"Mason James Cole knocked me back on my heels. I’ve read a lot of zombie books over the last few years, and frankly, I thought I had seen it all. It seemed like nothing could shock me anymore. But Pray to Stay Dead delivered on all fronts. It’s got all the raw emotional violence and brutal gore one would expect from a zombie book, but those things are only the surface of this tale. Underneath, Pray to Stay Dead possesses an elegantly simple style of storytelling that I haven’t found since my first encounter with Jack Ketchum. Mason James Cole is that good. Read Pray to Stay Dead, and then pray this guy writes more soon, because he’s the real deal.”

Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead


"Pray to Stay Dead does not re-invent the living dead genre— it simply takes its place among that genre’s best. It does Romero proud..."

Blu Gilliand’s October Country


"A brutally entertaining collision of zombie thriller and grindhouse action. Not for the faint of heart!"

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin


"…it’s hard not to read it with wide eyes, feeling a tiny bit of the shock that the main characters are experiencing and dreading each page you turn. You don’t want to know how much worse it can possibly get… but you will.… incredible… a page turner… …Pray to Stay Dead is a revelation.

Alex Riviello, Badass Digest






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Oct. 2-4, 2015

Listen to Cole's guest spot on It's New Orleans' "Happy Hour" podcast (1-29-15)

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