The Voting Dead Project

Fiction - Thriller - General
144 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2023
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Author Biography

During the pandemic I needed distraction from the political rhetoric playing out on social media and national news. As the blame game increased, the focus on the voting dead fascinated me even more. I wrote a story offering a solution: getting the dead to vote. Growing up in Jacksonville, N.C., and teaching at the University of Alabama and Virginia Commonwealth University helped me write a Southern narrative and capture a sense of place.
I intertwined my love of horror films with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, its 2008 Amendment, and U.S voting laws. The result is my debut novella, The Voting Dead Project, a quirky murder mystery.
I hope VDP makes readers grimace, shake (not bash) their heads, and chuckle as the past few years of politics have done to me. The Voting Dead Project, focuses on a cabal’s desire to control future elections by registering dead Confederates and their dead male descendants to vote.
As a graduate and Instructor at the University of Utah and Professor Emeritus at Western Washington University, I filled my pages with fond memories of students. Therefore, my story focuses on two U of U alumni best friends, begins in Bellingham, WA, and spends time in two famous cemeteries in Virginia and North Carolina. The takeaway, “Vote now, while you’re alive!”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Olga Markova for Readers' Favorite

The Voting Dead Project by Bill Smith is an entertaining fusion of dystopia, crime fiction, action thriller, and political satire. Caden and Ben had been best friends since school. In January 2019, Ben wrote to Caden that he was going dark to design user-testing protocols for an anonymous shadow company. Caden never heard from Ben again. In September 2020, Caden was shocked to read in a morning newspaper that the body found in Drayton Harbor in July 2019 was identified as Ben’s. A few days later, Caden received an anonymous letter in the code language Ben had developed for their private communications, telling Caden to “buy mystery box at antique mall.” Grieving for his best friend and wondering what had happened to Ben, Caden went to the antique mall as instructed by Ben in his letter. What will Caden discover?

The Voting Dead Project by Bill Smith captivated me with its unusual fusion of genres. “Death, disability, mediums, graves, and voting” drive the plot to its most unexpected ending. I liked the diary format in which the story unfolds and the array of topics Bill deftly covered in this concise novella. I also read with interest about the esoteric scientific research of horror films Caden was pursuing. But most of all, I liked this novella's hilarious political satire aspect, enriched with the well-researched topical discourse about racism and potential methods of suppression of voting in the presidential elections in the USA. This captivating story will thrill dystopia, mystery, crime fiction, political satire, thriller, and adventure fans.