by Mason James Cole



The Summer of Love is a fading memory, the Cold War rages on, Richard M.

Nixon is barely holding onto the Presidency, and the dead are returning to life.


Five friends on their way to a week at Lake Tahoe, a Vietnam veteran in

Sacramento trying to get home to his daughter in New Mexico, an older

couple idling in a dusty shop in the hills, and a dangerous man who has

spent twenty years preparing his strange family for the end of the world...


As civilization collapses, these scattered survivors cross paths, and the

hungry dead are the least of the horrors unleashed.


Those who die will walk. Those who live will hope for a quick death,

and they will pray to stay dead.



"A brutally entertaining collision of zombie thriller and

grindhouse action. Not for the faint of heart!"


Jonathan Maberry,

New York Times bestselling author of

Patient Zero and The Dragon Factory


"This guy 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


“[A] revelation, one of those books that reminds you why you liked the genre in the first place.... Buy it, buy it, buy it.”


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About the Author


Mason James Cole is the pseudonym of an apparently mild-mannered conservative

type who doesn't want his family and friends to know he writes stuff like this. His

boring but lucrative job keeps him on the road five months out of the year, and

that's when he watches scary movies, reads scary books, and writes scary

stories. He smiles and nods through church every Sunday and

secretly votes Green. He lives in Farmington, Utah.





"These guys know more about the undead than I do...and that's saying something, because I've been hanging out with zombies

for as long as I can remember."