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Friday, 19 April 2013

Guest Post with S.P Cloward, author of AfterLife


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At the Other End:



Prior to recorded history, a small genetic mutation occurred that created a race of humans now found among every civilization in every corner of the globe. Unrecognizable to the rest of mankind but living among us and dependent upon humans for survival, this race is known as Mortui; those whose spirits do not sever from their bodies when they die. They are the source of all living dead legends.

At the time of his premature death, Wesley Lohmann discovers he belongs to this select group. Wes' transition plunges him into the center of a struggle between those who seek to coexist peacefully with humans and those who wish to use and rule them, a struggle that carries over into the treacherous world of dreams. The delicate balance human and post-human societies have maintained for millennia is threatened by a recent scientific discovery that offers Mortui the hope of returning to human life, and human sensation, but at a terrible cost. As he struggles with new and past relationships and tries to find meaning for his continued existence, Wes discovers within himself the true meaning of being alive.


AfterLife transcends the typical zombie or vampire genre and audience to present a plausible explanation of where such stories come from in an unsettling but believable way. Even those who usually shy away from this type of science fiction are falling prey to the “what if” question that makes this book so unique and is attracting readers who typically enjoy other types of fiction.

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Author Bio...

S.P. Cloward received a bachelor degree in Career and Organizational Studies from Eastern Illinois University. For the past twelve years he has lived in various locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. A childhood passion for theme parks continued to grow as he recognized their ability to provide an environment where every human emotion can be evoked and worldly concerns can be temporarily set aside.


S.P. brings this same enthusiasm to his love of storytelling, and as you begin to read AfterLife, it won’t be long until you feel the excitement and originality of the story. This series creates an imaginary world within a story that mirrors the carefully crafted world within a theme park.


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The Story Behind AfterLife


AfterLife started as a short story that was based on a dream I had. In the dream I was being chased by zombies only to discover, at the end of the dream, that I was the zombie and the monsters chasing me were actually living people. The concept of writing a zombie story from the perspective of the zombie was exciting to me. As I extended the story, I realized that I wasn’t writing about a typical zombie, and the concept of Mortui was created.

Some of the best science-fiction and fantasy books I’ve read have one thing in common: the incorporation of the familiar into whatever new concept is being presented by the author. As a reader, this made the fictitious elements of the story feel more believable. From the beginning, I wanted to use this same approach with AfterLife; to draw as much as possible from the world we know as I introduced my new take on the undead. By drawing on science, historical events, ancient tales and legends, and the collective social criteria for things like zombies and vampires, I hoped to create a concept that could reasonably be the source of all undead legends. These concepts will become even more evident in the second book of the series (which I am actively working on now). My hope is that readers will put down the book and think, “Wow, I wonder if I’ve ever met a Mortui. They could totally exist.”

As I wrote the story, I pulled from subjects that I’ve always enjoyed learning about. I integrated ideas from science that have fascinated me, such as the concept of everything in the universe being energy based. Another area of interest is history. Discovering the origins of folklore, mythology, and tall tales and their place in the societies of their origin is also captivating. Creating a story that integrated all these different subjects I enjoy into locals I love (Chicago, Disney World, a Texas beach) made writing AfterLife as fun for me as I hope reading it will be for you.

~ S.P. Cloward








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