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George Romero, director of the original Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, should snap up the rights to this novel. It has everything: zombies, gore, brain-eating, love, death, even a murder mystery. All of it revolves around Peter Mellor, who wakes up after a car accident a little discombobulated. Even though the country is in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse,” it takes Peter a while to figure out that he is now one of the “moving cadavers” because, unlike your typical zombie, he can talk, reason, and, well, pass for human. As he’s trying to come to terms with his new undead state, reunite with his girlfriend, and figure out who was responsible for his car accident, Peter winds up the leader of a zombie horde and the target of human rednecks and intense military scrutiny. Kenemore, author of the humor books The Zen of Zombie (2007) and Z.E.O. (2009), combines humor with horror in a way that is guaranteed to make any zombie fan stand up and shout, “Braaaaaains!” --David Pitt

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“It has everything: zombies, gore, brain-eating, love, death, even a murder mystery.... combines humor with horror in a way that is guaranteed to make any zombie fan stand up and shout, 'Braaaaaains!'” (Booklist)

“There's plenty to satisfy zombie fans who've come to expect some philosophy with their gore.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A delicious slice of undead Americana. Funny, tragic, and nicely weird—it’s Monty Python meets Night of the Living Dead. Definitely take a bite out of this one!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Patient Zero)

Zombie, Ohio delves into questions of identity, purpose, and morality, without skimping on the requisite gore and action that zombie fans love. This will be one of the most unusual and satisfying zombie novels you read this year.” (Kim Paffenroth, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Gospel of the Living Dead and Valley of the Dead)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Kenemore is the author of the Zen of Zombie-series of humor/satire books, and the novel Zombie, Ohio. Born in New York and raised in Indianapolis, he is a graduate of Kenyon College and Columbia University. A member of the Zombie Research Society and the Horror Writers Association, Scott lives in Chicago where he is the drummer for the musical band The Blissters.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Kachur on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been trying to come up with the right words to describe my feelings for this book. It's not only a fantastic zombie novel with all the blood and guts a gal could want, but it's also a love story, a murder mystery, AND a comedy all rolled into one killer debut novel! Peter was killed in a car accident, but doesn't realize for a little while that he is one of the undead due to the fact that he can still think and talk. He also realizes that his car crash was no "accident", hence the murder mystery aspect! DUN DUN DUN! Now, we have a smart zombie looking for the man who murdered him and who's trying to put the pieces of his life, or what's left of it, left back together. Now the book just came out, so I don't want to give too much away. What I can say is this book is the funniest, bloodiest, best damn zombie novel I have read in a while and I would KILL to see it made into a movie! I think I've finally found the perfect phrase to sum it up...All that and a bag of chips! Oh and did I mention it takes place in my home state? O-H-I-O!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H.F. on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had heard rave reviews on this book, so I was looking forward to reading it. I love zombie & apocalypse stories, and a book written from a zombie's perspective sounded unique and fresh. It started out interesting, but for the majority of the book I was bored. While I was ready to really love a zombie's take on everything, Peter seemed to go on and on and repeat himself a lot. Yea, he was a zombie technically speaking, but really just more of a regular guy who happens to be undead and munch on brains now and then. So Zombie, Ohio for me was just run of the mill as far as enjoying it. Didn't love or hate it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sybil Starr on February 14, 2011
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I am a huge fan of all things zombie, and to be honest, this has sometimes made me fall prey to less than well written, self-published, needs-actual-editing, type of novels. Lacking depth and, at times, imagination, these books left me feeling a little brain dead myself upon their completion. FINALLY I found the Kenemore! I have been a fan of his humor books from the beginning (starting with The Zen of Zombie), these books are pro-zombie and very tongue in cheek type of humor (comparing Jesus to a zombie, oh my!) And while these are humor books, I have always found them very thoughtful and well written. I have also read some other Scott Kenemore work which was published in the Kenyon Review a while back, and it wasn't a zombie story at all, but about a man tattooing a dead body. Scott Kenmore's a writer capable of many layers, and I believe he especially proves his mastery of the horror genre itself in his latest, and first, full length novel. Zombie, Ohio is a rip roaring fun, tearing up the country side with my zombie horde at my back, in this ultimate "I was raised from the dead and I can still think" adventure type of novel! Wow, that was really a mouth full!

Zombie, Ohio had me chuckling with it's asides to HP Lovecraft (where was the meteor reported?) And it's knowledge of everything from local folk lore (Wild Black Turkeys representing some type of witch?) to the intimate layout of the Ohio countryside. This book was well thought out and planned in three parts. I believe you could actually make a study of some the additional symbolism that Kenemore uses in the book, but you also would need to be aware of his allusions to Zombies in pop culture (movie references throughout also). .
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Nelson of WeZombie on April 30, 2011
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Scott Kenemore's debut novel takes the zombie genre into a new playing field, one where we're not really sure if zombies are good or bad, or maybe just a little bit of both. In his book Zombie, Ohio: A Tale of the Undead, Kenemore came up with a grand idea - a zombie wakes up from an apparent car crash with amnesia - he doesn't know who he is, why he is, or where he is, but most importantly he doesn't know he's a zombie.

It's a crazy brilliant premise, and it's one that works well for us, the readers. Professor Peter Mellor slowly discovers who he is, who he was, and what he's now become. It turns out that he was pretty much a jerk, kind of a slimy not well-liked college professor with only one friend, and that friend may have just tried to kill him in a car crash. Zombie Mellor wanders around trying out this new zombie thing, eating brains, killing the living, i.e, doing all the things zombies do during the zombie apocalypse. However, what makes him different from a normal zombie is that what is left of his brain still functions- he can think, plan, use tools and weapons, and seems to be able to command or maybe nudge other zombies into following him across the country killing and ambushing the living. He may have been a bad person while alive, but somehow becomes a zombie with a heart.

For example, rather than killing a young boy he encounters, he feels sorry for the child and finds a way to take the child to a place where he can be cared for. This was a poignant moment in the book, as you visualize a zombie driving a motorcycle with a living boy riding on the seat behind him, wondering why this zombie is not going to eat him. Kenemore challenges the reader with scenes like these, leaving you scratching your head and smiling - you can't help but like this zombie.
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