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Holiday of the Dead by [Russo, John, Burgess, Tony, Glenn, Rod, Jeffrey, Shaun, Porter, Remy, Emson, Thomas, Dunwoody, David, Simmons, Wayne, Hilton, Matt, Fuchs, A P]
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'An extravaganza of zombie terror by a team of top writers.' ~ Guy N Smith, best-selling horror author

'Very well might be the best collection of zombie stories ever assembled. 38 stories in all, ranging from the straightforward to the sublime, the slick to the undeniably tragic, from some of the best in the genre. Add to that a whole crop of talented up-and-comers, and you have a mammoth book of zombie deliciousness that deserves a spot in your library. The book also comes with two prizes inside. A short story called "The Walk-in" from John Russo, co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, as well as a snippet of the screenplay to the upcoming sequel to the film Pontypool, written by Tony Burgess. The amount of quality in Holiday is simply astounding. There is a story for every mood and almost every situation. If you love zombies, (and frankly, why wouldn't you?), you need this book, pure and simple.' ~ Buyzombie.com

'A thick slice of reading material to gnaw on... this novel is a steal and zombie fiction fans will find a lot of what makes the apocalypse so exciting in this latest release and the two bonus entries ended the novel with a thrilling bang.' ~ 28dayslateranalysis.com

'A remarkable collection of stories from a wide variety of authors. There are as many types of zombie stories in this anthology as there are stories and there are lots of them ... these stories are excellent, outstanding and I thoughly enjoyed reading each of them. I've read many anthologies and this one has to be the best one by far. This book is a very rare treasure for the mind's eye.' ~ Livingdeadmedia.com

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  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (April 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ7HZK
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I don't understand the dislike some people have for anthologies. To me, anthologies are a lot like buffet restaurants. Everything good and delectable spread before you, ready for you to dive right in. You are free to pick and choose what you put on your plate. Not only can you be sure you'll find something you like, and can keep going back as many times as you wish, but you may find something new. Personally, I love short story anthologies. Give me a good themed anthology, and I'm even happier. Give me a themed anthology like Holiday of the Dead, and I might spontaneously combust from the sheer awesomeness of it all.
Holiday of the Dead, from Wild Wolf publishing, very well might be the best collection of zombie stories ever assembled. 38 stories in all, ranging from the straightforward to the sublime, the slick to the undeniably tragic, from some of the best in the genre. Add to that a whole crop of talented up-and-comers, and you have a mammoth book of zombie deliciousness that deserves a spot in your library. The book also comes with two prizes inside. A short story called "The Walk-in" from John Russo, co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, as well as a snippet of the screenplay to the upcoming sequel to the film Pontypool, written by Tony Burgess.
Some of the book's highlights include-
Joe McKinney's The Day the Music Died, in which a rock star takes his hedonistic lifestyle to an all new level.
Wayne Simmon's One Dead Whore, where we find out what really happened to Jack The Ripper.
Bowie V. Ibarra's Rockets' Red Glare, where suburban teens find out what's really underneath the town cemetery.
And Derek Gunn's School's Out, proving that School is the last place you want to be when the Zombie Apocalypse hits.
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Any zombie fan would be doing themselves a HUGE favor in buying this book! There are many great established authors such as Wayne Simmons and Eric S. Brown as well as a tremendous amount of new talent. With this many amazing authors your sure to find something you like. Most of the stories are short enough that you can fit them in during your break at work but they are so good you won't want to go back!
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This is such a fantastic collection of holiday stories. The family gatherings we all dread truly come alive with the twists spun in this fabulous anthology. I laughed, at times I was reading with my eyes popping out of my head (dry eyeball syndrome), and cannot recommend this novel enough. All of them are five out of five reads. The language and metaphors are of a very high standard and the stories *suck you in*. A must have novel!
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This collection of zombie holiday stories was insanely good. Some of the stories were really fantastically scary and dread inducing. Its always a hoot to read a story written by a british person that is set in America and they have us calling each other "mate" and someone reading a note on an elevator saying "lift out of order!" I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories in this collection and it is one ginormous book. Took me forever to get through it but i was entertained the whole way.
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I finished this yesterday...not being half the fan of the zombie fiction as my husband,I thought I might get a lil bored...I spent 3 days fighting with myself to put the kindle down so I could work or sleep...I was amazed and felt a strong sense of pride that I actually get to speak to some of these "out of this world talented" authors,via Facebook...but still communication,none the less..I have talked about this book to anyone who will listen..It was so well written and super entertaining..Thank you guys for this book..I am now hooked on zombies!!!! - His wife Nancy
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Not only is this a great sampling of some of the best authors from the zombie genre, but an incredible showcase of what the horror sub-genre has to offer. Too many people think zombie stories are comparable to zombie movies, when, in fact, undead stories have evolved far more than the undead in the film industry.

This anthology exceeded my expectations...various locations, an array of holiday settings - everything from weekend getaways to major holiday celebrations, and some of the best zombie action that I've ever read.

I would definitely put this collection in my top ten list for anthologies.
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David Dunwoody (ed.), Holiday of the Dead (Wild Wolf Publishing, 2011)

Sometimes themed collections get ridiculous. Holiday of the Dead is exactly what you think it is--zombie stories that focus on people on, well, holiday. It's an amusing conceit, though Dunwoody probably carried it on a bit too long (thirty-eight stories?); this would have worked better at about half the length, as well as cutting out some of the chaff. For this is the other usual problem with anthologies--there's a quality variance that seems almost unavoidable. I've always put it down to the editor having different tastes than the reader. Which explains it, but doesn't lessen the problem.

To be fair, the good stories in here are very good. They're usually the ones that take the holiday conceit and do something with it that's just a little bit off; Vallon Jackson's "Apocalypse Noo" is exemplary at this, Thomas Emson's "Where Moth and Rust Destroy", and of course one expects great things from contributors like Tony Burgess, David Moody, and Joe McKinney (and of course gets them). And I'll go out of my way to say it--I'm not usually a fan of authors publishing their own stuff in anthologies they're editing, but Dunwoody's own contribution to this effort, "Roman Holiday", just plain rocks, even if he did take the conceit straighter than I'd have liked.

In other words, it's a typical short story collection: some good, some not so hot, and themed, so if you like the theme, you should like this collection (or most of it anyway); if you don't, you probably won't. But who doesn't like vacations? And zombies? ***
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