The Residents of this Town Eat Zombies for Lunch by William McNally (Guest Post)

The Residents of this Town Eat Zombies for Lunch

Welcome to Auraria, a place the dead have never left. The setting of my latest book, Beneaththe Veil, is a ghost town forgotten by time and most everyone else. To those lucky enough to drive by and keep going, this town is just a whisper from the past with crumbling buildings and overgrown fields dotted with rusting farm implements.  

Like any place, this town has many sides and only the truly unfortunate get to see them all. These people, the ones that stumble too close, quickly realize it’s impossible to leave. So, what do you do if you find yourself trapped in this unforgiving place? You try to make friends. Here’s a helpful listing of the town’s most prominent citizens:

Barry (Rhodes) Ryan is a successful sculptor suffering from a terminal illness. Adopted when he was an infant, he is forced to seek out a blood relative for a transfusion to save his life. Frequently creates art work weighing several tons…

Jen Ryan, Barry’s adopted younger sister, is brave, independent and free spirited. She works as a free lance photographer and lives in downtown Atlanta with her boyfriend Jackson. Prefers shooting in black and white…

Jackson is Jen’s boyfriend. He’s an easy-going dude who runs a small record shop. When he’s not slinging vinyl, he likes hanging with Jen and her brother. Drives a ‘70s van…

Willow is a young, local girl with a charitable heart who possesses a set of very unique talents. Loves children…

James Downs survived a plane crash that stranded him in Auraria.  Retired military…

Don “Doc” Randolph is the de facto mayor of Auraria. Doc provides free medical care to his neighbors…

Evangeline Rhodes hails from an uncertain past and preys on the locals. She’s not really a brunette…

Ezra Rhodes is Evangeline’s constant companion and takes care of many of her more unpleasant tasks. Once owned a bank in town…

Owen Bigsby loves to sample the corn liquor grown locally and is Auraria’s own town drunk. Lets others control him…

Well, there you have it, a sampling of the Auraria locals and don’t worry, there’s plenty more of them to meet and many to be avoided.

Special thanks to Beauty in Ruins for hosting the residents of Auraria, a town in ruins located deep Beneaththe Veil.



Beneath the Veil
William McNally

Genre: Paranormal/Science Fiction/Horror

ASIN: 978-1481953627

Number of pages: 276
Word Count: 44,966

Book Description:

Welcome Beneath the Veil, a Place Where the Dead Have Never Left...

With his life turned upside down, a terminally ill man seeks answers from a family he never knew. Barry Ryan, a successful sculptor, goes on a journey to find his roots and the extraordinary family that somehow evades death and ties him to a terrifying future. 

Driven to find answers, Barry is joined by his sister and her boyfriend on the road to Auraria, a mysterious ghost town where terrible secrets lie hidden since the days of gold and greed.

All is well until they cross the city limits and fall beneath the veil, a place where the bizarre rules the living, and the living are prey trapped in an ever-changing web. 

Generations of conflict come to light as these unfortunate visitors struggle to survive. Echoes of the past are lethal this place where the dead have never left.


About the Author:

William McNally is a former executive, husband and animal advocate based in the mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia. Drawn to dark and thought provoking stories, he released his first book, Four Corners Dark in 2012 and recently followed it with his second, Beneath the Veil. Visit him online at for updates and events.

Look for William's next release, The Knights of Moonshine, spring 2014.

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