THIS IS A SHORT STORY OF APPROXIMATELY 4,800 WORDS.
This story references characters, locations and organizations from the full-length novel "The Dying of the Light: End" and its sequels, also by Jason Kristopher.
Don't miss a 5,000-word excerpt of the full novel, included at the end of the short story!
In the winter of 1872, Captain William Trace and his men were ordered by his superiors at Fort Vancouver to investigate a series of unexplained attacks on local citizens in the remote villages of the wild and untamed Washington Territory.
What Captain Trace found was pure nightmare fuel: the dead walking, whole villages destroying themselves and each other... what had started as a simple reconnaissance mission had become something far, far more. His detachment's experiences that winter would cause the newly re-elected President Ulysses S. Grant to create the most secret and well-trained military unit in the history of the United States; a military unit that would help to ensure the survival of the human race.
For Captain Trace, the winter of 1872 was not about the future; it was about survival, not just of the body, but of the mind. For who could look at monsters such as these and not come away... changed?
Jason Kristopher was born in Waco, Texas, and spent the first years of his life moving with his family around northern Texas and the Panhandle, including Lubbock. After settling with his family in northern Colorado, Jason spent nearly two decades there soaking up the creative energy and enjoying the beautiful weather, before moving back to Texas for "real" work.
Jason currently lives in Houston and enjoys reading, writing, movies, music (live and not), the Houston Astros (winning and not), singing karaoke and the Texas hill country, especially the vineyards.