Saturday, November 16, 2013

Red Dust by Ben Dixon and Sam Campbell: Spotlight and Excerpt


Genres: Horror, Short Stories, Westerns, Thriller, Zombies 

Red Dust is a series of zombie western short stories. 

Red Dust: The Fall is the first trilogy of short stories in the Red Dust series. These stories are The Lost Party, Feud and The Last Rider. 

The Lost Party 

When a party of settlers go missing on the Wasatch Mountains of 1846 America, a lone mountain man tasks himself with finding the lost pioneers. Upon the discovery of the remnants of a diary, George Masterson finds himself pulled into the dark story that befell the ill-fated travellers. 


America 1853, seven years since the disappearance of the lost party, the undead have emerged from the wilderness crossing the Great Plains to assault the civilised world. Communication has broken down and settlements now stand alone as the Rising Plague spreads across the eastern border. 

In the town of Little Rock inhabitants of the New World thrive to create normality in the midst of chaos. With the arrival of a mysterious rider named Griffin, the true dangers of the town become clear. The illusion of civilisation quickly dissolves as Griffin’s appearance sparks the violent conclusion of a deep-rooted vendetta. 

The Last Rider 

The Rising Plague continues to spread mercilessly across America, leaving the remnants of the US government to lead a desperate defence in defiance of the undead. Yet in the face of their doom, the beginnings of a civil tension arises, as the Southern State’s succeed, leaving a dire split across the US and its people hopelessly divided. 

Isaac, a young courier, volunteers himself to deliver a mysterious package for the Union military. His task will lead him deep into the heart of the unknown, through the decaying civilisation of a country that he can no longer call his home, as his eyes are opened to the horrors of the New World.





They would say that he came from across the sea. 

The lone figure astride a horse emerged from the emptiness of the hot, dusty plains that expanded like a sea encompassing the solitary town of Little Rock. In the dying light of the evening sun, it was those who survived on the border of the settlement who witnessed the rider first. The poor and the sick, all victims of the time in which they lived, now stood transfixed, mouths agape and eyes wide as the stranger cantered through the slum like area of ragged tents and rotten cabins, oblivious to the absurdity of his arrival.  Even as he trotted right pass them, the borderland residents still believed he could have been a mirage, that their minds had finally betrayed their rationality in the madness of this new world. No one had come from the plains in months, and never before alone, it did not belong to the living anymore. 

Upon passing through the fringe of the shanty town, the Stranger made his way down the central road, riding into the heart of Little Rock, passing the traffic of people as they closed shops and businesses before escaping to the false refuge of homes or the ignorant bliss of drinking holes.  

Silently and furtively, he studied the canvas that opened up around him, mapping everything to detail in his head. The stranger knew what types of side arms the people carried. He could see from a man’s eyes who would fight, who would run, and who he would have to kill. He did not want to have these thoughts, not anymore, but they were innate, created by a nightmare of past experiences, fighting down in the mud and hell below.


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Ben Dixon and Sam Campbell are friends who met during University studying History. We have had a few different ideas including graphic novels and fantasy novels but the work we started with was Red Dust, a story of the Wild West plagued by zombies. In between working our regular jobs we try our best to write and publish.


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Sam and Ben are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Open internationally. The giveaway starts 11/13/13 at 12 am eastern time and runs through 12 am eastern time 11/21/13.


stacey dempsey said...

Zombies are just plain fun, brain eating, dead but undead fun. I think the best part isn't usually they zombies but the story of the people trying to survive them

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Rabbit said...

Always great blog posts here :) And thank you for offering the giveaway!

desiree reilly said...

hi well zombie area different kind of people and they keep coming back

Sam Campbell said...

Thanks to the blog for hosting us and thank you for entering the giveaway

Sam Campbell said...

They are a very different kind of person. I love the undead in uniform always nice to know what job they performed before they were turned.

Edgar Gerik said...

The terror of being trapped by zombies.

Natasha D said...

I love how they never give up and I love reading about the people who are trying to make it out alive and get away from them.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Sam Campbell said...

Hey Stacey I agree and thats what me and Ben set out to do. To write stories about the people and how the world has changed because of zombies.

Sam Campbell said...

Yeah I think being trapped in a car surrounded by thousands would probably be my worst fear.

Sam Campbell said...

Thanks for entering the giveaway! Thats it exactly they are so scary because they don't sleep, they don't rest, they only want to feed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your giveaway. Zombies are the weirdest, they just keep coming after you mindlessly. Very odd to think about them being real.

Keisha Carpenter said...

I love zombies because they are relentless. Thanks for the giveaway.

Keisha Carpenter said...

I love zombies because they are relentless. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sam Campbell said...

I'm very grateful they aren't really! Haha

Sam Campbell said...

Thank you all for entering our giveaway and the blog for hosting our book spotlight.

Suleika said...

Zombies are very "in" right now. I of course love The Walking Dead and I'm a big fan of zombies and anything paranormal. Your book sounds very interesting.