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Deadly Destinations has an offer that could possibly be to die for, a chance to take a tour of Deadtown with the Previously Deceased Walking Tours. The Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner takes place in a sectioned off area of Boston where the supernatural live. Darklands, the fourth book in the series was recently released on July 31st. For today’s giveaway Nancy is offering a Boston grab bag — a Boston tote bag filled with several UF/PNR novels from her own library (so these are previously read books) PLUS a signed copy of Darklands. Thanks Nancy! Penguin has also offered up a copy of the book as well.
My Deadtown series follows the adventures of Victory Vaughn, a shapeshifter who kills other people’s personal demons for living while fighting bigger, nastier, more dangerous demons of her own. Vicky lives in Deadtown, Boston’s paranormal-only section, along with werewolves, vampires, at least one troll, and a couple thousand zombies.
Recently, the following flyers have appeared in Information Centers and Tourist Booths all over Boston.
Boston . . . As No Living Soul Has Ever Seen It!
Boston. The name of Massachusetts’s capital city conjures up Revolutionary War heroes, stately brick homes, fine universities . . . and hordes of the walking dead.
Deadtown, Boston’s paranormal-only district, has been a source of fascination and curiosity since it was formed. But until recently, fear, ignorance, and regulations kept out those who would explore its alleyways. Now, thanks to a ground-breaking agreement between the City of Boston and Previously Deceased Walking Tours (a wholly paranormal-owned company), you can venture into Deadtown. Our tour will take you deep into the shadows, with a previously deceased expert to guide you.
We are the walking dead. Come walk with us.
Here’s what you’ll see and experience:
- Boston-Deadtown Checkpoints: We’ll meet at the State Street T Station and proceed to the School Street checkpoints. Anyone can leave human-controlled Boston, but only Previously Deceased Walking Tours can get you into Deadtown—guaranteed. As we make our way through the Deadtown checkpoint, will you be brave enough to look the undead guard in the eye?
- The Old South Meeting House: Famous for centuries as the site where early patriots met to launch the Boston Tea Party, this 18th-century church continues to be a political focal point. Public meetings held by The Council of Three, Deadtown’s elected representatives, take place here. Several political protest marches have used the Old South Meeting House as a symbolic starting point.
- Plague Memorial: A bronze statue, designed by a previously deceased artist, marks the spot on Washington Street where the first victim of the virus outbreak fell. We’ll observe a moment of silence to contemplate this moving tribute. Then, you’ll learn about the virology of H-DED-1 and hear about the chain of events that led to the creation of Deadtown.
- Original Quarantine Barrier: Most of Deadtown is surrounded by a tall electrified fence. However, near Bosworth Street stands a preserved section of the original, hastily erected plywood barrier that marked the quarantine zone immediately after the plague. The barrier still bears the spray-painted letters DED (for “Disease Enclosure District”) that gave Deadtown its nickname.
- Munchies: By this point in the tour, you’ll be as hungry as if you’d died and been reanimated! So we’ll make a stop at Munchies, a snack shop that’s wildly popular with the previously deceased. Enjoy monster-size portions of your favorite junk food—assuming your waitress doesn’t eat your order before she gets it to the table!
- Granary Burying Ground: Boston’s third-oldest cemetery marks the final resting place of Paul Revere, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and other notable Bostonians. It’s also the site of the infamous Paranormal Appreciation Day concert, which ended in a stampede and riot of the previously deceased. After viewing a plaque commemorating the Paranormal Appreciation Day victims, we’ll go into the burial ground itself (currently closed to the general public). Rumor has it that ancient, evil spirits dwell in some of the slate grave markers. Touch one . . . if you dare.
- New Combat Zone: In the mid-twentieth century, Boston’s red-light district was known as the Combat Zone. Today, the New Combat Zone (between the Tremont Street checkpoints) contains Boston’s famous “monster bars,” which welcome all species: humans (both living and previously deceased), werewolves, vampires, and other creatures of the night.
- Creature Comforts: We’ll finish with a drink or two in the Zone’s most popular monster bar. You may have seen the human-paranormal bar brawl that took place here, which made national news. Yet once you’ve met Axel, your seven-foot-tall host, you’ll know why Creature Comforts is the safest place in town for humans to meet and mingle with the paranormal population. Who knows—while you’re there, you might strike up a conversation with a werewolf or vampire at the next table.
