THAT WICKED APPLE
by Rob E. Boley
Book Two of the Scary Tales: A Killer Serial
As the Scary Tales saga continues, Grouchy the dwarf and his motley crew of survivors find the human village of Abundance overrun with Snow’s zombies. Grouchy gains an unlikely partner in the treacherous Queen Adara, who gave his beloved Snow that wicked apple. Adara agrees to help Grouchy in his quest to find a cure, but only to serve her own devious plans.
The apple that transformed Snow into a zombie has now grown into a cursed tree. Destroying it may be Grouchy’s only chance to cure his true love. But first, he must escape Abundance and face the resurrected Prince Mikael, who thanks to Snow is now more powerful than ever.
Except the Prince, Snow, and her apple are only the beginning. Grouchy and Adara soon learn that Snow isn’t merely a rabid monster. Grouchy’s beloved Snowflake is controlling her fellow zombies and manipulating them for her own dark ends. To make matters worse, the curse that empowers Snow continues to grow stronger—and more unpredictable.
For fans of horror, dark comedy, horror comedy, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; Jane Slayre.
“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.”
—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes
“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”
—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch
“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”
—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries