AfterLife, the Book
AfterLife, by S. P. Cloward, is the first in a series of books about a race of humans known as Mortui.
AfterLife is one of those stories that grip your imagination and take you on the ride of your life. Described as "believable fiction," it will influence how you look at the world around you. It will create a craving for more, and you won't be able to stop thinking or talking about it.
AfterLife has been enjoyed by readers of all ages - from 16 to 60. Well written and quick moving, it is a great book to relax or curl up with. Be careful, though. You won't be able to stop reading until the last page. And you'll still want more.
Below is a synopsis of the book, and on other pages of this website you can learn more about the author, S.P. Cloward, see settings for the story in pictures, and preview the first chapters of the book.
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Prior to recorded history, a small genetic mutation occurred that created a race of humans now found among every civilization in every corner of the globe. Unrecognizable to the rest of mankind but dependent upon them for survival, this race is known as Mortui; those whose spirits do not sever from their bodies when they die. They are the source of all living dead legends.
“I can prove it right now, right here, if that’s what you want, but there’s really no need.” Seth said. “You already know it’s the truth. You living beings, or antemorts as we call you, have an instinctual knowledge of our existence. Why do you think people are afraid to look into the eyes of strangers, or avoid the gazes of those they pass? It comes from an intuitive need to protect yourselves from us."
At the time of his premature death, Wesley Lohmann discovers he belongs to this select group. He is recruited by AfterLife and learns what it means to be Mortui.
“It’s true, even though now it may seem hard to believe. People die every day from “natural causes,” and they don’t become Mortuis. One day, their mind, or soul if you want to call it that, separates from their body and moves on. You can also die a second death, which is more than you need to know right now. What you do need to know is that you aren’t a zombie. That would be a misnomer for what you really are. Zombies are bodies without a soul, and such a thing can’t really exist. Your soul still resides in your body; it’s just not a living body as you think of one. We are called Mortuis. Dead bodies still inhabited by a soul.”
Wes joins in the impending conflict between two rival organizations; AfterLife, determined to co-exist symbiotically with humans, and The Atumra, a Mortui organization managed locally by Seth and who's focus is the domination and subjection of the living.
"Seth remained in his seat, pleased by his successful hunt and reveling in the physical sensations he always felt when he was finished. His victim sat lifeless on the other side of the train and Seth knew it could be hours before anyone realized she was dead. He had looked into her soul and seen her hopes for a rich and full life, yet he had squashed her pathetic dreams and life without a second thought. The image of her body riding the train for hours caused him to smile. He had fed on her in public and not a single person in that car knew he had done it. He truly was the superior species – a Mortui, and thus, a god."
As Wes struggles with new and past relationships and tries to find meaning for his continued existence, he discovers within himself the ability and heart to tip the balance in favor of those who want to deal harmoniously with mankind.