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Curtis, a young college student is dragged to his first gay club by his best friend Jimmy for a night of dancing, drinking and sex…at least until the dead start to rise and attack the club. Trapped inside the Asylum are a small band of survivors, including a drag queen, a male stripper, a Vietnam vet bartender, a pretentious gay couple, and an unstable DJ. Will this motley ...more
ebook, 84 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by The Zombie Feed (first published December 1st 2010)
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Rick
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful fresh take on the zombie mythos. Great fun!
Daniel Kelly
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn’t get much more straightforward than Mark’s 67-page novella Asylum. With no introductory explanation for the outbreak, a small group of gays are suddenly holed up in a club called Asylum with man-hungry zombies banging on the door.

There’s gut munching, suspense, a little bit of sex—it’s all just like a good horror movie. And of course there’s a cast of characters you’d expect to see in a gay club: the drag queen who owns the club; a DJ who begins to think the zombie outbreak is God puni
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Review: ASYLUM by Mark Allan Gunnells

Love 80's gritty horror films? Love campy horror? Love horror with a "Bite"-- no, not vampires: real-life issues--addiction, fear, social anxiety, sexual addiction, love, obsession, terror, bigotry of many stripes, true love and its loss, bitterness, resentment, peace in oneself, lack of internal peace..Author Mark Allan Gunnells bravely approaches these themes, and honey, the Zomb'pocalypse ain't the worst you need to worry over. Check out the additional new
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Michael
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When browsing the shelves of the bookstores (physical and digital) for the next book to read, I am always on the lookout for promising new authors. One of my recent discoveries is Mark Allan Gunnells. I first met Mark on Facebook, and I was anxious to read something he had written. At the time, there had only been one publication, and copies were no longer available. When he announced the release of Asylum, I snatched it up and put it at the top of my TBR pile. The fact that it was a zombie was ...more
Brett
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
A fresh locale for a zombie attack--a gay club. Gunnell's pulls no punches with his great cast of characters. Not only does he thrust the reader into the middle of a zombie attack, but into a world most will not be familiar with.

I really enjoyed this fresh take on the zombie genre. Highly recommended.
David Howard
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, fast-moving story. The characters are well-developed and the action keeps moving. This book doesn't add much to the zombie genre, relying on well-known tropes to sketch out the situation. It's the setting in a gay club, with mainly gay characters, that creates the interest here.
Shawn
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies seem to be everywhere and attack anything living. They are a true killer who does not worry about, race, religion, gender, type of creature, or sexual orientation. All they care about is that their prey has a heat beat and warm blood running through the veins. It also helps that the prey be bit squishy so they can really sink their teeth in to their meal. It’s a great thing, at this time, they are only found in the mind of writers.

Yes I realize I’m painting a wonderful image of zombies b
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Warren Rochelle
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies. The risen dead, perhaps animated by black magic and its practitioners, obscene arts, or by pure evil, with a taste for human flesh torn straight from the living—can there be a story about such that has a social message? Can there be a zombie tale that is a love story? Aren’t zombie stories about gore and lots of it? In his new novella, Asylum, Mark Allan Gunnells, gives an answer to all three of those questions: yes. Curtis, a twenty-year-old college student, is taken to a gay club, Asy ...more
Gef
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
Apex Books has a new imprint called The Zombie Feed, and among the first books to be published is a novella from budding author, Mark Allan Gunnells. With Asylum, Mark takes the shambling hordes of the walking dead and gives them a new target: a gay bar.

While the story shifts between several characters, all of whom find themselves barricaded inside the nightclub Asylum, the main character is Curtis, a small town boy unaccustomed to the gay lifestyle of the city. Not to mention that the twenty-ye
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Tj
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Skull Salad Reviews (http://skullsaladreviews.blogspot.com):

Asylum by Mark Allan Gunnells is the debut publication from The Zombie Feed, a new niche publisher specializing in zombie fiction. In this novella, Gunnells utilizes many of the well-known topes of zombie fiction. His zombies are slow, ambling, unintelligent Romero-inspired zombies chasing after a group of survivors who are barricaded inside a confined space. Fans of zombie films are in familiar territory here. However, Gunnells gi
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William M.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
3 AND 1/2 STARS

I remember reading thousands (literally) of posts by this author on a past horror community chat site a few years ago and thinking to myself, it this guy would spend as much time writing fiction as he does posting, he would have a body of work to rival Stephen King! But it looks like he’s finally put pen to paper, or at least fingers to keyboard, and crafted a fairly enjoyable zombie tale.

Centering the action in and around a gay club with gay characters was certainly different th
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Benito Corral
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ASYLUM is a new novella by Mark Allan Gunnells from the micro press The Zombie Feed. I am a HUGE fan of apocalyptic zombie fiction and with Gunnells setting his story in a gay bar, I immediately tore into it, curious to see how his twist on this claasic horror staple would play out.

Gunnells had me from the first sentence. ASYLUM starts off with a hook up in the parking lot of a gay night club and just skyrockets from there. Curtis and Jimmy are the two friends who first realize that the impossib
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Nicole
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asylum is a quick, fast paced read, focusing on a group of people trapped in a nightclub called Asylum during the zombie apocalypse. There is a bit of gore in the beginning but this story isn't about the zombies, it's about how we cope with the idea of impending doom.

For a 60 some page novella, there is a lot going on in Asylum. It's filled with social commentary on how society deals with the LGBT community. As each character thinks on their past, we see that what society has dealt them changes
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Michele Lee
Asylum is one of the first releases from relatively new Apex imprint, The Zombie Feed. If this bold, but recognizable zombie apocalypse story is any indication of things to come readers have a lot to look forward to.
Curtis is new to the gay nightclub scene, but he allows Jimmy to drag him along to Asylum despite his discomfort. Too bad zombies are coming to the party too. While in many ways a straight-forward zombie uprising tale it's nice to see a new range of stereotypes being pulled out and
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D.g. Gass
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll admit it. I had gotten so sick of all the copycat zombie flicks that have become available over the past decade or three that, despite my love of horror, I had opted not to read novels that featured zombies. After all, there’s only so much you can do with a walking dead person, despite the various stages of decomposition. I know, zombie lore isn’t about the monster, but about the people who are trying to survive the onslaught from the brain sucking ghouls.

Now the question, what would you do
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Douglas Castagna
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced zombie novella. Twist is its inside a gay club. Zombies do not discriminate as we find out inside the Asylum, a trendy gay club. We are treated to some interesting characters, tropes in their own right, as well as their ultimate demise flesh eating style. I liked the energy and the intensity of this quick novella.
Darrell Grizzle
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asylum offers a new twist on the standard zombie story by placing it in a unique setting: a gay nightclub. There’s a surprising amount of depth and character development for such a short novella. The horror is intense at times, and so is the erotic energy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from Mark Allan Gunnells.
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