Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter
Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2
After being acquitted of brutally slaying her parents, Lizzie Borden thinks her nightmare is over—but it’s only just begun!
Now Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers.
When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost?
NOTE: The book does contain spoilers if you have not read the first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.
Christine (C.A.) Verstraete enjoys putting a little "scare" in her writing. She follows the murder trial and offers a twist on the infamous 1892 Borden murders in her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. She also looks at the murders from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor in her latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Other books include a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, and books on dollhouse collecting and crafting.
Christine's short stories have appeared in various anthologies including: Descent Into Darkness, Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime, Mystery Weekly, and Timeshares, Steampunk'd, and Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, DAW Books.
She is an award-winning journalist published in daily to weekly newspapers, and in various magazines. Her stories have received awards from local and national newspaper associations, and the Dog Writer's Association of America.
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Why Veer from History?
By Christine (C.A.) Verstraete
In Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, the story picks up after the end of the 1893 trial of Lizzie Borden for the horrific axe murders of her father and stepmother the year before. Now the zombies are back, and so is Lizzie’s charming self-defense instructor Pierre. Could she be in more danger, both romantically and physically?
If you read the first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, you’ll know that the Lizzie I portrayed was true to the trial and some real life events, but with zombies, you have to bend reality a bit. That means Lizzie was no staid, Victorian lady sewing in the parlor. My thinking was she already was a social pariah, would conventional rules really apply much anymore? When you’re accused of such a heinous crime, in society’s eyes you’re still guilty, even if you were acquitted by the jury.
In Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, it seemed natural to have the relationship between Lizzie and Pierre develop further. In real life, Lizzie became a heavy, unattractive, old maid. She had money and lived her life as she saw fit. Boring in fiction.
As a writer, you have to go where the story takes you. While following up on this next wave of undead, Lizzie and her instructor are spending a lot of time together. Oh, and a warning: if you didn’t read the first book, you can read the sequel alone, but be aware there are spoilers as it continues certain story lines from book one.
So the second book veers from the historic Lizzie. It had to. While I hit on certain real-life elements in Lizzie’s life in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter like the trial and her later estrangement from her sister, the story pretty much ends there. In reality, except for some odd shoplifting accounts later (was Lizzie perhaps trying to get attention?), she led a quiet life. She lived in the home she and her sister bought after the trial in the more exclusive part of town until her death. She supported the local animal shelter. Not much drama there.
But if you’re out fighting zombies, well, that’s already a pretty unconventional life. What Lizzie does, how she ends up, is far from reality, but I think it made sense in this zombie-filled fictional world. I hope you’ll agree.