- File Size: 1710 KB
- Print Length: 21 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0059AJIWM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Locked In (Zombie Bedtime Stories Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I've read many zombie stories and watched far more zombie movies than I'd like to admit and it's wonderful to find a fresh idea in such a well worn genre. Thea Gregory's short story is one such fresh idea. She spins a zombie tale in the first person, which in of itself isn't a common zombie story technique, but includes an interesting twist on the condition of being a zombie that really made the story stand out.
I've seen stories before that try to focus on the zombie's viewpoint but many of them are either dopey slapstick or an attempt to quantify the concept of "BRAINS!! MUST EAT!!" into a longer narrative. Gregory's idea stands apart from them and, without spoiling anything, merges the concept of zombification (is that a word?) with an existing (and terrifying on its own) medical condition.
For such a short story, it leaves the reader with an awful lot to think about afterwards.
This is a different take on the zombie story, but one that's equally chilling, just for different reasons. Thea Isis Gregory achieves a very attractive balance of horror and humor, and makes you laugh even while you wince. Yet you leave the story feeling deeply unsettled.
One thing left me hungry and unsated: I would have really enjoyed a darker, more savage exploration of what happens to the main character in her own mind -- her helplessness, her despair. The character stays too sane -- anguished, but essentially sane and sound and not as interesting as she could be. I would have liked to feel a real threat to the stability of her mind after she is "locked in." If the zombie gore outside of her mind (and the gore is very well done, gruesome and visceral) had been matched by an equally brutal portrayal of the impact within her mind ... that would make a story that I wouldn't be able to stop talking about for months. The author's idea has so much potential -- that kind of idea deserves to be really pushed right to the edge.
That said, the premise driving this story is so imaginative that I got hooked (and might as well admit it, I'm also a goner when it comes to gripping zombie-feeding scenes). I am really interested to see what Thea Isis Gregory's future stories are like, and despite its flaws, I think you should definitely read this first one. The price is far more reasonable than an evening with popcorn at the next horror movie, and the story suggests the arrival of a writer with a ravenous appetite for horror and something fresh to say about the undead.
A prisoner inside a possessed body that isn't hers anymore, all she can do is watch in horror as she ravenously rips her loved ones to shreds and devours their sweat blood dripping flesh. Trapped in this living nightmare, she is forced to come to terms with the dark reality of what she has become, a hissing, insatiable zombie.
This nail-biting tale is a well plotted jab into your psyche as Thea Isis Gregory delves into a swollen genre through fresh wild eyes. With realistic characters in believable world, this author titillates us with well designed action and drama.
I strongly recommend this ebook.
The story is well written, has a unique look about zombies and yet still contains all a "typical" zombie story elements it should have. Take everything we love about zombie stories (gore, screaming, violence), change a few key important views and you have Locked In. This story can stand on its own two feet quite well, and is perfect for anyone that wants a nice read on their daily commute, or someone that's just a huge zombie fan.
It is well written and kept my attention the whole way through, which is a lot more than I can say for other offerings in this category!