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This is a horror film for audiences with solid attention spans. Originally titled Somnia , the film was passed to several potential distributors, and even had in-theater advertising at one point, but its plans for a theatrical release were ultimately scrapped. The story of a young boy Jacob Tremblay of Room and Wonder with the unconscious power to manifest his dreams in reality, it draws obvious parallels to Nightmare on Elm Street , but especially to the astral plane-tripping excursions of the Insidious series, without quite having the verve of either.
Still, it could be an interesting genre footnote in the career of Tremblay if this kid grows up to be an Oscar-winner someday. Reilly are his only sources of comfort. Not long after her funeral, he starts to notice some unusual occurrences around town—strange things are afoot at the Circle-K—and Zach discovers that Beth has risen from the grave.
His initial reservations about her resurrection are quickly subdued by his tunnel vision of love. Airtight narrative logic, or imaginatively deranged imagery? But the movie also reminds us that as much as pictures often come first, plotting usually should come a very close second. Charlotte reaches out to her old teachers, Anton Steven Weber and Paloma Alaina Huffman , travels to Shanghai as Bachoff selects its latest student, and cozies up to Lizzie. They flatter each other.
They flirt. Maybe Charlotte bears Lizzie no grudge. Maybe they really do admire each other to romantic heights. When Shepard sticks to this aesthetic, the movie soars on grotesque wings. A little ambiguity goes a long, long way in horror. The Village Year: Director: M. Night Shyamalan.
Tales of Halloween Year: Director: Various As the title suggests, the film occurs over the course of a single Halloween, settling on one American suburb where ten yarns unfold against a backdrop of festivity. On occasion, the segments intertwine, either through the appearance of recurring characters or references to the aftermath of preceding material. The film veers away from classical slasher in the sense that the kills are more on the realistic side than the cartoonish, although the latter might actually have made it more memorable.
The story follows two high school-aged students who are both left relatively alone at their uptight Catholic boarding school over break when their parents fail to pick them up. As one descends into what is implied to be either madness or demonic possession, the events are interwoven with another story about a young woman journeying on the road in the direction of the boarding school. The two stories inevitably intertwine.
Would You Rather Year: Director: David Guy Levy Would You Rather is the kind of reductive horror film that follows in the wake of the Saw and Hostel generation of the s, where characterization is just an excuse to reduce each character to one driving motivation. Films like this are careful to not present any of the other characters as equally or more sincere in their desire than that protagonist, because that would introduce real moral ambiguity rather than the illusive choices here. If this movie had been made in , perhaps it would have been a minor classic.
Unfortunately, though, it often meant that even found footage movies with more ambition or verve than typical, such as Grave Encounters or As Above, So Below , went overlooked. This one gets by on high concept more than anything else: A camera crew descends into the legendary catacombs beneath Paris, but finds much more there than bargained for. Even the jump scares are solid; in an era when shoddy found footage movies were being churned out en masse, As Above, So Below hardly deserves to be lumped in among its more forgettable peers.
Evil , one of the best horror comedies in recent memory, director Eli Craig has finally returned with an exclusive for Netflix , Little Evil. Does she know that her child is the spawn of Satan, or as his mother is she just willfully blind to the obvious evil growing under her nose? This Chucky is certainly a return to the original film in many respects, especially in its depraved attitude and copious amounts of gore. And unlike Curse of Chucky , most of the FX are rendered practically, to boot.
Ultimately, Cult is a far better entry than you could ever hope for in the seventh film of a horror franchise, and it should be commended for that. Charismatic performances from multiple child actors serve to bolster a story that unfortunately feels frustratingly familiar, recycling elements of Ouija , The Last Exorcism and practically every possession film ever written. Fast-moving only 85 minutes! Regardless, this is a competently crafted little drama thriller for the zombie completist, full of excellent performances from no-name actors and an intriguing take on the results of zombification.
These aspects of the zombie plague are always hinted at, never extrapolated, but it enhances the profound feelings of loss and sadness present in Ravenous. If this bold, but recognizable zombie apocalypse story is any indication of things to come, readers have a lot to look forward to. Curtis is new to the gay nightclub scene, but he allows Jimmy to drag him along to a club called Asylum despite his discomfort. While in many ways a straightforward zombie uprising tale, it's nice to see a new range of stereotypes being pulled out and slapped around.
Asylum also sneaks in a true barb or two about the relationship between gay and straight cultures, and the relationship gay culture has with itself. With a multitude of similar titles about zombies and zombie uprisings, Gunnells provides a breath of fresh air. Publishers take note: there need to be more books like this one, which focuses on the different kinds of people affected instead.
Definitely recommended as a horror tale, and as a savvy example of inclusive fiction. Available: Kindle edition. Harry Shannon is a talented writer. I have yet to read any of his novels, but I have always looked forward to his stories and their appearances in various magazines and anthologies. Pain is the first in a series of novellas published by Dark Regions Press. It is a zombie tale that, to me, shares much in common with The Crazies the Romero original more so than the excellent remake. It is the story of a small mountain town besieged by zombie-like folks infected by a chemical weapon.
