SPAWN OF LILITH
Out of the spotlight, in the darker corners of the studio backlots, Hollywood hides a remarkable secret. Actor or actress, set designer, electrician, best boy, or grip—in la-la land, it pays not to be human. Vampires, succubae, trolls, elementals, goblins—studios hire anyone and anything that can take direction, be discreet, and not eat the extras. (The less you know about your agent, the better.)
Though only human, stuntwoman and struggling actress Lee Striga is a member of the legendary Katz Stunt Crew. They’re the best in the biz, in part because they can y, and boast superhuman strength.
When Lee lands a job on the movie Pale Dreamer, however, not everyone is following the script. It’s up to her to gure out who—or what—is killing the cast and crew. Especially when Lee goes from stuntwoman to lead role… and the next target.
It’s called “The Event,” an unimaginable cataclysm that shatters 600 million years of the earth’s timeline.
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of “shards”. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.
A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.
Plague Town, Dana’s first Ashley Parker novel released by Titan Books. Think: Buffy meets The Walking Dead…
Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!
And the audio version of Plague Town now available here! Read by yours truly.
Editorial Reviews for Plague Town
“Read it – I zombie dare you. Fun, fast, read.” – Affairs Magazine
“More action than season two of The Walking Dead.” – Horror Talk
“Chock-full of gore and zombie romance… a fresh spin on an otherwise tired genre.” – Daily Grindhouse
“If you want to read an alternative reality version of Buffy where she battles zombies using samurai swords, then this delivers in spades. It’s funny, it’s revoltingly gory in just the right way and I’ll be picking up the sequel when it rolls around.” – House of Geekery
“If you like butt-kicking heroines with a fair dose of snark and humor, then you’re going to love Ashley.” – Geek Mom
“An instantly gratifying, blazing fast read and that speaks to its cinematic, fast paced approach to storytelling.” – Ravenous Monster
“If you’re a female fan of the zombie genre, get this book. If you’re a male, get this book.”
“A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel – complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want.” – Book Smugglers
“If you love zombies, strong, sarcastic heroines with heart, and fight scenes that will knock your socks off, you’ll devour Plague Town!” – My Bookish Ways
“Delightfully gruesome.” – Nerds in Babeland
“If you enjoy zombies or are a supernatural-lover but have found yourself tired of the watered down vampire genre, check out Plague Town.” – Icon vs Icon
“Plague Town is a fast-paced read which will satiate any zombiephile’s appetite. It has been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets zombies, which is definitely accurate, although does not do nearly enough service to the book’s skillful delivery of action, humor, gore and romance.” – Starpulse
“[A] fun, fast-paced read.” – Fantasy Matters
“A well written thrill ride that took me by surprise. Highly Recommended.” – Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy
“Not only is the prose good, but it’s seasoned with a dash of steamy romance and an excellent sense of originality and pacing… it survives the zombie apocalypse in style.” – Misprinted Pages
“Reminiscent of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer…” – Evil Dead News
“Plague Town is sexy, weird, creepy, over-the-top zombie goodness. Required reading for the deranged.” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Marvel Zombie Returns
“Spooks, scaries, and zombies, oh my! Treat yourself to Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, a zombie romance (don’t worry, romance between humans, no one losing body parts in the midst of – romance!) Chills and thrills for that season when you’re looking for – chills and thrills!” — Heather Graham, author of Hallowed Ground & The Flynn Brothers Trilogy
“Dana Fredsti has created a world as familiar as our own back yard and populated it with recognizable people we care about … and zombies. But this isn’t just another zombie novel. It spans a spectrum of emotion and action that sets it above the rest. Plague Town will have you turning pages fast … and checking the locks on all the doors.” — Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Sex and Violence in Hollywood
“Plague Town is a fast-moving zombie tale that reads like a blast of energy. If you like zombie apocalypse stories, this is a must read!” — Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author of BLOOD AND ICE and ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS
“As adorable an end of the world as you’re liable to get, Fredsti’s Plague Town is brisk, witty ultraviolent romantic gurlventure…. It is, in a word, a hoot.” — Gina McQueen, author of Opposite Sex and Apocalypse as Foreplay
“I laughed until I cried and gnawed to the quick of my nails as I was held in Dana Fredsti’s thrall. I will never watch Zombie movies in the same way again.” — Night Owl Reviews (5 Stars – A Reviewer Top Pick)
“Plague Town is worth devouring; so devour it I did. Dana Fredsti continues to be one of my favorite authors, and while I am going to try and not stalk her too terribly, I want the next book in this series NOW!” — Bookwenches (5 stars)
“Get yourself a copy now! Don’t wait another minute. But make sure you’ve given yourself time to read it, because you aren’t going to want to put it down.” — Long and Short Romance Reviews (5 “books”)
One of the Top Ten Zombie Releases of 2012— BarnesAndNoble.com
“A gruesomely good read that has me panting for the next book in the series. As hard to put down as a swarm of zombies. When’s the next one? – Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker novels
“Fredsti’s writing is razor sharp as her heroes fight off the horde while fighting their attraction for each other.” – Stacey Graham, author of The Zombie Dating Guide
“Plague Town is a fast-moving zombie tale that reads like a blast of energy. If you like zombie apocalypse stories, this is a must read!” – Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Blood and Ice and Eldritch Evolutions
“More action than season two of The Walking Dead.” – Horror Talk
Editorial Reviews for Plague Nation
“Dana Fredsti really brings the pain with her second novel. Plague Nation is a rollicking zombie thriller packed with action, chills, and biting humor. Brava!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fire & Ash and Dead of Night
“With Plague Nation, Dana Fredsti has given us something I never thought possible – a hot and steamy version of the zombie siege story. And her heroine, Ashley Parker, is exactly the kind of girl to turn my head. She’s tough and sexy, a lover and a fighter. She’s got an acid tongue and mischievous gleam in her eye. If you like your heroines smart and sassy and kick ass capable, Ashley Parker has what you need. And Plague Nation is exactly what the zombie genre needed.” – Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance.
