Posthumous, Book One

Posthumous, Book One

by David S.E. Zapanta


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Welcome to POSTHUMOUS, an urban fantasy novel that explores a culture in which becoming undead is seen as a viable second chance.

What if zombies were sentient? (Don’t call them the Z-word, by the way—it’s offensive; they prefer “undead” or “living-challenged.”)

What if the idea of brain-eating corpses were just an ugly stereotype?

What if the undead lived and worked amongst us? Would the living welcome their pulse-neutral brethren with open arms—or keep them at arm’s length?

More importantly, what if you had a chance to become reanimated? Would you leave your starter life behind and embrace the undead concept of Cadabra Rasa?

Bold, poignant, and at times darkly humorous and disturbing, POSTHUMOUS is must-reading for anyone looking for a new way to experience the zombie genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989664707
Publisher: Melancholy Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Series: The Cadabra Rasa Series , #1
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

In the early 90s, under the auspices of Screaming Rice Press, David S.E. Zapanta created and published the comic book HAIRBAT, about a man who gets a large, talking bat permanently ensnarled within his curly mane.

In 2005, Mr. Zapanta launched Melancholy Greetings. These so-called "Blank Cards for Empty Lives" are available for purchase in stores and online.

Mr. Zapanta's newest creative endeavor is POSTHUMOUS, a speculative novel that delves into a universe in which sentient zombies reside alongside their uneasy living counterparts.

He is currently working on books 2 and 3 of the CADABRA RASA series. Subscribe to David S.E. Zapanta's author page to receive email updates about book 2: BEFORE & AFTER LIFE....!

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Posthumous: Book One 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
readertherapy More than 1 year ago
The book is original, gory and has a lot of black humor. I loved it. I think the author is working on a second level using the medium to explore everything from political correctness extremes, celebrity media fascination and cultural prejudice with humor and insight. However, the story works fine as is with a very entertaining plotline and interesting characters. I am really looking forward to book 2.
Inle More than 1 year ago
I bought this book from the $2.99 Nook list and didn't really expect much, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was different from the other market offerings and not really what I expected. There was a nice number of characters that seemed thought out and the pace was nice. I do hope that a book two is in the works because i would love to see how everything plays out.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say that Posthumous is not a traditional Zombie story is a simple truth. Absent are the wails of starving monsters stalking their prey, and nowhere will you see humans attacked and turned to Vacant, ravenous monsters against their will. In the World of Posthumous becoming a Zombie is a choice.  The Zombie genre has long since been a means to explore societal ills in our own world. Though debate rages, George Romero insists that Night of the Living Dead is a metaphor for America's collapsing social order in the late 1960s. There is no questioning the fact that Romero's Dawn of the Dead is a forceful satire on the state of American consumerism.  With Posthumous, Zapanta follows suit while building a full, rich world that allows us to explore more closely our own world and our race, class, and cultural failings through an intense, rich, sometimes funny, and always engrossing novel.  The rules are this; people can, at any time, choose to become undead. Any number of Shamans will preform the resurrection, but doing so will wipe the person's memory clean, they will start their new life with Cadabra Rosa, a blank memory, The Posthumous World's version of a blank slate. Past family members have been cut off, they wouldn't be remembered anyway. The undead are then given "the gift" of a much longer life span. Challenges arise, however, bodies will decay over time, and how much money a Zombie has will determine how well kept they can maintain their form.  The World itself is beset with prejudices against the undead. Resentment from past wars thrive which feeds a machine of violence against the undead, calls for laws against relationships between the dead and living, segregated living situations both imaginary and physical. The Living States—the Posthumous equivalent of the United Staes—is split in two by a giant, oppressive wall.  The characters that inhabit the novel are as fascinating as the world itself. Damon Greyson is an actor trying to salvage his career and prove that he's not insensitive towards the undead. George Gleason is blinded by hate towards the undead, a charismatic leader in a violent movement designed to undermine the Undead's  goals of equality.  Barnabas Hardy is the engine that makes this novel go, a slovenly man who has a special power that allows him to seek out objects and people impossible for others to find. Hardy sets out on a mission to find the Corpse Whisperer an incredible individual who can raise the dead with just a thought and would give those he raised Free Will, something the undead don't currently possess, as they must wear a government issued talisman to keep from rapidly, painfully aging. The corpse whisperer is a dream to some and a terrifying threat to others.  There are dozens of other characters who inhabit the World of Posthumous. I won't go through all of them, I'll leave that delight up to the reader who is lucky enough to find this novel. I offer one challenge, try not to fall in love with a character named Cornelius, I think you'll find it hard to do. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happens when you throw a girl into a genre she's got no interest in, but give her a really good tale to follow? You gain a fan. That's what happened with Posthumous, the absorbing, unconventional "zombie" novel, which takes place in a universe not unlike our own, but filled with characters - both living and un-dead - fielding complex every-day issues of race, culture, political discord, (My America vs. Your America) tolerance, murder, acceptance, love, deception and...maggots. If you can get passed the gross-out, you're good to go. And I highly recommend you find your tolerance because the story is worth the trip. This first book in the Cadabra Rasa trilogy introduces us to a world where humans who have chosen rebirth over death are just asking for a fighting chance to re-live mundane lives, free of prejudice and exclusions, whilst dealing with the physical deterioration of being un-dead and the very common desire to look our best at any cost. And the living are fighting to keep what little pride and rights are left in their existence as living beings. Everyone seems to want to be afforded the same opportunities, but few are willing to give anyone remotely different a chance to prove themselves. There are charlatans armed with powers of persuasion taking aiming at the weaker-minded as a means to increase their power and notoriety. There are conspiracy theorists hoping for a chance to be heard. There are good people in hiding and bad people in power and the chaos and distrust among all walks of this new-found society are knitted together by an excellent storyteller. In all of this is a small family who has lost its way - amid the reality of the times they're living in - that ties up the larger scale of the novel into a palpable, more heart-rending story . This is a post Burly Gate existence where a war fought left people on opposite sides of a wall of separation and a need for labeling themselves as Burialist, Cremationists, Resurrectionists. and the like. This new era finds itself still in the throes of growing pains and taking sides in a world busting at the seams from discontentment. At the conclusion of Book 1 we are left in firm relationships with the main characters, captivated by a mystery suddenly exposed and hoping for the birth of Book 2. I'm waiting...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CCHoboken More than 1 year ago
Fun, weird, engrossing and often just plain gross, Posthumous is the perfect book for jaded zombie fans who think they have read or seen it all. This is not The Walking Dead. The zombies in Posthumous are just like us. Except dead. They walk, talk, have feelings and, um, relationships. The imaginative, alternative world crafted by David Zapanta is woven with pop culture, politics and issues of race (in this case the living versus the living-challenged). I loved resurrected Audrey Hepburn and the fact that everyone keeps an eye out for resurrected Hitler. I squealed in horror and delight every time a maggot fell out of the undead mid-conversation. I was captivated by the political correctness that overwhelms day-to-day interactions. Zombie is a slur! The Cold Wars between the Burialists and the Resurrectionists are “officially” over, but actually rage on throughout the country. I can’t wait for Book Two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is actually a horribly written boring piece of literature. It took me 2 days just to get past the horrible first chapter because there was nothing going on to keep me reading. And I figured if it is already this slow and boring than I have to stop. Stay away from this disgustingly overrated book and disgustingly bad writer.