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The Zombie Feed Volume 1 Paperback – April 27, 2011
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About the Author
Jason Sizemore is the owner and operator of Apex Publications. He also writes and edits, earning a Bram Stoker Award nomination for his first book, Aegri Somnia. He’s seen over thirty short stories published and four anthologies.
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Top Customer Reviews
In my opinion, the standout stories in this collection are "Broken Bough" by Daniel I. Russell, "The Fare" by Lucien Soulban, "Goddamn Electric" by K. Allen Wood, and "Lifeboat" by Simon McCaffrey. It's worth a read for those four stories alone, but I genuinely enjoyed reading all seventeen.
The Zombie Feed Vol. 1 offers up seventeen short stories, each with its own variety of zombie, and each with its own way of looking at the characters who must either contend with the undead or with being the undead. The table of contents looks like this: "Not Dead" by BJ Burrow; "Tomorrow's Precious Lambs" by Monica Valentinelli; "Cold Comfort" by Nathan Tapley; "This Final December Day" by Lee Thompson; "Broken Bough" by Daniel I. Russell; "The Sickness Unto Death" by Brandon Alspaugh; "A Shepard of the Valley" by Maggie Slater; "Twenty-Three Second Anomaly" by Ray Wallace; "The Last Generation" by Joe Nazare; "Bitten" by Eugene Johnson; "Lifeboat" by Simon McCaffery; "Rabid Raccoons" by Kristen Dearborn; "Zombies on the Moon" by Andrew Clark Porter; "The Fare" by Lucien Soulban; "What's Next?" by Elaine Blose; "Goddamn Electric" by K. Allen Wood; and "Hipster in Love" by Danger_Slater.
Rather than dive into every story, I'll simply highlight a few of the stories from which I gleaned the most enjoyment.
"Tomorrow's Precious Lambs" involved a blue-collar kind of guy working for a company tasked with disposing of zombies as if he were a termite exterminator.Read more ›
What this means, though, is that most of the interesting work being done is being done by the small presses (h/t Paolo Bacigalupi). Oh sure, often they collapse under the weight of their own conceits, but at least they're willing to fail in new and interesting ways. As someone who's read this stuff for over 40 years, there's nothing worse than being disappointed *and* bored.
Lucky for us, The Zombie Feed manages to approach one of my least-favorite monsters (zombies) in some amazing ways. It's a sub-imprint of Apex Publications, and the Sizemore/Valente axis hasn't failed me yet when it comes to assembling dynamite collections. The following are my own thumbnail impressions of each story, but don't take my word for it - read them for yourself!
"Not Dead" by BJ Burrow - We lead off with a problem every sociopath has confronted at one point or another: how to cope with rich relatives who just won't die. Except they do die, sort of. The nods to Catholicism, and Jesus (the original zombie, so long as you're not taken in by that Orpheus nonsense) are clever, and the premise my favorite sort - the one that keeps you thinking. Is there a single custom or structure in our society that, at its core, doesn't depend on death?
"Tomorrow's Precious Lambs" by Monica Valentinelli - Here is what I mean when I say that the small presses are where authors take risks.Read more ›
Exemplary tales of what fine horror fiction should be--edge-of-your-seat suspense combined with solid character/conflict/crisis/change or hero structure and excellent use of literary device--were K. Allen Wood's "Goddamn Electric" and Kristin Dearborn's "Rabid Raccoons." Seriously, if you don't want to spend the cash on the print edition, go get the Kindle edition just to read these two. If all horror genre stories were written as well as these, horror might have a shot at getting more recognized by the literary community. (I'll note here I had no idea why these two were shoved at the end--in my opinion, the opening tales were nowhere near their caliber for various reasons). Other stories that made my favorites list were Lee Thompson's "Final December Day," because the main character only has so many hours to resolve what we all have at one time or another that normally hangs on for years: regret; Daniel I.Read more ›