Zombie: Lockdown is the latest zombie anthology from May December Publications featuring known zombie authors, as well as some authors making their first attempt at the infected sub-genre. As with previous anthologies from MDP, Lockdown features a theme: undead outbreaks in prison. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of the stories, considering the limitations of a lockdown setting. Out of the eleven stories, there were five that I thought were particularly gruesome:
Even though I didn’t like all of the stories, those five showed some serious talent from the authors…their stories tended to be more suspenseful and engaging than the other ones, with some unique twists to the zombies themselves.
With the constant flow of new zombie books, it can be overwhelming to choose among the hordes of undead stories that are available to horror fans, especially when you are trying to avoid the rotters (you know, the really crappy pieces that drag down the standards of the zombie subgenre). Thankfully, publishers such as MDP understand this problem, and offer a variety of zombie anthologies to expose readers to many talented authors that might otherwise go undiscovered. This particular anthology presents a range of stories eliciting everything from an apathetic yawn to gut-wrenching screams.
Overall, Zombie: Lockdown offers some great bite-sized horror for zombiephiles who don’t have time to gorge themselves on a full-length novel.