The book starts with an introduction by Jonathan Maberry, a bestselling author and past winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Nine times out of ten horror writers who grew up reading Stephen King, Peter Straub and Clive Barker have the problem of overwriting, exemplified by those masters, who sometimes could stand to be edited back. In Pain , I experienced the opposite. My biggest complaint with this novella is that I felt like I was just seeing the tip of the iceberg with this story.
Sometimes, we don't want the whole mystery revealed immediately, but I felt rushed through this story and the characters. There are lots of cool moments of suspense, and obviously cool storytelling, but I felt like a lot was missing. It is obvious that this book began life as a screenplay. If you have ever read a screenplay, they are like skeletons, covered in blood, guts and clothes by an entire production team and director.
In this case, Pain feels like a skeleton with a very cool looking robe on it. You can still see bare bones. I almost never say this, but Pain is a neat little zombie book that could have been even better with another 50 to pages of depth. Reviewed by: David Agranoff. The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer. Night Shade Books, Kate and Michael, a pair of twenty-something hipsters, are the point of view characters of choice for this attempt at a wry, offbeat, new take on the zombie apocalypse. They witness two full zombie transitions one during coitus and one their friend who pluckily tries to rape the first zombie but instead of doing anything helpful they get high and watch zombie movies.
Kate and Michael seem uninterested in their own story, so it's hard for readers to get involved either. The book just failed to connect with this reader. For readers who like zombie stories where most of the action happens off screen while the leads make Jesus jokes and have lots of sex, The Loving Dead will be a huge hit. For readers looking for a smart, funny zombie apocalypse story, there are better choices out there. Contains: Explicit sex, language, gore.
Shelter from the Dead by Keith Adam Luethke. Library of the Living Dead Press, The zombie apocalypse is a few years old and pockets of humanity are trying to survive. Then there are the individuals like Alex. He is alone in this world, having watched his uncle, his only surviving relative, murdered in front of him by Graves, the leader of the Marauders. Along the way he meets up with Joelle and Sarah, also Marauders, but taken captive by the Watchers. Can they overcome hungry zombie hordes and dangerous people to finally reach the gang? I love post-apocalyptic stories….
This one was pretty good. I liked the characters, especially Alex and Joelle. I also enjoyed the social commentary. Zombies have overrun the planet, but there will always be bad people out for themselves to take advantage of a world gone to hell. The bikers and the Watchers want food, guns, women, and power.
They just take what they want without any authority to stop them. They ARE the authority, it seems. The biggest issue I have with Shelter from the Dead is that I thought the end moved a little too fast. It was too neat for me. I think with a story like this, a few loose ends are a good thing. Available: Audio book and hardcover. In The Walking Dead, the character that is worse than the shambling dead and more of a threat to Rick Grimes and his band of survivors is the Governor.
However, every villain has an origin, and it isn't always exactly what you expect it to be. In The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor , we are introduced to Phillip Blake, his little girl Penny, his brother Brian, and their friend Nic, in the first few days of the zombie invasion. The group is merely looking for a safe place to live, and has to deal with both the living and the hungry dead.
Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga spin a good origin tale that works well as a stand alone story, even though it is the first book in a trilogy. The book does very well in its standing amongst the plethora of zombie titles out there. While this is very much a character piece, there is plenty of action, gore, and violence. They do a great job of giving us insight into the main characters without having it bog down the story. If I was reading this as a book, I would call it a definite page turner.
Fred Berman is the reader of the audio book and does a fantastic job. For an audiobook, the reader is critical in bringing the listener into the story, and Berman delivers. Berman's tone and inflections really bring the story to life. He successfully portrays the atmosphere of death and gloom, and gives the characters authentic voice.
This is a great audiobook for zombie lovers, especially if you have a long car trip to take, as it clocks in at 11 hours. I highly recommend that libraries look to add Rise of the Governor to their audiobook collection. He has not been seen yet in the television show. If you have readers who have only seen the TV show they will not know who The Governor is. Contains: murder, rape, gore, violence. Available: New and used. Beyond The Dark , book three of the trilogy, starts sometime after the end of book two although we do get a flashback, to see how the group made their escape , as Jeff, George, Megan, Jason, and the rest play zombie hide and seek as they try to survive.
But zombies aren't the only thing Jeff and company have to worry about. There are humans out for their blood, as well. I once said, in a review of Midnight's Angels by Tony Richards, that there is no such thing as "non-stop action. In a book of pages, the characters don't get a moment to rest, until around page That respite only lasts a page or two.
But, I suppose, running for your life in the face of a zombie apocalypse will do that. D'Orazio's writing has improved from the first book to the third: his growth as a writer is clearly evident. And, while I prefer the more character-driven second book, Beyond The Dark is a compelling read. The character stuff is still there, but the action trumps all.
While some characters dig deep, finding hidden strengths, others crack under the constant barrage of the walking dead, while still others use the end of the world as an excuse to let their true nature run free. In a time when zombie novels seem to outnumber all the other types of horror stories out there, Beyond The Dark stands out.
I have no problem recommending this book.
