“The acclaimed first volume of The Living Dead was nearly all reprint stories. This new collection is mostly original, with some stories commissioned specifically for it. Contributors include Bob Fingerman; David Moody; new masters like Max Brooks, Jonathan Maberry, David Wellington, and Robert Kirkman; and old-school splatterpunks David Schow and John Skipp. It’s like a wonderful, rotting smorgasbord. Dig in!” —Library Journal
“In the new anthology edited by John Joseph Adams, The Living Dead 2, a collection of 40-odd short stories (most of them brand-new for this volume) zombie fiction has come back with a vengeance. The Living Dead 2 explores the world after zombies, not in terms of the violent stand-off between living and dead (though that is present) but rather the mental and emotional toll of living post-apocalypse, when survivors no longer fight just for their lives, but also for their humanity. Every story in the collection handles this theme in different ways, some with humor, others so dark that they will haunt you for a while, but all are well worth the time…there’s forty-[four] excellent stories here, each with a unique voice and tone. … The Living Dead 2 is a rare sequel, in that it is just as good (if not better) than its predecessor. Funny, with action and sadness and grief, the anthology contains all the reasons people are not zombies, and all the reasons we fight against the hordes.”
“The Living Dead 2 is ‘unliving’ proof that it’s the tellers, not the tales, that count. … It’s not simply an excellent zombie anthology, or a testament to stellar horror writing. What it is, simply, is an excellent book. … Chockablock with fantastic yarns … breath[es] fresh life into the rotting dead. … Delightfully diverse. … The Living Dead 2 runs the gamut of undead storytelling: pathos and pain, blood and guts, humor and horror. It’s a sensational collection that reanimates and reinvigorates the decaying dead back to exhilarating and entertaining life.” —Allan Dart, Fangoria #296
“After the popularity of The Living Dead (2008), and the continuing popularity of zombies across the media, John Adams has compiled a second zombie anthology. While the first anthology was all reprints, the majority of the 43 stories in this one were written for number two. There are original stories by some of the best known writers in zombie fiction (Max Brooks, David Wellington, Brian Keene) and others better known in science fiction and fantasy (Simon Green, Paul McAuley, Steven Barnes, and Tananarive Due). So the quality of the writing is very high, and there is a wide variety of treatments on the theme. This is an excellent addition for the fantasy/horror audience.” — Frieda Murray, Booklist
HorrorScope reviews The Living Dead 2:
“I proclaimed [The Living Dead] the best zombie anthology I’d ever read. Well, there’s a new anthology due in September that actually surpasses The Living Dead–and it’s The Living Dead 2! I just want to take a moment to emphasize what an amazing achievement this is: where the original anthology comprised reprints of classic zombie tales, thereby guaranteeing a top-quality publication, The Living Dead 2 includes only original and recently-published work. Editor John Joseph Adams (who also compiled The Living Dead) demonstrates a brilliant understanding of exactly what makes a damn fine zombie tale, and deserves major kudos for the same. … There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that The Living Dead 2, and all who contributed to her, will be be well-represented across the various genre literature awards over the next year. In the meantime, zombie afficianados should place this publication at the very top of their Want List, above firearms, bottled water, and chainsaws.”
“Like its predecessor, The Living Dead 2 truly is one of the great zombie short story collections out there and you are definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck here! Kudos to editor John Joseph Adams for putting together another memorable anthology sure to delight zombie and horror fans everywhere!”
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Publishers Weekly, publishing’s trade journal, gave The Living Dead 2 a STARRED REVIEW, which are awarded to books of extraordinary merit: “You don’t have to be a zombie-lover to enjoy this outstanding follow-up to 2008’s The Living Dead. Anthologist extraordinaire Adams has assembled 43 stories that showcase strong writing and imagination. … Readers will hope for many further additions to the series even after the zombie craze passes.”
Barnes & Noble.com’s resident sf/fantasy critic and expert, Paul Goat Allen, read an advance copy of The Living Dead 2, and had this to say: “I described The Living Dead as the best collection of zombie fiction stories ever collected—this follow-up anthology is even better.”
Simon Pegg, star and co-writer of the hit zombie film Shaun of the Dead, read an advance copy of The Living Dead 2 and had this to say about it: “A must for any self respecting zombie completist.” —Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead
In case you missed the first volume of The Living Dead, here’s some accolades that anthology received. Advance praise for Volume 2 will be forthcoming soon!
• Nominated for the World Fantasy Award for best anthology
• “A superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. Great storytelling for zombie fans as well as newcomers.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review); named one of PW’s best books of 2008.
• “The best selection of zombie fiction I’ve ever encountered.” — Book Spot Central
• “The best collection of zombie fiction stories ever. One of my all-time favorite short story collections.” — Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
• “Believe the hype. The Living Dead is absolutely the best zombie anthology I’ve ever read (and I’ve read many)…If you have even a vague interest in zombie fiction, you MUST buy this book.” — HorrorScope
• “YOU NEED THIS BOOK! As terrific a short story collection as I’ve ever encountered, The Living Dead gathers together 34 of the cleverest, creepiest and most brain-freezing zombie tales. These are not your grandpa’s Late Late Show walking dead, either, but direct descendants of the modern post-Romero gut-ripping, intestine-crunching undead hordes. A collection to die for—or with.” — Joe Dante, award-winning director of Gremlins & Homecoming.
• “The Living Dead contains stories of heartbreak, drama, and man’s eternal struggle against himself. The focus doesn’t fall squarely on violence and horror, which earns it a place among the best of zombie fiction. Not a book to be ignored, it demands a read through—maybe a couple.” — Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies