Book Excerpt from Diaries of the Damned

13 Mar


Leon’s blood ran cold as he heard her young voice call out in agony. He turned and saw her standing in the corner, her dress torn apart and her intestines slowly pulled from their cavity, sucked into the hungry mouth of the cashier who devoured them as if they were spaghetti.

“I’m sorry,” Leon mouthed to the girl, whose eyes bored into him with a pain that would haunt him forever.

Growls began to close in on him, and Leon found himself with his back pressed against the door. It would not open. The automatic sensor no longer worked. Panic fueling his every move. He frantically waved his arms and stamped his feet to no avail. A pair of hands suddenly descended on his shoulders. Leon feared the worst, but as he turned, his legs tangled with themselves and he fell, pulling the zombie with him. Lifting his legs, Leon managed to flip the heavyset man over shattering the glass and pelting him with a rain of razor sharp shards. Ignoring the lacerations in lieu of much larger issues, Leon scrambled to his feet and left the supermarket. The ensuing rush of the walking dead clogged the hole he had created.

Leon knew it would not keep them contained forever. Right on cue a large crack spread across the glass, branching out further and further. Not wanting to be around when it broke, Leon broke into a run.

The wintry wind whipped around him, and Leon realized he had taken his jacket off when he was inside the store. His short sleeve shirt, however, was the least of his problems because the keys to the ambulance were in his jacket. The spare key, a recent standard issue for all teams, was of course in Danny’s pocket. Cursing himself, Leon ran for the ambulance, determined to find a way in. The car park was not that full, and the majority of the shoppers were still trapped in the store. It shocked Leon how many shoppers there were, given the warning that played on a looped broadcast on all radio and television frequencies urging people to stay in their homes. A few lone zombies wandered the car park, but they had yet to notice Leon as he sprinted across to the ambulance parked to the immediate left of the main entrance.

Diaries of the Damned

Ebook CoverTitle: Diaries of the Damned

Author: Alex Laybourne

Genre: Zombie Horror

The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal some answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.

Nine survivors have banded together, determined to tell their tale of survival. None of them realized that as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.

Author Bio

Alex 1Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue everything basically, and when the time is right, I can simply pluck them from the allotment of my mind serve them up on the pages of whatever work is to be their home.

I am married and have four children and my biggest dream for them is that they grow up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.


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3 Responses to “Book Excerpt from Diaries of the Damned”

  1. alexlaybourne March 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on Official Site of Alex Laybourne – Author.

  2. alexlaybourne March 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Thanks for hosting me today.

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