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Contains: Violence, Gore, Strong Language. Reviewed by: Erik Smith. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater. Tor, The First Days is the first book in a series set in the Texas Hill Country, where two very different women have fled, both of them having lost loved ones to zombies. Jenni watched her abusive husband turn zombie and attack her two young sons—one just a baby. Katie saw her lover, Lydia, become a ravening monster.
Yes, Katie was a partner in a gay marriage—a new twist on the usual horror heroines. They find two survivors—Ralph and Nerit Toombs, a married couple who own and live over a hunting supply store—and briefly stay with them. After a harrowing rescue effort, they arrive in the small town of Ashley Oaks, where some survivors have built a fortified safety zone.
The rest of the book focuses on that tiny society as they appoint their leaders, reinforce their perimeters, and deal with the zombies. The rest of the townspeople fall into stereotypical roles: the red-neck bigot, the ineffective mayor, the young but courageous policeman, and so on. Although the story is compelling, there are a few problems. First, the fact that an entire metropolitan area could be overrun and wiped out in just one day is a bit hard to swallow.
Also, if the cities are wiped out, why does Ashley Oaks still have electricity? The zombie deterioration is also a problem, with some becoming skeletal and bald overnight while others retain their human appearance far longer. Unbelievably, she goes from a shell-shocked, abused, suburban mother to a cold-hearted zombie killer to a romantic damsel all in one hour period.
The most unbelievable thing she does is to go all man crazy for Travis the day after she sees her zombified husband eat her baby son. Unlike Katie, who grieves endlessly for Lydia, Jenni doesn't look back very often—hard to believe. Note: This series was self-published in and has now been published in revised form. Reviewed by: Patricia O. The Infection by Craig DiLouie. In The Infection, DiLouie summons forth a new kind of plague, It starts with people suddenly starting to scream, only to fall down in a catatonic state.
Later, they wake up with a homicidal rage bent on killing and devouring others. Society quickly unravels and small group of survivors struggle to survive in this new world. The Infection sounds like initially it could be any number of zombie titles, but then DiLouie adds another component: strange creatures start to appear- otherworldly, deadly creatures that add a new challenge for the survivors to face.
The Infection is as much about the characters as the plague and resulting monstrosities. The group is a mixed lot with remnants of a military unit led by Sarge; Ethan, a school math teacher, who lost his wife and daughter in the madness of the screamers; and Todd, a school geek who has found a new life in the chaos that came with the infection.
The Infection offers up solid story telling and DiLouie keeps the pace of the book up so that readers will be turning pages to find out what happens next. Dirge by Ken Knight. Authorhouse, Available new paperback. Mickey is a loser. Picked on throughout school and ridiculed by the girl he wants, he seems to be going nowhere fast. Finally, after winning big on a lottery ticket, Mickey attempts to redeem himself to her only to be struck down in a terrible accident.
Now, the zombie apocalypse has begun in the Southeastern United States…. No one outside of a four-star general and a handful of people working for a company called DIEWINN knows the true beginnings of this new cataclysmic event. Washington, D. Society has begun to unravel, and the government and military are unable to stop the unprecedented contagion. Ken Knight has taken the zombie sub-genre to an all-new level with Dirge.
It is a fresh take on the causes, results and outcomes of a zombie apocalypse. Character development is great, leaving the reader able to understand and even sympathize with Mickey and his situation. I genuinely disliked her as an individual. The ending took me completely by surprise in its unpredictability…. One complaint I have with Dirge is with the character Hoochie. Another is that sometimes the grammatical usage got a little repetitive. Other than that Dirge is a great and refreshing read that had me hooked from page one.
Contains: gore, violence, adult language and sexually explicit content. Living Dead Press, Available New, e-book. I have to say, I love the concept of the book. Unfortunately, the idea was poorly carried out. The book starts off with a story of a zombie attack on a couple in an apartment. There is no tie-in of the attack to the story, nor does it have anything to do with the rest of the book.
I would not recommend this book, at least until further editing is accomplished. Contains: Violence, language. Reviewed by: Denize Toms. McGhoul and Pat Kilbane. Mythodrome, Available: New Hardcover. Build your armies around you; eat brains till you puke! Waking from a terrible nightmare, he breaks uncontrollably into a murderous rampage, cannibalizing his victims and devouring their brains.
Smart and fast, McGhoul claims supremacy, psychs up for world domination, and keeps a journal. Fully illustrated in disgusting detail, everyone needs to read this manual before the apocalypse. However, zombies must travel light. Created in absolute gory realism by Emmy-awarded effects artist Dean C. One can quickly access animated ambush tactics, refer to hundreds of illustrations, and take advice from a consortium of real-world zombie experts, savvy militarists, scientists and other professional devastationists.
One mouthful of lumpy cerebrum makes you feel immediately justified. The sense of wholeness and empowerment it gives you is like nothing else. Contains: graphic violence, gruesome photo-realistic illustrations. Bill Czolgosz. Available: Trade Paperback. With this sort of storytelling, you take a classic novel and alter it to include monsters, the undead or both. Baggers are the new slaves, having taken the place of living blacks.
