Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Monster Book of Zombies, Edited by Stephen Jones

Editor: Stephen Jones
Publish Date: September 18, 2009
ISBN: 9781435120495
List Price: $7.98
My Rating: 3 out of 5

Jacket Synopsis:
Death is not the end! If you are too rational to believe otherwise, then we invite you to read the stories collected. Here are tales of the walking dead reanimated by black magic, weird science, outer space viruses, and plain old human irresponsibility. No matter how they are resurrected, all indulge in malevolent mischief and mayhem that will make you think twice about dismissing dead as done.

My Comments:
This book is a collection of 26 zombie mini-stories by such authors as Clive Barker, Joe R. Landsdale, Robert Bloch, H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Les Daniels, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian Lumley, Manly Wade Wellman, and others.

These stories provide different interpretations of the zombie. We typically see them as mindless, flesh eating beings that thrive on the movie screen, but in these stories the zombies are aware, have cognitive thought, and plan devious acts to obtain their goal. The various writing styles are interesting and the non-typical interpretation of the zombie may question the differences between vamps and zombies if they both are the living dead.

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