Pray to Stay Dead

Author(s): Mason James Cole

“A brutally entertaining collision of zombie thriller and grindhouse action. 
Not for the faint of heart!” 
—Jonathan Maberry, author of Rot & Ruin 

1974. The Cold War rages on, the Summer of Love is a fading memory. Richard Nixon is in the White House, and the recently dead are returning to hungry life in search of human flesh.
Five friends on their way to a weeklong party on Lake Tahoe; a Vietnam Vet turned trucker trying to get home to his daughter in New Mexico; an old couple idling in a dusty gas station in the hills of Northern California; a small town cop with big dreams waiting for something to happen.
As civilization collapses, they cross bloody paths with a survivalist named Huffington Niebolt who has spent decades years preparing his strange family for the end of the world. As the hungry dead roam in search of the living, these scattered, terrified survivors seek shelter within his walls and soon learn that the ones they should fear most are the living, and that the man they’ve come to for help may be the worst of them all…
Those who die will walk. Those who live will hope for a quick death, and those who lay dying will PRAY TO STAY DEAD.
One of the most shocking zombie novels ever written, PRAY TO STAY DEAD combines the sweeping apocalyptic horror of THE WALKING DEAD and Stephen King’s CELL with the visceral terror of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS

“Pray to Stay Dead does not re-invent the living dead genre— it simply takes its place among that genre’s best. It does Romero proud...” 
— Blu Gilliand, October Country

"…it’s hard not to read it with wide eyes, feeling a tiny bit of the shock that the main characters are experiencing and dreading each page you turn. You don’t want to know how much worse it can possibly get… but you will.… incredible… a page turner… …PRAY TO STAY DEAD is a revelation.
— Alex Riviello, Badass Digest

"Mason James Cole knocked me back on my heels. I’ve read a lot of zombie books over the last few years, and frankly, I thought I had seen it all. It seemed like nothing could shock me anymore. But Pray to Stay Dead delivered on all fronts. It’s got all the raw emotional violence and brutal gore one would expect from a zombie book, but those things are only the surface of this tale. Underneath, Pray to Stay Dead possesses an elegantly simple style of storytelling that I haven’t found since my first encounter with Jack Ketchum. Mason James Cole is that good. Read Pray to Stay Dead, and then pray this guy writes more soon, because he’s the real deal.”
- Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead


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