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Neil Gaiman is the author of many bestsellers for readers of all ages including Stardust (the basis for the blockbuster movie), Fragile Things, Anansi Boys, Interworld, and Coraline. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

STEPHEN KING is a prolific and perennially bestselling author and an recognized master of the horror genre. He was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 18 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide.  His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature, bringing George Romero's vision of the dead next door to new levels of scope and intensity.  He later edited three more zombie anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, which won the Bram Stoker Award for best anthology, and Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead and Werewolves & Shapeshifters: Encounters with the Beast Within, both published by Black Dog & Leventhal. Skipp is recognized as splatterpunk's founding father and the elder statesman of the genre. His own legendary horror works include The Light at the End, the Scream, Jake's Wake and the Long Last Call. He lives in Los Angeles.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; First Edition/First Printing edition (September 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128289
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Skipp's tastes and skills as an editor have evolved considerably since his Book of the Dead collaboration days with Spector. That seminal collection and its sequel Still Dead are highly prized collectibles viewed as being the foundations of modern zombie lit. (Those who have read stuff from Permuted Press' den of hacks understand what a mixed legacy this is...) The tendency towards mindlessly excessive sensationalism and lack of meaning in modern zombie fiction also can be seen in the first two Skipp & Spector books, so as anthologies they were both awesome and also a bit tiresome.

The years since these initial releases have not been kind to those zombie fans who value both literary quality and horror. Basically we have Brooks' World War Z and arguably David Wellington. Besides these two, we have mounds and mounds of shoot-em-up rip their guts out stuff that is part of the bipolar nature of the horror section at Borders. We have lame romantically idealized vampire / demon bodice rippers meant to appeal to goth chicks cutting junior hs classes, and at the other extreme there's zombiepocalypse end o the world entrail munching stuff meant to appeal to the nerdy guys reading Fangoria and Guns N Ammo in the back of study hall. It was pretty interesting to see a new Skipp anthology out; would he continue to wallow in nihilistic gore or would he seek a new path?

I am happy to say this new collection is balanced and entertaining, and shows a lot of talent without being much gentler or kinder. There is a two section divide, "classic" zombie tales with usually single cases of reanimated corpses like the old fashioned pre-Romero stuff, and then the more modern zombie plague stuff. To be precise, we have 12 "classics" and 20 "Romero" style tales.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
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The latest edition of zombie stories overseen by John Skipp contain numerous solid tales from many instantly recognizeable authors. Unfortunately, if you are like me and have read quite a few anthologies out there, you are seeing a lot of repeats, so beware. This book is broken up into "Old School" and "Post Emancipation" tales. In other words, pre and post Romero type zombie stories.
Its hard to go wrong with the likes of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Max Brooks, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, Joe Lansdale, amongst others, but again, if you are like me and have picked up several different anthologies over the years you have read upwards of a third to a half of these stories already. This is not to say that this is not an excellent primer for folks who want to get a good cross section of zombie stories, from the extremly subtle to the up in your face, but be prepared to see a lot of familiar stories between these pages.
Another reviewer has provided a TOC so I will pass on doing so here. My strongest recommendation for picking up this book will go to those who perhaps have only dabbled in zombie lit and want a really strong group of short stories to look over that go from one extreme (Ray Bradbury's tale, 'The Emissary,' is ominous and foreboding and only hints at the dead coming back to life) to the other (Adam-Troy Castro's story, 'Dead Like Me' has a man essentially destroying everything that resembles life inside himself until he so closely resembles a zombie he is virtually no different) in regards to how involved the zombies are in each story line.
I am not a reader who laments the lack of literary refinement amongst authors who write in the zombie sub-genre today.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aloysious Novak Jr. on February 12, 2010
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I found this book to be an extremely fun read while maintaining the overall feel of Zombies through the history of fiction. The stories are put together in a way that gives the reader a timeline of how the Zombie Mythos has evolved.

The book itself is broken up into basically two sections, the first one dealing with Zombie stories "PRE-Romero" and the second half "POST-Romero" which is a pleasant surprise in this day and age when most publishers are putting out books with blood and gore splattered on every page and gives the reader no real sense of humanity, just apacolyptic gore and I am a fan of Apocolyptic Horror. I just don't need to read it on every page.

The only thing I felt was a deterent to the book is that it is BIG AND HEAVY. You can't really read this lying down in bed while holding over your head but it will come in handy if you ever do get attacked by Zombies because you can use it as a weapon against them.

And, while most of these stories have been published elswhere in books it is nice to see them assembled with thought and care as to their historical importance in Literature.

The Editor, Mr. John Skipp, also gives his take on each story. I found his insights to be poignant and useful in many aspects of the stories as well as to the general history of Zombies.

So, if your looking for an Anthology of Zombies and want to get a feel for how they have evolved through the history of Man's story telling here on earth you should pick this up and read it.

In a time where most publishers are putting out anthologies with little or no background on how they selected the stories I believe tha Kudos should go out to Mr. Skipp for assembling an excellent collection of Stories and taking his time to share his views of the stories with the reader.
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