It is not easy living among the dead. Before they go in the ground, they spend time in a funeral parlor – waiting to attack. That is, if you are the “night man” – the guy who runs the parlor from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. In his new novel, “Nightlife in the House of the Dead” (published by iUniverse), author Gerald Stanley crafts a suspenseful thriller based on a night man’s experience with the living dead.
A 21-year-old college student needs a job. He is hired as the night man at a funeral parlor. He thinks it is a plush job – until the bodies of the dead come back to life, trapping him in a nightmarish reality.
An excerpt from “Nightlife in the House of the Dead”:
“I walked towards the hall as I walked to every coffin downstairs, slowly. I made it to the hall and stared in at my bed. Just then, whatever was in the bed, rolled over, causing me to set a land-speed record, zero to sixty in four seconds from the bedroom down the hall and out the door to the roof over Bruno’s garage. Barooooom! ... I just stood there until I saw whatever was in my bed move from the bedroom and into the hall. This is not some phony dream sequence. Indian Island was a dream, although based on fact, but as I stood on the roof I began envisioning the dead babies and the gray man and felt they were connected with this – a monster in my bed.”