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The living dead are alive than ever Zombies have become than an iconic monster for the 21st century They are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves and our fascination with death resurrection and survival as our love for the supernatural or post apocalyptic speculation Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced exciting insightful and unflinching new works of zombie fiction We've again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger©2014 Paula Guran P2014 Audible Inc• Joanne Anderton “Trail of Dead”• Michael Arnzen “Rigormarole” poem• Marie Brennan “What Still Abides• Mike More zombie stories here than you can shake a gnawed leg bone at Every zombie fan is bound to find something to their taste here Let this anthology entertain your braaaiiinnns Matthew Johnson The Afflicted Well we re looking for zombies here and this is a very good zombie story Here the elderly persons who were first infested with the zombie virus were packed off to FEMA uarantine camps along with the healthy care workers assigned to look after them To stay alive one nurse has become a bad ass survivor And then one day she finds a little girl wandering alone in the wilderness Jay Wilburn Dead Song HmmI wasn t much for this one A voice over actor narrates a script for a musicology documentary on the topic of the subgenres of performance styles that sprang up after the zombie apocalypse Some creepy hints of doom both past and impending are thrown in but overall I felt like it thought it was clever than it was Mike Carey Iphigenia in Aulis Interesting If a little bit misleading to those who were expecting a new Mike Carey zombie story This is apparently the first draft of the opening of Carey s Girl With All the Gifts Having read that novel and loved it it was interesting to read this and see how Carey s ideas developed and changed For what it s worth I like the later expanded version better But this is still pretty darn good Don Webb Pollution A geeky young man obsessed with all things Japanese is fascinated by the custom which has become very popular in Japan of creating zombies to use as servants and menial laborers I very much liked the author s history regarding how and why this situation came to pass but I found the use of pop culture tropes unconvincing Some trends of today are mentioned as being very out of date but others are presented as if they re new and cool in this future I suspect that future generations of teenagers are not actually going to be obsessed with japanime Shira Lipkin Becca at the End of the World This piece would ve been effective I feel if it were longer It s only a couple of pages and I didn t feel emotionally invested enoughA mother records the last moments of her zombie bitten daughter s life for posterityMaureen McHugh The Naturalist I ve read this one twice before in McHugh s After The Apocalypse and in Strahan s Best SFF of the year 5 As I said last time I read it A good nasty zombie story with shades of Escape From New York You can read this for free online Alex Dally MacFarlane Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE The translated text of Babylonian clay tablets gives an insight into a zombie plague of antiuity Not bad I give it points for the unusual setting but it lacked urgency David Liss What Maisie Knew Disturbing unpleasant and very well done The narrator here assures us repeatedly that he s really uite a nice guy His actions as described by himself tell a different story Why after all does he have a secret apartment with a black market reanimate zombie in it Excellent writing with gradual reveals leading up to a sickening climaxI m not sure if this story has any connection to the Henry James classic of the same title I haven t read it Stephen Graham Jones Rocket Man Zombie baseball I m just not that much for sports stories or teenage crushes Joe McKinney The Day the Music Died Rock star goes zombie and his greedy manager tries to cover it up I just watched Episode 5 of The Strain last night and there were some definite echoes Marge Simon The Children s Hour poemPoetry is hard to judge objectively but this didn t feel focused enough to me Holly Newstein Delice This one reminded me a lot of American Horror Story Coven A voodoo priestess I was seeing Angela Bassett brings a girl back from the dead to wreak revenge on the slaveowning mistress seeing Kathy Bates who victimized her and many others Oh hey This is actually based on the same true story I actually had no idea that AHS based these plot points on actual events The Internet knows all Joanne Anderton Trail of Dead I liked the atmosphere here not sure why but it reminded me a little of Stephen King s Dark Tower series However this story of an apprentice learning to kill zombies while hunting down the Necromancer who is animating them didn t grab me It felt a little unfocused and I didn t find it memorable William Jablonsky The Death and Life of Bob A tragicomic tale of office politics taken to an extreme It s a uick seemingly light read but what it has to say about human nature nothing particularly good will linger with you Simon Strantzas Stemming the Tide A weird mood suffuses this piece An odd couple travels to the tourist attraction of the Bay of Fundy known for its uickly rising tides But these two filled with ambivalence and contradiction are here for than gawking at natural scenery for not only tides but the dead shall rise Jacues L Condor Mak a Tai Meh Those Beneath the Bog A group of modern Native Americans on a hunting trip encounter than moose when they ignore an elder s warnings about an ancient curse Sometimes it pays to listen to an old wives tale