The Living Dead

The Living Dead

by John Joseph Adams

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ISBN-13: 9781597801430
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 1,259,150
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction by John Joseph Adams
Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link
Death and Suffrage By Dale Bailey
Blossom by David J. Schow
The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Dead by Michael Swanwick
The Dead Kid by Darrell Schweitzer
Malthusian’s Zombie by Jeffrey Ford
Beautiful Stuff by Susan Palwick
Sex, Death and Starshine by Clive Barker
Stockholm Syndrome by David Tallerman
Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead by Joe Hill
Those Who Seek Forgiveness by Laurell K. Hamilton
In Beauty, Like the Night by Norman Partridge
Prairie by Brian Evenson
Everything is Better With Zombies by Hannah Wolf Bowen
Home Delivery by Stephen King
Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton
Meathouse Man by George R. R. Martin
Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale
The Skull-Faced Boy by David Barr Kirtley
The Age of Sorrow by Nancy Kilpatrick
Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman
She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave by Catherine Cheek
Dead Like Me by Adam-Troy Castro
Zora and the Zombie by Andy Duncan
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite
Followed by Will McIntosh
The Song the Zombie Sang by Harlan Ellison® and Robert Silverberg
Passion Play by Nancy Holder
Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man by Scott Edelman
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan

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Living Dead 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 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!
nameless1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A one word review of this book would be pretentious and this is coming from someone who really likes zombie stories. The Living Dead is a massive collection of short stories about the living dead, now I know that the living dead or zombies encompasses a large variety of creatures; from the flesh eating ghouls of the Romero films to the animated corpses of Haitian legend. However, after reading the back of this title I thought I was getting a collection of (Romero-ish) stories from the best horror and fiction writers of this decade. Unfortunately most of these stories take the form of pretentious (there¿s that word again) yarns about animated corpses who seek a variety of reasons for their animation vengeance, a misunderstanding, a good time/end to they¿re suffering??? Now what do I mean by pretentious, let me elaborate; I mean that they are trying to tell a message that is none too subtle and hasn't been done to death (sorry pun not intended.) The 9/11 zombie victim story ¿Beautiful Stuff¿ is a perfect example, it screamed message. The one that really put me over the edge was a story about a zombie contingency plan, that wasn¿t about a zombie contingency plan. In fact I¿m not quite sure what it was about¿ The Neil Gaiman story was very much along that line too, but then again it's Neil Gaiman. Now I¿ve read several zombie anthologies and I¿ve come to expect these types of stories thrown in with the usual fair of living running for their lives, but in this book it was just one of these aforementioned stories after another. Even reading Stephen King's story couldn't redeem this collection for me. On a final note just be warned the first story is a good one, it¿s the hook you can guess at what most of the rest are.
GothicGuru13 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Some excellent stories - a couple out of place stories with little connection with zombies in anything but theory, and a couple of sour notes - all in all a solid collection.
CKmtl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Living Dead was not exclusively comprised of the usual zombie apocalypse type of stories. That isn't to say that they aren't there--they are, and they're quite good--but it's a nice change of pace to see how writers can use the undead element in a different way.There's an unfortunate cost to this variety, however. There were a couple of stories, namely Kelly Link's Some Zombie Contingency Plans and Joe Hill's Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead, where the zombies seemed a bit too... incidental. Decent stories, but not what I was hoping for. Still, though, 2 out of 30+ isn't a bad miss rate.I would have loved to have seen more stories with voodoo-style zombies, which appeared in Neil Gaiman's Bitter Grounds and Andy Duncan's Zora and The Zombie.
willowsmom on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This anthology was a bit uneven for me: some of the stories were just AMAZING, but quite a few....*sigh*. Let's just say I read them to get it over with so I could go on to something else. Personally, my favorite story in this collection by far was "This Year's Class Picture", by the always fabulous Dan Simmons. Granted, it may appeal to me more than you, unless you too are a.) a teaher b.) a zombie fanatic c.) slightly disillusioned with the job and/or d.) have ever considered the laudable defense capabilities of most elementary schools (specifically in the North East) built in this country. :)
TerryWeyna on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I never knew there were so many ways to tell a zombie story. I pretty much thought that the George Romero version was it ¿ dead people wandering around holding their arms out in front of them and calling out ¿braaaaaaains,¿ looking to munch on the living. I never did know why they had to hold their arms that way, but they all did ¿ I thought.John Joseph Adams, who has appeared on the reprint anthology scene with six reprint anthologies in the last two years (including Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (post-apocalytic science fiction), Federations (about future intergalactic governments), and By Blood We Live (vampires), has chosen his material wisely in this collection of short stories about zombies by some of the biggest and best names in the horror business, as well as the newest and hottest. I resisted this book for a long time because I¿ve never been fond of zombies, but upon diving in, I discovered that the zombies aren¿t really the point; the point is to tell a good story. And these authors do that, with a vengeance.My favorite story is ¿Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man¿ by Scott Edelman, a metafiction about a writer caught in the library when the zombie plague hits. He tries to tell the story of what has happened in several ways, meandering through several false starts, before he latches onto the notion of just telling the truth without any veneer of fiction. It doesn¿t have an ending, exactly, because our author is still alive when we leave him, unable to write of his demise ¿ he doesn¿t know yet how the end will come. This Stoker-Award nominee is just flat out brilliant.John Langan gives Edelman a run for his money in the only original tale in the anthology, ¿How the Day Runs Down.