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Zombie Pulp Paperback – January 28, 2011
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There's a lot to like about "Zombie Pulp" aside from just the zombie element. Curran's writing is fantastic. With an ability I have yet to see in any other other, he crafts these gross, stomach churning scenes with such a descriptive pen and adjectives that seem to be made for just this kind of writing that it is next to impossible to NOT imagine with perfect clarity the scenes and actions going on in the pages. Aside from that his work, while not always entirely original, defiantly has a more original twist than others (just read "Shelter" or "The Mattawa Meat-Wagon"). Then there is the improved editing and overall lack of errors found in this publication. Before, Severed Press was just awful with typos, juxtaposition and overall lack of care in proofreading their authors manuscripts. Looks like they have really picked up their game here. And finally, to top that all off, just look at the cover. If that isn't one of the best covers of ANY book I have ever seen, then I must be blind.
The problem with "Zombie Pulp" though comes at the length of many of the stories. While they are all great (with the exception of "Cadavre" and the ok, but slightly boring "Eulogy of the Straw Witch") many were just too short to build up the characters or ever have any emotional connection with them. Even the newest and probably best written piece in this collection, "Morbid Anatomy" tops out at a measly 96 pages.
Overall though, I was VERY pleased with "Zombie Pulp". Curran, who will always be underrated and overlooked, is an outright amazing author. Sure his stuff won't ever reach New York Times Bestseller lists, but then again you have to be pretty tweaked in the brain to enjoy this kind of writing.
The two novellas, "They Walk by Night" and "Morbid Anatomy," stand head and shoulders above the rest of the collection. The former is a pulp-noir detective story pitting your typical tough-as-nails private dick against a group of criminals accused of digging up and resurrecting the dead to further their nefarious schemes. The latter is connected somehow to a Lovecraft story called Herbert West: Reanimator that I'm sorry to say I've never read, and mixes horrific zombies, grisly scientific experiments and the real-life horrors of World War I.
Zombie Pulp is an excellent showcase of Curran's range; he writes housewives, every day people, police and soldiers (both modern and historical), in an equally convincing manner. "They Walk by Night" in particular demonstrates his talent for creating the mood and gets Curran high marks for use of vernacular and the two 'Wormboy' tales, for lack of a better descriptor, hint at a world and backstory that could easily be expanded into a longer body of work, perhaps even a series.
Reviewed by Shroud's Lincoln Crisler