In the 1790s, the island that would become Haiti rebelled against France, reputedly at the urging of a voudoun priest named Dutty Boukman. It was the first, and only, slave rebellion in the Americas to result in the founding of a new country.
The conditions under which the slaves worked were absolutely appalling. The violence they unleashed in reprisal was equally so.
In the 1980s, an ethnobotanist named Wade Davis went to Haiti, wondering if there was substance to the myths of zombies. He believes that the creation of zombies has a basis in fact, that there is a drug (tetrodotoxin) used to put victims in a 'death trance' and a second drug (derived from datura) used to keep them confused and obedient.
I took these ideas and used them as the foundation for a 4,000 word horror story. It follows two reprehensible planters trying to escape the slave revolt, their efforts, their failures, and their ultimate fates.
If this story raises $400, I'll release it as a .pdf on the Internet, under a Creative Commons license granting Attribution/Share-Alike rights. You can sample other stories I've released at this page on my web site.
If you like zombies, history, drugs, or stories in which awful things happen to terrible people, this is a tale for you.
- (30 days)