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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605841
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The New Dead

 

“This powerful anthology shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears of death, decay, and loss that underpin America’s longstanding obsession with the undead.”

---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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Something for every zombie lover.
olly1
Wonderfully edited, fantastic stories and a book I will hold onto to read over again.
A. Perry
It's too good a story to languish as a short zombie story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Perry on July 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I won this book as a early reviewer through Goodreads, and I am so glad! What a great anthology. Often times I am disappointed in anthologies as I enjoy only half of the stories, but with this one there were no weaknesses. "Biters" was a excellent choice to begin the journey! "Down and Out in Dead Town" was a masterful short piece that touched your sentiments and reminded me of the homeless in our urban city. I did not want "Ghost Dog and Pup " to end. "Tender as Teeth" was delicious, and "Parasite" finishes the anthology with a fantastic apocalyptic last line. Wonderfully edited, fantastic stories and a book I will hold onto to read over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Alternative VINE VOICE on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
21st Century Dead (A Zombie Anthology)
Editor: Christopher Golden
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 2012
Trade Paperback
352 pages
Advance Readers Copy - Uncorrected Proof

Short fiction has always been problematic for me. Even the best anthologies sometimes fail to hold my interest for very long. In addition, there's the long-argued dilemma of how to review an anthology. Should the book be reviewed as a single entity or should each story be reviewed separately? What makes matters infinitely worse for me is that five of the last seven books I've received for review are short story anthologies. Guess it's time to make up my mind... or not.

So, zombies, right? What could possibly be wrong with a short story anthology featuring zombies? In the case of 21st Century Dead? Absolutely nothing! Infinitely better is that Chris Golden has brought together some of the most unusual and interesting "zombie" stories ever written. This is not your usual faire of shambling undead but a strange mixture of victims, weirdoes, and the most maladjusted walkers and non-zombie zombies in the history of all lifeless, ambling brain-eaters.

The first three stories, for instance, do not fit any "normal" zombie mold. Chelsea Cain's Why Mothers Let Their Babies Watch Television is a lesson in why zombie babies should be allowed to watch TV. In Carousel by Orson Scott Card we are given a new perspective by a post-living person. ("It's all poop!") And when the dead are suddenly resurrected a discussion with God at the Carousel puts an end to all the suffering. In Reality Bites by S. G. Browne we see Reality TV with a twist. The Zombie Jersey Shore. The Amazing Zombie Race. American Zombie Idol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2013
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I generally take any horror anthology introduction which attempts to explain why we are attracted to a particular sub-genre with a large grain of salt, but I suspect that in his brief introduction to "21st Century Dead", editor Christopher Golden has quite accurately addressed the issue of the current zombie fascination. He suggests that the immediacy, and the relentless bombardment by the media, of recent and potential near apocalyptic-level events leaves us feeling that we are dwelling in the constant shadow of their possibility.

I would add that this seems a natural progression from the atomic war horror themes of an earlier generation, having "Night of the Living Dead" as a probable nexus.

True to promise, this suggested pervasive threat of societal entropy looms large over the majority of the stories in this collection, with an occasional few providing - by the time they arrive - welcome humorous relief. (I am still amazed at how many times I encounter an anthology in which an intriguing introduction ends up having little bearing on the nature of the tales assembled inside!)

Mark Morris strongly opens with a piece that is equal parts social satire and a (successful, I believe) attempt at poignancy. Next, Chelsea Cain offered a bit of flash fiction which felt like it might have been written by Joyce Carol Oates in a particularly nasty mood. Orson Scott Card's resurrected dead may not have exactly reached traditional zombie status, but they do provide an interesting bit of allegorical speculation, and S.G. Brown follows with a laugh out loud take off on reality programming which nevertheless leaves one with the feeling that if it could be done, it would be done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Castillo on April 23, 2013
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This is exactly what I wanted. THe case looks awesome and I am glad to have gotten it. Im a huge fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on March 5, 2013
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creepy gold 10/10
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came in 4 days in perfect condition
the array of different writers bring you into all new worlds of the un-dead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olly1 on December 26, 2012
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Great new zombie anthology. Lots to love about this book. If you don't like a story just read the next and you'll love it. Something for every zombie lover. Book was packed well and arrived ahead of schedule.
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