In this version of the story, Huckleberry Finn escapes his violent and abusive dad in the company of the bagger, Jim. Jim is a special kind of zombie. Much like the zombies in Shaun of the Dead , Jim is trainable. Besides the bagger angle, and the ways in which it somewhat changes the story, this is the same story that Mark Twain wrote, about a 13 year old who realizes that slavery is flat out wrong.
This book is highly recommended for adult fiction collections, readers of zombie novels and literary classics, or for those who enjoy the mashup style of storytelling. This time, zombies are the target audience. In the world of the book, zombies are capable of retaining some sort of intelligence if steps are taken at the very beginning of the transformation. This book aims at helping the newly minted keep their brains about them.
Also included are actual brain recipes that should make any hungry reader salivate. Tossed among the pages are quirky quizzes and humorous illustrations that add a bit of snark to the text. The author writes in a real tongue-and-cheek fashion which will have any zombie fan laughing out loud. The book is clever, and not overly gory in details, so even the most light-hearted zombie enthusiast could read this book over breakfast. All in all, this book is an entertaining addition to the many zombie books shuffling into the genre.
Besides, if a reader actually becomes a zombie, this book could very well save not their lives they are undead after all but their wits during the whole transition period. I would highly recommend this book for general nonfiction collections in public libraries. Contains: some mildly graphic descriptions and illustrations, references and illustrations of sexual positions. Reviewed by: Dawn Stahura. Available: New and used soft cover and in Nook and Kindle e-book formats. If you can get past the fact that the heroine of this novel is a flesh-eating zombie, you might just enjoy this stand-alone novel.
While the gross-out level is very high these are zombies, after all the story does have some poignant and tender moments really, it does. In this world, buried bodies rise as zombies; only cremated bodies stay dead. Nine years ago, year-old Jessie was killed in an automobile accident along with her parents. Now, Jessie lives in the woods near the Indiana-Illinois border just south of the southern tip of Lake Michigan, living off the local wildlife. The first third of the book deals with Jessie's life with her ragtag gang of fellow zombies—the Fly-by Nights.
The middle section explores the mystery of strange physical changes that are occurring both among the zombies and the hoos humans. The final section functions like a supernatural Book of Revelation , with an apocalypse followed by a redemption of sorts. As the story moves along, Jessie's relationships with her gang members change, and she has some unsettling experiences with her long-lost brother and sister when they show up in her zombie world.
The plot has some definite parallels to Steven King's The Stand e. The book ties into the butterfly effect— the theory that one innocent action can ripple out and affect the entire world, and not in a good way. In this case, though, it's not a butterfly flapping its wings in the rain forest; it's a zombie's one-time attempt to reconnect with her mortal sister.
The violence factor is very high, with lots of gnashing of teeth, bloody body parts, maggots and beetles crawling out of various body cavities, and rotted limbs falling off and being left to decay in the woods. Jessie is a true urban fantasy heroine—more rural than urban, but on her own and filled with angst about her "life" and her relationships. Jessie's gang members are in various states of "zombieness"—from newly turned 'maldies formaldehyde-preserved corpses to bug-infested feeders to dusties on the verge of final death—and they all have their own personalities and problems, so the group dynamics are interesting—kind of like the gang from Lord of the Flies , only undead.
Contains: Violence and gore. It has a bit of all three. The premise of the series is that a zombie-causing plague hits Seattle, beginning with an accident in a scientific lab. The plague soon spreads worldwide 10 to 25 minutes from first bite to full zombification , with the majority of the population becoming zombies.
Luckily, they escape the plague, but unluckily, they live in Seattle and must escape from the zombie-filled city. Married with Zombies follows the couple as they leave Seattle and head south, battling zombies every step of the way. The dark comedy comes from scenes in which the couple's marital woes intrude into their zombie battles. For example, when David leaves the toilet seat up, Sarah is initially furious, but then the situation turns to her favor when she smashes the seat down on a zombie's head when it attacks her from behind the shower curtain.
Since this is a zombie series, there are many, many graphic zombie-killing scenes with spurting brain matter, sludgy black zombie blood, and exploding body parts. Contains: Graphic violence and gore. Sarah and David have made their way south and are in their first weeks in their new business, Zombiebusters Exterminators, Inc. They have become mercenaries who will wipe out your zombie infestation for a price.
Oddly enough, their relationship is getting better and better—almost as if their constant togetherness and their finely honed teamwork are working together to strengthen their personal relationship. In this book, the couple is hired to provide a scientist, Dr. Kevin Barnes, with fresh zombies. As they begin to gather the required zombies, they discover that they are running into zombies who are much faster and much smarter than the average undead creature.
Eventually both the personal and professional situations come to a head, and Sarah and David must fight their way through a fierce battle with the super zombies. I guess it just goes to show that there is always a mad scientist mixed up in every single zombie plague?
Since there are many zombie battles, blood and body parts and other gore are spurting in many of the scenes. The dark humor continues, although not as much as in book 1 Married with Zombies. Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. Allison Hewitt is a snarky graduate student at work in the local bookstore when zombies invade, trapping her in the break room with her coworkers and a couple of regulars. These are not people she would choose to spend time with, so she hooks into a military wireless network and starts blogging.