Not bad I felt the folksiness was a little overdone Marie Brennan What Still AbidesParody I felt this was In truth A Dark And Stormy Night the tortuous language of this pseudo Scandinavian tale outdoes Beowulf this is not although forsooth wishes it so Also no zombie tale this Indeed so might one notice a vampire yet if untangled the subjects and verbs might be Came the end of this story not too soon Jonathan Maberry Jack Jill It s hard to imagine terminal cancer becoming the least of a child s worries but here a zombie apocalypse and a perfect storm combine to do just that A very very dark YA story with a classic zombie scenario Caitl n R Kiernan In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection Beautifully written very disturbing piece Power suicide and the ethics of experimentation are all here along with the plain old creepy and supernatural in this tale of a resurrectee who was touched by something during her time on the other side Not really a zombie story but I loved it anyway Michael Arnzen Rigormarole poem The kernel of the idea here would be nice fleshed out into a full story but the poem itself didn t do much for me Carrie Vaughn Kitty s Zombie New Year I know Vaughn s Kitty Norville series is very popular but I don t really see the attraction The writing is no than serviceable and this is a very slight story Kitty attends a New Year s party a zombie shows up at the door and Kitty s friends call upon her to solve the mystery which takes her all of 10 minutes The end Genevieve Valentine The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring Available for free online dark fable full of Oh no they didn t moments A remote Alaskan town has discovered the fountain of youth It s not uite clear why such a place would insist on advertising to hire a gravedigger but the opening line explains There was something civilized about a town that could bury its dead if they stayed dead so hire a gravedigger they do Of course then the townspeople need something for him to do it s not right for a man to be unable to ply his trade is it Clever and disturbing Tamsyn Muir Chew I can t really say I liked this story It s deeply unpleasant and unhappy But it s also extremely powerful Set at the end of WWII it s a tale of a boy to young to understand what he sees a soldier a young woman and revenge It s not just about the evil associated with war but about blindness to evil Shaun Jeffrey Til Death Do Us Part This one felt very familiar to me It s a theme I ve encountered in than one horror story A wife returns from the dead and her family hides her decaying animated corpse pretending that all is normal Roxane Gay There is No E in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We Traditional Haitian Zombis here An obsessed young woman resorts to magic to capture the handsome playboy whose heart she fails to win through her own allure Carrie Ryan What We Once Feared Another dark YA piece A group of teenagers are on a school trip to Discovery Place when the zombie apocalypse hits They hole up in an apartment building s penthouse and the real discoveries they make are about who they truly are and what makes a survivor uite bleak Eric Gregory The Harrowers A young man hires a guide who specializes in illegally taking people out to the wilderness to hunt zombies But this young man says he just wants to find his dad Of course things go pear shaped Lisa Mannetti Resurgam When a med student has the cadaver he s working on shockingly come back to life and attack he does some research and uncovers a 19th century journal in which a resurrection man talks about a strange occurrence that he experienced when stealing bodies for research purposes Is it all fiction drug hallucination or unpleasant truth Ok but I didn t think the two stories meshed well enough Ron Goulart I Waltzed with a Zombie There are a great number of these stories set in old timey B movie Hollywood with horror elements And I really just don t like any of them Here a hack screenwriter thinks he can use his real life encounter with a zombie to boost his concept of a big budget zombie musical Eh I m sure some people out there will find it uite amusing Joy Kennedy O Neill Aftermath Begins a bit shaky I thought but develops into a solid story with an intriguing focus Here the zombie plague has been cured Those zombies not too horribly damaged in the apocalypse which wiped out a third of the population have come back to themselves This piece explores the social aspects of how people deal with that or fail to Maggie Slater A Shepherd of the Valley A weird religious man lives alone with nothing and no one but his flock of robotically controlled zombies surrounding him When a young woman happens upon his hideout she s the first living person he s spoken to in years Neil Gaiman The Day the Saucers Came poem A re read It s a bit clever Cat Rambo Love Resurrected Fantasy tale of a resurrected military general and the sorcererlover who has kept her re animated to plan his campaigns and fight his battles alongside other grotesue undead and chimerical creations Although her flesh is decaying from her bones she finds her imagination captured by her chief opponent Nicole Kornher Stace Present Teen mom and baby go on the run during a zombie apocalypse Classic zombie genre Joe R Lansdale The Hunt Before and The Aftermath Well written but deeply unpleasant story Yes it s a zombie story but it s about a marriage on the rocks mid life crisis and the often befuddling vagaries of human psychology and desire Charles Stross Bit Rot On a far future spaceship with a post human crew an unexpected radiation exposure sparks a disaster that looks an awful lot like your typical zombie apocalypse

