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Book of the Month
Servant of the Undead

Having sex with an ice-covered, smudgy-eyed woman in tattered fishnets and a barely-there mini-skirt is Hayden Thomas’ first mistake. His second: thinking he’s in control of what happens next.

The city of Boston is held hostage by a snow storm and rumors are spreading about zombies roaming the streets, looking for human flesh. Hayden Thomas, tabloid newspaper writer, is out to get something fresh about zombies for his editor. At the Boston Public Library, Hayden uncovers some old research that suggests that some zombie tribes survive by having constant sex instead of eating human flesh.

Mattie, a zombie out looking for information on a rival tribe, finds Hayden and uses him for sex. After using him, she discovers his research. She wants to find out how to reverse herself and become one of the living again, so she decides to keep Hayden as her sexual servant so she can use him for information as well as sex.

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"Isabelle Drake doesn't spoon-feed the reader, and I like that. We're in the dark for much of the story, not understanding what Mattie really wants of Hayden, or what the rest of her tribe wants with Rachelle, Hayden's mortal girlfriend. Interwoven into the scenes of cold, sometimes cruel, erotica are themes of power, control, and consent that make this so compelling. While it's hard to form an emotional attachment to any of the characters, it's all too easy to be fascinated by their struggles, and excited by their angry sex.

Servant of the Undead wasn't quite what I expected, and it's better for it."

--Beauty in Ruins

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October

As I write this to you all, the semester is nearing the halfway point. Like many of you, I'm deep into the new life of workingonline. For, that means teaching and learning online. I'm slowly getting to be a WebEx pro. Like many of you, I'm seeing the world through a computer screen.

You know what screen I really miss? The movie theatre screen. Ahhh...the popcorn, the cozy seats, and the ride home when I rewrite anything I wasn't satisfied with. I've been making do with Netflix and Prime.

If you've been streaming, let me know what you've been watching. Post your reccomendations on my socials and I'll give you my faves too. We're in this together.

This Month's Book of the Month
It all started with a school assignment...

January of 2011 I was about halfway through my MFA in Creative Writing. We were given a writing prompt that, we were told, was designed to push us “out of our comfort” zone. The assignment: read a tabloid newspaper, like The Weekly World News, long time supporter of Bat Boy, or the National Enquirer, currently keeping readers up to date on the happenings with Matilda, the Cat from Another Planet, then write a scene based on one of the features. Being the good student that I was, I dug right in to the assignment.

The two articles that inspired me most were Zombie Barbies! by Frank Lake of the Weekly World News and A Very Zombie Holiday also by Frank Lake. Since I was soon to be on my way to Boston, I was also inspired by a very real blizzard wrapping its way around the East coast.

The current East Coast blizzard intrigued me because it had shut down entire cities, halted travel. That sort of thing doesn’t, or rather didn’t, happen very often. What if zombies roamed an entire frozen city? A city held hostage to a fierce winter storm? One thing that came to my mind, zombies don’t feel the cold. That’s creepy. I took that idea and went with it. 

Soon, my tribe of sex zombies had extraordinary strength, from all that sex no doubt, and the ability to climb ice coated buildings. The last thing I needed was a zombie. An sexy, aggressive sex-hungry zombie. My inspiration? Zombie Barbie. Once my imagination was done with her, she was built like an Amazon goddess, wearing a mini-skirt, torn fishnets, and heavy black boots. Simply put. Mattie is a badass who takes what, and who she wants. Her victim? A tabloid newspaper writer named Hayden.

Hayden's life is about to get really compliacted.

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Cocktail of the Month
The Zombie

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. apricot brandy
  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark or Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 dashes grenadine
  • Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum

Steps:

  • Mix light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and grenadine. 
  • Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with cracked ice. 
  • Fill glass with orange juice but leave enough room to float the 151 on top. 
  • Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.
    Legend is, Hollywood restaurant owner Donn Beach created the drink to help a hung-over customer get through a meeting. Later, the customer complained that he'd been a zombie his whole trip.

    This month's recipe from The Cooking Channel.

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