Miller, a university professor, and two of his students take a trip out to a spoil island in the middle of Santa Rosa Sound in the Florida Keys to study the effects of pollution on the flora and fauna. While they are there, a tide of black microbes is released into the river, and floods down and around them. They escape by burying themselves in the sand, but when they emerge, it is to a world strangely silent and changed.
Before long, burning figures are glimpsed along the distant banks, dragging themselves into the water. Then the attacks start. With daylight their only weapon, Miller realises that time is running out as a zombie army of the living dead, intent on feasting on their flesh, is gathering in the surrounding waters.
A classic tale of horror in the great tradition of Night of the Living Dead.
92pp. A5-format original paperback novella.
Published 24 May 2007
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Del Stone Jr is an SF/dark fiction writer.
His work has appeared in Amazing Stories; Penguin-Putnam’s Live Without a Net; Bantam’s Full Spectrum; The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXII; Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; the Pocket Books anthology More Phobias; numerous Barnes & Noble anthologies; the HWA anthology Psychos; and other venues like Blood Muse, and Sex Macabre.
Del’s comic book debut was in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser from Marvel/Epic. He’s also appeared in books published by Dark Horse, Image and Penthouse Comix. His novel Dead Heat won the International Horror Guild’s award and was a runner-up for the Bram Stoker Award.
He has had stories in anthologies that have won the World Fantasy Award and Stoker Award.
This novella, Black Tide, has been optioned for a film.