2012. The series follows the exploits of six young adults as they break into the Long Island arcade hoping for a rare glimpse of the undead survivors of a decades’ old outbreak. But while breaking in is easy, getting back out is a killer.

LOOK FOR THE FIRST TWO GAMELAND BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR FREE!

Book 1 Deep Into the Game

Book 2 Failsafe

Or get the 1+2 package for free.

Looking for more GAMELAND?

For insight into the series and how it all started, check out the short prequel Golgotha (also available in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors).

Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a 6-y/o female zombie trapped in a bathroom... until Jessie releases her twelve years later. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.

Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts.

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There is no salvation in the Flense.

CONDEMN (Book 2 of the BUNKER 12 series)

Three years after the Flense decimates civilization, Finnian Bolles and a dozen survivors flee the security of Bunker Eight and the murderer it protects. Hoping for clues to the plague and a possible cure, they seek the mysterious Bunker Twelve. But when Finn splits away to search for his brother, the group becomes fractured and vulnerable.

Soon, they'll discover that there are monsters far more terrifying in the barren wasteland than Wraiths. Now it's not just their lives on the line, it's their sanity and their souls.

BUNKER 12 SERIES DESCRIPTION

Requiring no more than the slightest skin-to-skin contact, the Flense spreads with ruthless speed and stealth, decimating mankind before it's even aware of it. The infected are turned into soulless creatures, Wraiths, which wreak destruction upon anyone and anything in their path.

Secure inside ten isolated bunkers are Humanity's tattered remains, each working tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the scourge. But the bunkers were never meant to protect forever. In fact, they were never meant to protect at all.

CONTAIN is the first book in this new thriller cyberpunk series. CONDEMN is book 2.

Future installments scheduled for May '16 and Nov '16

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THE FLENSE SERIES DESCRIPTION (BUNKER 12 companion series)

Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off Libya. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.

Contracted by a prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young freelance reporter, Angelique d'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern: each event is preceded by the sudden spread of a mysterious ailment and is followed by the appearance of a man dressed in black and silver who witnesses claim is the devil himself.

Each event is more grisly than the last. As the risk to her life grows, Angel begins to doubt that the tragedies are harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe, but rather practice runs conducted by a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation. Could her sponsors be using her to advance their own paranoid agenda?

THE FLENSE consists of 12 installments scheduled for release beginning Jul '15

From the creator of the highly acclaimed epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND

GAMELAND SERIES DESCRIPTION

Built in the middle of Long Island’s abandoned industrial wasteland is a hundred-square-mile virtual reality arcade where the rich and privileged compete in a high-stakes game and the undead are their real-life avatars. There are only two ways to get into this horrifying yet wildly addictive game. The first is by paid invitation. The second is by volunteering to become an Undead Player.

After finding themselves trapped inside a massive gaming arcade in the middle of Long Island's abandoned wasteland, a group of young computer hackers must figure out how to escape while staying out of the clutches of its undead inhabitants and their living controllers.

Episode One: Deep Into the Game

A reckless end-of-summer prank sends six hackers trespassing onto abandoned Long Island hoping for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak. But if they find breaking was easy, they'll soon learn that getting back out is a killer.

Get the first two GAMELAND books FREE while you still can!

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Jun 23, 2014
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424
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Saul Tanpepper
The thrilling follow up to the 1st season and conclusion to the epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND by Saul Tanpepper.

This box set includes all three full-length novels comprising the Jessie's Game duology (Signs of Life, Dead Reckoning), as well as the thrilling prequel, A Dark and Sure Descent.

Save $ by purchasing this set versus the individual books.

Signs of Life

Welcome to GAMELAND. Everyone's dying to get in.

Someone is attempting to hack Jessie Daniels’s brain implant. Only problem is, her prime suspect, Micah Sandervol, is supposed to be dead. And reanimated. But what if he's not, after all?

For Jessie, a traumatized survivor of a reckless break-in to Long Island’s Gameland, survival means just getting through the day. Her best friend now roams the island as one of the soulless, people close to Jessie are disappearing, and her own husband is acting suspiciously. Control lapses are occurring with greater frequency. It’s only a matter of time before the implant network, meant to protect them, becomes their greatest threat.

A Dark and Sure Descent

It's the summer of 2030, and the government is experimenting with a new digital network on Long Island. That's not all they're bringing.

This is the true account of a biomedical disaster that changed the world in the most terrifying way imaginable… and it all started with a single bite.

After the unexplained death of their newborn son, experimental biologists Lyssa and Ramon Stemple find themselves at the center of a brutal murder investigation involving an employee at their controversial animal research laboratory. The case takes a shocking twist when they are unjustly blamed for intentionally creating a virus which will destroy the Stream. As the Stemples attempt to flee the human scourge, their six-year-old daughter Cassie begins to show the first signs of infection. Desperate to save her, one of them will attempt a treatment so radical, so unthinkably horrific, that the looming Apocalypse will pale in comparison.

Dead Reckoning

The thrilling conclusion to the GAMELAND saga

As network outages begin to spread on the mainland, Jessie Daniels, the only person known to be immune to the Reanimation virus, is ruthlessly hunted down inside Arc Property’s virtual gaming arcade on Long Island. After her are a half dozen Live Players and an untold number of dead ones. As the world descends into chaos, she begins to unravel the secrets of the people who created the technology, including one which promises to destroy them all.

For ages 16 and older.

What is S.W. Tanpepper’s GAMELAND?

