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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978970799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978970796
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was so good I tried to read a story and put it down to make the book last longer.
Pat
The premise, the variety of authors and writing styles, the trip through time....very, very original.
Bradd M. Quinn
Well, if you enjoy zombies, need something different, and want to have fun, then yes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mike Norris on February 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
A remarkable study of the zombie-condition traced back to its original vector, an infected mammoth, that unwittingly shambled across the primeval hunting grounds of our ancient ancestors and into infamy, History is Dead tracks mankind's most gruesome affliction as it spreads, raising our dead across the continents, bridging cultures, and shedding light on ancient mysteries, like the Celtic peat bog-mummies in "The Gingerbread Man", and crossing paths with iconic greatness, in "The Loaned Ranger" and "The Summer of 1816". The zombie proves itself to be an effective weapon of war, in "The Barrow Maid", as well as a lover worth dying for, in Carole Lanham's wonderfully necrotic zombie-romance, "The Moribund Room".

A brilliant theme and an outstanding collection, History is Dead may arguably be one of the most noteworthy horror anthologies of 2007, and surely a contender for this year's Stoker Award nominations.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on December 25, 2007
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I typically avoid trying to review Anthologies, simply because I feel that each story deserves to be taken on its own merits. I have read most of the zombie anthologies out there and have enjoyed all of them...some have some stories that really knock my socks off while others are just interesting and creative.
With the theme of history here, what we are served up is a dark menu of treats tied in with some of the major events in history. The Black Plague, the real genius behind the creation of Frankenstein, the great Chicago fire, etc. All of these events, along with several more personalized stories unrelated to figures of major historical prominence give us a tome of Alternative Histories that is quite intriguing.
It is challenging, to say the least, to be knowledgeable enough of a time period and the details of how people lived to be able to embellish upon the known history effectively with the injection of the living dead. That each of these authors boldly ventured forth to do so here certainly shows both an appreciation for history and a willingness to stand it on its head for the purposes of macabre entertainment.
From the start I have to say I really enjoyed the creative flare I saw with these stories-David Dunwoody's flashback to prehistory, Raoul Wainscoting's creative use of Shakespeare, Johnathan Maberry's creative take on a little fire in Chicago and most of the others had me grinning at the enthusiasm everyone had to come up with some really fun ideas.
I think that a book like this could easily be expanded with future editions, if these authors and others are up to the task of coming up with even more tales from other areas of history. The source material is endless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clines on July 24, 2009
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-History is Dead- is a mixed bag, in a number of ways, but overall it comes out on top.

The walking dead are not all the mindless flesh-eaters George Romero made so popular. There are people "cursed" with undeath, some who've been brought back to carry out certain tasks, and some who've dragged themselves back for one reason or another.

Like any anthology, some stories are stronger than others. "The Reluctant Prometheus" gets points for sheer creativity. "A Touch of the Divine" is a stylish comeuppance story. "Society and Sickness" beat another undead/ Jane Austen parody to the shelf by several months. But my hands-down favorite had to be "Pegleg and Paddy Save the World" for its mix of humor and creepiness.

So it's not perfect, but it has many high spots and there's definitely something for everyone, no matter what kind of undead you like, no matter what context you like them in.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Weston Ochse on November 24, 2007
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When I was asked to read History is Dead for a possible blurb, I was hesitant. I have to admit that there's been a lot of Zombie novels and stories published recently and I was concerned that this would be another rehash of mindless flesh eating zombie shooting. I'm pleased to say that I was wrong. This is a tremendous anthology. Although each story deserves individual credit, I especially liked the contributions from David Dunwoody and James Roy Daley.

"Dr. Paffenroth is a shining literary light who has stitched together an anthology of the undead that will live far beyond anything that has come before. Each entry is a marvel to behold." -Weston Ochse, author of Scarecrow Gods and VAMPIRE OUTLAW OF THE MILKY WAY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Garbato on July 3, 2012
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Zombies have coexisted with humans since before the birth of h. sapiens - that is, if we're to believe the team of "crack historians" behind HISTORY IS DEAD: A ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY, edited by Kim Paffenroth (2007). And why not, when believing is such bloody good fun?

While at least half of the twenty stories found in HISTORY IS DEAD take place in the past 200 years - with America and Europe proving popular settings - the rest stretch as far back as the Pleistocene epoch. ("This Reluctant Prometheus," in which members of the homo ergaster species become infected with zombie-ism after consuming an infected wooly mammoth, is one of my favorites.) Zombies are credited for bringing humans the gift of fire, rescuing a Viking kingdom from insurrection, inspiring budding horror author Mary Shelly, and administering vigilante justice to Jack the Ripper. They appear on Civil War battlefields and in East End slums. They infiltrate the United States government in their quest for gooooold. (An "Indian" curse gone weird. Don't ask.) The Great Fire of Chicago? Started by zombies, the first of which was created when Biela's Comet rained a mysterious green rock onto (and into) Pat "Paddy" O'Leary's Aunt Sophie. Zombies, it seems, are all around us.

As always, anthologies are difficult to review, since you're apt to take a shining to some pieces more than others. Overall, HISTORY IS DEAD is a quick, enjoyable, entertaining read - perfect for a morbid Saturday afternoon at the beach. I polished it off in under a week, which is near-record speed for me. Though they share a common theme, each story in this collection is unique. In some, zombies make a brief, even ancillary cameo - while in others they serve as the story's protagonists.
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