Finally, we’ll leave through the Tremont Street checkpoints, where you can catch the Park Street T.
The Previously Deceased Difference
Our competitors claim to offer Deadtown walking tours, but they won’t get you beyond the New Combat Zone. They’ll walk you around the perimeter of Deadtown, all you can do is peer through the fence. Previously Deceased Walking Tours is the only tour company permitted to guide groups of humans through the down-and-dirty streets of Deadtown itself.
Here’s what makes us different:
- We’re 100% previously deceased owned and operated. Other tour companies exploit paranormals for their own profit. Some of our competitors aren’t even locally based. We keep our profits in Deadtown.
- Our tour guides are the real thing. All our tour guides are previously deceased. These guides know the ins and outs of Deadtown because it’s their home. You’ll get an authentic account of the plague and its aftermath by someone who lived—and died—through it.
- We specialize. Other tour companies cover the Freedom Trail, literary and film sites, museums, and so on, giving you at best a fleeting glimpse of Deadtown. Our company features all Deadtown, all the time—it’s the only thing we do.
- We make sure you’re protected. Your tour group will be accompanied by a human nurse equipped with a first aid kit. Because the previously deceased have a well-documented reaction to the scent of fresh human blood, our nurses have received specialized training in dealing with blood spills. (To date, however, we haven’t had a single blood-related mishap.) In addition, your group will receive an escort of two off-duty Goon Squad officers—members of the elite Joint Human-Paranormal Task Force who keep order in Deadtown.
NOTE: The virus that caused the so-called plague was highly unstable. Within minutes of the outbreak, it mutated into something no worse than a bad cold. Although scientists continue to study H-DED-1, they have pronounced it extinct in the wild. You cannot catch the virus from visiting Deadtown or interacting with a previously infected person. Unscrupulous persons are offering H-DED-1 “cures” on the Internet and in the area around Deadtown. Do not waste your money buying this snake-oil. There is no need for vaccinations or other medication to visit Deadtown.
- We take care of the paperwork. Although it’s possible for humans to enter Deadtown, a bewildering tangle of red tape keeps many out. Normally, humans must prove they have family or compelling business inside to get past the checkpoint. It can take days—even weeks—for permits to be approved. We’re the only tour company issued an open-ended permit to take groups into Deadtown. After you’ve made your reservation, just show up at the meeting point with a photo ID. We handle everything else.
Previously Deceased Walking Tours is the only way for you to take an authentic, pulse-racing, guaranteed walk on Boston’s wild side!
Terms and Conditions
Remember that Deadtown is not simply a tourist attraction; it’s home to Boston’s paranormals, the place where they live and work. So be courteous. Do not take photographs without permission. Many of the undead find “zombie” an offensive term; instead, say “Previously Deceased Human” or “PDH.” Please do not solicit vampires to accept blood donations. If a vampire is interested in feeding from you, he or she will approach you. Finally, do not be offended if a werewolf sniffs around you, especially when the moon is waxing.
Please note that tours may be canceled at short notice, in the event of bad weather or elevated (Code Red or Code Orange) restrictions on crossing Deadtown’s boundaries. Every effort will be made to reschedule your tour.
You must bring a government-issued photo ID to pass through the checkpoints. Anyone without an ID will be turned away.
You enter Deadtown at your own risk. All participants are required to sign a waiver and damage release. This form will be available at the start of the tour.
Remember: The only good walking tour is a Previously Deceased Walking Tour!
Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a PhD.
She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she’s worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. Most of her nonfiction books are published under the name Nancy Conner.
Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve, where they both work from home without getting on each other’s nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.
DARKLANDS, the fourth novel in Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series, is now available. For information on Nancy and her books, visit her website. You can also find Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. And visit her Kickstarter page to find out about her plans for a Deadtown prequel!
Want to read more from Nancy Holzner?
This contest is provided by Nancy Holzner and Penguin
One lucky winner will win a Boston grab bag — a Boston tote bag filled with several UF/PNR novels from Nancy’s own library (so these are previously read books) PLUS a signed copy of Darklands by Nancy Holzner
A second winner will also be selected to receive a copy of Darklands
Available July 31, 2012 from Penguin/Ace
About this Book:
They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…
Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.
But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.
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