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Starred Review. Recently prolific anthologist Adams (Seeds of Change) delivers a superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. There's plenty of gore, highlighted by Stephen King's Home Delivery and David Schow's classic Blossom. Less traditional but equally satisfying are Lisa Morton's Sparks Fly Upward, which analyzes abortion politics in a zombified world, and Douglas Winter's literary pastiche Less than Zombie. Also outstanding, Kelly Link's Some Zombie Contingency Plans and Hannah Wolf Bowen's Everything Is Better with Zombies take similar themes in wildly different directions. Neil Gaiman's impeccably crafted Bitter Grounds offers a change of pace with traditional Caribbean zombies. The sole original contribution, John Langan's How the Day Runs Down, is a darkly amusing twist on Thornton Wilder's Our Town. There's some great storytelling for zombie fans as well as newcomers. (Nov.)
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"The best collection of zombie fiction stories ever." --Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com

"Believe the hype. The Living Dead is absolutely the best zombie anthology I've ever read (and I've read many)... If you have even a vague interest in zombie fiction, you MUST buy this book." --HorrorScope

"The Living Dead contains stories of heartbreak, drama, and man's eternal struggle against himself. The focus doesn't fall squarely on violence and horror, which earns it a place among the best of zombie fiction. The Living Dead is not a book to be ignored; it demands a read through--maybe a couple."--Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies

I just finished letting my rotted fingers turn the pages of the best zombie anthology ever. If I was told to think of one word to sum up all the greatness that is this anthology, that one word would be PERFECTION, and yet, that might not give it justice. THE LIVING DEAD, Edited by John Joseph Adams, is bursting at it binding with 34 wonderful zombie stories from the best horror authors in the world." --The Walking Dead Fan Club blog

"This superb anthology, which assembles some of the best zombie short fiction from the past 30 years, is noteworthy for going beyond the typical undead apocalypse scenario so common in horror today. Instead, editor Adams has chosen works covering the full gamut of zombie fiction. [...] Named one of Publishers Weekly's 2008 Best Books of the Year, this collection contains a story for every zombie fan." --Library Journal

Starred Review. The shambling animated corpses of George Romero's films have lurched into the bookstores in droves in recent months, headlined by high-profile titles like World War Z and Monster Island. In this anthology, editor Adams (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse) does a remarkable job of collecting a sampling of variations on this theme. These stories range from the truly disgusting (Poppy Z. Brite's 'Calcutta: Lord of Nerves') to the nearly wistful ('Followed' by Will McIntosh) and even one with no supernatural elements at all (Joe Hill's 'Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead'). Included are pieces by big names in horror like Stephen King and Clive Barker but also contributions by less obvious suspects like Harlan Ellison, Sherman Alexie, and George R.R. Martin. The final treat is John Langan's 'How the Day Runs Down' a nasty little play best described as Our Town with zombies. Highly recommended for all horror fiction collections.

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --Library Journal

To call this volume anything other than must have would be selling it short, the stories range a great number of years and capture many unique voices on one of the seminal images and iconic characters of Horror fiction and is something I know I'll be pulling down every Halloween. This impressive, massive anthology would make a great gift to give by the light of the Jack o' Lantern. --SFF World
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801430
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do not buy this book on your kindle!!! It is missing many stories from the actual paperback book. And most of the stories missing are the best ones. It is a rip off and I wish I could get my money back. Especially since the book is about the same price as the kindle edition.
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It's missing the one story I bought the book for: Dan Simmon's The Year's Class Picture. Thanks, Publisher. Thanks, Amazon. Unreal.
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Missing several stories that are in the hard copy of the book. I hadn't realized until I had to read a story for class, and now it is too late to get my money back. Stuff like this should be right at the top so people know they're getting an incomplete product. Very unhappy.
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What could be more enjoyable than a Zombie story anthology? How about enjoying one during and after Hurricane Ike, with no power and candlelight?? How about one that includes three of my all-time fav authors (Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin and Stephen King)? How about one nearly 500 pages long (at least the ARC is)? How about one edited by John Joseph Adams, who also brought us the anthologies Seeds of Change and Wastelands (which, yes, I need to finish).

Many of these stories have been previously published, but almost all were new to me. One obvious component: sex angles and zombies seem to mix. Not all include that perspective, but this is certainly not PG-13.

My favorites from this LARGE collection were Ghost Dance by Sherman Alexie, The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Malthusian's Zombie by Jeffrey Ford, Home Delivery by Stephen King, Deadman's Road by Joe R. Lansdale, The Song the Zombie Sang by Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg.

This review originally appeared on duskbeforethedawn.net.Thoughts on each story:

* This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons: the author of the Hyperion series plus the Illiad/Olympus duology tells the tale of Ms. Geiss, teacher extraordinaire, continuing to teach her class and recruit new students even though they and most of the rest in the city are dead and zombies. The repetition of the lessons and Ms. Geiss persistence are well told.
* Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link: interestingly written and well paced story of Soap the ex-con with a painting, who always has a contingency plan against zombies and several other possibilities; the ending threw me (re-read the final paragraph until my eyes hurt), but the journey to the end was enjoyable, as Soap crashes Carly's party and cons her.
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By Jim on August 19, 2011
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The title of the book is a bit decpetive if you are a zombie genre fan. Many of the short stories in the book are only related to that topic in the most obscure way. In one story, about an art thief, the main character dwells on the idea of zombies along with other catastrophies, natural and supernatural. Nary an undead ever enters the tale. In another the two main characters are playing extras in a George Romero film, acting as zombies. That is it. Some of the stories were actually quite good, others....not so much. For the price it is definitely not worth it if you are looking for a good zombie read.
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This book would be great if all of the stories were in it. Otherwise it's just a waste of money and space on my kindle.
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I just ordered this book in paperback after being lured over by the offer of the Kindle edition (which I prefer) for $1.99. I opted for the full priced paperback after reading some reviews that said the Kindle edition was missing stories. THIS IS TRUE, and apparently deliberate. Yes, they should say the Kindle version is abridged, but you can see for yourself if you use the Look Inside feature. The paperback begins with a table of contents. The Kindle edition begins with a copyright page telling you it's a different edition of a book originally published by someone else, and goes into several lengthy introductions before beginning with the second story from the paperback ToC.

The moral here is always Look Inside before buying the Kindle version of any short story collection, and don't be afraid to compare with other editions. The information might be a little bit hidden but it's usually there.

I will be back soon with a full review of the actual book after it arrives.
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I have the worst luck buying books, so I read well into the first chapter(which is said to the be the best one) seemed promising, bought it!!! and then continued onto the next two chapters. zombies voting!!! icebergs??? what the hell...then I decided to read some reviews. too late!!! my 15 dollars is long gone now. I guess they'll publish anything. I guess i'll just chalk this up as a learning experience. READ REWIEWS first!!! jeez...I feel like a sucker for sure.
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