The Fall of Polite


The Fall of Polite
by Sam Kench
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

In a freshly lawless New England in the dead of winter…
A bloodied and barefoot 17-year-old, grieving the loss of her father, trudges around a smoldering pileup on the road out of town. She’s endeavoring the 120 mile trek to her only living family member through blizzard conditions…
A once kind-hearted lumberjack splits a teenager’s nose in half with the rim of a metal gas can. Since the day his family was slaughtered before his eyes, he’s been consumed with an undying fury that can only be quelled through acts of violence…
A two-time college-dropout, trying to do good, howls in agony as her face is slashed with a razor-blade. The crackhead who did the deed is taking back her five-year-old child who the drop-out was trying to protect after finding him abandoned in a dumpster…
Anyone wishing to live must harden and adapt to the new rules of a world post-fall of polite. This dangerous new world will make you into a survivor… or a corpse.

The pastor lowered his gun, knowing what he truly needed to do, and knowing exactly how hard it would be.

The frosted glass shattered and the sweaty men outside jostled for position, all trying to reach through the small aperture at once.

The pastor made his way upstairs. He joined his family in the master bedroom and was relieved to find them on their knees praying as he had instructed. There was a distant rumble and the house shook underneath them. The lights flickered on and off in the overheard lamp, the fan spun wildly, and the whole chandelier began to sway on its hanging chain.

Stacey rose to her feet. ‘Dad, what are you doing?’

The lights pulsated like lightning, rising and falling in intensity. The brutes downstairs burst through the  front door, hollering excitedly.

‘Keep praying.’ The pastor said, preparing for the act to come. He did the signs of the cross twice in a row.


‘This is not our world anymore.’

And as the words left the pastor’s lips he raised the gun to the back of his wife’s head. ‘You’ll see each other in heaven.’ He knew he wouldn’t be able to join them but for this mercy. ‘Goodbye.’

He pulled the trigger and the gun let out a deafening blast. He watched as blood coated the bedroom wallpaper an instant before his wife’s head smashed through it. He forced his eyes to the swinging, pulsing chandelier above the bed as his children screamed. He pivoted his arm and fired again. The tandem screams became a solo performance as Stacey hit the floor, silenced. Letting the tears flow, pastor Prendergast pivoted once more and punctuated poor little Polly’s screams with another gunshot.

The intruders made it to the bedroom doorway just in time to see the pastor bring the revolver to the underside of his chin and the squeeze the trigger one final time. The ceiling fan spread his displaced brains across the room.

Sam Kench is a 23-year-old writer and independent filmmaker. His screenplays and short films have been awarded by festivals and competitions around the world. Click here to check out work on
In 2014 he was named one of the top defenders of free speech by the National Coalition Against Censorship.
He grew up in New England and spent years exploring many of the locations that found their way into the novel. He now resides in Los Angeles. ‘The Fall of Polite’ is his debut novel.

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  1. The book title got my attention and made me curious. It looks like it would be an engrossing read for a person who enjoys post apocalyptic ficion.

  2. The cover really draws you in. I want to know what is happening.

    1. Glad to hear the cover is effective. I hope you check it out

  3. I love these kinds of thriller reads. This sounds great and I enjoyed the excerpt

  4. I like the cover and the genre. The blurb sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  5. A genre I always find thrilling to read. I like the drawn cover.

  6. Interesting cover! It sets the tone for the book.


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