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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1ST edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312559712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312559717
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The 19 provocative, haunting, and genuinely unsettling original stories in this zombie anthology move the genre beyond its usual apocalyptic wastelands. David Liss's novelette What Maisie Knew is a stunning and gruesome meditation on the banality of capitalism and evil. Mike Carey's Second Wind is a haunting tale of an undead stockbroker who comes to question whether he ever truly lived. Lovers of more traditional zombie fare will also not be disappointed. Joe Hill's ingenious Twittering from the Circus of the Dead tells a classic slasher film story through Twitter posts, while Jonathan Maberry's heartbreaking Family Business describes a ruined America populated by kindly monks and zombie hunters. This powerful anthology shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears of death, decay, and loss that underpin America's longstanding obsession with the undead. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

The best-selling popularity of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) and the hit status of the movie Zombieland show that the living-dead subgenre still has legs. Zombie anthologies are invariably of varying quality, and this new one, curated by fantasy author Golden, is no exception. The best stories in it depart from the basic formula of living versus dead so familiar to zombiephiles. Among them are Rick Hautala’s nautical horror story, “Ghost Trap,” in which a gruesome discovery at the bottom of the sea awakens a long sleeping plague; David Wellington’s “Weaponized,” in which an undercover reporter investigates a mysterious new branch of the U.S. military; and Joe R. Lansdale’s grisly “Shooting Pool,” in which a hustler’s murder transforms the lives of a gang of teenagers. Meanwhile, those anticipating the promised movie adaptation of Max Brook’s World War Z (2006) will flock to his “Closure LTD,” set in the same milieu. Not every story here’s a success (a disastrous Twitter-format experiment may be the worst), but genre fans will still find plenty to satisfy them. --Carlos Orellana

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Customer Reviews

Superb collection of stories dealing with zombies.
Alberto Melendez
Borrow this one from the library, or better yet, don't borrow it and just read the last two short stories before you put it back on the shelf.
StackedAktor
There was one story that I don't regret reading, and one or two that were sort of funny, but one story wasn't even about zombies at all!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
The New Dead is an all-new zombie anthology edited by Christopher Golden and featuring nineteen never-before-published stories by an incredible cast of writers including: Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene, Tad Williams, Tim Lebbon, Kelley Armsrong, Joe Hill, David Wellington, Mike Carey, and more...

The anthology kicks off with John Connolly's "Lazarus", one of the best tales in the volume and a different take on the biblical tale of the resurrected Lazarus. Fans of urban fantasy writer supreme, Kelley Armstrong will no doubt enjoy her story "Life Sentence" that contains all of the elements that have made her an enormously popular writer in recent years. Hear a magician devises a way to become immortal while beating cancer.

I love Brian Keene, and his tale "The Wind Cries Mary" was a moving tale of a zombie outbreak but its only four pages long. Keene's work was one of the ones I was looking forward to the most and for it to be such a minor contribution was disappointing. Balancing this disappointment was Tad Williams' "The Storm Door". Known best for fantasy, Williams delivers a story about a supernatural investigator's horrific discovery. Other standout stories include "Among Us" by Aimee Bender, "Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry, "Weaponized" by David Wellington, and "What Maisie Knew" by David Liss.

More disappointing than the Keene entry was Joe R. Landsdale's "Shooting Pool". It's a fine enough story but, um...there's no zombies in it. It's the strangest and most out of place inclusion in the book and if you are scoring at home, that means that two of the biggest names contributed two of the most disappointing stories. Still most of the nineteen stories are above average and should satisfy the tastes of most zombie fans.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Hinson on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are some very strong entries in this book, Ghost Trap, The Wind Cries Mary, Lazarus, Second Wind, and Closure, Limited range from very solid to very good short stories.

However, some of the stories are very terrible. For example, the Zombie Who Fell From the Sky is poorly written and half the time doesn't even make sense. Among Us is another story which makes me wonder if Golden even read some of these entries. Among Us is pretentious and dull. Family Business starts out interesting but quickly becomes boring.

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However, the worst stories have nothing to do with zombies. For example,The storm door is not about zombies, but rather spirit possession. The worst offender though is Shooting Pool. Not only does it not have a zombie it the story, but it contains zero elements of the supernatural, it is just a story about a guy getting shot in a pool hall. Seriously...

I wouldn't mind the inclusion of such stories, but the book makes it clear the stories are about zombies, the word "zombie" is used several times on the back cover. The front of the book have what most people would call "zombies." I found including nonzombie stories to be somewhat dishonest. Call me crazy, but when I buy a book about zombies I want all of the stories to include...guess what? Zombies!

However, the zombie stories that are included are pretty good, I just would wait until the book becomes on sale, or you can find it used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StackedAktor on December 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Probably one of the weaker horror anthologies edited by a "big name" I've read in a long time. In fact, many of these stories were puffy and filled with the kind of prose that any editor worth his salt would eviscerate with a red pen.

The worst stories in the book, by far, are the tales by Homler, Bender, and Hautala. The tale by Homler (The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky) is, honestly, one of the worst things I've ever seen make it to print. That story was so amateurishly written that most semi-literate people with no writing experience could pen a better zombie story.

I almost one-starred this, but the collection is redeemed somewhat by the two fantastic stories which close out the collection (by David Wellington and Joe Hill, respectively). LOVED the Twitter tale.

Borrow this one from the library, or better yet, don't borrow it and just read the last two short stories before you put it back on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrystal (Snowdrop) on February 21, 2011
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Out of all of the short stories, I would say that I enjoyed a third of them. Some were just not my cup of tea, while others completely drew me in. Due to the fact that there are so many different authors in this one book, you really get to taste a bite of their unique writing styles and I have come to find a handful of new authors that I had never heard of. I'll list a few of the short stories I really liked and review them a little.

In The Dust by Tim Lebbon
This short story brings you into a secured city where officials have quarantined the entire city - there are three remaining people alive inside the barricades - Jamie, Bindi and Toby. They have been hauling zombie bodies to the scientists for them to examine and burn. Little did they know that another outbreak would occur trapping them inside the walls longer than they anticipated. This story is intriguing to me because it actually seems like a possibility of what could happen if this ever rang true - being trapped inside the hub of action and not being able to get out - then once you think things are going to be okay, you find out that you might be safer inside your secluded little area.

Life Sentence by Kelley Armstrong
In life sentence we see a rich man who wants to take advantage of being able to live after he dies. It's an interesting theory that someone could mess around with the DNA of a person so that when they come back as a zombie they would have free will and not rot to pieces. I don't know if I'd ever want to live that way, but I am sure there are many out there who would love to live forever (I just think I'd rather be a vampire than a rotting corpse any day).
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