Welcome to Deadland
In a thrilling debut from Nerdist, Zac Linville’s Welcome to Deadland won Nerdist’s first publishing contest on Inkshares during the summer of 2015. A far cry from your average zombie story,Welcome to Deadland is a coming-of-age, coming out tale set against the backdrop of the desolate land that was once Florida, now devastated by a widespread disease threatening the mass extinction of humanity. Symptoms include: animalistic rage, violent outbursts, and a ravenous hunger for human flesh.
Among the few survivors are Asher, Wendy, and Rico, thrust together to fight for their lives and find sanctuary in a deserted theme park before the world becomes overrun by the infected. But plagued with their own inner demons, the group struggles to hold on to what makes them human in the midst of fighting against all odds to stay alive. They are striving for more than mere survival.
For fans of both Station Eleven and The Walking Dead, Welcome to Deadland is a gripping balance between human drama and visceral, heart-pounding horror. The story shifts deftly between the fraught post-apocalyptic world and ‘the before’ — the characters’ everyday existence leading up to the apocalypse — full of love, heartbreak, discovery, and hope.