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Five Reasons To Love Zombie Authors!! [Review]

buried-in-zombie-booksZombiephiles face a common problem: not enough time to read all the great stories that are out there. In fact, most book lovers have the same complaint…trying to get through reading lists that they’ve had for years. It’s even more frustrating when it comes to the zombie genre because it’s constantly evolving. So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a brief list of short zombie stories that include some exciting new twists in the undead world:

1) Chicago Undead: On The Eleventh Floor by Shawn Weaver had a great start – Weaver wasted no time setting up the story, and delivered a realistic introduction to the main character waking up from the flu in the middle of a zombie outbreak.

There is a lot of unpredictable action, which kept the story flowing at a quick pace. The ending was a shocking surprise. The perfect zombie read from beginning to end.

2) Zombies For Jesus: A Short Story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman hooked me right away with the scene with zombies playing cards for actual fingers.

This story is not at all what I was expecting; the characters all have dark secrets which would make a thrilling full-length novel.

3) Omega Virus by D Mendonca begins with a fast hook at the beginning with the timeline of the virus outbreak (so much better than long set-ups in short stories).

The POV is told through a survivor named David. The main character provides a brief run-down of his fellow survivors, as well as the type of zombies they are dealing with.

The Omega Virus is one of the most destructive forces that I have read about since the virus in Dead Sea by Brian Keene. Not only has it nearly wiped out the human race, but it has impacted every aspect of survival of David’s group, having affected all living things, with the sole exception of plants.

While I enjoyed this story immensely, there is an insane amount of typos, which I think could be easily cleared up with a dose of spellcheck. That said, I would LOVE to see the author develop this story into a full-length novel (with the help of a professional editor).

I sincerely hope to read more zombie-lit by Mendonca!

4) Not So Dead Ted by Scott R Antczak is about Theodore Hunter, who visited Cancun, where he spent some time with a mysterious, exotic woman. When he returns from his 3-day vacation, he immediately falls ill.

There is a lot of foreshadowing to tip off readers as to what to expect, but the main character doesn’t have a clue. I especially enjoyed the dream sequence at the beginning which adds an extra dimension to the story that I wasn’t expecting.

The author’s attention to detail is great, but it also made me want to throw up all over my Kindle. However, this was more like flash fiction that a short story, and, while I didn’t have a problem with the open ending, I wouldn’t have minded some flashbacks to his time in Cancun (rather than his thoughts on his divorce) to add more meat to the story.

Overall, I think Antczak is a zombie-genre writer worth keeping an eye on.

5) Dead of Winter by Benjamin Knox has a great twist with zombies, successfully hooking readers into this short story series…although I was disappointed that the author is breaking this story into several small installments instead of releasing it as a novella or novel.

I liked the action…still undecided about the sex scenes: not sure if there should have been more or less in those parts. I also think the main character could have been more developed…I didn’t care if she lived or died…or reanimated.

I think the zombies are reason enough to read this story!

Once again, horror authors are proving that zombies in literature have evolved far beyond their movie and TV counterparts! (And to think: these are just snack-size examples!)

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