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Raising Stony Mayhall Paperback – June 28, 2011
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What Gregory has written is an odd kind of heroic family romance, in which the occasional limb may fall off, but the love is convincingly real. --Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine
Not since Lucius Shepard's classic Green Eyes has the concept of the zombie been treated with such eloquence and panache.
--James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder
Like his award-winning previous novels, Pandemonium and The Devil's Alphabet, Raising Stony Mayhall is a simply written yet complex novel that is sure to linger in the thoughts of its readers long after the book is finished.... --Horror World
Library Journal Top 10 Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011: "A luminous tale of a love that defies standard limits."
“Raising Stony Mayhall, like all of Daryl Gregory’s stories and novels I’ve read, is so good that I grieved when I got to the last page, because I wanted it to just go on and on.”—Chris Roberson, New York Times bestselling author of iZombie
“A brilliant contribution to the literature of the fantastic. Heartfelt, fascinating, suspenseful, and terrifying, this book involves the reader as only the very best stories can: by entering our dreams—and nightmares.”—Jack Skillingstead, author of Harbinger
Praise for Daryl Gregory
“Compelling and creepy . . . evokes the best of Stephen King.”—Kirkus Reviews, on The Devil’s Alphabet
“A wickedly clever entertainment.”—San Francisco Chronicle, on Pandemonium
About the Author
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His first novel, PANDEMONIUM, appeared from Del Rey Books in 2008 and won the Crawford Award for 2009. It was also a finalist for several other awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. It's a romp that takes in Jungian archetypes, superheroes, and demonic possession.
His second novel, 2009's THE DEVIL'S ALPHABET published by Del Rey Books, was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. The novel combines murder, quantum evolution, and religion in a small mountain town.
RAISING STONY MAYHALL, his third novel, also from Del Rey Books, appeared in 2011. It was named one of the best SF books of the year by Library Journal. It's a coming of age tale about the most polite living dead boy you'd ever want to meet.
Many of his stories are collected in UNPOSSIBLE AND OTHER STORIES, which was published by Fairwood Press in 2011. The collection named one of the best books of the year from Publisher's Weekly. Most of those stories appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and a variety of "year's best" anthologies and foreign editions. His story "Second Person, Present Tense" won the Asimov's Readers' Choice Award and was a Sturgeon finalist. The stories run the gamut from neuroscience to religion to superheroes.
Daryl lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife, a couple of teenagers, and a passive-aggressive dog. He's online at darylgregory.com.
Top Customer Reviews
When people are first infected and turned, they go through a few days of fever and delirium while they lust for human flesh, so they stagger around and make weird sounds. After the fever breaks, they regain their minds, although sometimes with amnesia or personality alterations. At this point they no longer have homicidal impulses if they don't want to. So Stony, who studied his sister's medical texts and ran experiments to see why his body didn't break down, joins the L.D. (Living Dead) underground and meets all types of dead people while he is drawn slowly into L.D. politics.
Chris Roberson said, 'so good that I grieved when I got to the last page, because I wanted it to just go on and on.' It really is. Gregory's writing gets better with each book, and the plot never slows down or becomes predictable (except in that zombie trope way the fans all love).
Stony Mayhall is no exception. So you're the undead? It doesn't stop you from being annoyed by your sisters, wanting to be allowed off the farm, conducting scientific research, or writing fan fiction.
I don't want to spoil this book for you, so all I'm going to say is - it's kind of epic. You should pick it up.
Raising Stony Mayhall is by far the best book I read in 2011, and the more I reflect on it, I think it is slowly eeking it's way into my top ten novels of all time, if not top five. Yes, there are zombies involved, but at its heart "Stony" is a story of life. It covers everything from coming of age to religion to politics to family without being over-bearing or preachy on a single one. It's a sprawling story of one person's life, told in a voice so fresh and so alive, so utterly HUMAN, that you will forget it is a book about the dead.
Simply put, if you do not find yourself staying up late into the night unable to stop turning pages, laughing, and crying, you may be as heartless as the living in Raising Stony Mayhall (stupidly) assume zombies to be. Long live Stony!
RAISING STONY MAYHALL is all of these things.
I am an author, and Daryl Gregory's books are so good, so resounding, so frickin' complete, they make me question what the hell I'm doing publishing. That I need to go back to the woodshed and hone my craft.
Like PANDEMONIUM before it, STONY is the best book I've read all year.
It's that simple.
1. Raising Stony Mayhall does for the zombie mythos what Watchmen did/does for the superhero mythos. I don't make this statement lightly. I teach Watchmen every January in an interim-term course at LaGrange College--along with Art Spiegelman's Maus, Neil Gaiman's Sandman stories, and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis--and the thoroughness with which Daryl Gregory explores this often overblown, often underdeveloped horror trope astonished and delighted me. Stony Mayhall lives and breathes as a human character even if he doesn't exactly "live" and/or "breathe" in any conventional sense.
2. In a just world, Raising Stony Mayhall--the title, by the way, deliberately works on several levels--would establish Gregory as having done for this specialized kind of dark narrative what Bram Stoker once did for literary vampires.
3. And, despite the hyperbolic edge to this third claim, Raising Stony Mayhall qualifies as the War and Peace of undead lit. You need only acquire the book and step into its world to learn how and why.
You'll find no plot summary or paean to the author's style in this review (although, with more time, I'd happily provide both), but instead my heartfelt encouragement to read this novel, because it is in fact an honest-to-God novel. Also, if you then regard it as highly as I do, tell others about it. Thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! I have been a zombie nut since I was a kid, way before they were "in". But I have never read anything like this! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Elaine Musgrave
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very imaginative. A little mystical, requiring some suspension of belief, but kept my interest. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marta D. Bare
Fun read. Great alternate take on the Zombie genre that has gotten so long in the tooth.Published 26 days ago by Jon V. Rohrer
I adored this book and bought another one by the author. He's definitely on my list of Yes.Published 1 month ago by Leighza
This was a new twist on zombie stories that I really enjoyed. I could hardly put it down. I almost wish I could have been there. Daryl made everyone seem so real. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jane langone
A touching tale of life, death, and the people we find in between.Published 2 months ago by Cole Chavez
I enjoyed the premise of the story- the living dead as sentient beings. The main character was like able and relatable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by brandymcq
There may not be a better zombie book out there. Raising Stony Mayhall is a great new look at how a zombie novel can be done. Flow is excellent, and the writing is top-notch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Kasniak
Not great but not all bad either, this interesting angle on zombies is strong in the beginning but then loses its focus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Editor