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Carey “Iphigenia in Aulis”• Jacues L Condor Mak a Tai Meh “Those Beneath the Bog”• Neil Gaiman “The Day the Saucers Came” poem• Roxane Gay “There is No ‘E' in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We”• Ron Goulart “I Waltzed with a Zombie”• Eric Gregory “The Harrowers”• William Jablonsky “The Death and Life of Bob”• Shaun Jeffrey “Til Death Do Us Part”• Matthew Johnson “The Afflicted”• Stephen Graham Jones “Rocket Man”• Joy Kennedy O'Neill “Aftermath”• Caitlín R Kiernan “In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection”• Nicole Kornher Stace “Present”• Joe R Lansdale “The Hunt Before and The Aftermath”• Shira Lipkin “Becca at the End of the World”• David Li Overall I found this anthology to be a diverse collection of all things zombie the uality was a little rocky at times but the great stories suirreled away in this tome made it all worth reading 355 See tag for detailsview spoilerThe Afflicted I really liked this one you should have seen the look on my face whenview spoiler the zombie talked lol hide spoiler

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Ss “What Maisie Knew”• Jonathan Maberry “Jack Jill”• Alex Dally MacFarlane “Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE”• Maureen McHugh “The Naturalist”• Lisa Mannetti “Resurgam”• Joe McKinney “The Day the Music Died”• Tamsyn Muir “Chew”• Holly Newstein “Delice”• Cat Rambo “Love Resurrected”• Carrie Ryan “What We Once Feared”• Marge Simon “The Children’s Hour” poem• Maggie Slater “A Shepherd of the Valley”• Simon Strantzas “Stemming the Tide”• Charles Stross “Bit Rot”• Genevieve Valentine “The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring”• Carrie Vaughn “Kitty’s Zombie New Year”• Don Webb “Pollution”• Jay Wilburn “Dead Song” My first impression of this book 36 Thirty six That s a vast amount of stories for an anthology Even 20 would have been pretty bigMy second impression No really 36 SeriouslyMy third impression wait 36 stories and it s only 480 pages long How does that workSimply a lot of it doesn t we have some frankly weird surreal barely related and generally random filler fluff pieces some of which defy me even commenting on them because I have no idea why they re there other than to pad an already hugely stuffed book so The Day the Saucers Came is just some randomness that barely covers two pages and is only at best tangentially related to the theme or any theme for that matter The Children s Hour is a poem and not a particularly good one Rigormarole feels like a tiny scrap that was edited out of a longer book and is kind of lost and pointless without the restBut then we get down to the inherent problem of zombies and short stories Now I know I ve said before that I m generally not a huge fan of short stories anyway and I hold on to that A short story is usually too short to establish characters world or a decent plot line so often it relies on lots of info dump and no plot lots of short cuts or relies on a lot of prior knowledge of a longer series Then we get to zombies there s actually not a lot you can do with zombies Oh you can switch around the origin and nature and properties of zombies but ultimately a zombie is generally a rapacious killing machine with low intellect and usually both spreads rapidly and is made up of our former loved ones Most zombie stories actually focus less on zombies and on the characters reacting to grief shock horror struggling to survive etc etc look at most zombies stories out there from The Walking Dead to World War Z most of the time zombie stories are about the people in an apocalypseWhich is damn hard to do in a short story because you have a few short words in which to make me care enough about this person and the situation they re in Worse you have a few short words to make me care enough about this person and the situation we re in while 30 other stories have already tried to convince me about their person in basically the same situation It s hard not to reach story 30 and not think can you just be eaten already so I can get to the next one So a lot of these stories rely on the emotional horror of loss in a dystopian Some work and some not so much Becca at the End of the World manages a very real emotional impact with a mother facing her 16 year old daughter turning in front of her but it also feels heavy handed I mean we have a mother watching her child turn zombie you d have to be a horrendously awful writer not to make that emotional I found it both very impactful but also kind of lazy the easy route I also thought Jack and Jill with its comparisons of zombiehood to terminal illness and presenting someone with cancer and in remission no less as being effectively the living dead both problematic and again a way of forcing emotional impact by hammering it in Shepherd of the Valley was a man in a zombie apocalypse with a rather uniue way of dealing with things but the story primarily centred around his sadness for his daughter which just wasn t that well conveyed lots of moping with an odd setting Which also kind of describes Love Resurrected it s a fantasy setting with the twist of a zombie point of view but there was too much distraction from character development to get any real emotion out of the characterI found Present much effective the story of a teenaged mother struggling to survive with her toddler her doubts her fears her drive to keep moving and her tragedy were much impactful for me What Once we Feared was even better the psychological collapse of a group of survivors into gradual despair and the toll that took beyond zombies attacking beyond fighting for survival just the despair of the helplessness