Robert Swartwood was born in 1981. His work has appeared in such places as The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Review, Postscripts, ChiZine, Space and Time, and PANK. He is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. Visit him online at www.robertswartwood.com.
In the Land of the Blind: A Zombie Storyby Robert Swartwood
"In the Land of the Blind" is a 3,000-word nontraditional zombie story that won the 10th Annual
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Like everyone else he knew, Steven's heart did not beat. Instead it lay dead in his chest, as docile as his brain and his lungs and his soul. So when he first heard the faint beating sound coming from outside his bedroom window, he didn't know what to think.
"In the Land of the Blind" is a 3,000-word nontraditional zombie story that won the 10th Annual Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest. It was also the inspiration for Robert Swartwood's novel LAND OF THE DEAD. The prologue and first two chapters of LAND OF THE DEAD are included in this ebook.
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The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that zombies were humans and humans were zombies. It was switched the other way around. The first short story in this was in the P.O.V of a zombie boy. He meets a human (or, to them, a zombie) and tells him the box the boy dug up contains life, which eventually turns the zombie boy to human. The second part to this story was in the human's P.O.V which was completely pointless. I was confused at first because I didn't know it was in his P.O.V. I thought it was a totally different story. The second short story was about a zombie (who are still actually humans) hunter. The ending wasn't actually an ending. I'm not sure why the author left off like that. I honestly feel like I wasted a half an hour of my life when I could of been reading something that wasn't completely pointless.
This short story takes place in the same universe as Swartwood's forthcoming novel, The Dishonored Dead. The concept is interesting, but not taken far enough, not fully explored and realized. It will make you think, though.