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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (February 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984537287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984537280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,313,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stuart D. Cooper on February 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent collection of stories by first time published authors. The stories examine various aspects of what the zombie outbreak means to a variety of people while expanding and redefining the mythos of zombies.

In "In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris, the coming of the undead are tied to an otherly world event. A very likable man struggles against a world of despair. In the climatic scene, he enters the eternal battle to save the woman he loves. The religious overtones in this story are very well done.

"Zombie Bites : The Old Dead" by D.A. Chaney examines the origins of the outbreak. The reader is placed at ground zero. This very well done story is constructed in a classic short story fashion. Nice pacing and no wasted scenes highlight this story. The gripping beginning is masterfully echoed in the end. The cause of the outbreak is something that I'd never seen before. This is my favorite of the book.

"Ooky" by Matthew E. Davis certainly lives up to the title. Two young survivors console and amuse each other by telling a particular exploit. This story is definitely rated a strong PG-13. The imagery will stick with me for a long time.

"Once More Without Feelings" by Joe Blevins is the most classical zombie story that I'd read to that point. It examines zombies from a very different perspective than the current trend of zombie plagues. This tale harkens back to the zombie tales of New Orleans. The fault here is that it starts rather slowly. It is still my second favorite.

"Snow Days" by Donny Chavez is an excellent snapshot of life during the height of the outbreak. This story doesn't provide much opportunity for character growth but as a snapshot, I found it more than satisfactory. Regina is a remarkable main character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CemeteryFlower on March 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great collection of zombie fiction. If you're into the walking dead hordes, this znthology is for you. No two stories are alike.

In This House I Dwell made me miss normal zombies. Great twist to the genre.

Zombie Bites read as though I were watching it happen. I could see a sequal or just a great cliffhanger.

Ooky was one of the most memorable. The title fits the story perfectly. Euw.

Once More Without Feeling had a great fifties feel. I climbed right in and pulled up a chair.

Snow Days Had a great setting and characters.

Last Legacy is exactly where I'd want to be during an apocalypse.

The Mission started on adrenaline and kept it up the hwole way through.

The Hungriest Zombie...all I can say is I loved Ed.

What the Cat Dragged In will make me think twice about petting stray cats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By armand rosamilia on April 18, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of zombie stories. Ever since reading "The Rising" by Brian Keene I've been hooked on the written word of the undead. I especially like the thrill of finding new authors to read via short story colections like this.

With any collection, there are some great stories, some good stories, and stories that didn't work for me. I'm happy to say that most of the stories were great to me, and honestly only 2 stories didn't work.

The opening story,"In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris, sets the pace with a little twist on a zombie story, and it was an excellent opener to showcase how this collection was going to be different.

Other highlights for me included "Zombie Bites : The Old Dead" by D.A. Chaney, and another story that is unique for a zombie tale; "Ooky" by Matthew E. Davis that is again creepy and different and a favorite; "Zombies in Puerto Rico: Island of the Dead" by Alexandro Rios is like a chapter from World War Z and well-written; and "The Mission" by Eric Pollarine was an excellent tale with a strong main character.

Recommended, especially if you're getting bored with the same old zombie story all the time. There are some keepers here, and I hope to read more of these authors in the future.

Armand Rosamilia
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Conger on April 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought this collection of stories was great all of the stories were different but they meshed together perfectly. I felt reading this anthology I couldn't wait to get to the next story and read it. You get everything in this anthology you get every perspective and every conclusion to reason for the outbreak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Hadley on February 26, 2012
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Another awesome anthology! I hope to accumulate a library of Horror anthologies on my Kindle, I am glad I began my collection with May December Publications. These stories are written by new Horror writers, I found these tales to be unique and original. I hope to see more of these anthologies from creative new writers that bring fresh fright to a sometimes dead genre. Every author gave me an intense experience for my imagination, without making the anthology too intricate to enjoy as entertainment. The illustrations are incredible, they remind me of the works of art I craved in Horror magazines as a child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nikolai on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Zombies: love them or hate them, they are here to stay!.. This is the reality of this book: a collection of short stories from different authors. They are all different, yet most of them offering a glimpse into a life of a group of survivors, and their efforts to deal with the dire state of things.

What I like about those stories is that they, like any quality work of 'ction, illustrate the strength of human spirit when faced with something unimaginable and horri'c. The point of those, in my opinion, is to scare us not just for pure thrill, but to teach us the strength and humanity's will to survive. And in the end, even when it's not explicitly stated, there's always hope.

So, if you are brave enough to dive into the various zombie apocalypse scenarios, this book will do a good job of pulling you in!
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