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The year i s 2112.

T he crippled U.S. government and its military forces are giving up the century-long fight against an undead plague. Born of an otherworldly energy fused with a deadly virus, the ravaging hordes of zombified humans and a nimals have no natural enemies. But they do have one supernatural enemy: Death himself.

Descending upon the ghost town of Jefferson Harbor, Louisiana, the Grim Reaper embarks on a bloody campaign to put down the legions that have defied his touch for so long. He will find allies in the city’s last survivors, and a nemesis in a man who wants to harness the force driving the zombies—a man who seeks to rebuild America into an empire of the dead.

Hailed as “A MACABRE MASTERPIECE OF POST-APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE GOODNESS” on the Library of the Living Dead podcast, Empire brings stunning new twists to a shattering and unforgettable scenario of the not-too-distant future.
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  • Pocket Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439180754 | 
  • March 2010
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Still Life, Blood on Asphalt

May 1, 2112

Atherton was dying and he knew it. With every weak beat of his heart, he felt his life ebbing out onto the road. He wasn’t sure where he was wounded or how. Didn’t really matter.

He was lying a few hundred yards from the overturned town car, which rested against a smoldering military Humvee. The road was supposed to be secure, but they’d requested an escort anyway. It was the escort that had flipped and crashed up ahead of them, and Atherton had swerved the town car but not quickly enough to avoid a collision.

He angled his head toward... see more

About the Author

David Dunwoody

David Dunwoody lives in Utah with his wife and their cats. Other stories from the Empire universe can be found in The Undead, The Undead: Flesh Feast, and The Undead: Headshot Quartet, all from Permuted Press; as well as Read by Dawn II from Bloody Books, and at




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