Feed your zom­bie crav­ing

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to eat your brains, kid.

“I have at­tempted to main­tain some bal­ance in this col­lec­tion and have omit­ted some pretty good sto­ries that, in my view, slipped into an al­most porno­graphic sen­si­bil­ity of the need to drench ev­ery page with buck­ets of blood and de­scrip­tions of mind­less cru­elty, tor­ture, and vi­o­lence,” writes Pen­zler, who is con­sid­ered to be an au­thor­ity on crime, mys­tery and other kinds of genre fic­tion – he has also edited a book on vam­pire sto­ries.

True to his in­tro­duc­tion, Pen­zler has se­lected 800 pages of zom­bi­ethemed short sto­ries, but most of them are high on drama, ten­sion and a feel­ing of the macabre, and low on blood and guts.

Sto­ries by Edgar Allan Poe, W.B. Seabrook and H.P. Love­craft are guar­an­teed to pro­vide the reader with a dif­fer­ent prism through which to view crea­tures that aren’t alive, but not fully dead.

And for those ea­ger for a more tra­di­tional view of zom­bies, look no fur­ther than the Stephen King-penned yarn Home De­liv­ery, a more hu­mor­ous than ter­ri­fy­ing tale of the dead ris­ing from their graves on a re­mote Maine is­land.

Each of the sto­ries is pref­aced with a short bi­og­ra­phy of the author, which serves as a good ta­ble-set­ter for what’s to come in the suc­ceed­ing pages.

As Pen­zler writes: “You will find in these pages some sto­ries that you’ve never read, by au­thors of whom you’ve never heard, and you are in for a treat.”

Agreed. I’d say it’s a no-brainer. – AP

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