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Coburn’s been dead now for close to a century, but seeing as how he’s a vampire and all, it doesn't much bother him. Or at least it didn't, not until he awoke from a forced five-year slumber to discover that most of human civilization was now dead-but not dead like him, oh no.

See, Coburn likes blood. The rest of the walking dead, they like brains. He’s smart. Them, not so...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Abaddon (first published November 10th 2011)
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Chelsea
This was my favorite book of the year. Starring a deliciously misanthropic vampire, a rat terrier, and a pack of zombie apocalypse survivors packed into a Winnebago, this tale sells itself as full-on pulp. It's replete with zombies, guns, cannibals, Walmart... A real freakshow-cross section of society. It brims with humor, explosions, guns, and a touch of the supernatural that really pulls it together.

However, the tale has a surprising sensitivity, which leaves you wondering about what it means...more
Ren Thompson
Lately I’ve been on this zombie kick.

I’ve pulled out my old Romero flicks (if you even have to ask, leave now and go to the next blog), I got hooked on The Walking Dead series on AMC (an extremely smart move on their part, by the way) and have recently discovered zombie fiction.

Chuck Wendig has decided to take it a step further by putting a frigging Vampire in the mix.

Yeah.

I know.

The vampire’s name is Coburn. Our “hero” is an asshole and, to put it bluntly, he refuses to apologize for it. Can I...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/01/...

So, you’re a dessicated vampire (that’s gone without blood for years, and has been in a kind of stasis) that comes to in the middle of an abandoned theatre with zombies nomming on, well, everything living. What do you do? You need to get blood, right? Our vamp, Coburn, attempts to do just that, but when he bites into one of the zombies, he quickly realizes that zombie blood is bad for his health. Well then, it’s time to fin...more
Mr. Matt
I picked up Double Dead with great expectations. I was very impressed with the Miriam Black stories. The premise of this book was hard to beat. A vampire wakes up from a multi-year slumber only to find that the world he had known was consumed by the zombie apocalypse – and he can’t feed off of the shambling corpses. Now, he must go from hunter to shepherd in order to preserve his own food supply. Awesome, right?

The problem with Double Dead is not the premise. Just looking at this book in terms o...more
Erika  Badass
I bought this book because I follow Chuck's blog, and find his humor on par with my own. Or is that my humor is on par with his? I think he's older, so let's go with that.
I found Double Dead to be interesting and different. Some parts were funny, some were gory and others had me cringing. I suspected a few things, but was also surprised at how the book ended.

Coburn, is a vampire who wakes up, buried, with no idea how he got that way. He rises up and finds himself in the middle of a zombie apoca...more
Carl Bussler
I love stories about redemption, forgiveness, and guilt. Double Dead delivers. This story has a vulgar, brutal, hard-candy coating. I found it difficult to like the protagonist in the beginning. Coburn the vampire is really quite despicable. He's crass. Violent. Selfish. Rude. But it wasn't long before I was in his corner cheering him on.

This is what makes the journey so enjoyable. His personal transformation from hunter to shepherd.

Immediately after finishing Double Dead, I fired-up Amazon and...more
Christina
Chuck Wendig really hit the ground running. As far as skill goes, it really doesn't feel too much farther than his Miriam Black books (the two I've read anyway). I do have a couple issues with his writing, particular to this story. One is that he definitely depends on character archetypes to outline his characters, and it gets a little boring seeing everyone perfectly live up to the expectations of that stereotype. The other is that he tends to make narrative choices that feel really unsatisfyin...more
J.A. Trevor
First off, I'm gonna tell you all that Double Dead is not for the faint of heart. If you suffer from a severely overactive gag reflex, heart murmurs, are a nun, or you're just straight up noodle-necked (not a real thing), stay well back. If you don't fall into those categories, pick up the dang book. I give Double Dead 5 solid stars, and it deserves it.

I've been a long time follower of everything Chuck Wendig. I guess I may even be considered a Wendigoth (a term for Wendig fans, coined by anothe...more
Tony
I like the writing of Chuck Wendig. I regularly read his blog and have read all of his writing advice and short stories that I have been able to buy. So I pretty much knew what this book was going to be like. Or at least I thought I did. Some people do not like the amount of profanity contained in Mr Wendig’s work and surprisingly for a zombie apocalypse novel where everything goes totally to pot there is a lot less of that kind of language than I’d expected. Don’t get me wrong this is no YA flu...more
Josh
Probably between 3 and 4, but I'm rounding up because why not be generous?

