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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452101086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452101088
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A clever and creative epistolary narrative of the zombie apocalypse." -S.G. Browne, author of Breathers and Fated

"This book does not have funny zombies. Nor cool zombies. It's not even about the zombies. It's about the people left behind. From scrawled notes and crumpled photos emerge stories of ordinary people dealing with a personal apocalypse. They are touching, harrowing, and incredibly sad." - Max Barry, author of Jennifer Government and Company

"At once funny, tragic, compelling, and unexpected . . . a collection of artifacts from the apocalypse, the last words of the forgotten. Powerful!" -Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie CSU, Patient Zero, and Rot & Run.

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Lost Zombies is a San Francisco Bay Area-based social network for zombie fans that logs a quarter-million page views monthly.

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It's great coffee table material.
Amazon Customer
The longer "notes" might possibly be a redeeming quality if the picture wasn't oriented sideways and too small to read.
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I definitely recommend this book to all you zombie fans out there!
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By ridelife on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recently bought the Kindle version. Much of this story is told on handwritten scaps of paper. This makes the Kindle version wasted money as it is difficult to decipher. I set the font to the largest possible and the clarity did not get any better. It may be a good read, but not on the Kindle
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Socialize Mobilize on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to get advanced copy of Dead Inside Do Not Enter, and I was glued to it. It's a highly entertaining scrap book that contains user generated notes that follow the LostZombies.com story line... Reading through it, the notes seems eerily real, even though they're fictitious notes generated by the Lost Zombies community. This is the coolest example of a user generated book I've ever seen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carly on December 28, 2011
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"Dead Inside: Do Not Enter" is a collection of images of letters, text messages, post-it notes, forms, signs, photographs, memos, grocery lists and other material that tells a gripping fragmented story about the people across the United States and the world dealing with a zombie apocalypse from a mutated "super flu" virus. It has enough tropes of the zombie genre to feel familiar, but there's also something new about this book that I have never seen in any other zombie story, and that comes from its many convincing perspectives.

This book, lovingly crafted by devoted fans of the Zombie genre, really shines in its authentic voices. There is a genuine raw emotion that rings from the scribbled words and sketches included in the piece that is simultaneously horrifying and heart-breaking. Adding to the authenticity are unique handwriting (not just hand-writing fonts) and common spelling and grammar mistakes often seen in hand-written notes without spell-check to catch them out.

I must say, when I picked up this book, which I found in a quirky craft store, I had never heard of the Lost Zombies community, but after flipping through it, I googled it when I arrived home. And immediately, I had an answer to what made this tome so powerful. It was a labor of love created by people who really knew their zombie movies. The reason there are so many different voices in the notes and letters is because they were literally written by different people. Even so, they all follow the same rules of the universe, the same facts and storyline, and because of that there's also a cohesiveness to the piece that's rare in a piece that has so many contributors.

If you're into zombies, this is definitely a must-read. If you're into pseudo-historical fiction or even just chilling, touching and reaffirming insights into human nature, you should definitely check this book out. It's not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on September 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all, I would like to say: MFZAR!

I love the fact that this revolves around the survivors. Fantastic read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2011
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I found this book to be a poignant and realistic portrayal of life and death following a devestating loss of human life. From outright terror to hope and back again it encompasses what human experience might be like under such circumstances...outstanding...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By payne6 on February 10, 2012
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When I heard about this book I was very excited to read it with all the positive reviews and as a HUGE zombie buff as myself I could not wait to read it. Well when I got it in the mail I was extremely disappointed to see that it was just scanned images of letters or signs or lotto tickets and a meager 1-2 paragraph intro and that's it. Now don't get me wrong it says right on the cover "notes from the zombie apocalypse" yet the thing is it just felt too half assed or rushed. Some "notes" are only one word long like "help" others are much longer and give amazing detail into the world of the zombie apocalypse but sadly there are not enough of them or they are written in cursive but not clearly so its almost a chore to read them. They try to make it feel real by adding a picture or two, but they aren't even that good maybe a picture of a sign that says "dead inside" or whatever. Don't get me wrong the book definitely creates a awesome atmosphere and I was sucked into this world of zombies and notes, yet for twenty bucks there just isn't enough content. Most notes are extremely short or too vague others are one word others have funny dialogue written on them by multiple people and it legit looks like Left 4 dead wall writings. (Left 4 dead is a zombie game and it contains writings on walls from various people and the dialogue is very humorous on the walls)

Basically what I am trying to say is this book had the potential to be really good and you can clearly see that with some notes and the atmosphere the book takes place in. Yet the inclusion of one worded notes, a picture of a half torn sign where the evacuation will take place, and sloppy cursive long winded notes ruin it.You can finish the book in less than an hour so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc on February 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Some of the writing was very adolescent, and took away from the effect of the concept. It would have been a better choice to leave those submissions out of the collaboration.

Other pieces were overly contrived. Transparently so.

Aside, this was an easy read with an interesting birth. More careful selection of future submissions with perhaps some continuity of individual submissions may result in a more riveting collection.
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