Curtis, a young college student is dragged to his first gay club by his best friend Jimmy for a night of dancing, drinking and sex…at least until the dead start to rise and attack the club. Trapped inside the Asylum are a small band of survivors, including a drag queen, a male stripper, a Vietnam vet bartender, a pretentious gay couple, and an unstable DJ. Will this motley crew survive the hungry undead rattling the sealed-off doors? Will they survive each other? Will they survive their own personal demons? Asylum recalls George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead–except with more gore and a more current social message.
For me novella are a hit or miss kind of thing because authors have limited space to set the scene, hook their readers and relay a complete tale. Well, Mark Gunnells' ASYLUM hit the ground running. Because of the shortness of the story, I 'll do a simple check list so I don't give away anymore than can be read in the blog.
~Character creation, interaction, and believability? check
~Believable story plot on any planet? check
~Just the right amount of Sexual Tension? check
~Story flow with no hiccups or interruptions? check
~2nd time readability? check
~Earning 5 1/2 pens for a GREAT NOVELLA? check