I Will Hold My Death Close


Paperback. The centuries to come will not recall her name. But generations of young women will climb the hills to remember her.



Marked for sacrifice by her own father, a young woman flees to the hills, where she must face the traditions of her ancestors and the unburied dead.

Each volume of The Zombie Bible retells a biblical or ecclesiastical tale as an episode in humanity’s enduring battle with hunger…and the hungry dead. This series can be read in any order.

Retelling the tale of Jephthah’s daughter from Judges 11.

A young woman flees to the hills, knowing her father may appear with his stone blade at any time to claim her – while the unburied dead of her people also hunt her in the low ravines. Guided by the memory of how her mother stood bravely against the dead, Jepthah’s daughter begins her long flight in the dark.

The centuries to come will not recall her name. But generations of young women will climb the hills to remember her.


Looking for a kindle edition instead? Here is this volume on Amazon – or get a kindle omnibus edition direct from the author.

Need an audiobook? Amy McFadden reads it here.



“Heartbreaking and wonderful.” – Conflictium

“Like Cormac McCarthy’s novels, I Will Hold My Death Close does not pull its punches. A beautiful, brilliant tale, it offers a pretty bleak picture of the human condition and the human struggle against the terrors of this world.” – Andrew Hallam, Ph.D., Metropolitan State University of Denver

[About I Will Hold My Death Close]: “I find myself riveted to Stant’s prose, not only because I’m eager to find out the characters’ fate but because his words are so beautiful. The story has stayed with me days after reading it. I highly recommend.” – Denise Grover Swank, author of The Curse Keepers

[About No Lasting Burial]: “Intensely troubling and sharply beautiful. I highly anticipate the opportunity to reread it.” – Timothy Widman, Wandering Paths

[About No Lasting Burial]: “Nothing about this novel was phoned-in. Even parts of the story that we already knew by heart were revealed brilliantly with the gentle hand of a master surgeon. And Litore told the story his way. I found it refreshing, respectful, and loving.” – James Garcia, Jr., author of Seeing Ghosts

[About What Our Eyes Have Witnessed]: “If I could write a one-word review, it would be Wow. I still can’t get over the beautiful horror of Litore’s writing. Regina was a breathtaking character who stole the show for me. Even as I write this review, my eyes mist over. Highly recommended.” – Jennifer Bielman, Bad Bird Reads

“Stant Litore has been doing fascinating phantasmagorical things with zombies in biblical times.” – Jeff Vandermeer, author of Annihilation

“Beautifully composed and frighteningly well-researched… Well worth the read… Beyond the rich historical background and the desperate fight for survival, Strangers in the Land is a story about otherness, what it means to be a ‘stranger’… Far from being ‘just another zombie book’, it is a remarkably clear look at what it means to impose a system of inequality among a culture.” – Examiner.com

“To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I could not put it down.” – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Zombie Bible is philosophy played out in bleak landscapes. It’s psychology set to the harsh strains of Prokofiev. Litore’s prose is lean and hungry; his characters are faceted all-round like various colored stones; his scenes pulse with blood and life, ring with metal or reek of sweat and undeath.” – Marc McDermott

“Litore’s vibrant writing . . . rips the lid off of the King James version and reveals to us a world of intense human hopes, dreams and pathos, with a liberal dose of horror seething in the shadows. You’ve never seen anything like this before.” – Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders

“Gruesome and human and lyrical and horrible, The Zombie Bible is like nothing you have ever read. Once you’re in, you’ll stay.” –  S.G. Redling, author of Flowertown and Damocles

“Stant rebuilds the zombie mythology from the ground up.” – Rob Kroese, author of Mercury Falls and Schrodinger’s Gat

“What Litore has done … I call it the de-sanitisation of the gospel: a visceral, messy, human take on a message of a visceral and tangible hope.” – Siku, creator of The Manga Bible and Drink It!

“A good novel should go for the throat; Death Has Come up into Our Windows goes for your heart, rips it out and eats it before your eyes.” – Lucinda Rose, Rose Reads


ISBN 978-1942458173.
40 pages.
Cover art by Lauren K. Cannon.

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Weight 0.08 kg


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