I finished this book while on vacation in West Hollywood for Halloween. While I was in the process of reading it I thought it was going to be a four-sI finished this book while on vacation in West Hollywood for Halloween. While I was in the process of reading it I thought it was going to be a four-star read, but by the time I had completed it I had to take it back down to three. Here's my take on its contents:
LAZARUS by John Connolly Biblical Lazarus as a zombie, reanimated by a Jesus who is as detached from the human condition as his spectral progenitor. I liked this one.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW by David Liss Ridiculously stupid story about a shmoe who accidentally kills someone, then encounters her reanimated corpse in a sex club that caters to necrophiliacs. Against all the internal logic (such as it is) of the story, said corpse remembers the whole thing and brings him to poetic zombie justice. I hated this story.
COPPER by Stephen R. Bissette A social justice story involving a retired cop, a veteran, and bringing down the neighborhood bully. Loved it.
IN THE DUST by Tim Lebbon A story about the quarantined town that the government imprisoned the first population of infected in becoming humanity's final refuge. Loved it.
LIFE SENTENCE by Kelly Armstrong In a world where the supernatural and the mundane live side-by-side, what lengths would a Wallstreet douchebag go to to live forever in undeath? I didn't really enjoy finding out the answer all that much. Meh.
DELICE by Holly Newstein A voodoo justice story, sort of like "Mess Hall" by Richard Laymon in "Book of the Dead." Except that this story was good and didn't involve castration.
THE WIND CRIES MARY by Brian Keene A better name for this story might have been "When a ghost loves a zombie." I didn't dislike it, and it was only a few pages long so no harm, no foul.
FAMILY BUSINESS by Jonathan Maberry After the zombie apocalypse, half-brothers bring closure with dignity to the unliving and their surviving relatives. I really enjoyed this one.
THE ZOMBIE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by M.B. Homler Cut from about the same cloth as "Zombieland," and just as entertaining in about 1/5 the time. I liked this story.
MY DOLLY by Derek Nikitas Avant-garde bullshit that reads like the first part of necro-porn. I hated this story only slight less than "What Maisie Knew."
SECOND WIND by Mike Carey Irony: becoming a zombie makes a human being out of a monster. I would really like to read more of Mike Carey's work.
GHOST TRAP by Rick Hautala Mr. Hautala, Stephen King called and he wants his schtick about small town yokels finding zombies in rural Maine back. Meh.
THE STORM DOOR by Tad Williams X-Files-esque story that offers-up a supernatural backstory for the zombie holocaust. It was OK.
KIDS AND THEIR TOYS by James A. Moore This was a really disturbing story about the monsters being us. Loved it.
SHOOTING POOL by Joe R. Lansdale Unless I completely missed it, there were no zombies in this story. A tale about the monsters being us in a book about zombies needs to have freakin' zombies in it! Didn't care for it - not because it was particularly bad, but because it was totally out-of-place.
WEAPONIZED by David Wellington Zombie proliferation: a cautionary tale. Not bad.
TWITTERING FROM THE CIRCUS OF THE DEAD by Joe Hill Is it real? Is it a viral advertisement? I don't know, but it was pretty entertaining!
Three decomposing stars for "The New Dead."...more