(W/A) Bob Fingerman
In a modest Manhattan walk-up, a group of survivors are on their last legs. As the end seems nigh, a teenage girl is spotted on the avenue, not only alive but repelling the undead like Moses parting the Red Sea. When she comes to their aid questions of who, what and why she's immune to attack arise. Almost like a play, this single location-centric story features a strong cast of archetypal, yet fully fleshed-out, distinct, characters. Pariah sets the classic zombie tropes on their ear as the element of immunity to attack is introduced into the mix. Contemporary, but also taking cues from the classic New York cinema of Martin Scorcese, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and other gritty cinema and literature, Pariah thrusts the reader into a truly dire survivors' tale, capturing the desperation and resolve of its disparate cast.