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Drop Dead Gorgeous

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  323 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
As tattoo artist Star begins to ink her first client on a spring Sunday morning, something goes horribly wrong with the world... Belfast's hungover lapse into a deeper sleep than normal, their sudden deaths causing an unholy mess of crashing cars, smoldering televisions and falling aircraft. In the chaotic aftermath a group of post-apocalyptic survivors search for purpose ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Permuted Press
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Jan 11, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, first-reads
When I read the first page I got a little worried... Oh NO... It's in Irish Slang! But it turns out that it wasn't that bad (nothing like Irving Welsh or James Joyce!) Though there were a few sayings that I wasn't exactly sure what they were saying... I knew that they were profanities of some sort and that's enough.

Short Summary: One day most of the world drops dead... kaput! A small number of people are left standing among the corpses, absolutely befuddled and terrified. Several try to band to
Apr 28, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
I like James Joyce. He's chaotic.

This book is chaotic in a different way. It was highly enjoyable, and the writing was, oddly enough, lyrical. It wasn't choppy and clumsy, the way many zombie novels are written. The gruesome details seemed almost musical, and while certain deaths were surprising, it didn't leave me feeling sick inside. All in all, definitely a good read.
Jan 04, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing
I've said it before, I'll say it again: I recommend this book to horror and non-horror fans alike. The writing is that good. It will keep you enthralled no matter if you're a fan of the genre or not. I've read it more than once and will probably read it again before the sequel comes out.
Jan 24, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
Shades of Shymalan's "the happening" but it does goes left somewhere near the end.
it turns out a good and thoughtful book. a very weird ending and set of developments which i am not sure really works- i am not sure what was being said. but its a good read
funny though- if i was writing this and the conclusion i would have thought no one would publish it, but someone told a story worth reading in the end.
Jan 26, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
I love zombies (sorry Mr. Revert) and found the book very entertaining. This was read at a time when I had to stop and start too many times for my liking and the countless characters became a bit of a blur. I thoroughly loved the writing and always get a kick out of reading derivatives of English vulgarities. This is one I need to give a second chance , and I promise I will.
Feb 14, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Simmons does a beautiful job developing his characters and constructing a scenario that are refreshingly original in the somewhat over-saturated zombie sub genre. The only minor disappointment is that the "zombies" don't really get going until the last third of the novel.
Bowie V.
Sep 26, 2010 Bowie V. rated it it was amazing
"Drop Dead Gorgeous" was drop dead glorious.

Built up with a steady and very deliberate pace, the climax is even more than what you waited for the whole book. The ending was harsh, cruel, and bloody. Just what any book of the dead rising from the grave should be. And what a variation on a theme this story was.

Loved the regional/national aspects of the story, the use of music to accentuate the mood, and the finish was outstanding.

Grab it...
Eva Leger
Apr 07, 2010 Eva Leger rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Eva by: Felicia
I couldn't get into this at all and I barely got a quarter of the way in. Even though I am now able to quit a book I still don't like doing it and I do try not to.... when I can. I couldn't continue with this.
I'd be interested to know whether Simmons is Irish, has ever been to Ireland, if he knows anything about the dialect, slang, etc. Because it was far too over the top IMO. It was like someone like myself (not from Ireland and not a person who uses Irish slang) wrote a book and stuck in ever
Robert Beveridge
Jun 23, 2010 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Wayne Simmons, Drop Dead Gorgeous (Permuted Press, 2008)

My experience with Permuted Press up till now has been David Moody's Autumn Quartet and a slew of press releases about books that have made me say, every time, “man, I have got to read this.” Oddly, I never saw a single press release for Drop Dead Gorgeous, the first novel from Irish novelist Wayne Simmons; I stumbled across it in my local Half Price Books. (There is a small-press horror fan in my area who routinely sells stuff there. Whoev
Aug 04, 2010 Jaz rated it it was ok
This started off quite nicely with people dropping dead all over Ireland. The first 2/3 is all about survival in the unknown world. Nothing is provided onto the why with regards to everyone (well nearly everyone, gotta have a some characters to tell a story) dying. I did like the character development as everyone started joining up and coming together. However once the "zombies" were animated I couldn't see where it fitted into the story I was already reading. I don't want to catagorize this as ...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Wayne Simmons has created a story filled with "characters". By characters I mean quite a few folks residing in Northern Ireland when the end of the world comes that are quite a diverse lot. They definitely give us a flavor of that little piece of the world as the world comes to an end.

This story reminded me of David Moody's "Autumn" as far as how it begins. In an instant, more than 99% of the population of Belfast and Northern Ireland (and we are left to guess through most of the book whether t
I really liked “Part 1” of Drop Dead Gorgeous and it’s worth 4 stars as the reader is introduced to several random people on any ole Sunday morning in Belfast. Something goes wrong with the world though and a lot of the hungover masses don’t wake up. We follow several others as they witness crashing cars, falling planes and survive train derailments. It seems that 99% of Belfast’s population has just dropped dead.

The set up was really good as we introduced to a bunch of intriguing characters (S
Jan 30, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it
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Simon Logan
Nov 03, 2014 Simon Logan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Simon by: Wayne Simmons
DDG starts in much the same manner as Simmons' other book, FLU, being set in modern-day Northern Ireland with a group of disparate characters who stories build and then, later, collide in various ways. I'd started the book assuming it was a straightforward zombie horror but after 150-odd pages and still no dead rising from the graves I realised this wasn't the case.

