Publishers Weekly reviews The Living Dead: (Starred Review) "Recently prolific anthologist Adams (Seeds of Change) delivers a superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. There’s plenty of gore, highlighted by Stephen King’s ‘Home Delivery’ and David Schow’s classic ‘Blossom.’ Less traditional but equally satisfying are Lisa Morton’s ‘Sparks Fly Upward,’ which analyzes abortion politics in a zombified world, and Douglas Winter’s literary pastiche ‘Less than Zombie.’ Also outstanding, Kelly Link’s ‘Some Zombie Contingency Plans’ and Hannah Wolf Bowen’s ‘Everything Is Better with Zombies’ take similar themes in wildly different directions. Neil Gaiman’s impeccably crafted ‘Bitter Grounds’ offers a change of pace with traditional Caribbean zombies. The sole original contribution, John Langan’s ‘How the Day Runs Down,’ is a darkly amusing twist on Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. There’s some great storytelling for zombie fans as well as newcomers."
Also, the blog Dusk Before Dawn reviews The Living Dead, providing capsule reviews for each story. The reviewer’s favorites were: Ghost Dance by Sherman Alexie, The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Malthusian’s Zombie by Jeffrey Ford, Home Delivery by Stephen King, Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale, and The Song the Zombie Sang by Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg.
I recently posted about this zombie survival quiz, but a few of the questions bugged me enough that I wanted to refute the quiz’s answers. I take issue with one of the questions–one asking which is best: a machete, baseball bat, crowbar, carpenter’s hammer, or lead pipe. The answer key reveals that crowbar is best, because it’s useful for other purposes (prying open doors, etc.), machete second.
I said baseball bat, which it ranks third, but I disagree with their assessment and I’ll tell you why. To a regular person like me, I think the baseball bat would be the best of these items to use as a weapon. Why? Because it’s familiar. I know how to use it and though I’ve never swung one at a person’s head, I understand how best to do so.
Bibliophile Stalker has a rave review of The Living Dead: “Right from the very beginning, The Living Dead blew me away and this is easily John Joseph Adams’s best anthology yet. … Quite a must-have book, not just for zombie fans, but for readers who love well-written fiction.”
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If you encounter a real zombie, you should keep your distance and you shouldn’t try to play with it, because, you know, they’re driven by an insatiable hunger for human flesh. But io9 has dug up a few zombie games that are perfectly safe to play with.
Life doesn’t have to be lonely after the zombie apocalypse. And just because your heart has stopped beating doesn’t mean you can’t still find true love. But when civilization is in a shambles, where do you go to meet that special zomeone? The answer is Zombie Harmony.
If you heard me speak aloud the title of this post, you might think I’d said “Zombie Violence,” which are two words that definitely go together. But “Zombie Violins”?You might not think that zombies and violins are a match made in, er, hell, but there are a couple of musical acts who would disagree with you.
Judgement Day, whose official band website is at stringmetal.com, play just exactly that—String Metal. No guitars, no vocals, just classical string instruments and drums. Pretty awesome too, I might add, but don’t take my word for it, go check out their video for “Out of the Abyss,” which features—you guessed it—zombies. You’ll go for the zombies, but you’ll stay for the string metal.
KGB Fantastic Fiction is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. Earlier this year, they held a raffle to raise money to support the series, offering a number of exciting and fabulous prizes. When I saw the list of items, I knew immediately the one I wanted: an original drawing by legendary writer, artist and cartoonist Gahan Wilson.
The prize was described as “Pen & Ink drawing of an animal-of-your-choice by Gahan Wilson", and if I recall correctly, also said the animal may be “real or imaginary.” Well, once I won, I knew right away what I wanted: a zombie.
And here it is:
(Posted with permission. Image © Gahan Wilson.)
Editor John Joseph Adams will be attending this year’s Zombie Fest, Oct. 25-26, 2008, the annual celebration of all things zombie. It’s held in Monroeville, PA, at the actual mall where George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was filmed and takes place.
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– A two-day zombie-themed convention at the Monroeville Mall, site of the Romero zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, featuring vendor exhibits, film screenings, author discussion panels, live bands, games and other fun activities for zombie fans. And in 2008, it’s FREE admission!
– The Zombie Masquerade Ball is the monster party of the century! Eat, drink, dance, and rub elbows with the upper crust undead! Prizes awarded for best overall costume and best zombie costume. The Ball also includes live entertainment and a silent auction (last year’s auction raised $1,000 for breast cancer research!). The Ball is a 21 and over event and there will be a separate admission fee.
– On Sunday morning, zombies, young and old, will gather at the Mall, shambling and moaning for brains while bearing food donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Led by Professor Emcee Square, the horde of zombies slowly made their way from one end of the mall to the other. In 2007, the total number of zombies who signed in was 1,028, establishing a new Guinness World Record™, and more than half a ton of food was collected. The walk was honored with a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Fan Event of 2007. In 2008, the Monroeville Mall Zombie Walk will be the hub of World Zombie Day™, with walks being held in more than 40 cities worldwide benefiting local food banks.