“A cool, hip zombie apocalypse novel. With crisp writing, a cast of memorable characters, and tons of undead combat action, it’s a zombie lover’s literary dream. When the dead rise, I’ll want the wild cards by my side.”– Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Manual
“Fast, furious, and fun, Plague Nation takes the promise of Plague Town and builds upon it, delivering bigger and better zombie mayhem. Top-notch gory goodness.”– Mira Grant, author of the Newsflesh series
Editorial reviews for Plague World
“Dana Fredsti’s writing delivers a personal, engaging and fresh voice to the zombie story.” -Craig DiLouie, author of “SUFFER THE CHILDREN.”
“It’s an over-the-top idea featuring a smartass protagonist and it elicits profoundly painful emotions with poignant prose as it takes us to some of the darkest, most uncomfortable places one can visit via the escapism of reading fiction” – Ravenous Monster
“This book had some of the craziest scenes and moments that I’ve ever seen in a zombie book. I definitely loved reading this.” – Books of Love
“Full of wit and action” – Shattered Ravings
“This is an action packed book that rarely slows down.” – Drunken Zombie
“I would say that if you’re down with delicious zombie gore (poor choice of words, I know), romance, and a lot of really thrilling adventure, definitely check out Fredsti’s Plague Town series. It’s the best zombie story I’ve encountered yet! Plus, the recently released conclusion Plague World had me reeling from the twists and one heart-wrenching finale!” – MuggleNet
“Dana Fredsti is a fantastic storyteller-you’ll blaze through this in one or two sittings, because the action rarely lets up, and it’s just good. If you’re a zombie fan, or just a fan of spectacular horror, this should be a go-to series, and I envy anyone that gets to read this series back to back. Plague World was worth the wait, though, and I’ll follow Dana Fredsti anywhere.” – My Bookish Ways
“Fredsti is a strong writer with a clear concept of where she wants Ashley to start and end up. Much of the book feels personal and many of the characters are thought out enough to feel like family.” – Fangirl Nation
Plague Town, Plague Nation and Plague World can be purchased at one one these locations:
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Murder For Hire: The Synopsis
Connie Garrett has a lot on her plate. Her mystery-oriented theatrical troupe, Murder for Hire, has been hired as entertainment for Emerald Cove’s first annual Fall Festival, a series of events held to honor local authors and raise money for the newly opened Emerald Cove Library.
This year’s Festival post mortem honoree is Shay Randell, creator of the famous hard-boiled detective Mick O’Mallet. (More…)
The History of Murder For Hire:
Murder For Hire was started many years ago (more years than my vanity cares to calculate) by my best friend, Maureen Anderson and me. Maureen and I met at Clairemont High (the ‘stunt double’ high school for Ridgement in the book and movie FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH) and discovered we shared a love of Daphne Du Maurier’s gothics, Gene Kelly movies, Betsy/Tacy books, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and cocoa, and, of course, mysteries. (More…)
New! Listen to Dana reading the Prologue of Murder for Hire, by clicking here!
OTHER WRITING PROJECTS :
Chuck T-Bone is a private detective—A P.I. A gumshoe. A dick.
He also happens to be a zombie, in a world where the zombies have taken over, and “fresh meat” is a rare commodity. Where you go into a diner to order an elbow joint with a side of toes. But nothing’s really changed—the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, at least until they fall apart altogether.
When a curvaceous member of a famous crime family walks into his office, he’s forced to reopen a case he’d just as soon forget. It’s the one that introduced him to the dame who stole his heart—and got him killed. Trouble is, if it happens again, this time it’s for good.
It’s gory goodness for fans of The Big Sleep and Shaun of the Dead, with a dash of Zombieland thrown in for good measure.
