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The World Is Dead: A Zombie Anthology

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The end of the world has come and gone. The dead have risen, and they've won. No more rallying of the troops. No miracle cure or weapon. Just lots of dead people walking around. If the living dead won, what would the world be like?

This collection of eighteen tales-including entries from David Wellington, Jack Ketchum, and Gary A. Braunbeck-take up the call to answer that
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Permuted Press
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Colleen Wanglund
Mar 10, 2010 Colleen Wanglund rated it really liked it

World Is Dead, edited by Kim Paffenroth for Permuted Press, is a 17-story zombie anthology. All of the stories are set, for the most part, after the apocalypse has already taken place. Interestingly, all of the stories are grouped according to what they relate to-work, family, love, and life.
There are two stories that are absolute favorites for me. The first is THE SONG OF ABSENT BIRDS by Mark Onspaugh. Society has survived in underground sectors, with the zombies migrating in large groups on
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it it was amazing
The World is Dead is the latest zombie Anthology from Kim Paffenroth, who also oversaw History is Dead. This anthology looks forward, to the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, as opposed to looking back at key points in our history where zombies reared their ugly heads, which is what we got in his last anthology.

The nature of this book makes most of these stories personal and intimate, with sadness and regret tinging many of the tales. We are not looking at things from a worldwide perspective
Jordan Anderson
Aug 26, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it it was ok
It always seems that when searching through a catalogue of zombie anthologies, that without fail, Kim Paffenroth’s collections always make the top 3, and in a genre that is becoming bloated, rotting, and slow moving (much like the very zombies in these stories), it’s hard to abide by the acclaim many of these collections get. While “The World is Dead” has a pretty sweet looking cover, and is totted as being a collection that “...represents the best of zombie literature”, it is, unfortunately, a ...more
Sep 13, 2009 David rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable collection of zombie-related tales. As with most anthologies, some stories hit closer to the mark than others, but The World is Dead contains more than its fair share of sure-fire hits. I was asked to blurb this book but my recommendation is sincere. A superb collection from Kim Paffenroth and Permuted Press.
Andy Phillips
Oct 03, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
This is a great selection of short stories for zombie fans. There are no poor stories, and only a couple of average ones, which is fairly unusual for these sorts of collections, from my experience.

All of the tales are set in a world where the zombies have taken over and the initial outbreak has passed. Each story has a different perspective on what would happen next, and how people would continue to live under those circumstances. Brief summaries of each story follow. Quite a few of the authors
Jun 20, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I'm always up for a good zombie tale, which may bias my review. Allow a star or so variance if the walking dead are not to your taste. Though, no doubt, you are very much to their taste!

The stories collected here share a common theme of being set years after a zombie apocalypse, after the world has settled down to a new "normal" in which the walking dead are an accpeted fact of life. The material is all new, written for the collection.

Of the eighteen stories collected here I found six to be quit
Oct 08, 2014 Juan added it
I liked a few of the stories in the book. The "family" stories were my favorite. They were touching to me. I liked how some characters tried to connect with their family members, despite if they are alive or "zombies".
Jun 17, 2014 Travis rated it really liked it
As with any Anthology, there were some duds in this collection. Overall, the majority of the short stories were average/above average for a pretty saturated "zombie" market.
Helena Sheibler
Jun 14, 2012 Helena Sheibler rated it it was amazing
"The world is dead" is probably the best zombie anthology I've ever read. Not a single dud. A real stand out is The Blue World by Carole Lanham. This book is a must-read. :)
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I am a professor of religious studies, and the author of several books on the Bible and theology. I grew up in New York, Virginia, and New Mexico. I attended St. John's College, Annapolis, MD (BA, 1988), Harvard Divinity School (MTS, 1990), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD, 1995). I live in upstate New York with my wife and two wonderful kids. In the horror genre, I have written Gospel of the ...more
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