the hopelessness of it slowly eating away at them That was powerfulWhile many authors tried to hinge on the emotional impact of the survivors others tried to move away from the whole the world is falling apart and we are surviving zombie apocalypse scenario and did so to various degrees of effectivenessDelice returns to the roots of zombiedom or one of the roots voodoo in a way but it s a story I ve seen before several times the brutal story of Delphine LaLaurie with names changed but basically the same story including the slave jumping off the roof the attic and the name Delphine which as I ve said before I m uncomfortable with being appropriated for fiction and eually how the idea of persecuted groups having woo woo with which to exact revenge is a nice fantasy but it draws a veil over a very often unanswered injusticeChew explored the idea of a zombie rising up in revenge it was a different setting post World War 2 Germany but I think the urge to show a different viewpoint distracted too far from the storyKitty s Zombie New Year is a story I ve already read in Kitty s Greatest Hits I liked it not just because it was fun but because it hailed back even to one of the origins of zombiehood zombiehood as a way of drugging a living person The same applies to the extremely creepy and twist ending of There is No E in Zombi Which Mean there Can Be No You or We zombiehood as a way of controlling people It seems odd to say returning to one of the origins is a nice twist but it isOther stories that managed to be truly original were Those Beneath the Bog drawing on the legends of First Nations Canadians in a viewpoint we very very rarely see in the genre it was well done fascinating creepy and bringing in a wonderful nuanced conflict of still holding old traditions but also being for example Catholic It was definitely one of the good onesAs was What Still Abides for style is nothing else the whole saga style of writing really worked without being repetitive or contrived and the legend of the wight cursing the land is definitely a different take on the undead though a bit of a stretch on the word zombie It was definitely worth it thoughI don t think Bit Rot worked for me it s zombies in space Changing what makes zombies whether it s a virus or a curse or nanites or androids or whatever doesn t really fundamentally change the nature of zombie stories This has just kind of taken a pretty standard zombie story and moved it to space the different reasons don t change the same plot What is much interesting is the backstory before the zombies get involved the idea of a rich woman creating clones to live vicariously through give me of that story and drop the zombies Similarly Resurgam tries to draw on Victorian era body stealing but with shifting time lines and really dodgy characterisation I think it failed both to bring anything original and even to be that coherent a storyThe different setting works better with Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead 572 571 BCE but because of the way it s told the historic setting archaeological finds and letters between the sisters that add originality even while the base story is very expectedFor me the truly original stories in this book were the ones that delved into the societal and cultural implications of a zombie apocalypse because that s not something I ve seen very often outside of Mira Grant s Newsflesh series and these were generally very well done Such as The Afflicted the idea of not knowing exactly what causes the undead or having the whole population infected and ready to rise is a topic we ve seen a few times but rarely have we seen the full conseuences of that This story explores some of those worrisome conseuences as the population persecutes and ostracises the elderly driving them out into camps away from civilisation because they are prone to zombie dom In a genre full of complete societal collapse it s intriguing to see a world where we don t have complete collapse but we do have brutal even horrific responses to a major crisis which is not ahistorical internment persecution and scapegoating run rampant when there s a crisisDead Song goes even further delving into the cultural ramifications of a zombie apocalypse It s an amazing story told after the recovery and has a real fascinating idea about social changes after the apocalypse particularly through music Survivor communities forcing disparate groups to live together isolated for extended periods of time creating a whole new culture and musical styles out of it I loved it the concept is both so original and so excellently true the idea of basic cultural shifts like this after a zombie apocalypse is so rarely explored Exploring our own cultural conflicts we also have Iphigenia in Aulis taking the current push of anti choice politics and applying it to unborn zombie foetus It s a complex and really uite beautifully tragic story of self aware gentle sweet but dangerous children and uestions about their humanity But the prize for this has to go to Aftermath the story of a world that has recovered from a zombie apocalypse A world where zombies have been cured where everything is being out back together and the survivors have live with their trauma their PTSD and the knowledge that some of the people around them were once cannibalistic zombies who killed their loved ones That was a very good oneWe did have a few stories that explored the idea of zombies as non threatening to various degrees of success Til Death Do us Part is a uietly tragic tale of the recently bereaved having their lost loved one returning to them as an insensible ambulatory corpse What do you do with that How do you deal with thatRead More


