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NEW RELEASE/GIVEAWAY: Plague and Ash – Sita bethel

Plague And Ash - Sita Bethel

Sita Bethel has a new FF paranormal zombie book out: Plague And Ash. And there’s a giveaway! Sarah only went to Oreburn University of Incantations so her parents would stop asking her when she’d settle down. However, after a strange plague decimates her hometown, Sarah finds herself fleeing with the undead chasing her. As she escapes, she meets Brighid, a half orc noble, and together, they must reach Oreburn before the undead can overrun the city. Sarah discovers a decay sorcerer created the original curse, and only a wizard powerful enough to destroy him can end the plague. But now … Read more

NATURE: Now There Are Zombie Sex Flies

Zombie Flies

A deadly fungus infects and controls the minds of house flies, before consuming them from the inside out — and that’s just the start of its gruesome reproductive strategy. As the fungus’s grand finale, its spores, which poke from the cadavers of infected female flies, emit an alluring scent that seduces males into mating with the corpses. When the pathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae infects house flies (Musca domestica), it begins by manipulating their behavior, compelling the flies to climb to an elevated surface, like a tall plant stem or twig. The zombie flies then cling and die there with their … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: Siren’s Love Song – Alexa Piper

Siren's Love Song - Alexa Piper

QSFer Alexa Piper has a new MM urban fantasy out, Elvenswood Tales book 4: Siren’s Love Song. And there’s a giveaway! As a siren, Mike has a voice to sway a human heart. But he is a lawyer first, and when he meets a cute librarian, it’s Mike who is being swayed. Before the siren knows it, a chance meeting is turning into passionate love. Corvin loves books and is passionate about being a librarian. When a tall, dark, and extremely handsome lawyer walks into his life, he is over the moon and in love. Yes, Mike likes humming and … Read more

There Are Zombie Flies?

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Two newly discovered fungi species have a similarly macabre mode of action: They eat flies alive while using them to drop spores on new victims.  The related species, Strongwellsea tigrinae and Strongwellsea acerosa, attack the fly species Coenosia tigrina and Coenosia testacea, which look like ordinary house flies but undergo a horrific change once they’re invaded by the fungi. The fungi eat one or more holes in the abdomens of the flies and then produce clumps of orange spores, which spread by dropping out of the holes.  The infected, now-zombie flies remain alive for days during this process, meaning they inadvertently spread the spores far and … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: On the Eve of Forever – Kayleigh Sky

On the Eve of Forever - Kayleigh Sky

QSFer Kayleigh Sky has a new MM dystopian sci fi romance out: “On the Eve of Forever.” Brey would rate himself least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. Yet here he is. True, it was a viral apocalypse not zombies, but still… Gone from spoiled rich kid to convict in sixty seconds flat. Stuck in prison with his family three thousand miles away. But not for long. Soon everyone is on the run from the virus. When guards set the convicts loose, Brey vows to reunite with his family no matter what it takes. So what if he sucks at … Read more

“Zombie” Parasite From Cats Can Make You Take More Risks

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There’s a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, and it can turn a normally risk-averse mouse into a bold, cat-seeking rodent. Cats that devour such mice can then pass the parasite onto humans. But once humans are infected, what happens to them? Do they become Toxoplasma gondii zombies, acting however the parasite deems fit? The answer is complex; studies show that people who test positive for this condition are more likely to take certain kinds of risks than those who don’t have toxoplasmosis, but it’s not yet clear how this happens. Toxoplasma gondii can live in most mammals, but its life … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: We Shall Not Sleep, by M.R. Graham

We Shall Not Sleep

QSFer M.R. Graham has a new queer (ace/demi/pan) paranormal romance out, the first in their new “Van Helsing Legacy” series: “We Shall Not Sleep.” The Great War is over, its fires quenched. The guns are silent. The Dead are waking. Meg van Helsing grew up with a book in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, a crucifix always around her neck. But the world has changed, and the monsters she hunts with her friends are less frightening than gas burns and shell shock. The ghost of the War looms darker than Dracula’s shadow. Until the night one of her … Read more

SCIENCE: How Would Zombies Decay

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Like all living creatures, humans die and our bodies begin to decompose right away; indeed, there’s no stopping it, even for zombies. Of course, we know zombies aren’t real, but death and decay certainly are. In AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” returning Sunday, June 2, at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT, reanimated human corpses roam the world, terrorizing the living. Here at Live Science, we have a soft spot for the macabre, and we wanted to know just how closely zombies represent a real human corpse. So, what happens to a human body when it dies? “First will be the … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Half-Life, by Gregory L. Norris

QSFer Gregory L. Norris has a new MM paranormal book out: Half-Life. Whitney Abbott travels to the seaside Maine town of Window to begin a new life in his uncle’s home. Robert Abbott is well-to-do and owns several high-end restaurants. Whitney will start at the bottom and work his way up at the flagship. But from the moment Whitney exits his car in the drive of the big, brooding house, he senses the sinister atmosphere surrounding his relations. His cousin November, princess of the estate, feigns joy at having Whitney in town. And November’s handsome athlete boyfriend, Griffin, is an … Read more

The High School Zombie Christmas Movie You Didn’t Know You Needed

Anna and the Apocalyps

The zombie Christmas musical “Anna and the Apocalypse” tries too hard to do too much, but this multigenre hybrid has more than enough good cheer to get viewers through another holiday season on this troubled planet. Set in a small Scottish town a few days before Christmas, the movie tells the coming-of-age story of Anna (English actress Ella Hunt), a popular high school senior who plans to take a year off after graduation to travel. Her overprotective father (Mark Benton) worries about those plans, imagining something out of the “Taken” movies. But when a virus breaks out in the middle … Read more