Gospel of Z

Gospel of Z

by Stephen Graham Jones
     
 

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The only thing more dangerous than zombies is the truth.

In the ten years since zombies killed the world, Jory Gray has found exactly one person who matters. Her name is Linse. But when he wakes to find her gone, to join the church, his world falls apart all over again. Jory's suicide mission to save her will lead him deep into the restricted zone, into the bowels

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The only thing more dangerous than zombies is the truth.

In the ten years since zombies killed the world, Jory Gray has found exactly one person who matters. Her name is Linse. But when he wakes to find her gone, to join the church, his world falls apart all over again. Jory's suicide mission to save her will lead him deep into the restricted zone, into the bowels of the military, the underbelly of the church, and, worse, it will give him a glimpse into a past that's supposed to be ten years dead, a past still contained in a document that never should have existed: The Gospel of Z.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Akin to watching horror director Wes Craven’s Scream trilogy with David Foster Wallace whispering in your ear ... ingenious.”
Dallas Morning News on Demon Theory

“Imagine the laconic Sherman Alexie meeting the bombastic Stephen King on the Texas High Plains.”
 – Austin Chronicle on All the Beautiful Sinners

“The book masterfully plays with the serial killer genre, walking a line between convention and invention and delving into the psychology of both killer and detective. The plot is chilling in itself, but Jones’s brisk, clean, visceral prose gives the novel its edgy suspense.”
 – Publishers Weekly on All the Beautiful Sinners

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Jones (Zombie Bake-Off) invigorates the crowded fictional zombiescape with laconically disillusioned characters whose story recalls Camus’s The Plague more than Brooks’s World War Z. With no grand battles or gory preamble, the story opens 10 years after the undead begin to rise. Occasional sketches of backstory flutter like shadows and ground readers in the dislocation of the characters, who are mostly going through the motions of existing. No one embodies this atmosphere of existentialism draining into nihilism better than Jory Gray, a 30-something man for whom life has become an exhausted question of why to survive rather than how. Recently demoted to Preburial, a job with a life expectancy of less than a week, he works in concert with one of Jones’s more intriguing additions to the genre: Handlers, genetically modified zombie cyborgs whose purpose is to aid humans in determining whether the recently deceased are likely to revive. Gripping moments of horror are expertly rendered, flashes of spot-on hilarity provide depth as well as levity, and the flickering humanity of the characters will resonate powerfully with readers. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619218116
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephen Graham Jones has published twelve novels and three collections. Most recent are Flushboy, Three Miles Past (horror novellas), and The Last Final Girl. Coming soon is Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth. Jones has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Black Quill Award, and his The Last Final Girl won This is Horror's Novel of the Year. Of Jones' hundred and fifty or so stories published, six or eight of them have made the best horror of the year annuals, starting in about 2007—right after the publication of his horror novel Demon Theory. Jones lives in Colorado now, and teaches in the MFA programs at both CU Boulder and UCR Palm Desert. Last year he taught for Clarion West as well.

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