Feed your zombie craving
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