Allison Hewitt is Trapped actually started out as a blog. The blog is still up, and the entries have an immediacy that brings the story to life. Unfortunately, some of this is lost in the book. In the case of Allison Hewitt, format really does make a difference. Allison and the bookstore crew do eventually escape, and she goes on a search for her mom. She stays for a short time at a refugee camp at the university, where she quickly falls for the guy in charge, who also happens to be married. His wife shows up just before a newly formed cult of deranged housewives decides to take prisoners, and, after showing what can really be done with a laptop, Allison is back on the road searching for her mom.
Allison Hewitt is Trapped is a gripping, literate read. Highly recommended for public libraries and lovers of zombie fiction. Review by Kirsten Kowalewski. Dead Stay Dead by Paul Jessup. Apex Publications The Zombie Feed , Natasha sees dead people. She is a ghost whisperer, who helps restless spirits pass to the other side. Unfortunately, everyone else is now seeing dead people. Zombies have risen and they are hungry. With the help of her college roommate, who has a special talent of her own, and a friendly ghost, it's up to Natasha to save the world. The action starts on page one and barely lets up, with heads exploding, zombies chowing down, and jokes flying left and right.
The dialogue crackles between Natasha, her roommate Melissa, and the few survivors they encounter along the way. Even the zombies are funny, on occasion. If you are a zombie fan, looking for a gruesome and humorous story, or a library looking to add a nice zombie novella to your collection, I recommend Dead Stay Dead. Contains: Gore, violence and strong language. Peter is a zombie. He wakes up not knowing who he is or where he is. It seems that he has been in a fatal car accident, hence the zombification. His memory of anything before the wreck is spotty at best. Title of the rock song on the radio?
No idea. The year? The Simpsons? Yes, and he specifically remembers Chief Wiggum. This is what makes Peter special. He is a zombie, but he can remember some events, feelings, and memories. He can even remember what sarcasm is and on more than one occasion uses it. Peter sets out to find people not to eat them, though. He learns he has a girlfriend who he really cares about, and decidesf to find her. At this point Peter is still passing as a human, albeit a sick-looking one.
He has not had any of the delicious zombie staple, brains. Gradually, the human that Peter was before and the zombie that he is now, meld. Peter is able to justify the eating of human brains because zombies are higher on the food chain. He gathers his own gang of zombies and they travel throughout the countryside, feasting on any humans that cross their path. This makes him happy for a while, or at least as happy as a zombie can get.
This book is in turns funny and profound. It definitely left me with unexpected thoughts and feelings. It left me with ideas and concepts that I mulled over days after I finished the book. I would highly recommend it for library collections. It contains some very practical information, like what types of weapons to use; the best kind of clothing to wear; panic zones to avoid if you want to live; and where the best places are to hide. Dale even gives advice on the proper soundtrack playing in your head of course—the zombies would hear you otherwise to aid you in your survival.
Of course one crucial bit of information that is repeated found throughout the book is that there is no cure! It is definitely a fun and informative read. I feel I am now fully prepared to survive the zombie hoards when they finally come. Available:New And Used. When last we saw Jeff, Megan, George, and Jason at the end of Comes the Dark , the first book in the Dark Trilogy , they had survived hordes of flesh-eating zombies, only to be captured by a small group of gun-wielding humans.
Into the Dark starts right where the last book left off. Jeff and his friends are taken at gunpoint to a camp fortified by circled RVs, led by Michael. Michael is the leader of a group of survivors that number about a dozen. Everything seems fine, until Michael tells the newcomers that no one is allowed to leave. He wants to use the camp as a base for rebuilding civilization, and he won't allow anyone to upset his plans.
They just want to eat. Comes the Dark was a fine, if unspectacular, zombie novel with good characterization, but didn't add much to the undead canon. With Into the Dark , D'Orazio has stepped up his game, writing a thrilling page-turner, in which the zombies don't even show up!!! Michael has depth; it seems as though some secret is driving his need to control and his desire to rebuild.
Cindy is that crazy chick you love to hate, and you just know she is going to cause some REAL trouble. Lydia is a caregiver, seemingly soft, but with hidden depths of strength.
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The two groups clash early and often. There is plenty of stuff going on, aside from those pesky flesh munchers waiting in the wings. Once the zombies do show up, the action is fast, bloody, and frightening. D'Orazio builds the tension with the human conflict, until it explodes into violence against the undead. But even when the survivors must work together to fend off the slavering zombies, their fears, anger and jealousies bubble just under the surface. It seems to me that D'Orazio has improved between the first book of this trilogy and the second.
The dialogue crackles, the characters have more depth, and he doesn't need to throw in a zombie fight every few pages. This is much more of a character driven book, and the story is all the better for it.
If D'Orazio keeps up this quality of writing, and, perhaps, branches off into other horror territory, I could see him making quite a name for himself. Into the Dark ends with a cliffhanger, just as the previous book did. Only this time, I can't wait to see what happens next. I recommend Into the Dark for libraries, zombie fans, and anyone just looking for a thrilling read.
