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Presented as the journal kept by a neuroscientist investigating the medical causes of zombiism, Schlozman's clever debut shows that there's still life left in the overworked horror theme of the living dead. Dr. Stanley Blum is already infected (as is two-thirds of humankind) with ataxic neurodegenerative satiety deficiency syndrome (ANSD)—the virus that makes flesh-eating zombies lurch and lunch—when he decamps to Bassas da India, an island overseen by the U.N., to vivisect captive zombies in the hope of isolating the pathogen before he succumbs to it. Schlozman makes the science both accessible and plausible. In lieu of a meaty plot, he provides a grim vision of zombie apocalypse and a surprise explanation for the virus's origin. Printed as a handwritten diary and illustrated in gory glory with clinical drawings by Andrea Sparacio, this book is sure to be scarfed up by ravenous zombiephiles. (Apr.)
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With the recent successes of films like Zombieland and the TV series The Walking Dead, zombies have never been trendier. In this fictional "secret notebook" describing a zombie research project, Harvard-trained physician and avowed horror fan Schlozman capitalizes on the undead craze with an inventively framed apocalyptic tale embellished with black humor. Embedded within the recovered journals of zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum is the story of a viral research team quarantined on a remote island with specimens from a future worldwide plague dubbed Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Disorder, otherwise known as zombiism. Alas, the team inevitably succumbs to the illness themselves but not without, apparently, finding the cure. Hence, the World Health Organization's urgent "release" of the notebooks, complete with illustrations of zombie anatomy and graphic descriptions of toothsome mayhem. While medical professionals may reap a few laughs from Schlozman's meticulous faux scientific research, the target audience is comprised of horror fans and zombie enthusiasts. --Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564656
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Schlozman studied English and Biology in Northern California and taught
high school English and science before starting medical school in New England.
After training in psychiatry and child psychiatry, he joined the faculty at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry. Long a fan of popular culture and especially a fan of horror movies, he has written about movies, books, pop songs and sports in blogs for the Boston Globe, Psychology Today and in academic journals. Most importantly, he has wanted for a very long time to write a novel. This is Schlozman's first novel.

He lives in suburban Boston with his wife and two daughters, a big and ill-defined dog named Corduroy, a very fat cat named Daisy and a skinny black and white cat named Oreo. In retrospect, the inspiration for this novel most likely derives from the unlikely longevity of his daughters' pet crayfish, who, despite a purported life span of less than two years, continues to live happily and for much longer than predicted in his tepid tank, feeding on lettuce and occasional wisps of sliced turkey. He is the first true zombie that Schlozman has encountered and looks only slightly more healthy than the typical walking dead.

More information on The Zombie Autopsies can be found on his website,

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Media Man VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
[This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy - 196 pages.]

The world has been infected by the ANSD (Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome) virus which has effectively turned the majority of civilization into semi-mindless, flesh eating zombies. With zombies being all the craze these days, we've heard this all before right? Yes, for the most part. The "Zombie Autopsies" attempts to put somewhat of a new spin on the zombie apocalypse by presenting a last days diary of a scientist attempting to understand the outbreak by performing/recording autopsies on the infected "NLH" (No Longer Human) subjects. Enter Dr. Stanley Blum, a neurodevelopmental biologist, researcher and zombie expert for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Blum volunteers to travel to a research facility on Bassas da India (a small island between Madagascar and mainland Africa) to work with several other scientist in efforts to gather information about the virus and possibly create a cure. Nicknamed "The Crypt," as the life expectancy of the non-infected is a little over a week after arriving, Blum and his fellow associates are on a tight schedule to ascertain any answers about the ANSD virus. In order to find answers the scientists must perform live autopsies on their former associates who have since become the undead. Here are my thoughts on Steven Scholzman's, The Zombie Autopsies;


+ Written by an actual doctor.

+ Excellent hand drawn illustrations of the zombies and the autopsies.

+ Autopsies are extremely graphic and well described.


- Autopsies and illustrations may be too graphic for some readers.

- Premise has been done before.

- Medical jargon can lose the average reader.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse will never be a hallmark of classical literature, it is a good fun read. It falls short of being "good clean fun" because doing an autopsy on a humanoid whose frontal lobe is turned to mush while tertiary infections are causing his skin to fall apart will never be clean as such. But, I digress.

The book follows Dr. Blum as he engages on what he knows will be a self-sacrificial mission to hopefully uncover the secrets of the ANSD infection which has wiped out the majority of the world's population and turned them into mindless, stumbling, flesh-craving monsters. Dr. Schlozman provides medical information that is plausible for the layman, though you may have had to pay attention during your high school anatomy lessons to follow along. Though Schlozman quite obviously has a medical degree, he doesn't expect you to have one in order to read the book. The explanation for this verbiage is that Dr. Blum (whose perspective we are following) cannot be assured that his notebooks will be found by medical professionals, and so anyone should be able to follow the autopsies he performs.

The tension is kept pretty consistent throughout the book, and does not follow the normal pattern of presenting a climax and resolution as a novel would. So, the question becomes, "Is this exploration into the zombie anatomy a chronical worth following?" The answer is an unqualified yes. The details of the procedures and the fantastic art make the journey the fun that it is, and leaves you wanting more. There is obviously so much to this world that Schlozman has created, and this book is only one window into it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The zombie apocalypse has happened. One third of all humans have become zombies or NLH (No Longer Humans). Scientists have been selected to go to an island in the south pacific call the Crypt. There, they are to find out how humans are being turned into zombies and to find a vaccine for those humans left.

This is based on the journal of scientist Dr. Stanley Blum. Stanley was part of a three party group planned to go to the Crypt. But two of the three helicopters went down in transit to the Crypt. When they land, conditions are worse then they feared. Only three people survive the landing and getting into the Crypt; Stanley, James Pittman, and Anita Gupta. But James and Anita have become infected. They are on a race to find out as much as they can about the zombies before turning into one themselves.

I have to admit that I have slight mixed feeling about this book. I liked the concept behind the story and how it was expressed. It was a new twist to zombies. But for the most part I'm disappointed that I wasted $15 on this book. The background to the story is a quick catch up memo that has been sent out. The story from the journal is only half of the book. There is reference to nukes being set off to try and kill the zombies and how that has messed up the atmosphere so anything electronic can't be trusted, that is why there is a written journal and James does the illustrations.

Beyond that, there was nothing else. There were appendix that were suppose to explain statistic information and memos talking about how Stanley was probably the last person they should have sent to the Crypt.

I gave this book two stars because it is a nice little read about zombies. But beyond that, don't waste the money for this book, especially $15. This could have been a great story with a little work but doesn't make the cut.
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