¿ This take on the classic play ¿Our Town,¿ written as a script narrated by the Stage Manager, will likely never be performed, but it brings vivid images to mind (particularly if you ever cried your eyes out watching your baby sister play the lead in the original). Langan is a remarkable new talent on the horror scene; I have yet to read anything he¿s written without being bowled over. I can¿t wait to read his first novel, House of Windows, due out next month from Night Shade Books.¿Death and Suffrage,¿ by Dale Bailey, will make anyone who has ever hailed from Chicago chuckle, as the dead line up to vote. Sherman Alexie¿s ¿Ghost Dance,¿ which turned out to be the only story in The Living Dead that I¿d read before, finally lets the Native Americans get their revenge on Custer. Susan Palwick looks at zombies from a completely different angle in ¿Beautiful Stuff,¿ portraying the dead as infinitely distractible beings with no malign intent ¿ until one zombie shows signs of thinking for himself. Clive Barker contributes ¿Sex, Death and Starshine,¿ in which the dead seek only to continue doing what they loved doing in life, with a single-minded passion. Joe Hill, another fairly new horror writer who seems never to set a word in the wrong place, is represented by ¿Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead,¿ something of an aberration in this anthology as it is about filming a zombie movie, rather than actual zombies, though it does speak ¿ movingly ¿ of the end of things.There are 34 stories in this mammoth anthology, with contributions by almost every horror writer a regular reader of the fantastic will want to see: Dan Simmons, Kelly Link, Jeffrey Ford, Norman Partridge, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Poppy Z. Brite, Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison among them. Usually anthologies have a few throw-away stories, a few that just don¿t work as well as the others do; one expects it, understanding that one¿s own taste will not correspond 100% with the editor¿s. But either John Joseph Adams had such a wealth of stories at his disposal or he and I are utterly simpatico, because there was not a single story here that I feel one could skip without regret. Everyone who wants to understand contemporary horror fiction need
wenzowsa on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had high hopes for this anthology, but I must admit that this book did not even come close to meeting my expectations. Many of the stories I found to be contrived and "faux-edgy" (zombie sex, much?). There were a few stories that I actually enjoyed and wanted to reread, such as "Almost The Last Story By Almost The Last Man - Scott Edelman", "Home Delivery - Stephen King", and the one about zombie abortion activists (sorry, the name escapes me).These stories were well-written and contained a human element that were lacking in the other stories. Truthfully, I found to be mediocre at best, and poorly-written, dull, and absurd at worst. Get this book out of the library; don't purchase it!
Scoshie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
For the most part the stories are an excellent read. There are a few that I found disturbing but over 90% of the book is extremely readable. Well worht the purchase
SpongeBobFishpants on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was rather looking forward to this anthology given that I have 2 other anthologies compiled by John Joseph Jackson, Wastelands and Brave New Worlds and absolutely adored both of those. This one, while it was okay, did not similarly blow my socks off. That may be in part because I have never been all that enamored with the zombie genre. It's only been with it's recent resurgence that I've been giving it another try. So, while it may be an awesome selection of short stories in the genre and I just don't "get it", I think it's more likely the genre simply hasn't had the time to develop the larger selection of classics that the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres have developed.
eleanor_eader on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed (and by thoroughly I mean every single selected story) Wastelands, a similar collection by the same editor, wherein the theme was more broadly apocalyptic. The Living Dead was not quite that strong a grouping, but there were some real gems. Zombies, as much as any other end-of-the-world scenario, provide plenty of material for the philosophical, for levels of human interest, and for terrifying situations. Right up front I was interested to read the Poppy Z. Brite story, because I¿ve always wanted to see if she¿s as good a writer of chilling material as her fan base proclaims. Her contribution Calcutta, Lord of Nerves was exceptionally rich and lurid, and I now have a strong basis for picking up one of her novels.I had read both the Stephen King story [Home Delivery] and the Joe Hill story [Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead] in their own short story collections, the former being an example of one of King¿s less memorable stories (and thus only of a slightly higher calibre than everything else in the book) and the Joe Hill story, while only about zombies in a cultural sort of way, is readable (there are far better examples of his storytelling in his collection 20th Century Ghosts, too).Two of my favourite stories were, in my opinion, also the sweetest stories. Followed by Will McIntosh in which people are acquiring unshakeable zombie corpses in seemingly direct relation to moral degeneration in their lives, and the narrator is shocked and righteously indignant to find himself followed by a child¿s corpse¿ the other, This Year¿s Class Picture is by Dan Simmons. Having read The Terror by that author, I was expecting something much more brutal than a class teacher¿s refusal to give up on the children in her care, even after their deaths. I was also quite chilled by Stockholm Syndrome by David Tallerman. And yet the story I found the most frightening was one that has been decried by other reviewers as not really being about zombies at all¿ except that the principal character wants to discuss Some Zombie Contingency Plans with a girl whose house-party he crashes. The ending of that one was so unexpected it literally gave me goose bumps, despite (or perhaps because) the bulk of the story was rather repetitive and fell (quite cleverly, I suspect) only a little short of boring. There were plenty of others I enjoyed; 34 stories are a lot for me to remember individually, and I only shrugged my way through a couple. My favourite story from the collection, though, was Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton who used the zombie scenario to explore the incredibly cruel actions of people who besiege abortion clinics and harass the women who enter, while still telling a good zombie story. When I finished this story I had the strongest urge to applaud.
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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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