Contains: Violence, strong language, and gore. Confessions of a Zombie Lover by Zoe Whitten. Smashwords Press, Available: eBook. G has been searching for his friend Kate and his daughter Susan. His search has led him to an Army base where he hopes to find his lost companions and work on a cure for the zombie plague.
G thinks he may have an understanding of how the organism works, and although he cannot stop the zombies from being dead, he believes he may be able to reverse the damage done to the brain and body. With Reggie he is able to demonstrate his theory. Reggie obeys commands, can sense other zombies, and has been weaned off of human flesh. Zoe E. Whitten has quite the imagination for telling zombie stories.
Character development is well done, and the story flows nicely. Whitten has done an excellent job here. I can also appreciate the hints of hope for the human race, as well as condemnations for typical behavior. One drawback for me was the advancement of time in the story. I know that detail is not always necessary, but at times I felt as though I had lost the overall timeline of the events taking place. Overall, Confessions of a Zombie Lover is an enjoyable read. Contains adult language, violence and sexual themes. Brava, Available: New, used and multi-format digital.
Someone must have told these women that zombies can't be romance heroes because they pulled out all the stops to prove that theory wrong. Half Past Dead is a pair of novellas. Cassandra is a Blade of the Rose, a member of a mysterious guardian sect trying desperately to prevent magic from being used for nefarious purposes. Samuel is a victim of an evil man, killed on the battlefield by his commander only to be raised and used as tool to tear through enemies. Together they must recover the magical artifact that animates Samuel, even if it costs him his life.
Simon Says by Bianca D'Arc is a modern tale pitting a Special Forces soldier with a tragic past against mutated undead in order to save the woman he left behind years ago, before his Both are stellar tales, solid, enjoyable love stories, though Simon Says holds closer to the traditional zombie story format. The real winners in this book are readers who get strong, fascinating leads, blistering hot love scenes and, of course, non-rotting zombies. Contains: explicit sex scenes. Review by Michele Lee. Disgrace is not the lowest point to which one can sink. Death, or rather undeath, is somewhat less acceptable.
Nevertheless, whenever possible, one should avoid succumbing to either. Regency England is overwhelmed by a plague causing the dead to rise and commit unspeakable acts. London has been sectioned off to prevent the spread of infection, but the rotting population of mutilated, cannibalistic corpses continues to thrive. The courageous and outspoken Elizabeth Bennet-Darcy is particularly skilled, as is her loving husband, Fitzwilliam. Unfortunately, a momentary lapse of caution leaves him viciously bitten in the neck by an unmentionable zombie. She offers Elizabeth her help in securing it, but at the cost of her honor as a lady.
The experimental serum is the closely guarded brainchild of Sir Angus MacFarquhar; Elizabeth must disguise her identity and romance it away from him. They are assisted by highly disciplined warriors, including the mysterious Mr. Quayle, who exists, well amputated, in a black wheeled box. Dreadfully Ever After is a masterpiece of parody and wit. The parlance is brilliant; the humor is subtle at times, and rollicking at others, and not a page passes without an ingenious phrase or insight. Hockensmith pulls no punches with the carnage, skillfully working the dichotomy between a novel of manners and a work of depravity.
This is not a superficial reworking of a classic for easy laughs. The entire novel is rich in social, racial, and gender commentary, and a genuine page-turner; possibly an improvement over the original. The book and series is surprising and unique, a real delight for fans of any level of horror. Contains: graphic mutilation, decapitation, cannibalism, relatively happy ending. Brains is billed as an intellectual zombie novel. It's about college professor Jack Barnes, who becomes a zombie during the zombie apocalypse, but retains his mind and ability to write.
He finds other zombies who have retained their minds, and various other skills, and sets out to find his place in the world. Brains is quite literate and well-written. Unfortunately, the main character is a complete pompous jerk who spends the entire book prattling on in academic and pop culture references about how stupid all the humans and other zombies are, while also making zombies out to be total victims of the human evil. If you like to be constantly talked down to by a gore-loving, cannibal killer who alternates between thinking he's Jesus and a tragic victim of human racism at one point he likens his situation to that of the Katrina victims under the guise of making a statement about human nature you might like this book.
If you want a semi-Christian, intellectual zombie book then pick up one of Kim Paffenroth's books instead. I want to note that I think Robin Becker is a skilled, powerful writer, I just loathed being in the head of her main character, which made reading this book like scrubbing the bathroom after a toilet overflow—that is I didn't enjoy it and felt gross afterward. Contains: Violence, gore, language, sexual language. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell. The Reapers are the Angels is an unexpected treasure, and might easily be overlooked by otherwise avid horror readers. A gothic southern tale of a girl who lives alone after the zombie uprising it does for zombies what Interview with a Vampire did for vampires.
Temple is barely a teenager, left to survive in a failing world. She's illiterate, and has never know family or a world without zombies, yet she's searching the world for something she can't put a name to. Despite her very different way of thinking, she's easily an Everyman for a wide swath of the readers who find this book. An absolute must-have for modern horror collections.
