When the poison gas first leaked out of the ground, mankind thought the horror would be over in no time.
When the lizard-men followed, swarming the land, slaughtering indiscriminately, those who survived scattered to the hills and the forests. Most did not last long.
But Cora, who found refuge and made a home in the mountains where she lives with the memory of her dead son, still fights. Tenacious, she lives wild and protects that home from the lizards who seek to kill her.
Because man has arrived, and he is not friendly.
In this terrifying fight for survival, Zachary Ashford blends the thrills of the creature feature genre with the claustrophobic atmosphere of a home invasion.
Like Mad Max with monsters, When The Cicadas Stop Singing is a fast, brutal, yet intimate tale of survival in a ruined Australia. – Alan Baxter: Author of The Roo
‘A dystopian nightmare - horrific, original and most importantly absolutely terrifying!’ Ross Jeffery, Bram Stoker nominated author of Tome
'Ashford sinks his talons in quickly and pulls the reader through When the Cicadas Stop Singing. Filled with action, emotions and visceral moments that'll make the reader bleed, this was a creature feature to remember.' Steve Stred, author of Ritual and The Window in the Ground.
'With sharp, lyrical prose, Zachary Ashford has crafted a brutal and believable story of grief and survival in a broken world. I read ‘When the Cicadas Stop Singing’ in one sitting and I’ve no doubt you will too.' Andrew Cull, author of Remains.
'Peel back the lizard scales, and you've got a very human story of one woman trying to find her place in the world when her whole species has been displaced. A perfect blend of character work and post-apocalyptic action, utterly primal in both love and death.' Brian Asman, author of Nunchuck City.