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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Blood, guts, and sex intermingle in this stylish debut from Locus editor Beamer. A California party turns bad when the spread of a brain-eating STD leaves roommates Kate and Michael struggling to deal with a houseful of zombies. Oblivious Oakland authorities ignore the escalating crisis as aggressively promiscuous and ravenous zombies keep popping up. Finally, the desperate friends make a plan to flee to a zombie-proof haven while fearing that some of their acquaintances may already be infected. Contemporary touches like a surprisingly useful iPhone app and overthe-top moments of frantically alternating sex and gore make for a sick, funny romp that only falters at the end, which mostly occurs offstage. The cleverness of the set pieces balances the unsatisfying resolution for an entertaining and original take on the zombie apocalypse.
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About the Author

Amelia Beamer works as an editor and reviewer for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field. She has won several literary awards and has published fiction, poetry, and scholarship in a number of venues.

Customer Reviews

I felt like I didn't know the characters, they weren't developed at all.
Ashley
I was expecting so much from this book, because I really love zombies, and this seemed to be a unique twist on the zombie tale, but it was not executed well at all.
StephTheBookworm
I've never left a bad review before . . . but then, I've never tried to read a book that fell so far short of the hype.
Glinda Good

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Paszej on March 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
The zombie concept in this book is interesting... but really goes nowhere.

Lots of action, but the writing style is so passive that it feels like everyone stays in their chairs, in the living room, talking, for the entire book. The zombie apocalypse is here... but it's just sooo slooow. Book is filled with as much sex as the author can cram in there, but even that becomes boring after the second/ third repeat of a sex scenario that's not needed, and that takes away from any potentially interesting zombie action. Cut all the sex stuff out, and paste it together, you'll end up with a semi-decent erotic story, I suppose. Cut the remaining zombie action out, and you have just pasted together a really. Really. boring zombie event. Drats! Because the concept had so much potential!

The other con is every character. Not a single person in the book is worth rooting for. The greatest action in the book is you mumbling to yourself "kill her/him off already!".

Time wasted. Book tossed in the garbage. Off to look for something more interesting in the zombie genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Up All Night Horror Fiction Review on May 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Loving Dead (2010) is a debut novel by Amelia Beamer. Beamer also writes poetry, performs editorial work, and remains heavily involved in the writing and publishing industry.

The Loving Dead is a modern story of zombie erotica set in the San Francisco Bay Area. The story follows the experiences of housemates Kate and Michael as they join forces with several friends who they work with at their local Trader Joe’s supermarket. The excitement begins when Kate helps defend her belly-dancing instructor, Jaime, from a sexual assault by a drunken vagrant as they are walking to their cars after class. Trying to console Jaime, Kate invites her to a party at the house she shares with Michael. Before long, the party guests are having a great time. Kate and Jaime decide to take a break and relax in Kate’s bedroom, where a massage leads to kissing, and Jaime treats Kate to her first real experience with a woman. The action gets hot and Kate is fulfilling Jaime’s desire to be taken while tied to Kate’s bed. Everything is great until Jaime breathes those dreadful words, “Um, something’s happening.” Suddenly, Jaime has taken on the form of a sex-crazed, flesh-eating zombie.

The Loving Dead continues as the infection spreads to Michael and Kate’s friends and the rest of society begins turning into the horny undead. Kate, who is secretly attracted to Michael, finds herself trapped in the bathroom on a zombie-filled Zeppelin ride with an older married man with whom she shares a non-traditional relationship. At the same time Michael, who also wants to hook up with Kate, must try to manage the chaos occurring at his and Kate’s home where his remaining zombie friends suffer an insatiable hunger for sex and flesh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dale on August 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this and read this over two years ago and recently some people about it.
This book is fun, gross where it needs to be, and has a fabulous take on the tale of the undead.
Characters can be a mix of raunchy, goody too-shoes, and in between.
I liked the ending, because it answered the questions I had.
And the scene in the bathroom? Marvelous!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bek on January 5, 2013
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I ready the reviews and debated to order it or not. I'm glad I did. The story was actually better than the reviews say it was. I liked the main female character after a slow start. The zombie situations were more realistic than other zombie stories I've read. Go ahead and read it. Give it a shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StephTheBookworm on November 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Well, I hate having to do this, but this will be a (mostly) bad review. I was expecting so much from this book, because I really love zombies, and this seemed to be a unique twist on the zombie tale, but it was not executed well at all.

So, Kate and Michael are two 20-something roommates and coworkers at Trader Joe’s. During a house party of theirs, there is an outbreak of zombie-ism, that soon spreads throughout the area. Separately, they fight to stay alive and meet up where they believe they will be safeguarded from the zombies: Alcatraz.

First off, in this story, zombie-ism is spread like an STD, through sexual contact. Okay, whatever, kind of weird, but that’s fine. However, this didn’t seem consistent. I read about people randomly turning into zombies left and right without explanation half the time.

A lot of this story was just plain ridiculous. When Kate and Michael first discover that their friends have turned into zombies, they lock them up upstairs, and head downstairs where they put on a zombie movie and fondle each other under a blanket. Ummm…. okay then. Who would be watching a zombie movie while there are zombies upstairs? Wouldn’t you be running away or trying to do something? Apparently not.

Also, the zombies obey commands if you swish a whip in the air… OR, as Kate discovers, if you download an Indiana Jones app to your iPhone that makes a whip sound. They also respond to that. Well… okay… if you say so.

Listen, I for one, am ready for the zombie apocalypse. And guess what I WOULDN’T be doing right in the middle of it? Watching The Night of the Living Dead/caressing my roommate while zombies are upstairs, or downloading apps to my phone and swishing whips all about the place.
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More About the Author

Amelia Beamer works as an editor and reviewer for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field. She has won several literary awards and has published fiction, poetry, and scholarship in a number of venues.

Her first novel The Loving Dead, with zombies and a Zeppelin, will be published in July 2010 from Night Shade Books, and has been called, "a zombie novel like none other" by Peter Straub, "really kind of hot, in a very creepy way," by Christopher Moore, and "appallingly vivid and unrelentingly suspenseful" by Tim Powers.

For more information, visit: ameliabeamer.com.


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