Editorial Reviews for A Man’s Gotta Eat
“A fun, hard-boiled zombie story with tongue firmly planted in rotted cheek, A Man’s Gotta Eat is perfect for Halloween.” —Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things
“L.A. is a mighty strange place, but it’s even stranger when seen through the eyes of the dead; and that’s just what Dana Fredsti’s done for us in A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat. Fredsti’s humor, her dark, dark humor, is on fine display in this zombie noir novella featuring a private detective with a healthy appetite for revenge. There were times I nearly split my sides with laughter, and others I just sat there shaking my head in stunned appreciation for Fredsti’s storytelling talents. Sometimes I found myself doing both at the same time. This is a writer who knows her craft. Read this and tell me you don’t agree. I dare you!” —Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead and Dead City
Dana Fredsti’s A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat is a wickedly entertaining serving of zombie noir. With this novella, Fredsti had created a blood-and-guts stew of humorous hardboiled horror that will make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Don’t miss it!” —Tim Waggoner, author of the Nekropolis series
Hell on Heels, essay in MORBID CURIOSITY CURES THE BLUES:
For ten years, Morbid Curiosity was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales — all true — submitted from contributors around the country and across the world. Loren Rhoads, creator and editor of the magazine, has compiled some of her favorite stories from all ten issues in this sometimes shocking, occasionally gruesome, always fascinating anthology.
This quirky book is filled with tales from ordinary people — who just happen to have eccentric, peculiar interests. Ranging from the outrageous (attending a Black Mass, fishing bodies out of San Francisco Bay, making fake snuff films) to the more “mundane” (visiting a torture museum, tracking real vampires through San Francisco), this curiously enjoyable collection of stories, complete with illustrations and informative asides, will entertain and haunt readers long after the final page is turned.
I’ve had quite a few essays (six) published in Morbid Curiosity, a nifty alternative magazine published by Automatism Press. I’ve gotten permission from the editor of MC (Loren Rhoads, an excellent editor and even better writer) to put my essays up on my site (which I will do eventually!) , but I would strongly urge you to check out the magazines (those still available) in their entirety. There are a lot of really cool and interesting essays. I also had an essay published in another Automatism Press publication, DEATH’S GARDEN (1995), a book of essays on cemeteries. I’m not sure if it’s still available, but it’s definitely another worthwhile purchase (and not just because of my essay about eating chocolate croissants in Forest Lawn Cemetery) if you can find it.
Click here for essays from Morbid Curiosity.
One of my favorite stories, YOU’LL NEVER BE LUNCH IN THIS TOWN AGAIN, was published in MONDO ZOMBIE. MZ (yes, I do love my acronyms) was the long awaited sequel to BOOK OF THE DEAD and BOOK OF THE DEAD TWO: STILL DEAD, both edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector (authors of some great horror novels such as THE BRIDGE, THE SCREAM, LIGHT AT THE END, DEAD LINES and THE CLEAN UP).
Both books are anthologies based (some stories more loosely than others) on the flesh-eating zombie infested universe created by George Romero with his ground-breaking movie NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, released in 1968 (more on this and other zombie movies on the Get a Slant page). MONDO ZOMBIE is set in the same universe, edited by John Skipp. I guess Spector skipped town. Heh.
My first published short fiction story was in Cat Fantastic IV, edited by world famous sci-fi and fantasy author Andre Norton. The story, PROFESSOR PURR’S ALLERGY CURE, was co-written with Brad Linaweaver, author of the award winning novel, MOON OF ICE (and much more!). If you’re a fan of the videogame DOOM, check out the novelizations by Brad and his co-writer, Dafydd ab Hugh.
One of the projects I’m the most proud of is my work as co-writer and associate producer on URBAN RESCUERS, a documentary about feral cats and the TNR (Trap, neuter, return) program. As an animal lover and someone whose found homes for over a baker’s dozen of kittens and cats, this project holds a special meaning for me. To quote the official synopsis by writer and producer Nikki Corda:
Astonishingly, nearly 4 million stray or feral cats inhabit the streets, parks, back alleys and backyards of Los Angeles County, and they are reproducing at an alarming rate. The current solution is round-up and kill. But is there a better way? Urban Rescuers profiles a group of fiercely dedicated animal welfare crusaders in Los Angeles who skirt the law in order to rescue feral cats from the certain death they face upon landing in animal shelters. The methodology involves a controversial solution for feral cats known as “TNR” (trap, neuter, return), which calls for sterilizing these animals and then allowing them to live out their lives in the wild.
As the TNR process is revealed, passionate and surprising arguments on both sides of the issue are heard from the heads of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the Feral Cat Alliance, the Los Angeles SPCA, and the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation, among others. The documentary shows that TNR is legal in other communities where it works efficiently, within the system. As we investigate, Los Angeles officials are asked to adopt the policy. Urban Rescuers is a thought-provoking journey of ethics, featuring big personalities and stunning footage of feral cats in Southern California.
For more information, check out the website at the link above!
Like at least 50 percent of the population, I’ve written a few screenplays, both by myself and with partners. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had a few optioned and two produced. The experiences I’ve had in the wonderful world of the film industry (oh, excuse me, that should really just be The Industry) make watching movies like THE BIG PICTURE, PLAYER and SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, as well as shows like ACTION and THE BUSINESS both highly amusing and REALLY painful at times. Anyway, check ‘em out if you’re interested!
Click here to read about Dana’s jaded past as an actress.