It's a testament to Simmons' skills with the storylines and characters that I didn't find myself becoming bored or itchy for the zom
Jul 09, 2012 Teawench rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, signed, done
I'm not sure what I think about this book. Some of the characters were interesting but there was too much jumping around to get a feel for them. It was an interesting premise but it seemed rushed. I think part of it might have been too many characters for such a short book. I liked Flu much better.
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 Miz Love rated it it was amazing
After reading and reviewing Flu, I wasn’t sure if Wayne Simmons could top that delightfully horrible book—horrible in all the good ways of zombie horror. Well, he has with Drop Dead Gorgeous. I didn’t understand the title really until near the end, and then you think: What a master he is!

Once again, Mr. Simmons has penned an un-put-downable book, where several characters are introduced and we get to follow their lives when disaster hits the world. People are dropping dead all over the place, and
Laura Armstrong
Um, I was intrigued by the opening chapter which drew me in but for me I don't really think this early promise translated to the rest of the book. Characters were under developed and I found the author's writing style far from engaging. Not for me.
David McDonald
Sep 15, 2013 David McDonald rated it it was amazing
Coming across something new or even refreshing is difficult within a genre such as horror. Many filmmakers and even novelists plump for tried and tested ideas and the major archetypes within the genre cover a multitude of storylines and subsequently, at least to my mind, very little material seems original; which is why I am so taken with Drop Dead Gorgeous by Wayne Simmons.

After a fairly pedestrian introduction and judging by the size of the paperback, I wasn't expecting great things from Drop
Paul Huggins
Jul 18, 2013 Paul Huggins rated it really liked it
A very unusual but thrilling take on the zombie genre. An excellent assortment of characters and relationships.
Jul 12, 2012 Otherwyrld rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I found it very hard to like this book. I didn't like any of the characters, finding them petty, small minded and mean spirited for the most part, and there were major gaps in what should have been important characterisations which had an impact on the plot. I found it hard to keep going and had to keep putting the book down, not because it was unpleasant, but because it was boring me even though at 288 pages it was a short book. The ending was a major turn off for me too - I mean, all the wrong ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Fiona rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies
Just finished the audio version. It was kind of boring. I bought it because I actually liked the idea of the focus being on the survivors, but their story was uninteresting. And at the end, when the zombies "arrived" they stretched my credulity way beyond breaking point.

This feels like the author just strained to find a new angle on zombies - he did, but it's an uninteresting angle and nothing else about the book stands out. And the occasional attempts to write lyrically fall very, very flat.

I b
Oct 18, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I started listening to Drop Dead Gorgeous, I was hooked. Apart from the fact that the story moves along at a good pace, the narration was so good AND with an Irish accent (despite intensive Googling and stalking I cannot find out if the narrator actually is Irish) the scene was perfectly set for an intense post-apocalyptic zombie story.

There is a large cast of characters, some of which don't make it to the end of the book, plus flashes of characters that don't play a pivotal part
Jan 13, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch ist eher eine Endzeitgeschichte mit einem Hauch Zombie Horror. Mysteriöser Weise sterben plötzlich, bis auf ein paar Ausnahmen, alle Menschen. Die Überlebenden versuchen auf verschiedene Art ihre Welt wieder aufzubauen. Da gibt es eine Hierarchie, die vor Intrigen nur so wimmelt, oder auch ein religiöser Kult, in dem ein ziemlich irre gewordener Pfarrer das Zepter in der Hand hält. Doch bis fast zum Schluss hat das alles nichts mit Zombies zu tun.

Als diese dann auftauchen wird es ers
Apr 03, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
One Sunday morning, nearly everybody drops dead. Suddenly. In Northern Ireland, the few people that survived try to make sense of what's going on, and gradually join together into small groups, finding shelter in a school, or solace in the now free bar of a hotel, or... Until one day, dead women start coming back and taking revenge on people that wronged them while they were alive.

The good things:
It's fast paced. There's a good range of characters that are real "characters". Star, the tattooist
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 21, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
”Mere moments after ninety-nine percent of Belfast’s population stopped dead, like wound-down clocks, THE SILENCE descended. Nothing moved. Small, isolated pockets of carnage gave a sombre accompaniment to an otherwise dead city. Flames flickered here; a soft (almost mourning) wind whistled there...
But nothing moved.

Occasionally I just have to throw an apocalyptic novel into the reading mixer. I can only assume that it stems from a period in my life when I was rout
Jan 18, 2014 A rated it it was ok
Shelves: given
I thought the writing in this book was amazing. Unfortunately nothing happens until like the last 50 pages. If only this author had more of a plot to work with.
Jane Wynne
Jan 19, 2014 Jane Wynne rated it really liked it
One Sunday morning in Northern Ireland, almost everyone drops dead. The survivors gather in groups to pool resources. The trials and tribulations of this life start to take their toll, especially after several weeks when the beautiful woman start to come back to life to reek revenge on men who had done them wrong... A really interesting concept and fast moving story.
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Dec 28, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Fast moving with crisp characters that jump out of the page. I presume this book is the calm before the storm of its sequel but despite this, the sheer style and readability of Wayne's smooth writing make this an extremely enjoyable read. This is good work and a realistic and lucid voice that deserves to be read by horror fans... I'll definitely be back for more.
Jena Christian-Taylor
Jul 07, 2016 Jena Christian-Taylor rated it really liked it
Completely different approach on an "undead" novel. Immense character development. Found myself enthralled with the vast array of characterizations. Side note the narrattor of the audiobook has an incredible Irish accent!!
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Belfast born, Wayne Simmons, has loitered with intent around the genre circuit for some years. He penned reviews and interviews for several online zines before publication of his debut novel in 2008.

Wayne’s work has since been published in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey and North America. His bestselling zombie novel, FLU, was serialised by Sirius XM’s Book Radio.

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