- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482580845
- ISBN-13: 978-1482580846
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,270,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fifty Shades of Decay: Zombie Erotica Paperback – March 20, 2013
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First off I have to say that I’m not a big fan of zombies, and I haven’t read any of the 50 shades books; but I love short stories, and I have a warm spot for erotica (in my heart you dirty minded readers you!). So, when this book came across my radar I thought “sure why not?”
Aside from zombies and sex, humor was also a common element in a lot of the stories. But of course, with 51 stories it was no surprise to find that they also ran in gambit of styles, some were really good, and I wish they had been longer, some of them were pretty bad and left me wondering what I had just read; Some were cute, others were gross, some ended in such a way that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak. Some were really gross and others were really sweet; and few of them were even, dare I admit it? Really Hot.
Needless to say this is not a book for those with delicate sensibilities, or stomaches. However if you do venture into this with a delicate nature, you’ll end up nearly desensitized to the gore by the end of the book, so that might be something to consider. I would also advise against reading it on your lunch break until at least half way through the book, regardless of your sensibilities.
All in all I enjoyed this anthology, it was different from what I normally read and even though there were some parts that made me gag, I was very entertained throughout.
I was given a free copy of the book above in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are mine and do not reflect those of the authors or editors.
Out of all of the short stories in this anthology, two in particular really stood out to me. Rabbits, by Guy Anthony De Marco, is a rather bleak story that features a zombie with a latent memory and a man who comes to realize that he has been reduced to nothing more than an animal in a cage. There were a few stories that dealt with similar themes, but De Marco manged to capture the sense of hopelessness in just a few short pages in a way that has stayed with me long after reading it. The other, and possibly the best story in the anthology, is Z Spot, by Benjamin Kane Ethridge. Ethridge's story revolves around a zombie stripper that is still going through the motions as she slowly decays, and who is also looking for an emotional connection. She finds it with one last customer, but things take a tragic turn. Ethridge is one of those rare writers who can take something that could easily be ridiculous and turn it into a moving story of love and loss.
If I was giving awards away for titles, the award for best short story title ever would have to go to Pretty Kitty's Post Apocalypse Porn Palace. My love for alliteration aside, this was a good story. Jolie Chaton is the author and she has an original take on the zombie apocalypse, or at least one possible business opportunity that could be available afterward.
Overall this is a good anthology that I think would appeal to anyone who loves zombie fiction, and quite possibly a few of you weirdos out there who have truly outlandish fetishes. (That last bit is very tongue in cheek, so please don't send me any hate mail. Many thanks.)