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Comes The Dark: A Zombie Novel Paperback – July 16, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453701281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453701287
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick D'Orazio resides in southwestern Ohio with his wife, Michele, two children, Alexandra and Zachary, and three spastic dogs. He has been writing since he was a teenager but only recently clued into the fact that unless he attempted to get published, no one else would really care. Several of his short stories appear in various anthologies from Library of the Living Dead, including "The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombocalypse," "The Zombist," "Night of the Giving Dead," "Zombidays," and "Letters from the Dead." He will also be appearing in May December's "Eyewitness: Zombie" anthology and Pill Hill Press' "Daily Bites of Flesh 2011." Comes The Dark, the first book of a trilogy, is Patrick's first novel. You can find Patrick on his Facebook Page (Patrick D'Orazio), or at his blog ( or kicking around on the boards of The Library of the Living Dead (

More About the Author

Patrick D'Orazio resides in southwestern Ohio with his wife, Michele, two children, Alexandra and Zachary, and two spastic dogs. A lifelong writer, he decided a few years ago that attempting to get published might be a better idea than continuing to toss all those stories he's been scribbling down over the years into a filing cabinet, never to be seen again.
Over twenty-five of his short stories appear or will be appearing in various anthologies from a wide array of different small press publishers. He has dipped his toes into a variety of genres, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, erotica, bizarro, western, action-adventure, apocalyptic, and comedy.
He has also written a trilogy of apocalyptic novels dubbed "The Dark Trilogy" which were originally released by The Library of the Living Dead Press. The three books, "Comes the Dark," "Into the Dark," and "Beyond the Dark," have been re-released with substantial new content by Permuted Press in 2013. Patrick is presently working on the fourth book in this saga, and plans on finishing the series with a fifth and final book. His hope is that they will be released in 2014.
You can see what Patrick is up to via his website at

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Someone got me this book as a present, thinking I would like it. They saw the words "zombie anthology" and automatically assumed that I would love the book enough to appreciate the gift. The reason I said all of this is because I have to say one thing: assumptions might not be politically correct but they work out quite a few times in one's life. This book kept me flipping pages and reading onward well into the night. In fact, it was one of those books that I read once and then cirlced back to, trying to make certain that I had gotten everything. It was really good, and even moreso from someone I would not have gotten because I did not know the name. If I had one negative thought here, it would be that I looked AWFUL after I was taken to this world, given a story to read that I almost felt I needed, and then had to function later.
Authors of quality - you know how it gets.

So, what can I say about the book? Plenty. To keep from spoiling (I hate spoilers and will try to avoid them) it, i will commend the things I thought were really great, which happened to be quite a few quality points. The plot was something I could get into - I HOPE the thing about more books coming out that keep up with this author's ideas is true. As I said before, the more I read the more I wanted to read, and this doesn't happen all that often. It is a genre I love and a thing I love, sure, but the creature needed a facelift and it got one in the way the story was served up. I liked that.

I also have to say that I liked the way the author told me the story. I felt things that happened here and I felt like I wanted specifics to happen, sometimes lives to be lived, and that is not a norm for this reader, either. That is always the sign of a good pen and I am happy the author gave me that as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
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I understand that this is Patrick D'Orazio's first novel and that it is printed by a small publisher. I know that this gets new author's work out there for us - the public - to read. But I am getting tired of a non-editing publishing world. Every time a spelling or grammatical error pops up, it's like a laser beam fries out another little piece of my brain.

Okay, that written, I like a lot about the story. I liked that ordinary Jeff Blaine "soccer dad" is the somewhat hero of the story. (Didn't like that he threw away his wife and kids' picture and his wedding ring as soon as he left his house - not plausible to me - not for a sincerely grieving man. NEVER to have another picture of your kids since you just burned up everything you own. Nah.)

Megan's name should be Sybil. She has more outrageous personality changes in a split second than I've ever read seen or read about. She goes from being a wimp to Rambo to the Terminator and then starts the cycle again. Just a little over the top.

The scenes with Bobby and his dad, Fred, were a little "off", too. Can't explain exactly why right this second but they didn't "feel"right.

Is that an armor plated Odyssey? I want to get one that will actually take that kind of abuse. Would have made sense for the survivors to find a heavy duty 4-wheel drive or even one of the Hummers sitting around.

I like George and Jason a lot. I like the whole section on their joining the group. I like the descriptions of the zombies although a few descriptions were a little off on things they did, etc. I like the descriptions of the towns and the countryside (author writing to his strengths).
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Nord on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
OK, let me preface this review by saying the same thing I have and will say before most of the reviews I have and will be doing. I had never read anything by Patrick D'Orazio in the past. Not even a short story. I suppose that would be as opposed to say reading something by Stephen King or Clive Barker. They may do some different things from book to book, by you kind of know their style and for the most part what to expect.

I had read some of Patrick's posts on forums and his blog and some of his book reviews on Amazon. Other than that, when I got my hands on this book, it was the first time I'd read anything by this author.

And here's the part where I start gushing. Let me assure everyone that I am not in any way related to Patrick: he's not my cousin or brother or anything like that.

I will try to remain objective...

That may be hard, though, because I really have to say that this book was one of, if not the, best zombie outbreak/apocalypse novels I have ever read. I don't say that lightly, as I've read some pretty great books, including WWZ and the As the World Dies trilogy. So, am I saying that this book is better? ...I'll let that question hang in the air.

The story starts after the outbreak has already run rampant for a short amount of time. Short as in several weeks, so zombies everywhere, kind of like Dawn of the Dead.

The only thing I hate about doing reviews is that if I talk about too much, I'll inevitably give away a lot about the story that should only be found out by the reader as they are reading it, so...

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