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The Dead (The Dead #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A gripping horror series from a brilliantly inventive new author

Lazarus Stone is about to turn sixteen when, one night, his normal life is ripped to shreds by a skinless figure drenched in blood.

He has a message: The Dead are coming.

Now Lazarus is all that stands in their way. To fulfil his destiny, he must confront not only the dark past of his family, but horrors more gr
256 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2010)
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Liberty Gilmore
Aug 06, 2010 Liberty Gilmore rated it really liked it
What’s Good About It

It’s really good fun. And disgusting. The fact that it opens with a chapter called ‘Rotten Meat’ says an awful lot about the book. There are gruesome monsters, gory battles, and a magnificently grotesque good guy (or is he?) too.

The pace is intense, never letting up for a second, and in this sort of book that’s important. It’s aimed at an audience not known for giving much time or attention to reading, so it has to hook them fast and keep them hooked. It’s also pretty short,
Alexandra (AlexEatsBooks)
I've not quite read a horror novel like it. David's writing is so sense-driven that it's not just like watching a particularly gory horror movie; it's like living and certainly SMELLING it, yeuch! But SO much fun, far too short for my liking and hanging out for October till I can read volume 2 - The Dark.
Full review to come on my blog -
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I don't read much YA horror books, but I really should. And I think that I will very soon, as The Dead is the first in a new series of books by David Gatward.

It follows Lazarus Stone, nearly 16, as he learns some very surprising things one night as this really creepy and horrific thing appears in his house and tells Lazarus that unless something happens very quickly, a torrent of angry demons will start ripping through the veil that separates Lazarus's normal life from The Dead. Didn't you just
Ally Atherton
Dec 07, 2011 Ally Atherton rated it liked it
Hodder Children's Books

Lazarus Stone is a normal 15 year old who gets up one night and discovers a skinless figure drenched in blood in his living room. His father has disappeared and (it turns out) is not quite who he thought he was. The bloody figure in his house has one simple message.

'The Dead are Coming.'

The dead are indeed trying to escape from the world beyond and it seems Lazarus is in the right place at the right time. We also encounter an alcoholic winged woman who drives a four wheele
Karen Field
May 03, 2013 Karen Field rated it really liked it
The dead are coming!

Well, what can I say, this one sentence provided my imagination with lots of images and I immediately picked up all three books and purchased them.

The Dead is book one of the series. It starts out strong and carried me right through to the last page. It’s fast-paced and interesting. There’s no time to ponder or get distracted or to check what’s on television because something is happening all the time to demand your full attention.

If you’re looking for deep and meaningful, t
Cass -  Words on Paper
2.5 [revised rating - it was okay]

This was my first horror novel, so I didn't know what to expect. With that in mind, THE DEAD introduced to me a dreadful other-world, where the Dead "live". (heh...puns) I think that there were definite problems with character development, as well as articulation with language- however that may be justified to the fact that this is completely new territory for me.

In the case of characters, I didn't really feel connected to any of them. They were there, they did
Sarah Dean
Feb 04, 2012 Sarah Dean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural
Spinechilling, fast paced and humorous this book gripped me from the start. The dialogue is that of a typical british teenager making it believeable. My only moan is that it was WAY to gory, not the kind of gore that would make me throw the book away from me or cringe, it was hard to picture that much gore in my head, it was just way too detailed for me. The character's are the best kind. A reluctant hero, a best friend who manages to keep calm and make any situation funny, a female alcholic ang ...more
Oct 29, 2012 CaroleHeidi rated it really liked it
I picked up The Dead because I wanted something quick to read alongside another hard-going book I’m reading. It was perfect.

I finished it in two sittings and loved it.

A bit different from other horror stories I have read, The Dead was full of intriguing twists and developments that always kept the pages turning.

I really liked Lazarus, the lead character, because he didn’t fall into his role easily on discovery of the weird things happening around him - he doubted everything and ran away. He was
Jun 17, 2011 Kristy rated it really liked it
Really fast paced and the action starts within the first few pages, no dull build up. I'd recommend this to any parent who wants to get their reluctant teens to read. It's pretty gruesome but not just constant descriptions of bloody flesh so there's a nice balance there! Great cliffhanger at the end makes me think there really is more to the story and it's not just one book that's been stretched into a trilogy. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Jun 13, 2013 11robep rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The dead is about a boy called lazerus stone who has a father who is cares more about his job but in his free time he is always fiddling with his clocks. He care more about the clocks he had than lazerus. One day he go away and leaves him at home and that's when it begins
Holly Harker
Sep 16, 2010 Holly Harker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
What a fantastic, edge of your seat read. In the world of zombie fic, Gatward has done something you don't see every day: he's written something with its own, original mythology. This is gripping and racy, filled with horrifying monsters and lots of gore. Loved it, can't wait for the next one!
Doh Young
Aug 19, 2015 Doh Young rated it liked it
Horrifying book which sends a chill down your spine at night...
Aug 03, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Great Story. Pages fly by, leaves you wanting the next book. Not currently avalilable in Canada, so do yourself a favor and order The Dark and The Damned at the same time from Amazon
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