It is July, 3012. A summer of 50-below temperatures and mile-high walls of snow and ice.

A summer exactly a thousand years after an asteroid crashes into the Earth, ironically in the same year the Mayan calendar ends…2012. Out of the ensuing chaos, there are two types of survivors: humans—not so many of them but enough—and the Undead—ejected from their coffins deep within the Earth to a world frozen and gray. A world where the sun never shines and vampires may walk during daylight hours.

The Undead reign, fighting among themselves for the continents, dividing them to the strongest. Now, only two remain, Alixandra, empress of North and South America, and Celadon, lord of Europe and Asia. Once lovers, these two are now bitter enemies, engaged in a struggle for ownership of the planet and its few surviving humans, their rapidly-dwindling food-source. Surprisingly more humane than Celadon, Alix takes her people to Mt. St. Helens, where the heat from the volcano will keep her little herd of mortals alive. With the aid of Michael, her virginal, mortal steward, she prepares for Celadon’s attack. Alix trusts Michael; she also lusts after him, but Michael ignores her enticements. He alone is immune to her mental slavery, because Michael is a Freeley, one of the rare human mutations born with Free Will.

From the seed of Michael’s freedom, rebellion has taken root. Yes, Michael is readying his people for the coming attack, but in a way neither Alix nor Celadon expects. Unfortunately for Michael, it won't end the way he expects, either.

"Blood will Freeze" is a short story by Tony-Paul de Vissage, appearing in the February, 2010, issue of Sounds of the Night Magazine. It is available at http://www.genremall.com/zinesr.htm#soundsofthenight.

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15 comments

  1. Mary Marvella // February 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

    Amazing! I am in awe of your creativity! The story sounds like a grabber, something I could sink my teeth into. Good Job, Toni

  2. Beth Trissel // February 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

    Oooooh, gripping. Scary too.

  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

    Toni never fails to amaze me with her creativity and productivity! You go girl!

  4. Judy // February 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

    Go, girl! It's hard to keep up with you! Good luck with it!

  5. Barbara Monajem // February 19, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

    Wow. You have some imagination, Toni.

  6. Janice // February 19, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

    Very interesting premise.

    Pretty blog you have, and I like the pink slippers, too.

    Janice~

  7. Beth Trissel // February 19, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

    I'm such a fan of the slippers that I own several pairs!

  8. Pamela Varnado // February 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

    Toni this sounds like my kind of story. Chaos and vampires and war. Oh my! I can't wait to read your story.

  9. Nightingale // February 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

    Intriguing teaser.

  10. kidsfootwaer // February 22, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

    Another item to be collected, I'm excited to grab your new edition.I think I will be freeze reading on it.

  11. Joanne // February 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

    Toni,
    You are so creative. What an interesting premise.

  12. wheel balancer // May 29, 2010 at 6:15 AM  

    Reading the article i remember the movie 2010.There's a lot of predictions for this year.Let us all pray that everything will be fine.

  13. childrens snow boots // December 3, 2010 at 6:34 AM  

    I salute all the writers for their effort to give us a beautiful reading materials.With your share It helps us to realize things and relate our life to the stories that you written.

  14. Plumbing // April 15, 2011 at 6:41 AM  

    Good day!
    Great! Very informative in a sense that you share a creative idea. Hope to see more. Thank you!

  15. plumbing // May 20, 2011 at 9:20 PM  

    Its a great story. Keep posting for more. I'll be back soon for more updates.