Many have written entertaining, chilling renditions of zombie lit to keep the horror fiction fan entertained; though as many, if not more, have stumbled in their attempt to frame this area of the dread-literature canon. With Plague Town we’ve a zombie book aimed at the more mainstream pulp-horror audience, and it’s one whose author Dana Fredsti has balanced decently, and with a nod to those finest traditions which have gone before, ideas and their implementation to create an entertaining – though quite clichéd – read.
Plague Town focuses on the plight surrounding Ashley Parker, a student in the college town of Redwood Grove. Lots of folks in the town have been suffering from a highly contagious, not to mention downright nasty, strain of the flu that’s going by the nickname of Walker’s. The reader soon learns that this flu is fatal – but that there’s also a lingering undeath after-life effect for those who succumb to it. So it is that many of the victims of the dreaded z-bug expire only to start the dreaded undead-shuffle, with a good dose of flesh-eating desire thrown in for good measure. Click here to read more.. »
There’s definitely something of the tongue-in-cheek to Chuck Wendig’s sublime horror writing. At times Double Dead veers to the comedic, but the element of genre fiction, the scares, terror and downright dread, are still quite apparent and well implemented. It’s a fine balancing act, and one which Wendig pulls-off distinctly and without need for any inappropriately over-kill horror writing apparatus.
When we meet our anti-hero, the leather-jacket clad Coburn, he’s just awoken from a slumber during what has clearly been several highly eventful and doom-laden years for the human race. Emerging from his torpor, having been awoken by some ‘stray’ blood, he is confused by what he finds. New York has definitely changed – but not for the better by any means. The streets are packed full of the walking dead – and unfortunately for him that’s a major issue as it means his food source has pretty much just dried up. Click here to read more.. »
Something wicked lays waiting, dormant yet coiled to react, deep in the heart of the Iraqi desert. For Lucy and her team of mercenary opportunists a chance at a fortune comes when she learns of a hidden haul of millions of dollars of Sadam’s gold. But danger lurking both subtly and provocatively soon reveals itself to the rag-tag collective, and they encounter horrors beyond their wildest reckoning.
So it is that Adam Baker returns with a vengeance with Juggernaut. The author of Outpost, which won Spooky Reads Horror Book of 2011, not content with chilling us to the bone in the Arctic wastes has penned a prequel to that novel which shifts geographical placement and leanings to an equally isolated, but nonetheless engaging and dramatically-charged spot. Click here to read more.. »
I must admit that given the prevalence of zombie literature out there I can get a bit fed up with the whole walking dead thing. Whether, as Coleridge put it, ‘they groaned, they stirred, they all uprose…’ they’d better do so in a manner of story that isn’t boring, and leaves me wanting to provide them with a cranial drill, a drinking-straw and simply let them have at my frontal cortex.
In a way Tim Waggoner’s Dark War, starring ‘self-willed’ zombie Matt Richter, is something of a tonic for folks like me. It’s tongue-in-cheek enough to overlook the otherwise single-eyebrow raising moments, fresh enough to revitalise areas that might be seen as clichéd, and Waggoner’s writing is strong enough to drag you from one scene to the next without dishevelment. That it’s also far from being a ‘zombie book’ is also relief indeed. Click here to read more.. »
The preface to Rock and Roll Reform School Zombies has Bryan Smith scribe a dedication to the punk rock and heavy metal bands that featured prominently in his life; as he clearly states, it’s a nod also to those acts that kept him sane as young man. With a comprehensive list of artists who influenced and motivated him it’s an interesting read for sure, understandable by anyone who feels passionately toward any art, whatever form it takes. He then follows that opening with another kick-ass tribute, one in the form of this novella itself.
This book may be a celebration of musical and zombie genres, but above all I take it as much as being a billet-doux to the pulp-horror fiction genre itself. From the atmosphere it oozes from its opening pages, it’s a far-out tale of dutiful boyfriend Wayne Devereaux and his mission to free his girlfriend from the dangerous clutches of the maniacal staff of the Southern Illinois Music Re-education Center (SIMRC). Click here to read more.. »