I was taken by the concept here immediately. What does a vampire do in the zombie apocalypse? It's such an easy concept, and a good genre mash-up, but it was fresh enough that I hadn't seen it before and Wendig shows from the outset that he's going to have some fun with it, without making fun of it.

The first half to two-thirds of the book it all seems to be tracking along fairly well, a straight-line narrative but well tol...more
Dan
This book is pulp.

I mean, it has to be, right? It's a vampire fighting zombies. That's... about as pulpy as you can get.

I'm a big fan of Chuck Wendig, and his first novel didn't disappoint. It's not high literature, but it's entertaining as hell. I wasn't able to read as much as I'd like for the first half of the book or so, but once my schedule cleared up the pages flew by.

I do have one qualm, which is that the entire first paragraph goes by without the word "fuck." I've got certain expectation...more
Brian Steele
A terribly fun book, if you like your fun bloody. With a basic premise that a Vampire wakes up sometime after the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred and realizes that he has to protect his food source from the shambling undead, things go off in a bizarre tangent from there. The hysterical word-play by Wendig is countered perfectly with his scenes of high-level gore.

Our main protagonist, Coburn, is the very definition of "misanthropic," prone to inappropriate comments and bursts of ultra-violence for...more
Suzy (ereaderuser)
If you want to read a book with pretty sparkling vampires, well don't read this. But if you want some good horror badassary with a vampire who is not a nice guy, then this is the book for you. Throw in a bunch of varied and interesting characters, a rat terrior, tons of action, and a world filled with zombies and you've got one heck of a good story.

Another bonus... the author's writing style is so sarcastic, clever and fun. He had me rooting for the "monster" vampire. You could catch little glim...more
Mitch Davis
I loved every single bone-crunching moment of this book. The idea - a vampire wakes up in the midst of the zombie apocalypse and is forced to turn from predator to protector - is executed excellently.

With a wide cast of whores, cannibals, rednecks and drug addled clowns, Wendig keeps the batshit-insane levels at a euphoric high on his adventure from the East to West coast of America.

When you flip your middle finger off at the world, remember that the world might just cut it off.
Tracy
More like 3.5 stars.

Generally speaking, I am over vampires, and I don't care for the zombie trend, so this title already has a double whammy against it, except I like reading Chuck Wendig, which is the main thing going for it.

A zombie apocalypse happens, and it's the end of civilization as everyone knows it. A vampire, Coburn, who has been kind of hibernating awakens to this changed world. He can't really feed on zombies (meat is too rotten, double dead--double meanings there for the title), so...more
Amanda  Cooper
It's certainly a new spin on the Zombie Apocalypse. What would happen if you were a vampire, and you woke up to find most of your food source is walking around all pussy and rotten and, well, inedible? If you're Coburn, you turn shepherd, protecting your food source to ensure your survival.

Now, let's not think this is altruism. Coburn is a total asshole. Cocky, smug, cheerfully violent - this vampire does not sparkle, or swoon, he bites holes in you and drinks your blood. He's Spike, before spik...more
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
From my blog: http://serialdistractions.com

Coburn, a self-centered sonofabitch of a vampire, wakes from a five-year dirt-nap to find that the zombie apocalypse has struck. This poses a distinct food-supply problem for the bloodsucker, as zombie fluids simply won’t cut it and sources of real human blood are scarce. That means that the predator has to become a shepherd of a herd of humans that can sustain him. Soon, he and his herd are heading west along the old Route 66, fighting their way throug...more
Robert Williamson
What a book!

Coburn is a terrific character. This book had it all - action, suspense, smart ass comments, a vampire and zombies.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Another must read author for me.
Tasula
This was my first Chuck Wendig book, and I must say he is twisted individual. Just my type. I loved this book. A vampire wakes up, a dried husk jolted back to life was dripping blood. He finds the world is full of zombies and his live blood supply is dwindling fast, so he has to overcome his impulse to gorge on every living human he meets, and starts to treat this one group as his personal herd, acting as their shepherd. As is typical of dystopian sagas, they encounter dangers and adventures whi...more
Krishna
Chick Wendig is like the premise king. But the wheels come off a bit at the non-ending.
Andrea
Well, I wrote a review for this but Goodreads ate it.
Ryk Stanton
Man, did I want to love this book. It has the greatest premise I've heard related to zombie novels; check this -- a vampire who had gone to ground for a few years comes back to find that the world has undergone a zombie apocalypse. So he ends up having to save humans from zombies so he can survive. Cool, huh?

