A year has passed since the Zombie Uprising and Headhunter Bill Hawkins won't rest until he finds the monster responsible for murdering his wife and fulfills her last request to take its head. But the constant danger, the hiding, the brutality of his profession, all wear on him. Soon after joining up with a preacher-turned-hunter who's convinced the Uprising was God's Rapture, Bill's resolve suffers another major blow. He begins to doubt his purpose. Is he doing the right thing? More importantly, will he be able to act when he finally finds the young, female monster responsible for his wife's death?
Length: approx 10,500 words
Ages: young adults, adults
The Headhunter is a title from the short story collection Shorting the Undead: A Menagerie of Macabre Mini-Fiction.
Keywords: short story, horror, suspense, zombies.
Saul Tanpepper is a writer of short stories and novels of speculative fiction for the undead of all ages. He lives in Northern California.
A note from the Author:
What is it about the Undead that we love to fear? Other than the visceral terror they can invoke, what makes zombies and their ilk so horrifying? Is it because they are mindless? Is it because they hunt and feed with no rational motivation, driven only by some carnal instinct, uncontrolled by rational thought?
In the course of writing my post-pandemic novel Touch, I began to question the whole idea of the monsters as "mindless" beings. Of course, this is what has made brain-eaters so frightening in classic zombie lit, but what if a story were written from the point of view of the monster? What if the idea of "monsters" was flipped on its proverbial ear? What if we were the monsters? It was with these questions in mind that I wrote The Headhunter.
I hope the story is as thought-provoking and entertaining for you, Dear Reader, to read as it was for me to write.
San Francisco, CA
September 1, 2011
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About the Author
After bouncing around the US and Europe, he settled down to pursue a career in the sciences, opting to study the mysteries of human molecular genetics. But even positions as an experimental biologist, teacher, manager and biotech entrepreneur could keep him from his true love: literature.
eFiction magazine calls Saul a writer armed with "a PhD and a whacked out sense of humor." He now writes speculative fiction full time from his attic-less home in the San Francisco Bay Area, which he shares with his wife, kids, four dogs, three cats, six chickens and the occasional possum.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was about 30ish pgs. Good story. Interesting twist. *** spoiler if I read this correctly, then he & his friends were the zombies, who hunted humans. It was a little confusing there at the end. Were there different types ??