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Zee Bee & Bee (a.k.a. Zombie Bed & Breakfast) Paperback – January 1, 2012

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"Zombie Bed and Breakfast (Zee Bee & Bee) is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to the world of zombie movies. Keaton's mischievous wit pits Clerks-esque misfits against the most horrifying foes: bed and breakfast patrons. It's a hilarious look at zombies and the nerds who love to talk about them." - BookedPodcast.com


"There is some pretty clever dialogue that horror fans will appreciate." - Fatally Yours


"Keaton breathes life into a dead genre, then proceeds to kick it in the teeth. This story is laugh out loud funny!" - BookedPodcast.com

"Zee Bee & Bee offers an insightful riff on trend horror and contemporary pop culture very much akin that of early-'90s Wes Craven." - Michael Compton - Fangoria Magazine

"On its surface, the snarky narrative seems almost too clever, but read beyond the obvious genre affection and surprisingly heart-felt details of everyday life and you come away with a strange nostalgia and fear for a self-absorbed culture's obsession with their next slice of entertainment." - Walt Hicks - Page Horrific

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From The Foreword: "Keaton combines smart, subversive high-mindedness with flat-out genre thrills like no one working today, and Zee Bee & Bee pulls off that balance about as well as you could hope for. It works just as well as an odd, slightly silly, weirdly romantic horror comedy, a heartfelt love letter to the width and breadth of zombie culture, and a wild and witty deconstruction of everything that's come before it." - David Tallerman - author of The Giant Thief
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Open Casket Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611990408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611990409
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,936,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. J. Hayes on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay, Kerouac ghosted in my mind. Then the summer I spent dazed and confused -- moving at chemical lightspeed -- working the carney. With it and for it. When you're with it, you don't know from the outside world. It's just you and the other carnies in a canvas walled universe. The only thing relevant is the midway and the joints and the rides and the operators and the owner, remote and scary. And the Marks. Always the Marks spewing cash on sucker bets at the joints or puking up beer and hot dogs onto the midway sawdust. DJK has captured that world and taken it, ahem, a bit farther.
Take warning before you crack the cover on this novel. Plan.
I mean, figure that three, four, five hours after you read sentence one, you will stagger to your feet and hurry for the bathroom because you've been holding off the urgent need to pee for at least an hour. You'll need a BIG glug of water because you're dehydrated from mouth breathing FAST for hours. You'll need a quart of Visine because your eyes will be burning. Yes. It moves just that fast and -- once you start it -- you just ain't gonna stop reading or moving for that matter, because, well, you can't.
This ain't your average Zombie (Don't use that word!)story. It's pretty much every damn Zombie (Don't use that word I said!) story and movie and history and reference and Theodore Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood and Dead Kurt V's Harrison Bergeron Welcome To The Monkey House and Catch 22 and Frankenstein -- Doctor and Monster, both -- and, oh gee, about a billion other references that will suddenly tumble into you mind an hour or a day or, hell for all I know, a lifetime later. And . . .
Oh for gosh sake, buy it and read it. I'm running out of space and time and body parts. And David James Keaton won't eat your face . . . maybe.
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David James Keaton's novella is a witty, surreal, outrageously original take on the zombie genre. The story sees guests pay to take part in a 'Night of the Living Dead' style apocalyptic scenario. Actors playing zombies stage an assault on an isolated farmhouse where the guests are holed up. But as the night progresses both actors and guests start becoming dangerously committed to their roles. The plot, then, is a little thin. But the plot is never really the point in Keaton's book - the point is the characters and the razor-sharp dialogue. Not a trait you'd usually associate with genre fiction, but then this isn't your typical zombie story. Zee Bee & Bee sets out to deconstruct the genre in much the same way as Scream. Its characters churn out an endless stream of movie trivia, referencing a lot of films I've seen and even some I haven't (and believe me I've seen way too many films). Far from being a sneering parody of the genre, though, it's more a kind of extended love letter from a horror film fanatic to every zombie flick ever made, particularly Romero's 'Holy Trinity'. The comparisons to Scream are obvious, but the film the first two-thirds of the novella really made me think of was 'Clerks'. The employees at Zee Bee & Bee are a bunch of zombie film nerds who spend more time hanging out and shooting the breeze than actually working. So much so, in fact, that I was beginning to get hungry for some flesh-chomping action. Then the last third of the novella kicks in and delivers a satisfyingly gory climax - quite literally in the case of one stomach-churning scene that I'm sure will stay with me for some time. All in all, I'd highly recommend this to horror buffs. But if you don't know the tropes of the genre, you might not get the joke.
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By GGG on May 7, 2013
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I've been a fan of DJK for some time, reading his short stories online. Couldn't wait for this. Was not disappointed. Never am with DJK. His work is always unique and he has a distinct style and voice. It's always a wild ride. When I'm done with a piece of his work, I'm always thinking, "How the heck did he just do that?" This novella is great fun, never quite what you think, but it never is with DJK. No wonder he won a Spinetingler award for Best Short Story on the web in 2012. Highly recommended.
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Zombie stuff is not generally my cup of tea (I haven't seen nearly all the movies referenced in this novella, thus causing me to miss innumerable references, I'm sure), but I read it because Keaton's reputation proceeds him and then I was quickly hooked from the get-go (and also because I wanted to find out about this zombie drinking game ...).

When they say someone is wildly creative, what they really mean is a writer who comes out with a book like this. You don't often get taken for a house-of-horrors ride by a book, which includes a cast of thousands.

All-around smashing good fun, and you don't have to care a lick about zombies to go along for the ride.
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Football and zombies. What else do I need?

But, really. The writing here is sharp as a six thousand dollar suit. Tailor made. Keaton's voice rings out with an air of genuine American authenticity that is surprisingly lacking in a lot of contemporary commercial fiction. The plot functions perfectly, but it's Keaton's style, voice, and artful wording that keep me reading sentence after sentence.

A great man once said, in regard to writing well: Write every sentence. Keaton does just that
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