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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    "Forever Zombie" is a collection of short, humorous st

    "Forever Zombie" is a collection of short, humorous stories about the undead in a world where theres no plague or apocalypse or infection zombies just are, and they show up in the most unexpected of places.

    In "Every Death You Take," the Grim Reaper shows up at a law firm to do his job, and finds that his victim has become undead a little early; in "The Farmer's Daughter," a woman doesn't let her fiance's undead affliction keep them apart; and in "The Oprah Book Club," a man is so chatty with a visitor that he fails to notice the visitor is a little too pale and hungry…

    The above is just a short sampling of the stories, and happened to be my three favorites, though I also enjoyed "A Night at the Zombie Museum," in large part because of the bickering couple trying to make a second honeymoon romantic. The stories are all written in a tongue-in-cheek style; there's not a lot of gore here, and the author is obviously going for a humorous riff on the genre rather than trying to scare your socks off. I liked this collection and was amused by it, though generally I'm drawn more to longer short stories with a little more character development than I am to funny vignettes.

    Recommended to readers who would enjoy short stories with a whimsical twist on a traditional horror genre.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales is a small but

    Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales is a small but fantastically funny collection of short stories about how everyday life would be if zombies were a fact of life. Each story takes a tongue-in-cheek look at different situations where the zombie “infection” has taken hold of society. There’s the man who brings his elderly parents into his home to look after him and the situation goes from bad to deadly. The rookie EMT on a ride-along with a crazy veteran ambulance driver who has his own motto used against him. One of my favorites involves a rich couple who have no time for their daughter so they buy her a disturbing “toy”. I took this book with me to the beach and got some strange looks when I laughingly told my husband how much I enjoyed dead people. This is a very funny book, both relaxing and enjoyable. The cover is fantastic and made me interested in picking the book up. It had perfect formatting and editing for my ereader. I can’t wait to read more of Mr. Swanson’s work.

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

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    This is an anthology of 15 short zombie stories. Written with da

    This is an anthology of 15 short zombie stories. Written with dark humor, they seemed to hit on a wide variety of topics like politics, technology, music, and book clubs. I was hooked from the first story with all the funny mishaps. And the more I read, the better they got. I would love to see these made into short movies, especially the Ozark Hicks and Zombie Chicks. That was my favorite. 

    It puts you in a “Shawn of the Dead” state of mind. Each character seems to take it in stride. One thing I noticed was that the zombies were already established in each of the stories. I would have like some to have been at the start of the zombie apocalypse.  The author’s slapstick humor had me chuckling with every page turn. He certainly has an imagination, and I’m glad he shares it. I would definitely read more of his work.  

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Great zombie horror comedy short stories!

    "Forever Zombie" is a collection of 15 horror comedy zombie short stories. The overall feel of the book reminded me of Christopher Moore: light and fun and something you read as an escape from the hectic stress of everyday life. The stories have many references to popular culture: movies (nods to Italian zombie legend directors Fulci and Romero, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and many action and even western flicks), books ("The Oprah Book Club"), technology (the grim reaper with an i-phone), and social issues (the elderly, medical care, childcare, marital strife, etc). I liked how the author spun issues such as caring for the elderly ("All in the Family"), a baby born with some medical issues ("The Farmer's Daughter"), and finding the perfect friend for your child ("Playmate") into zombie tales. There's gore, there's dude humor, there's swearing, but I found Swanson's stories to be entirely enjoyable and a book I easily read in an afternoon.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Zombie with A Twist

    I got a copy of Stan Swanson's "Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales", and I am very pleased and amused by the anthology. The collection tackled a variety of themes, the stories all kept a brisk pace, and yet the gruesome-ness of the walking dead was maintained. I thoroughly enjoyed Swanson's exploration of all things zombie. I'm fond of zombie stories, but most of what I've read are variations on isolated zombie encounters. They're usually pockets of confrontation - one or several zombies versus one person or a town of people, and the tussle is hidden from the rest of the world. The most recent themes I've encountered are the Zombie Apocalypse and the Zombification via Sophisticated Virus. To all this, Stan Swanson adds one more concept: Zombie Citizenry, or Zombies as Part of Civilization. Readers will find isolated zombie encounters in the collection, but with a special Swanson twist. In 'High Noon Revisited' for example, he took the popular Wild West stereotype of the best gunslingers seeking each other out to see who is the quicker draw, then he put a zombie in the mix. Net result - an interesting zombie premise! The story 'A Night at the Zombie Museum' sounded like a spin-off or a kind of homage to the popular Hollywood movie of similar name, but it was far from it. Swanson took a bickering middle-aged couple, introduced them to a happily married older couple, added a single zombie, gave a nod to other stories found in this anthology, and PRESTO - a great end piece for the fifteen stories in the collection. A good example of Zombie Apocalypse and Zombification via Virus is 'Ambulance Chasers': as with any disaster, if a Zombie Apocalypse hits, it would be the first-responders who get to witness and deal with the start of the mayhem. In 'The Smell of Death', a story recently featured in Dark Moon Books's horror genre quarterly, the reader was taken to the middle of the undead chaos and watched as a bunch of people tackled the possible risks of hunkering down in one place while food supplies dwindle. In this tale Swanson stayed funny and crude without lessening the horror of the characters' predicament. For 'Ozark Hicks and Zombie Chicks', there's a biker gang, zombies that require brains, and the Hatfield clan of hillbillies that may not meet the requirement - all worth reading and chuckling over. The contribution to zombie lore that I found most intriguing in Swanson's collection is the one that dissects the possibility of Zombie Citizenry. My top pick would be 'Hail to the Chief'. What better way for zombies to be a respected demographic than by lobbying for the attention of the highest office in the land? In their own special way, of course! From politics the reader is taken to the other end of a capitalist society in the story 'Playmate'. Would you buy a zombie if you could? Or, instead of zombies for personal use, should they be used like equipment, as the story 'Deep Freeze' suggests? And what of the zombie's loved ones? The story 'Home Sweet Home' sheds light on how to look after a loved one who passes on (sort of) and only wants to shuffle around and eat brains for the rest of their days.

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