GAMELAND Omnibus: Season One (Episodes 1-8) (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND), by Saul Tanpepper
In the center of Long Island's forbidden wasteland is GAMELAND, a virtual reality arcade where the privileged play horrifying, yet powerfully addictive, high-stakes game using zombies as avatars.
On a whim, six hackers decide to sneak onto the island, but while breaking in is a lot easier than any of them ever imagined, getting back out is one a hell of a killer.
1: Deep Into the Game
Zpocalypto gamer Jessica Daniels and her gang of code jackers break into Long Island's Gameland hoping to catch a glimpse of the Infected Undead. Their excitement turns to dread as the dangers become all too real.
Jessie and Kelly clash after a member of their group gets stranded among the Infected Undead.
3: Deadman’s Switch
Unable to escape from Long Island because of the failsafe device implanted inside their brains, the group digs in until they can devise a way to neutralize it.
4: Sunder the Hollow Ones
A mutiny in the group splits the members, leaving Jessie out in the cold.
5: Prometheus Wept
After one member of their group is infected, Jessie makes a decision to hand over another to a mysterious group of Undead sympathizers in exchange for a promised antidote.
6: Kingdom of Players
Armed with a potential antiserum to the reanimation virus, Jessie races back to Gameland to save her infected friend.
7: Tag, You’re Dead
The Undead break into their stronghold, leading the group to their darkest hour.
8: Jacker’s Code
In the shocking conclusion to the high-tech horror thriller, GAMELAND, Jessie will do everything necessary to get her group home.
Meet the Author
eFiction magazine calls Saul an author armed with "a PhD and a whacked out sense of humor."
Saul spent his formative years in a leaky century-old house overlooking the Erie Canal in Upstate New York. His bedroom was a refurbished attic, which he shared with all manner of creatures, not all, he is convinced, flesh and blood.
After bouncing around the US and Europe for several years, he settled down to pursue a career in the sciences, opting to study the mysteries of human molecular genetics. But even positions as an experimental biologist, teacher, manager and biotech entrepreneur couldn't keep him from his true passion as a storyteller.
He now writes speculative fiction full time from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although his house is now attic-less and waterproof, he continues to be haunted by a variety of creatures, including a wife, kids, four dogs, three cats, six chickens, a wayward rooster, and one very grumpy possum. They are all flesh and blood.
Except, maybe, for the possum, which he's convinced is the reincarnated spirit of Jack Torrance.
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