Maria DeVivo is the author of Amazon bestselling and award winning series, The Coal Elf Chronicles. When not writing about dark fantasy or horror, she teaches Language Arts and Journalism to middle school students in Florida. A lover of all things dark and demented, Maria takes pleasure in warping the comfort-factor in her readers’ minds – just when you think you’ve reached a safe place, she snaps you back in to her twisted reality.
Griffin King is an ordinary high school senior dealing with typical teenage issues - a bratty little sister, overbearing parents, an obnoxious best friend, and the unrequited love of his long-time crush. But when a virus suddenly infects a large portion of the population, Griffin soon finds himself on the opposite side of the proverbial horror story.
After months of roaming the broken landscape of the city as an infected person, a cure is found and a mass injection of antiserum is administered to the diseased, causing Griffin to become one of the ALTERED, a small group of ‘ex-infecteds’ who have been cured, but changed. Now he must learn how to start his life anew - suppressing his need to consume human flesh, and living among an angry post-apocalyptic society where race, gender, and religion don’t matter anymore. Welcome to the new world. A world where people like him – people altered like him – are the minority.