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Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469931478
  • Publisher: Rymfire Undead (January 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YZDIE0
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michele Lee on January 22, 2012
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Writing Zombies! Is almost exactly like going to a horror con. Most of the pieces are conversational musings on how to or why the authors write zombie stories. Some try to be instructive, others are more enthusiastic conversations from fans, and most do a fair amount of self promotion (some more fluidly than others). However one has to wonder why we needed 44 authors to say mostly the same thing over and over and how, if many of the authors are new enough to still be dragging out the same most basic writing advice (and admit they only have been in the game for a few months, or a story or two) this book counts as being by 'Masters of the Zombie Genre'. I'm not saying these people have no right to write, or converse about their love of zombie tales, just that this book isn't written by master writers, and a lot of it isn't writing advice at all.

There are some excellent essays included here (Tim Waggoner, David Moody, David Dunwoody and Keith Gouveia's all for sure.) But Writing Zombies! Desperately needs better editing on every level. The essays are too repetitive (to an eye-glazing level), there are profuse spelling and/or grammar errors included and even the formatting itself needs work.

If you're a zombie fan and could spend hours sitting around talking about why you love zombies (and which ones you love) this is a good books for you. But it's not what it's billed as, valuable writing advice from Zombie writing masters.

My essay-by-essay take is on my personal blog michelelee.net
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dingfelder on January 19, 2012
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This book is so far a very mixed bag. I remember being surprised at almost every essay of the first half dozen I read. But not always pleasantly.

Three were decent. All were short. One was so disorganized and clearly lacking an editor and sensible oversight that on reading it my jaw would have dropped if it had not been shot off by my latest kill before I crammed his brains down my open neck hole. It's truly amazing that this person could have been published at all. "Aghast" is the word. You'll know which entry I mean. Another entry was so funny and clever I rushed to check out the authors books and found ... interesting ripostes in his comments to reviewers, of the "Author's Big Mistake" variety. Google it. And another leaped immediately into relentless self-promotion by regaling us with stories (?) of how a 20-year old short story came to be(Who asked? Who, even, IS this person?), along with coy suggestions to click on links to explain what ... here it comes ... the author is even talking about in the first place. I'm not kidding. All entries ended with plugs and links.

The entries are very short and 2/3's of them are readable so far. But it reads like a call for submissions that were largely unedited for content or coherence. The table of contents is not active(you can't use it on kindle) as of this writing.

I'm veering between being appalled at some entries and enjoying others. Props to Joe McKinney so far as by far the best of the bunch. He's obviously literate and thoughtful -- though he could be perhaps a smidge more clear -- and says something interesting. Just what I'd hoped for. His entry sent me to his books and I'll probably buy one on the strength of what he's written here.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Leverton on January 19, 2012
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I got this book as a freebie from a link on my Facebook. I have been a writer for many years and I recognize many of my fellow creators of Dark Fiction and Zombie Folklore. I have to say this book is a great piece for those who would like to figure out how to write zombie fiction, without actually putting in the man-hours. It is truly something writers look for. It is as much of a map to the golden city as one is apt to get. I say that because so many of the writers who contributed let loose some of their secrets for creating ominous atmospheres and where the genre could eventually derail and become as stagnant as the corpses they write about.

I give this book four stars. Because you can see in the Kindle Version that the spacing is not quite correct in places and there are a few minor typos. But nothing that will completely turn the reader off.

I highly recommend this book to beginners who have an interest in the walking dead (even the fast dead). This is an achievement that belongs on all the contributors' records. Good job, guys you have shed more light onto breaking into the field of Zombie Fiction and even gave a few secrets on creating a good undead character for other Horror/Dark Fiction characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on February 27, 2013
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I like this book and will use the comments to help me write my zombie book. Good book. I will read it multiple times thought out the year.
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