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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 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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