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In this prequel to S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND series, a molecular geneticist creates an experimental antidote against a synthetic military virus for reanimating the dead. Desperate to avert a human disaster of global proportions, he decides to test it on himself, but first he must expose himself to the zombie virus and allow the infection to run its full, agonizing and terminal course. The experiment and the immediate aftermath are captured in a series of voice recordings, retrieved by the government and replayed in a secret Cabinet meeting. The stunning and horrific outcome will leave each member of that meeting—and the world—forever changed.

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"Golgotha" is a selected title from the story collection "Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors: a Menagerie of Macabre Mini-Fiction."

Approximately 10,000 words, plus supplementary material.

Not recommended for readers under the age of 16.

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ISBN: 9781476319100
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a short story

by Saul Tanpepper


by Saul Tanpepper

Copyright © 2012 by Saul Tanpepper

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Published July 1, 2012 by Brinestone Press, San Martin, CA 95046

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Tanpepper, Saul (2011-07-01). Golgotha

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Golgotha is a selected title from Shorting the Undead & Other Horrors: A Menagerie of Macabre Mini-fiction

(Dec 2011)

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Dear Reader,

A heartfelt thanks for purchasing Golgotha. The story is both a standalone horror tale as well as the inspiration for the world of GAMELAND, a new dystopian action-thriller series which picks up fifteen years later. Both Golgotha and the series can be enjoyed without reading the other. I hope you will enjoy reading Golgotha and are intrigued enough to consider trying out the series. To encourage you, I’ll be thrilled to send you the first episode of GAMELAND for free. Just follow this link. All I ask is for your feedback on Golgotha. Your input is invaluable. Reviews are how other readers decide whether or not to purchase a book; they also assist authors in identifying weak or strong areas in their writing.

But first, sit back and enjoy this tale of science and politics gone horribly wrong.

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He was a religious man, so the first time Special Advisor to the President of the United States Richard Daniels heard the recording, a single word rose up in his mind. The second time, he became violently ill and also afraid. The third and final time, those emotions were still there, but by then he’d managed to control them. He was a religious man, and he wished he wasn’t, for how could any god, much less the God of his religion, forgive what he had done?

My name is Gene Halliwell. Eugene Douglas Halliwell. I am a professor of immunology at Royce State College and…

[rustling sounds]

"Okay, I wasn’t sure this was recording, but it is. Royce State College…immunology… Okay. Okay. I should’ve made better notes.

I am making this recording on the twenty-third of December. It’s a Saturday. The current time is…six-seventeen in the evening. I am in my laboratory. I am alone.


"The children are… They’re at their mother’s house for the holiday. They won’t miss my absence. Neither they nor my ex-wife Sophia, my students and colleagues here at the college, know a thing of what I am about to attempt; they are all innocent, and I do not wish them to be implicated in this in any way. I am not naïve enough to think they will escape scrutiny; I know that when this all comes down, there will interrogations and they will be treated harshly. There will be the inevitable arrests, charges, slander—maybe even torture—and for all that I have the deepest regrets. But there is no other option left to me. Only I am guilty for what happens here. If you hear this, you must believe me: they are all innocent.

"I just wanted to make that clear.

"While it’s one thing to claim all the responsibility, it’s quite another to claim all the credit. For that, I can say there were others without whose efforts I would not have made it this far. That is how science progresses. But they, too, are innocent. At least in their intent. I wish I could tell them thanks for their contributions, but, alas, I cannot for fear of the retribution that would find them. May they remain satisfied in their anonymity and their freedom.

"The doors are locked. I have programmed for them to remain locked