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The Living Dead
     

The Living Dead

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by John Joseph Adams
 

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"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!" From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned

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"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!" From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

Recently prolific anthologist Adams (Seeds of Change) delivers a superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. There's plenty of gore, highlighted by Stephen King's "Home Delivery" and David Schow's classic "Blossom." Less traditional but equally satisfying are Lisa Morton's "Sparks Fly Upward," which analyzes abortion politics in a zombified world, and Douglas Winter's literary pastiche "Less than Zombie." Also outstanding, Kelly Link's "Some Zombie Contingency Plans" and Hannah Wolf Bowen's "Everything Is Better with Zombies" take similar themes in wildly different directions. Neil Gaiman's impeccably crafted "Bitter Grounds" offers a change of pace with traditional Caribbean zombies. The sole original contribution, John Langan's "How the Day Runs Down," is a darkly amusing twist on Thornton Wilder's Our Town. There's some great storytelling for zombie fans as well as newcomers. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

The shambling animated corpses of George Romero's films have lurched into the bookstores in droves in recent months, headlined by high-profile titles like World War Z and Monster Island. In this anthology, editor Adams (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse) does a remarkable job of collecting a sampling of variations on this theme. These stories range from the truly disgusting (Poppy Z. Brite's "Calcutta: Lord of Nerves") to the nearly wistful ("Followed" by Will McIntosh) and even one with no supernatural elements at all (Joe Hill's "Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead"). Included are pieces by big names in horror like Stephen King and Clive Barker but also contributions by less obvious suspects like Harlan Ellison, Sherman Alexie, and George R.R. Martin. The final treat is John Langan's "How the Day Runs Down," a nasty little play best described as Our Town with zombies. Highly recommended for all horror fiction collections. [For more zombie fiction, see Neal Wyatt's The Reader's Shelf column, p. 106.-Ed.]
—Karl G. Siewert

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802406
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
487
Sales rank:
606
File size:
666 KB

Meet the Author

John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Wastelands, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), and many others. Barnes&Noble.com named him “the reigning king of the anthology world,” and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists. John is also the fiction editor of the online science fiction magazine Lightspeed. Prior to taking on that role, he worked for nearly nine years in the editorial department at The Magazine of Fantasy&Science Fiction. He is currently the co-host of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on io9.com, and has published hundreds of interviews and other pieces of non-fiction.

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Living Dead 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Allow me to start by saying I am a rabid fan of Stephen King. Though many reviews make mention of the Stephen King short story included in this anthology, I would recommend this collection even without Mr. King's story. The material covers everything from straightforward gore-fests to thinly veiled social commentary so there's a story in this book for everyone that is a fan of the horror or science fiction genre. I enjoyed most of the stories while a few left me scratching my head wondering why they were included in this collection and not in a standard short story anthology. Fans can use this collection as a way to sample the work of authors they may have never heard of or wouldn't normally read. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase and would love to see a second edition soon.
TheYahoo More than 1 year ago
Having read the second volume in this series i was hoping for a real treat when i finally found this hard to find paperbark. Displeased I was after having just read the last story no more than twenty minutes ago. Although interesting, this book is not your bullets, brain, and blood anthology i anticipated. Instead, more literary and mundane stories from anti-abortion to Zombie Gigolo. I wont say dont get this, i will say get this but dont expect to satisfy your blood and guts doomsday fantasies. The last two stories stand out as the best though they are still not your average brain blasting zombie slaying stories one would expect to find in such an anthology. Get the second edition if your debating between the two. This coming from a fan of the Zombie genre, stories in which people, humankind, either overtake or succumb to the zombie plague, not idle as to which kerchief they should wear to their Zombie Senior Ball.
Pittsburghpoet More than 1 year ago
wow. so disappointed. boring stories, not even plausible by zombie standards. apparently a story got it just by mentioning the word zombie. poorly written as well. After reading about half of the stories in this book (couldnt stomach the rest) I figure I have a promising career as a writer because after seeing all the awards these authors won, I could easily do better. This wont even stay on my shelf- its going to half price books. Save your money and time!
lauramaeOH More than 1 year ago
I read this book first at the library and I am considering buying it because I loved it! It had a really good variety of stories ranging from regular flesh-eating zombies to voodoo zombies. I picked it up because I noticed Stephen King's name on the cover. I am a huge Stephen King fan. I also thought that maybe I could find some other authors that I might like to read. In reading this book, I had "discovered" several authors that I have read. Of course, there are always a few stories in an anthology that are bound to flop. I did not like all of the stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I *love* this book. Many of the stories in it are not about your average Romero zombie, and I think that's what all the disappointment from other readers expecting nonstop blood & gore is about. Instead, what you get are often stories using zombies to make statements about modern life that you can make using only zombies as the grist for the mill. I still don't "get" two of the stories in this anthology, namely, a longer one by Neil Gaiman (seriously, can it BE any more obscure?) and another one about rich kids thinking that killing a girl in their group will make her come alive again. If anything, it was sicker than the other ones all put together. Yeah, big thumbs up for this anthology. I'm so glad it finally came to the Nook format!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not great. I keep telling myself that there must be better zombie stories to pick from our there. If there isnt someone should write them.
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Most of the stories are pretty good, with a good number of them being great.
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coloradoking More than 1 year ago
Zombies are a staple in the horror gener. This book in particular is hard to put down, maybe im used to seeing the undead in there slow motion stupor i.e. night of the living dead series. Any way this book has a great compilation of writers some known some unknown.Those that can't rest in peace crawl on every page.
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RHale More than 1 year ago
VERY disappointing! I was hoping for new stories of survival and classic zombie horror. This book does not deliver. There are maybe two decent stories in the entire book. This book is completely flat - it's not scary, it doesn't make you think, it will just bore you near to tears. Here is this book In a nutshell: ****SPOILER ALERT***** "Blah blah blah blah blah Zombie blah blah blah blah blah" Seriously, don't spend the money on this stack of crap. Do something more useful with your $$$. Like donating it to the study of anal warts.