New Book Trailer + More Free Fiction!

Living Jacket Studios has just completed the book trailer for The Living Dead and has now released it into the wild. I’ve got it embedded here on the site, but you can also view it on YouTube, which you should go do and tell all your friends about it.

To celebrate the book trailer’s release, I’ve posted the latest (and last) batch of free fiction we’ll be featuring on the site. With these five new stories, that brings the grand total of free fiction on the site to 11 whole stories, plus 10 excerpts, not to mention all the interviews and other bonus content. But remember, even if you read all the ones here on the site, there’s still 23 other stories in the book you won’t find here, so you should go buy a copy for yourself, and maybe one for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Here are the new additions to the site:

In Beauty, Like the Night by Norman Partridge
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Malthusian’s Zombie by Jeffrey Ford
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Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton
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Followed by Will McIntosh
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Passion Play by Nancy Holder
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Zombie Fest 2008

I attended Zombie Fest 2008 a couple weeks ago. If you’d like to hear about it, check out the trip report I wrote for SCI FI Wire. And if you’d like to see some of the zombies I ran into while there, check out my post, which includes a full photo slideshow.

New Living Dead Reviews

A couple new reviews of The Living Dead:

SFF World: “To call this volume anything other than must have would be selling it short, the stories range a great number of years and capture many unique voices on one of the seminal images and iconic characters of Horror fiction and is something I know I’ll be pulling down every Halloween. This impressive, massive anthology would make a great gift to give by the light of the Jack o’ Lantern.”

SF Signal: “The zombie anthology for the new millennium.”

Fairfield Weekly: “A comprehensive collection on the subject and a joyful celebration of all things flesh-eating and re-animated.”

Zombie Rhymes

Why do we love a good zombie rhyme?

Writer John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, includes a zombie-inspired post that allows readers to ponder an abundance of similar questions, including:
“What do zombies like to eat?  (BRAAAAAAAAAAINS.)”
“What do vegetarian zombies like to eat? (GRAAAAAAAAAAINS.)”
“What do vegetarian zombies eat when they’re on vacation in Jamaica? (PLANTAAAAAAAINS.)”

Scalzi asks readers to expand on his list, and over two hundred have posted questions that probe the natures of rhyme, the universe, and the undead. Zombie rhymes are everywhere: how many will you find?

The Living Dead named to PW’s “Best of the Year” list

Publishers Weekly has announced their 2008 Best Books of the Year, which includes The Living Dead. Here’s what they said:

“The Living Dead, Edited by John Joseph Adams: This superb reprint anthology runs the gamut of zombie stories, with entries by a plethora of renowned and outstanding authors from all sides of the genre.

This honor was extended to only 7 books in the “SF/Fantasy/Horror” genre. See PW’s website for the complete list, including non-genre bests.