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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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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982159641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982159644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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You might think zombies have been done to death, but this anthology offers up quite a few stories with a new take on the walking dead. Even those that feature the typical flesh-eating monster give a different, fresh perspective.

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.
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A few years ago, I was pretty sure the zombie phenomenon had run its course. I think it's safe to say I was way off. But in 2011, you'd think now the zombie trope was worn out. The publication of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies should have made that clear. But, like vampires and other long-running creatures of the night, the walking dead are continually dusted off by authors and thrown into new stories, to explore multiple facets of the human condition. Zombies are here to stay, and as such, Jason Sizemore has plumbed some of the more engrossing stories from burgeoning authors of every stripe.

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.
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I'm a big fan of these small press anthologies. As genre fiction consolidates itself under a dozen-or-so editors, the literature of ideas shrinks in ambition and vision. This isn't meant to slight those dozen, just a recognition that we all like what we like, and unconscious prejudices affect our decisions every day. Consciously or no, editors will buy what they like and reject what they do not.

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.
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Having never been a science fiction fan, I didn't know what to expect when I read Simon McCaffery's Lifeboat, but I found an intriguing, well-written story. I will definitely be reading more of Simon McCaffery! I would love to see this in a full-length novel.
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I enjoyed this collection for two reasons: multi-authored anthologies, just like single-story collections, can be as uneven as chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream: there's vanilla, vanilla, vanilla and then good stuff, vanilla, good stuff, good stuff, good stuff. Apex Book Company's Zombie Feed: Volume 1 is no exception to this rule--save for the fact the good stuff is SO good the collection is worth owning just for those. Second, because I always thought there were only so many things you could do with the Zombie trope--sooner or later, I assumed, ideas would be repeated--I was a little apprehensive about purchasing an entire (and my first) collection of Zombie stories for fear I'd be bored. But the writers in this collection proved me wrong--each story does offer a thrilling, interesting, and refreshing twist on the trope. Not one would I consider a "standard" Zombie story.

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.
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