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Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead Edited by John Skipp

What it's about:

  From a master of zombie fiction and a founding father of “splatterpunk” comes a mind-bending anthology of 32 new and classic stories from both renowned writers and rising stars. In the tradition of Black Dog & Leventhal's bestselling Vampires and Ghosts, this anthology of 32 stories is set in a world where the dead have risen from the grave to consume the living. This rich collection showcases the best of the genre—from short-story masters such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Poppy Z. Brite; zombie stalwarts such as David J. Schow and Jack Ketchum; “bizarro” founders such as Carlton Mellick III; and popular up-and-comers such as Max Brooks and S.G. Browne—and will satisfy the insatiable hunger of zombie fans everywhere.

My Thoughts:
I bought this book from Barnes and Noble. I found it on the Halloween table in the store. I love Zombies. They are probably my favorite Spooky Creature. Not much is more creepier then the thought of someone dying then coming back to eat your brain so I had high hopes for this and I was really excited to read it.

With that being said, this book was super disappointing. I liked some of the stories but I wouldn't rate any of them above 4 stars. I wanted classic Zombie stories and most of them were just ridiculous. I felt that most of them had no depth and that I was wasting my time by reading them. Not to mention, a lot of the stories at the end of the book described the main characters eating rotting penis and vagina. NOT a turn on for me to be honest with you. There is a difference between having gore and just being nasty. Also, all of the writing started to blend together and at one point, I couldn't even tell that they were written by different people. And John Skipp, talk about annoying. He did an intro for all the stories and he basically kept repeating the same thing about each one. I gave this book 3 stars because there were some stories that I enjoyed but overall, I would skip this book. I am 100% sure that there is a better Zombie collection out there for you.

Number of Pages: 704
Stars: 3


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