As you may have noticed, I've been away awhile. But I have not been idle.
I have spent the past couple weekends dabbling and dithering in my neglected Nerdatorium.
I was away from my deviantArt account for several months, but I've recently reactivated and spent hours building my favorites album. In so doing, the muses smiled upon me and many new ideas were born out of the inspiring genius of other artists' works. I never lack for ideas when browsing good art!
As I continue to flesh out my new notions and ponderings (and get the artists' permission to share their work here) I will post more and more. In the meantime hopefully this will satiate you *cough* Nils *cough*
This was a story idea that took root about a week ago, but I didn't know where it was going to go until earlier today. I was thinking of using it as a more urban, East Coast counterpart to my western-themed zombie apocalypse story, Dead Reckoning, but the timelines didn't go so well together. That one is not-so-near future; whereas, Nine Hells hits much closer to the present.
It begins July 1, 2017. The contagion escapes the facility and infects the immediate area within 24 hours.
The surrounding areas follow the day after.
Day 3, which just so happens to be the 4th of July, the ill begin to inundate under-staffed metropolitan hospitals. The first deaths occur that morning.
Day 5, the sickness reaches the far corners of America and takes root. The news makes mention of the earliest fatalities and advises those feeling persistent symptoms to seek medical attention. It's far too late for that.
By Friday, July 7th, people in the major urban centers are dropping dead. Many die at home, or in their cars headed to the already full hospitals.
Saturday, one week since Outbreak, the CDC declares a nationwide state of emergency and halts air travel indefinitely.
July 9th, a day that comes to be known as Bloody Sunday, corpses arise and begin to feast on the living.
Monday, July 10th, the first double-digit day since Outbreak, the world has gone all to hell. The infection made it to every other populated continent before air traffic was grounded. The end isn't nigh...it's already here!