Coscom Entertainment, Available: New paperback and ebook. Hyattsburg is a safe haven behind a wall that keeps the zombies at bay. One morning a family is found slaughtered, and Alan, the last Weaponer, is called upon to help find out who or what attacked the family. What Alan and the rest of the posse discover is worse than they could have imagined. Eric S.
Brown has taken zombies and added something extra—cannibals. The Weaponer is a romp through a future that is much like the Old West, but includes blood, guts and plenty of feasting on flesh.
There are also a few surprises in store. Brown has proven yet again that he is an author at the top of the zombie sub-genre.
Contains: blood, violence, gore and cannibalism. Dead Beat by Remy Porter. Wild Wolf Publishing, When zombies attack, the small town of Haven, population , is on its own. Police officer Johnny Silverman does what he can to safeguard the populace and maintain law and order. After a fence is built around the entire town, and the zombies inside have been eradicated, it seems that everyone is safe, if not comfortable. But there is a rift among the people of Haven.
Not everyone agrees on the best way to live.
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And soon, the monsters outside the fence begin to pale in comparison to those on the inside. Zombie books are a dime a dozen. The permeate bookstore shelves. An author needs a unique approach to get noticed, whether it's the talking, driving zombies in Brian Keene's The Rising or a mash-up like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This story could have taken place in the midst of a nuclear war or natural disaster. The real horror here is the human horror. It's the story of the breakdown of civilization; those who attempt to keep the world on track, and those who wish to take advantage of a terrifying situation.
The zombie apocalypse brings out the true nature of the characters, and sometimes that is more frightening than the flesh-eating corpses shambling around, trying to eat your brains. Remy Porter tells a fine tale of the collapse of the known world. The characters are more than cookie cutter survivors- they have distinct personalities. There is growth here. And there are twists, and one hell of an interesting ending. Purists need not :worry, there is plenty of bloody zombie goodness. Dead Beat isn't the greatest zombie novel out there, but reading it isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Contains: Sex, violence, and strong language. Available: New paperback, at www. Legends of the undead roaming our cities are popular these days. But deep in the backwoods of Virginia, along swampy trails and among an older, more superstitious folk, stories are told that chill the bones and make even the sane among us question our reality.
Several of these gruesome tales from Richmond writers were gathered by an independent publisher and offered for your morbid pleasure in The Great Richmond Zombie Book. Fort Hope by James Moffitt is a shocking reminder of how impossible it is to kill the dead. Decapitation is just not good enough. Covered in grime and desperate to gnaw some serious brain, Mr. Beware, mourners: six feet of dirt just might not be enough.
Written poker-faced and tight, Moffitt presents a terrifying view humans normally hope to avoid. Outside their house, the world is burning down, and the phones are dead. Murder can be justified in an adolescent mind, but is there enough strength in the girl to kill again? Dramatic language and gory details intensify this confessional, first person account of how to deal out justice and gain your freedom. The Quick and the Undead by K.
Thayer rides further west into the lunatic sunset than most lily-livered Virginians ever go. Their stench palpable under the Texas sun, hordes of rotting zombies run amok on the range, devastating towns and turning cattle into a menacing herd of undead meat. A greedy scoundrel controls the population of oozing flesh eaters, and only a true hero can save the day. Seven more gripping stories of world annihilation, infiltration, and zombie devastation are contained in this original anthology.
Author biographies are included,and gorgeously disgusting artwork graces the cover. The Great Richmond Zombie Book is a great choice for short reads. Librarians take note: in the field of humorous mix-genre zombie books here's one that finally has a place in a public collection. This book is sure to engage readers because it is so interaction based. It's not aimed at children, but the illustrations are much vaguer when it comes to explicit gore than the combat manuals and guides.
At the very least this would be a fun book to play around with to engage difficult patrons, or that both kids and parents can have fun with. Contains: vaguely gory illustrations, pushbutton sounds. The New Dead edited by Christopher Golden. Martin's, Sadly, outside of the contributions by the powerhouses of the zombie genre many of the stories fall flat. Brian Keene, Max Brooks and Jonathan Maberry all deliver strong stories, as does Kelley Armstrong who successfully brings a magical twist to the typical zombie tale.
The good stories are quite good, but the rest are mediocre, though not necessarily the typical expected tales of a zombie apocalypse, making this an inconsistent collection. Avid zombie readers will find tales to enjoy here, but collections aimed at more general audiences will find other anthologies suit their needs better. Contains: violence, language, gore. Highway to Hell by Armand Rosamilia. Available eBook. Randy has been trying to stay alive for the last six months, ever since the dead began to rise.
Luckily for him, Becca has found him and taken him back to her secure building. Randy is amazed by how much food Becca has managed to store away.
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She even has a garden for fresh fruit and vegetables. They manage to secure some other supplies and Randy is content to spend the rest of his days secure with Becca. Crow has returned from Baltimore and wants Becca to return with him. Becca falls into a very somber mood, but Randy thinks she may be returning to normal when she accompanies him on a pharmacy raid to complete a deal Randy has made for a truck. Unfortunately, when Randy wakes up the next morning he finds Becca gone.