10 thoughts on “Zombies Author Paula Guran

  1. says:

    My thanks to NetGalley and Prime Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and reviewMeh DNF at 40% ish There was maybe one story that I read that I liked The rest were either meh or Oh HELL no Good compilation if you ar

  2. says:

    More zombie stories here than you can shake a gnawed leg bone at Every zombie fan is bound to find something to their taste here Let this anthology entertain your braaaiiinnns Matthew Johnson “The Afflicted”Well we're looking for zombies here and this is a very good zombie story Here the elderly persons who were first infested with the z

  3. says:

    First I want to say that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway No review asked in exchangeThis is a hard book to review I'm not used to reading short stories and even less used to review them1 The Afflicted by Matthew Johnson This one is different kind of zombie book where as people grow old they lose their memory and slowly turn I won't say because of spoilers but it delivers and was a great choice for opener 42 Dead Song by Jay Wilburn

  4. says:

    I got a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewAnthologies are always difficult for me to rate—so many different stories so many authors and you know you're bound to find very good pieces and some you don't like at all As far

  5. says:

    Overall I found this anthology to be a diverse collection of all things zombie the uality was a little rocky at times but the great stories suirreled away in this tome made it all worth reading 355 See tag for detailsview spoilerThe Afflicted I really liked this one you should have seen the look on my face whenview spoiler the zombi

  6. says:

    Very very good Anthology about zombies I was surprise to see that I didn`t read the first Anthology in this serie with bigger names on it`s cover but this one was very good tooThe stories that I`ve liked areMike Carey Iphige

  7. says:

    Let me start by saying I am a huge zombie film fan Zombie books I've read a couple of them but I am not an expert I really like the intro to the anthology explaining the history of zombies and the impact they've had on television film and literature I found some of the stories to be very engaging yet disturbing and strang

  8. says:

    My first impression of this book 36 Thirty six That’s a vast amount of stories for an anthology Even 20 would have been pretty bigM

  9. says:

    One of the best zombie anthologies I’ve read—some really good stories here and only a few duds

  10. says:

    A solid collection with some outstanding moments Some very nice stuff