Twilight Of The Dead (Special Edition)

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Courtney Colvin was nearing the end of her teenage years when the undead apocalypse began. She survived, forsaking her youth and innocence, and five years later she continues to exist--albeit lonely--in the fortified town of Eastpointe. Nightmares and the unwelcome advances of Leon Wolfe are the worst things she's dealing with now in her otherwise mundane life.

But when a newcomer arrives in town and claims to know the location of the antidote to the zombie plague, it sends ...

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Overview

Courtney Colvin was nearing the end of her teenage years when the undead apocalypse began. She survived, forsaking her youth and innocence, and five years later she continues to exist--albeit lonely--in the fortified town of Eastpointe. Nightmares and the unwelcome advances of Leon Wolfe are the worst things she's dealing with now in her otherwise mundane life.

But when a newcomer arrives in town and claims to know the location of the antidote to the zombie plague, it sends Eastpointe into an uproar. To retrieve this cure, she and a group of other survivors must venture outside the relative safety of the compound's walls and into a world ruled and dominated by the flesh-eating undead.

Twilight of the Dead puts a new spin on the zombie genre, yet remains true to the classic rules that have already been set forth. A sure-fire reading pleasure for anyone who loves character-driven horror.

This Special Edition contains an Introduction by David Moody and three bonus short stories detailing important moments in the lives of other survivors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976555964
  • Publisher: Permuted Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 793,622
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Twilight of The Dead

    It was a great book for anyone that likes zombies. Very traditional in the sense that the zombies are not super humans. I feel you can relate to the character well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    A Must Read for Zombie fans.

    It is five years after a Zombie Plague and most of humanity is wiped out. The dead are now the rulers of the world. Those still alive struggle to survive Courtney Colvin was still a teenage kid when the plague started, but somehow she survived in the nightmare world of the dead and found the fortified town of Eastpointe. She lives a quiet but lonely life. She isn't as content as the others in town. She wants to know if there are any other survivors. She soon gets her answer. A mysterious stranger arrives claiming to know the location of the antidote to the plague. To retrieve this cure, she and other survivors must leave the safety of Eastpointe and into a world of the flesh-eating dead. I love a good Zombie Story so when I seen Twilight of the Dead I had to grab a copy. It ended up being a very wise decision. Twilight is one of the better Zombie stories I've read and I have read just about all of them. Travis follows the Romero style Zombie formula, but he adds his own twist that I thought was very clever and entertaining. It gives the Zombie Genre a real boost. You can tell from Travis's writing style that he is more than just a fanboy. He has real writing skills, and I think that he has a lot to offer to the Horror Genre. Travis has written a story that was very character driven. A lot of times in Zombie stories the author focuses so much on the gore, carnage, and action that the character development suffers for it. Travis doesn't make that mistake. The gore, carnage, and action are there, but he takes the time to develop the characters. I didn't find one that was Wooden or Hollow. Twilight takes off on the first page, and it never lets up. Travis created a world that completely consumed me, and that is a sign of really good storyteller. I didn't want Twilight to end. It also moves at a very fast pace. There wasn't a single spot in this story that bored me. It was a true pleasure to read. The only complaint I had was the way the it ended, but I found out Travis plans a sequel so that took care of that. I recommend Twilight of the Dead to anyone who loves an original and character driven Zombie story. Travis is a very good writer and I cant wait to to see what he has in store for us in the future. Twilight of the Dead is one of the best stories the Zombie genre has to offer.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Zombie lovers will want to read TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD

    The world as humans has known it no longer exists. Flesh eating zombies are in control once bitten a person becomes deathly ill immediately, but twenty-four hours later is reanimated. In Florida, Courtney Calvin¿s mother has been bitten her spouse will not leave her, but the National Guard arrives to take them to safety. Only Courtney goes. The group is attacked with everyone left dead except her as a soldier rescues her and brings her to Camp Rigero near Carson City.---------------- While at the post, a Black Beret teaches Courtney how to survive and supplies her with equipment to fight the creatures. When the camp is overrun, Courtney is the only survivor. She follows the signs that normals write directing her to the walled in city of East Pointe along with six Black Berets. When Dane, a scientist, arrives after working on the cure for five years he announces he has found the Cure. He gets the Berets to accompany him to a ship where he can obtain the Cure to save the people of the city. However, Dane is not quite what he seems to be placing Courtney back in danger.----------------- Zombie lovers will want to read TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD, a tale somewhat similar to the Romero mythos but containing a few surprises from the Atkins diet. The protagonist keeps to herself until she is needed for instance to help get the cure. At those moments she does not hesitate, which explains her survivability rate when everyone in her circle seems to get converted. Travis Atkins provides a refreshing spin to the Zombie movement.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    A Must Read for Zombie Fans

