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The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories by…

The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories

by Stephen Jones (Editor), Richard Christian Matheson (Contributor)

Other authors: Clive Barker (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Kelly Dunn (Contributor), Scott Edelman (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor)19 more, Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Joe Hill (Contributor), Nancy Holder (Contributor), Robert E. Howard (Contributor), Brian Keene (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor), HP Lovecraft (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), Gary McMahon (Contributor), Lisa Morton (Contributor), Yvonne Navarro (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Weston Ochse (Contributor), Mark Samuels (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Robert Shearman (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor), Stephen Woodworth (Cover artist)

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In the introduction, Jones pretty much admits that he is jumping on the zombie bandwagon. He compares as a publishing trend to vampires in the 1990s and Star Trek tie in books. He provides a bit of a history and then admits to the challenge of trying to reinstate zombies as proper monsters. Regardless of the reasons, I still bought and read the book so could say I'm continuing the trend. Either way this collection is kind of a weird one. It's a mix of old and new; the oldest being "Black Canaan" by Robert E. Howard. Unfortunately I would have to say that the quality was also a mix of good and bad. Some stories were fun to read (or re-read) like "Haeckel;s Tale" by Clive Barker. Others were drudge work to get through. Overall I would have to say that I prefer the Mammoth Books by Jones instead. This collection wasn't bad but it wasn't overly good either. I had some favorite stories from this collection but most of them were reprints that I read elsewhere. And that doesn't count Barker's tale.

"Where There's a Will" by Richard Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson - A man has the will power to return. Unfortunately it loses some punch when put into a zombie collection.

"Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead" by Joe Hill - Two friends from high school reunite while being zombies. A really good story!

"Obsequy" by David J. Schow - A man gets another chance with a past love.

"Call First" by Ramsey Campbell - A man obsesses over a regular phone call. Another story that loses a little being in a zombie collection.

"Granny's Grinning" by Robert Shearman - A young girl ends up helping her grandmother. It took me a while to like the ending. ( )
  dagon12 | Sep 17, 2013 |
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Jones, StephenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, Richard ChristianContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, CliveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunn, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edelman, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holder, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, Robert E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keene, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, HPContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McMahon, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morton, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Navarro, YvonneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ochse, WestonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Samuels, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shearman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woodworth, StephenCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A wonderful anthology of Zombie fiction with a wide variety of stories from brain splatter gore to tales that explore the dark side of human existence via the Zombie/human relationship.

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