Episodes 1-8 (Season One) were released in monthly episodes between May and December 2012. The series follows the exploits of six young adults as they break into the Long Island arcade hoping for a rare glimpse of the undead survivors of a decades’ old outbreak. But while breaking in is easy, getting back out is a killer.

LOOK FOR THE FIRST TWO GAMELAND BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR FREE!

Book 1 Deep Into the Game

Book 2 Failsafe

Or get the 1+2 package for free.

Looking for more GAMELAND?

For insight into the series and how it all started, check out the short prequel Golgotha (also available in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors).

Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a 6-y/o female zombie trapped in a bathroom... until Jessie releases her twelve years later. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.

Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts.

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Two stories about the promise - and the perils - of artificial intelligence technology. 

THE LAST ZOOKEEPER: When the aged caretaker of the world's last animal menagerie passes away, a boy seeks to understand the terrible sense of loss he feels.

This is a 2600-word (~10-page) short story about extinction, annihilation, and the possibility of a future in which technology, not Man, is the apex predator. 

INCLUDES THE BONUS STORY A FLAW IN THE DIVINE

A FLAW IN THE DIVINE: After inventing an artificially intelligent machine capable of self-awareness, a man tries to save humanity from destroying itself, only to find that he has lost control of his own creation.

This is a 3600-word (~14-page) short story with metaphysical and existential themes. 

Both stories are suitable for all ages.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT SAUL'S OTHER TITLES:

S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND: a thrilling, epic, cyberpunk series set on an abandoned Long Island. Get the first two books for FREE!

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PfVXBAAAQBAJ

A Dark and Sure Descent: When a deadly virus begins to spread over Long Island, the government is quick to blame the owners of a small research lab. But the truth is far more sinister, and the outcome could be the end of humanity.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=DD_eAwAAQBAJ

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The Green Gyre - an alien invasion leaves Earth covered in small opalescent objects. Are they eggs, or something far worse?

Recode: T.G.C.A. - after being taken a prisoner of war, Grayson Cole is executed. At least, that's what he remembers when he wakes up in a research facility in Virginia. That's when he learns he's part of an experiment that has failed, and he's about to be terminated.


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 A year after the Zombie Uprising, Headhunter Bill Hawkins still can't rest, not until he finds the creature who took his wife's life. But will he be able to act when he finally comes face to face with her?


Length: approx 10,500 words

Ages: young adults, adults

The Headhunter is a selected title from the short story collection "Shorting the Undead: A Menagerie of Macabre Mini-Fiction" (release date: December 2011).

Keywords: short story, horror, suspense, zombies.

Saul Tanpepper is a writer of short stories and novels of speculative fiction for the undead of all ages. He lives in Northern California. Please visit him at his home on the web: tanpepperwrites(dot)com.

A note from the Author:

Dear Reader,
What is it about the Undead that we love to fear? Other than the visceral terror they can invoke, what makes zombies and their ilk so horrifying? Is it because they are mindless? Is it because they hunt and feed with no rational motivation, driven only by some carnal instinct, uncontrolled by rational thought?

In the course of writing my post-pandemic novel Touch, I began to question the whole idea of the monsters as "mindless" beings. Of course, this is what has made brain-eaters so frightening in classic zombie lit, but what if a story were written from the point of view of the monster? What if the idea of "monsters" was flipped on its proverbial ear? What if we were the monsters? It was with these questions in mind that I wrote The Headhunter.

I hope the story is as thought-provoking and entertaining for you, Dear Reader, to read as it was for me to write.

Respectfully yours,
Saul
San Francisco, CA
September 1, 2011


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Funny, the things you get used to seeing, now that they've passed the Undead Amnesty laws. Funny how quickly you learn to not seeing them. But then one of them walks in like this and you realize there are some things you'll just never get used to.

Like zombies wearing g-strings.

Seventeen-year-old Kevin Velasco is about to have his heart broken.

As if crushing on his lifelong best friend, Jamie, weren't bad enough, she's obsessed with someone else, or...some thing: the Undead. How
can a guy compete against that?

So, when an attractive young zombie shows up at the pool where they lifeguard, Kevin becomes desperate. But his pushing forces Jamie to
make a mind-blowing confession, leaving Kevin to wonder how far she's willing
to go for the Undead.

And, more importantly, how far is he willing to go to win her back?

"A Thing for Zombies" is a selected title from the short story collection "Insomnia: PAranormal Tales, Science Fiction and Horror" (release date: February 2012).

Tags: dark humor, horror, short story, young adult, suspense, undead.

Ages: young adults and older.

Length: approx. 10,500 words

Saul Tanpepper is a writer of short stories and novels of speculative fiction for the undead of all ages. He lives in Northern California. Please visit him at his home on the web:
tanpepperwrites(dot)com.

A note from the author:

Dear Reader,
If you're a classic zombie lit fan, then you will find a different twist on the Undead in the premise of "A Thing for Zombies."

The idea for the story rose out of a conversation I had with a fellow zombie writer. I was griping about all the vampire romance stories being published. We both joked about what a world might look like where zombies didn't just walk among us, but might even be potential love interests. We had a good laugh and went our separate ways.

Later, mulling over this discussion, I wondered what would make a zombie...sexy. The image of a zombie in a g-string came to me. After an initial reaction of repulsion, I decided to explore the idea further. Out of this image came the seed of this story.

This is not, however, a zombie romance, but a tale of a young man trying to win the affections of the young lady he loves. And if the "competition" happens to be the Walking Dead, well, it lends itself to a bit comedy. Just be prepared for a twist.

I hope you enjoy reading "A Thing for Zombies" as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Best,
Saul
San Francisco, CA
September 21, 2011


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