    I love a good Zombie Story so when I seen Twilight of the Dead I had to grab a copy. It ended up being a very wise decision. Twilight is one of the better Zombie Stories I've read and I have just about read them all. Travis follows the Romero style Zombie Formula, but he adds his own twist that I thought was very clever and entertaining. It gives the Zombie Genre a real boost. You can tell from Travis's writing style that he is more than just a fanboy. He has real writing skills, and I think that he has a lot to offer to the Horror Genre. I cant wait to see what he gives us next. I loved how Travis wrote a story that was very Character Driven. A lot of times in Zombie stories the Author focuses so much on the gore, carnage, and action that the character development suffers for it. Travis doesn't make that mistake. The gore, carnage, and action are there, but he takes the time to develop the characters. I didn't find one that was Wooden or Hollow. Twilight takes off on the first page, and it never lets up. I found myself staying up to the crack of dawn reading this story. Travis created a world that completly consumed me, and that is a sign of really good storyteller. I didnt want Twilight to end. It also moves at a very fast pace. There wasn't a single spot in this story that bored me. It was a true pleasure to read. The only complaint I had was the way the it ended, but I found out Travis plans a sequel so that took care of that. I recommend Twilight of the Dead to anyone who loves an Original and Character driven Zombie story. Travis you have a new fan. I cant wait to see where you take this story next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    A great read and a promising author

    Think the Romero trilogy (Yes, I'm ignoring Land of the Dead and with good reason.) meets The Island of Dr. Moreau meets Frankenstein meets The Zombie Survival Guide and you will begin to have an idea of the cultural and literary texts to which Travis Adkins' Twilight of the Dead is indebted and pays homage. Though Adkins' influences are discernable, Twilight does not fall prey to the error committed by so many writers of zombie fiction (or by so many horror directors...e.g. Rob Zombie's House of a Thousand Corpses): the story is not the textual masturbation of an author eager, not to be inspired by but, to copy the work of his predecessors. Adkins sets himself apart from pedestrian writers and banal narrative structures as early as the prologue when he dips, rather deftly, into metaphysical subjectivism. For the people of Eastpointe all that matters is how you perceive the world and for most of them the world is everything that is encompassed within the town's walls. But Courtney Colvin thinks the world is over. All the interesting people are probably dead. She's caught between childhood and adulthood. And there are things that you can hear moaning from the other side of the walls, their hunger palpable. As you may have guessed, in true Romero style, the lead character of Twilight is not a white male. However, Courtney is fashioned more in the style of Tom Savini's 1990 vision of Barbara in his remake of Night of the Living Dead than like anything Romero has ever done (though judging from the author's notes he won't appreciate this comparison). Unlike Romero's lead women (Sarah in Day, Francine in Dawn, or Barbara in Night) Adkins' protagonist is highly capable. Courtney is strong, smart, and more than a little sassy. Most importantly, she does not require a male counterpart even though she has one. Noteworthy also is Adkins' blending of genres. Throughout the novel readers are presented with artifacts, both military and civilian, to explain the zombie epidemic and/or Black Beret tactics as well as to reify the story. This narrative strategy works wonderfully as it propels the reader through the novel and adds the right amount of realism. Perhaps what impresses me most though about Twilight is the way in which Adkins makes social commentar(y/ies) without belaboring the point. Particularly in the spotlight is masculinity run amuck when young men are given power but no idea how to use it (or at least how to use it effectively). Popular culture and the seemingly never-ending hordes of vapid teenagers also come under scrutiny. Courtney, we learn, is a self-professed child of pop culture that, seemingly, was not very interesting herself until the apocalypse gave her something to do. Twilight of the Dead is highly enjoyable, smart, and demands that the writer dip his feet back into zombie fiction again. And let's hope that the next time around we can talk Mr. Adkins into writing one just as good but twice as long.

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