The Loving Dead

The Loving Dead

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by Amelia Beamer
     
 

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Kate and Michael are roommates living in the Oakland hills, working at the same Trader Joes supermarket. A night of drunken revelry changes their lives forever, but not in the way that anyone would expect. A slow-spreading plague of zombie-ism breaks out at their house party, spreading amongst their circle of friends, and simultaneously through the Bay Area. This

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Kate and Michael are roommates living in the Oakland hills, working at the same Trader Joes supermarket. A night of drunken revelry changes their lives forever, but not in the way that anyone would expect. A slow-spreading plague of zombie-ism breaks out at their house party, spreading amongst their circle of friends, and simultaneously through the Bay Area. This zombie plague — an STD of sorts — is spread through sex and kissing, turning its victims into mindless, horny, voracious killers. Thrust into extremes by this slow- motion tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the choices they’ve made in their lives, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive and reunite in the one place in the Bay Area that’s likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hoards: Alcatraz.

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Publishers Weekly
Blood, guts, and sex intermingle in this stylish debut from Locus editor Beamer. A California party turns bad when the spread of a brain-eating STD leaves roommates Kate and Michael struggling to deal with a houseful of zombies. Oblivious Oakland authorities ignore the escalating crisis as aggressively promiscuous and ravenous zombies keep popping up. Finally, the desperate friends make a plan to flee to a zombie-proof haven while fearing that some of their acquaintances may already be infected. Contemporary touches like a surprisingly useful iPhone app and overthe-top moments of frantically alternating sex and gore make for a sick, funny romp that only falters at the end, which mostly occurs offstage. The cleverness of the set pieces balances the unsatisfying resolution for an entertaining and original take on the zombie apocalypse. (July)
Elizabeth Hand
The novel's tone seesaws between arch humor and straightforward horror, occasionally at the cost of narrative tension. But the dialogue is sharp, and there's a nifty coda that will leave readers eager to see more from this promising newcomer.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597801942
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Amelia Beamer works as an editor and reviewer at Locus. Her publications include articles in Foundation and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and short fiction published or forthcoming in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Red Cedar Review, Interfictions 2 and other venues.

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The Loving Dead 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of zombie movies, but with the recent spate of zombie fiction, I figured this one was short and cheap so I'd give it a go. I was not disappointed. The story is told in alternating points of view between two main characters, housemates whose complicated relationship serves as the emotional backdrop to the zombie outbreak. They are both reasonably complicated, messed-up real people. While attempting to understand, survive, and navigate the dangers and moral ambiguities of the apocalypse, they show courage and weakness in equal measures. Most of the secondary characters seem less clearly developed, though mostly as complicated in their own ways. As a side note, some of the sexual content seems ostensibly gratuitous (and horrific in most of the several examples) and may be objectionable to some readers, but there is a logical explanation which is a little bit of a plot point, so just hang in there. For those who do follow zombie movies, novels, and even antrhropology, the characters are well-familiar with the genre and make several popular references. All in all, this was not great literature, but decently entertaining and mildly thought-provoking.
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And stupid.