Every time that Sirens Call Publications releases an anthology, we ask each of the authors to provide us with a guest post; something that speaks to the inspiration for their story that you will read. With the release of Carnage: After the End – Volume 1 &Volume 2, our inspiration series may run a little longer than our other anthologies. But that’s okay, we love Post-Apocalyptic Horror and both volumes have a fantastic mix of tales. Continuing on with our inspiration series, today we feature Julianne Snow, author of Scents of Danger in Carnage: After the End – Volume 1.
It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. You can find Julianne’s The Living Dead of Penderghast Manor in the anthology Women of the Living Dead and stories in Sirens Call Publications anthologies Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity along with Carnage: After the End – Volume 1. She has also published some of her short fiction in the online literary magazine The Sirens Call. Julianne can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or one of her 2 blogs – Days with the Undead or The FlipSide of Julianne.
And without further ado, I give you Julianne…
The End of Food
What would happen if all of the food in the world suddenly ran out?
Don’t panic, it hasn’t happened yet and it’s not likely to happen with all of the chemical concoctions that comprise most of what we currently eat.
But what if it did?
If the world were to suffer a cataclysmic event at this very moment, our food supply would last us for a finite amount of time. After that we would be left to our own devices; scavenging, farming, hunting. Each of those present us with a way to keep ourselves fed. Our ancestors did it, and they managed to survive. Surely we could too, right?
I think we’d have a hard time adjusting. Many of us are just not used to a hard day’s labour in the fields, and having to almost instantly adjust to one would be difficult. But we could do it, couldn’t we? Especially if it meant surviving.
Could you hunt, kill, and eviscerate an animal? We have lived in a society where we’ve become desensitized to most acts of violence as long as they don’t pervade our own day to day existence. But what if our society reached a point where it melted down; could you do it? Actually kill a living creature and gut it? Where would you draw the line?
These are the questions and the thoughts that ran through my head as I formulated a story idea for Sirens Call Publications’ Carnage: After the End. How would people react if they were hungry? How would they react if they were starving? Would society implode at the promise of a rusted and bulging can of non-descript slop?
The more that I started to explore the idea in my head, the more I knew it was what I wanted to write about. Hunger can do strange things to people…
Imagine a world that has been decimated by earthquakes, a world that has been poisoned by forgotten and buried chemicals. That’s the backdrop for Scents of Danger, my contribution to Carnage: After the End – Volume 1. It’s a tale that speaks directly to my pondering of what people would do for food when it becomes more than scarce.
Would you kill for it? Allow your friends to be killed for it? Would you risk death just for one small morsel?
What would you do to fill your belly After the End?
The ten stories in Carnage: After the End – Volume 1 are the terrifyingly harsh and brutal realities those survivors must face. Each one takes us to a place where humanity’s stragglers are forced to battle with enemies outside of their control; mutant beasts, groups of depraved and desperate people, and the terrifying threat of a dwindling food supply. Their fight for survival gets even more difficult as they search among the tatters of civilization for the will to carry on.
In a world where society has collapsed and terror lurks around every corner, no one can be trusted and nothing can be taken for granted.
Hell has invaded and happy endings are a thing of the past…
Contributing Authors in Volume 1 include:
Kimberly A. Bettes, Shane Cashman, Shane R. Collins, Laura Diamond, Rodney James Galley, Michael Griffin, Russell Linton, Adam Millard, Christofer Nigro, and Julianne Snow.
Contributing Authors in Volume 2 include
Angel D. Callido, Charlie Fish, Harper Hull, Magda Knight, Jason Lairamore, Harry Manners, Zachary O’Shea, Wednesday Silverwood, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and L.E. White.
Interested in picking up a copy of both volumes?
And now it’s time to take a quick look at Julianne’s Scents of Danger…
Martha Knapp used to be a waitress. At 34 years old, she had two kids, Phillip and Sonya, and a husband who left before the going even got tough. She was the type of woman that took nothing for granted, but turned a blind eye to much. The end of the world came as a shock to her, just as it did to many, despite all of the warnings.
Sitting down one night after a hard day at the diner, Martha turned on the news to see what depravity had occurred close enough to make her worry about the neighbourhood. What she didn’t expect to see was the coverage of a series of earthquakes all over Europe. Like many, Martha didn’t consider the rest of the world important enough to pay attention to – all she truly cared about were her kids, and the future she could give them. She worked hard for the meagre possessions she had and struggled to pay the exorbitant mortgage on her tiny house each month. But the house was hers and her kids had a place to call their own. In the grand scheme of things, not much else really mattered.
Changing the channel, she hunkered down to watch a re-run of Friends, living vicariously through the characters as they acted out their scenes. In minutes, she was asleep and the events in Europe unfolded without her sparing them a second thought.
Years later she would wish she had paid closer attention because if she had, she may have understood enough of what was going on to tell her kids about it. The fact of the matter was that Martha was just as lost as they were.
Through some unholy karma the world had accumulated, earthquakes shook locales along each of the major and minor tectonic plates. Rifts and fissures opened up all around the world; cascading across bustling cities and unsettling the flat plains of fertile farmland. With each successive quake, additional poisons began to contaminate the water, the soil, and the air. Natural gas and its hydraulic fracturing chemicals, buried stockpiles of bio-hazardous and chemical waste, even highly toxic gases like chlorine and hydrogen sulfide were released. All around the world, severely toxic and sometimes radioactive poisons were released deep into the earth; poisons that were carried along the water tables, infecting bodies of water and the adjacent soil.
The effects on the planet were devastating. It took only a few short months for the plant life to become dangerously contaminated. Water became unsafe to drink, but entire populations had no other option; slowly poisoning themselves with every drop.
Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow when we’ll feature Zachary O’Shea and his inspiration for Jaundice in Carnage: After the End – Volume 2!