But ... ok, look, I am not a writer (yet) nor am I an editor or anyone related to the book biz, so I have little right to offer criticism. And Chuck Wendig is a well-known blogger and offers...more
Chris Horne
In a nutshell: The apocalypse has taken place and zombies were involved. It's bad news for humans and worse for a vampire. Time for a little mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship, eh?

Maybe it's coincidence that I recently started watching "Community" on Hulu just a couple weeks before I picked up a copy of Chuck Wendig's "Double Dead." Maybe I'm just being stupid, but it was hard not to read about Coburn, the fashion-conscious, somewhat hedonistic and snarky vampire who narrates the novel,...more
sj
Originally posted here.

Remember when I said last year that @KateSherrod had needed multiple showers after reading Chuck Wendig's Miriam Black books? That was NOTHING compared to the showers, brain bleach and other necessary mental hygiene adjustments one will need after reading Wendig's zombie+vampire+zombie vampire novel Double Dead.

I am not kidding at all, this book is GROSS. But still somehow charming? Seriously, this was how I read this book - "HAHAHAHAHAHA! Ew. Seriously, ew. But still. HAH...more
Eddie
I give this book a rating between 3 and 4-star but will be generous and just round it up to a 4-star. This book was pretty fun, nothing life changing, but it was mindless fun that worked. I'm not a vampire or zombie junkie but when I came across this title and read the blurb on what it was all about, I asked myself, how can I not give this book a try? A lone vampire in a zombie infested world and a cool looking cover to boot. I know, never judge a book by its cover, but I'll admit, I'm guilty as...more
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--


Well this was a book that first found about on Civilian Reader blog. When got around to reading the review at the blog couldn't hold myself back in not getting it. So in a very quick manner bought it off Amazon.com. The premise sounded fun where Horror is concerned and also the idea of zombies outrunning humanity so only a few survivors remained then by a strange twist of fate a vampire awoke to a zombie apocalypse that re...more
Lainy
Blurb From Goodreads

Coburn’s been dead now for close to a century, but seeing as how he’s a vampire and all, it doesn’t much bother him. Or at least it didn’t, not until he awoke from a forced five-year slumber to discover that most of human civilization was now dead—but not dead like him, oh no.

See, Coburn likes blood. The rest of the walking dead, they like brains. He’s smart. Them, not so much. But they outnumber him by about a million to one. And the clotted blood of the walking dead cannot...more
Syafiq Segaf
The best thing about the book is the fast-paced, no-nonsense plot and efficient writing. The second best thing is its colorful characters.

The worst thing about the book is the cover.

Coburn the vampire woke up one night in New York and found himself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Fate brought him to meet a small dog (Creampuff), and five people on a caravan: Gil the leader, Gil's sick daughter Kayla, Leelee the vet-turned-doctor, Cecelia the brat, and Ebbie the nice fat guy. Double Dead'...more
Andor
Zombies, vampires and zombie-vampires in one book. That's supposed to be cool.
It didn't work for me very much though. And I can pinpoint one thing that really annoyed me for most of the book: swearing.
I read "Blackbirds" by Chuck Wendig before, and I mentioned in my review that the amount of swearing - even though I don't usually care - is maybe a bit too much there. Well, that second book of his was moderate compared to his debut novel. The first part of the book is annoyingly full of swearing,...more
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th...more
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“He wasn't supposed to feel this way. He didn't even want to feel the way he did for the dog, for Creampuff--
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Goddamnit
"Goddamnit!" he snarled. Ginger blinked. Incredulous he explained: "They took my dog, Ginger. They stole my terrier." He popped each of his knuckles. "They didn't just abandon me after I got them through, after I kept them alive. They rubbed salt on my wound while they pissed in my eyes. I can't believe they stole my dog."
Coburn grabbed the kid by his all too-clean shirt and shook him like a baby. "Listen. You're going to drive me to go get Creampuff, my terrier...”
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