Next week, it’s gonna get squishy around here, folks. Because next week, we’ll be featuring the winners of our Zombific(a)tion! short story contest–which means the pages of Punchnel’s will be host to all things undead.
Well–not all things. We had plenty of submissions to our contest, and they ranged from the sublime (if you can ever call rotting flesh and decomposing boyfriends sublime) to the ridiculous (if you can–oh, never mind). We had a tough time choosing. But here are the five stories to make it through the zombie apocalypse that was our slush pile:
First Prize Winner: “Drop Dead Pretty,” by Maggie Downs. It’s proof that even zombies care about their looks.
Runners-Up: “Cows,” by Joseph Lambach. In which a couple of brothers doing a dirty job get a big surprise.
“Yes Doctor,” by Matt Jager. A doctor and his father are in Haiti on a mission of mercy. Or is it?
“The Cat Came Back,” by Carol Divish. And the cat wasn’t the only thing.
“Family Dinner,” by Maurice Broaddus. Because you can’t choose your family, can you?
Congratulations to all of our winners–and thanks to everyone who submitted. And please join us Friday night, October 26, 7 p.m. at Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community, where we’ll be reading the winners and hearing from visiting horror writers Laird Barron, Gary Braunbeck, and Catherynne Valente. It’s free–so come on out and bring your undead friends.