The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten

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The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.
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Overview


The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.
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Publishers Weekly
The humor in this parody lies in the simple truth that even a zombie bear with a hatchet in its head won't faze a Minnesotan. After dead people and animals begin coming back to life, Lutheran pastor Daniel Inkfist and Catholic priest Father Edsel band together to form the Interfaith Anti-Zombification League. Power-mad mayoral candidate Eileen Munson tries to work the situation to her own advantage while dominatrix Julie Olafson dreams of creating a zombie-free green zone around Lake Woebegotten. Mr. Levitt, secretly a serial killer, easily dispatches the undead as well as the living, but then he decides to dig up the cemeteries (once the thaw hits) and release a zombie army. As in Garrison Keillor's writing, dry humor leads to moments of real feeling and pathos. A Minnesotan might say that it's pretty good if you like that kind of thing. (Sept.)
Library Journal
At first, this seems like nothing more than a well-done pastiche of Garrison Keillor's folksy writing style, including obvious parallels to his recurring characters and settings. However, when we learn that former school superintendent Martin Levitt is a serial killer, the story develops its own momentum. The middle 100 pages are made up of a series of vignettes, not in chronological order, that take place during the winter; an intriguing stylistic choice. The final chapters return to the standard time line, and there's a satisfactory denouement and ending. BZG The resident zombie expert isn't a scientist or folklorist, but a college kid who took a class on "The Zombie as Metaphor."
Yvonne Zipp
While I'm not sure how many "Prairie Home Companion" fans are into zombies, or vice versa, it's a fitfully amusing pastiche with one wicked twist…
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597801966
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 823,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Harrison Geillor was born in a small three-room farm house in central MN, sometime in the middle of the twentieth century. He attended one of Minnesota's prestigious institutions of higher learning, were he obtained a degree in English. Like English majors everywhere, he wanted on to work in a variety of jobs that had nothing to do with books or literature. At some point in his life he decided that the best way to appreciate Minnesota was to appreciate it from afar. He splits his time between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, only returning to Minnesota for smelt fishing, and the occasional family reunion.
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