Randy is determined to bring Becca back and make sure Crow never bothers them again. Armand Rosamilia has turned zombies on their heads with Highway to Hell. He has given a nod to Edgar Allan Poe by setting his story in and around Baltimore and has established a pocket of humanity, such as it is, with the Poe House as its center. Crow, it turns out, is even more dangerous than the zombies and is one depraved son of a gun.
His Hellfire Club uses and abuses humans and zombies alike. Both stories are brutal and leave no room for happy endings. Contains violence, gore, adult language and graphic sexual images. Rise Again by Ben Tripp is the latest foray into zombie novels in a fairly crowded area. Then during the annual chili festival, a strange and unexplained event occurs.
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Hundreds of people swarm the town screaming and holding their heads and then drop dead. The dead then rise again, first as relatively docile creatures, but then the zombies develop an unhealthy interest in the living and start to attack. Danny finds herself in the position of having to lead the survivors to safety, which at times competes with her desire to find her sister.
Danny and the survivors also face a human danger, in the form of paramilitary units that have filled in where the military is no longer present. There is a growing body of zombie titles, and generally readers of the subgenre are either looking for similar story tropes or looking for something completely new. Tripp offers up an amusing collection of characters, and Danny is a well-developed character as an Iraqi War vet with physical and emotional scars from the war.
Those who have read many of the zombie novels out there will find ind ind Rise Again to be a comfortable, familiar tale, well-written and entertaining. For readers just starting to read zombie titles, this one is a good representation of the types of stories out there, and I find it to be one of the better written ones.
Rise Again would make a good fit for a library display related to the television miniseries Walking Dead , or any other zombie related display. Undead by John Russo. Kensington, If there are fathers of the zombie craze, they would have to be George Romero and John Russo, the screenwriters for the classic zombie movie Night of the Living Dead, which brought forth a plague of slow moving flesh eating zombies in popular culture.
While Romero went on to direct the Living Dead movies, Russo wrote Return of the Living Dead in the s, which went out of print until it was republished in , and then went back out of print for years becoming a relatively obscure zombie title. Return of the Living Dead , is far different from the film of the same title. It is set 10 years after the original Night of the Living Dead , when the original zombie plague has been brought under control. A freak bus crash in rural America suddenly becomes the focal point of a new zombie plague. Zombie fans will be interested in these initial tales of the zombie plague.
In and of themselves, the tales are not extraordinary, but they seem to fit in fine with the ever-growing, shambling mass of zombie titles that have risen up over the past few years. As Undead contains the seminal titles that started it all, it would be wise to have a copy of the book in your library collection, and bring it out anytime there is a zombie horror movie or TV show.
Createspace, Thinking she sees a light at night in a house down the street, she investigates to see if there are any survivors, but discovers that they are all dead. Along the way she meets a dying man who hands her a briefcase and implores her to take it to a research facility. Instead, she continues on, but runs into some nasty roadblocks along the way. At times harrowing and at others almost poignant, you will find yourself rooting for Rachel to make it alive to her ultimate destination.
This was a quick little read and Luethke keeps it interesting throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Severed Press, Ever wonder how you would survive the zombie apocalypse? Where you would go to be safe? What you would need for basic survival? Wonder no more. The Official Zombie Handbook is the definitive survival guide.
The Official Zombie Handbook is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand guide book for the survivalist who wishes to prepare for the coming apocalypse. While it deals specifically with the United Kingdom, all of the information contained can be easily applied to whatever country you live in.
The book begins with a bit of a lesson on the definition of a zombie as set forth by zombiologists…. It discusses the generally accepted cause for zombies and gives a standard alert system for the degree of outbreak. Sean T. Page gives the reader a brief overview as to how the various government agencies will fare or fall , as well as a guide for the survivalist based on a day period for staying alive. He covers defenses, weapons, food, other necessary supplies, and keeping up morale.
This is a work of fiction, but it reads like non-fiction. At one point he even discusses using music to try and block out the incessant moaning of the living dead. The Official Zombie Handbook is a bit on the serious side, but still an enjoyable read. Contains: descriptions of violence and weaponry. Thomas and Nick S. Miller II. New and used. When the zombies come, Jeff Blaine does what he can to protect his wife and children. But he is one man, and, eventually, he fails. With everything he loved taken away from him, Jeff sets out to take revenge on the creatures that have destroyed not only his life, but the entire world.
Zombie novels are everywhere. They clutter the shelves of bookstores. Whether it's zombie versions of old classics, how-to guides for surviving the zombie apocalypse, or just plain old zombie horror, you can't escape this new wave of the undead. My enjoyment of a zombie tale comes down to two things: writing and character. Of course, these two things are important in any work of fiction, but since there is only so much you can do with flesh-eating ghouls, they become that much more important in the zombie genre.
Review by Erik Smith. Season of Death by Eric S. Pill Hill Press Available New Paperback. Season of Death is a collection of four great stories by Eric S. England has survived the apocalypse under the leadership of Kyle, a mysterious man who possesses some knowledge of magic.
Kyle has learned of a group of survivors in Australia living in an old military instillation called The Rock. They have battled zombies and Croc demons to stay alive but their time is running out.