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"Something for every zombie fan--a gut-wrenching mix of horror, humor and thrills!" 
~NATE KENYON, award-winning author of SPARROW ROCK 


"In an increasingly crowded graveyard of zombie anthologies this is a standout. The stories are thought provoking, chilling and entertaining." 
~TIM WAGGONER, award winning author of LIKE DEATH 


"James Roy Daley separates the goods from the gristle with a butcher's shrewd eye for the prime cuts that transcend mundane gut-munchery, shaking us awake and reminding us what it means to be alive." 
~CODY GOODFELLOW, author of JAKE'S WAKE

About the Author

James Roy Daley ~ is a writer, editor, and a professional musician. He studied film at the Toronto Film School, music at Humber College, and English at the University of Toronto. In 2007 his first novel, The Dead Parade, was released in 1,110 bookstores across America. In 2009 he founded a book company called Books of the Dead Press, where he enjoyed immediate success working with many of the biggest names in horror. His first two anthologies, Best New Zombie Tales Volume One, and Best New Zombie Tales Volume Two, far exceeded sales predictions, leading many of the top horror writers in the world to view his little company as one worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Books of the Dead; 1st edition (April 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098656642X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986566424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KG Bailey on May 3, 2010
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This anthology was a great way to spend my spare moments for the last few days. The stories were well written and engaging, and there were only one or two that I read and was like, "meh", after finishing (considering the size of this book I'd say that's pretty good). With almost 20 stories, and only ONE that I had read in a previous anthology, this truly is the Best New Zombie Tales. The first story really set the standard for what was to follow, a real page turner and very original. This collection had a large variation of our undead friends, from the old shamblers to thinking zombies to zombie animals. Zombie squirrel? yep, it made an appearance. There's humor--Pegleg and Paddy Save the World; there was one that I almost couldn't finish it was so gross--SKN-3; there was even a love story!--Zombie Love. Feeding Frenzy was an absolute treat! Simply put, this is a must have for any fan of zombie lit, it won't disappoint. I have to say that if this is the sort of talent Mr Daley can procure for his anthologies, count me in for the next installment(s)!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Smart on May 20, 2011
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Have you ever been so engrossed with a book that you miss your subway stop and realize it 6 stops later? That was me with Best New Zombie Tales Vol. 1. This is by far the best Zombie anthology I've read in a very long time. I would even go as far as saying one of the best horror anthologies.

A few of my fav's are stories written by Matt Hults, Jonathan Mayberry and Harry Shannon. I've downloaded Vol. 2 and 3 and am looking forward to reading them. This is a series that all Zombie lovers need to have in their collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on January 19, 2012
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Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1, edited by James Roy Daley

Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1, edited by James Roy Daley is a very solid offering from front to back. There are a few familiar names here, but the thrill comes from names I was not up to speed on. The introduction makes it seem as if there will be problems for "traditionalists" of the zombie genre. As I consider myself to fall in that category, I braced myself. There was no need. These were an eclectic and well-selected group of stories. The editing could have been more thorough, but all-in-all this is worth owning.

Zombie Love - Ray Garton
Very tense and enjoyable. The idea of a zombie that has not so much the base instincts to re-enact old rituals from their life, but also a limited vocabulary to speak to loved ones plays well. And a zombie that says "Ow!" is actually quite humorous in a dark way. The whole bit about going to the mall and subsequently a house of an acquaintance seemed awkward, but does not derail a very enjoyable story.

Feeding Frenzy - Matt Hults
This is one of those twisted stories that, try as you might to dislike it for one reason or another, gets a firm grip on your inner-child who loved the impossible. Everything in this story fits perfectly and draws a reader in deep.

Wings - Jessica Brown
Nothing is safe here. Animals. Long-dead friends and loved ones. The story is short and to the point. Kinda like a kick in the groin; there is the initial shock...then, a flood of pain.

The Man Who Breaks the Bad News - Kealan Patrick Burke
Ever wonder what it would be like to exist as a self-aware cadaver? Me either. However, this quirky story takes you for a very interesting ride.

Immunity - Jeff Strand
This was the only story I'd read before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaggieM on June 13, 2012
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These stories are, for the most part, wonderful. That's why the one clunker right in the middle (Muddy Waters) really jumped out even more to me. It reads like a story a 5th grader self-published. There were so many editing errors I began to wonder if anyone had even reviewed the story before including it in this otherwise excellent anthology. I mean glaring errors, like these gems:
"Muddy fir hung in dark clumps from it's strangely elongated face"
"It's swollen belly a floating restraint for flies."
"on the heal of that"
It's unfortunate that right in the middle of this otherwise strong collection of stories sits this bomb. The rest of the anthology does still make it well worth it to purchase this; I'm not sorry I spent $3.99 on it and I am thoroughly enjoying the rest of it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Lewis on May 21, 2010
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So hard to put down. Gave me zombie nightmares one night. All I can say is bring on Vol. 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Powell on June 27, 2011
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James Roy Daley did a great job in collecting this first volume of zombie fiction. It's a large book (110,000 words and nineteen stories) that's filled with all sorts of narratives: shocking humor rubs elbows with more mundane existentialism in these pages. It's a nice break from the "run, scavenge, fight" school of zombie fiction (although fans of that type of thing won't be turned off by this book, either).

Best New Zombie Tales, Vol 1 was in the first batch of books that I purchased for the Kindle, and it has some formatting issues. Many of the paragraph indents didn't make translate for a few stories. It's a minor deal and wasn't a distraction. There were some pretty glaring typos, strangely enough, in just one of the stories (which is a little strange).

Still, minor stuff...

I enjoyed all of the stories to some extent, though a few clearly stood out. Ray Garton's "Zombie Love," a chilling story of the occult and the sorrow of lost love, was a fantastic way to begin the anthology. Mrs. Kobylka is the star here, a finely drawn character with veiled intentions. Keith, our protagonist, is a sympathetic character; the scenes in the third act, when the horror of just how far his love for Natalie has pushed him over the edge, are chilling. I think I honestly flinched while reading them.

Oh, and then there's Baltazar. Balty is a trip and, even though we see it coming, nothing quite pulls at the heartstrings like the thing Balty says to Keith in the third act.

Scary and compelling, this was a great tale among a bunch of fine work.

"Feeding Frenzy," by Matt Hults, was an interesting, frightening story. It felt like a mix between some Lovecraftian dimensional horror with a little bit of Serlingesque Twilight Zone on the side.
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