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Slowly We Rot

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Long after the zombie apocalypse wiped out most of the human race, a young man named Noah resides in a remote mountain cabin. Several years have passed since he last saw another human being. The long period of isolation and loneliness has fostered a deep despair in Noah, who also struggles with suicidal impulses. But Noah is a man who was struggling even before the end of ...more
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published March 14th 2015 by Bitter Ale Press (first published March 1st 2015)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
Noah lives by himself in a cabin in the mountains in the waning days of the zombie apocalypse. When he's forced out of his idyllic nest, what will the world hold for him? What happens in a world ravaged by a zombie plague when most of the zombies are gone?

As I stated in my review for The Rising, I thought I was over zombies until recently. After The Rising, I was hungry for another bite. When Brian Keene tweeted that Slowly We Rot was only 99 cents, I pounced on it like flesh eaters on a bunch o
I really liked this book - despite it being very depressing.

The inevitable has happened - the world as we knew it no longer exists. About 98% of the world's population has succumbed to a virus and most of the people in the world are now the undead kind. The zombies in this book are slow and falling to pieces - and don't seem to be an imminent threat, unless they sneak up on you...or have recently turned, then they are more deadly. In some books the undead are fast and aggressive and will eviscer
What happens after the zombie apocalypse ? 98% of the world is dead. There is no more electricity unless one has a generator, but, there is little or no fuel left and no one to make any more. The zombies have little or no human flesh left to eat, so they are rotting away into shambling piles of bones. Bryan Smith looks at the apocalypse from a new angle and takes his main character on a quest to find lost love.

But nothing is that simple. We all have weaknesses, drives and demons which make up ou
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thunderstorm
SLOWLY WE ROT is a "zombie novel" that's NOT actually about the zombies. This is the story of Noah, a young man who has been surviving in the mountains for years after the apocalypse. Noah's life has been plagued by addictions since before the end of the world as he knew it. Surviving now, with only his own mental capacities and books to keep him company, has taken it's toll. There are parts where Noah's memories are particularly lucid, and others where it's obvious his mind is "making a reality ...more
Brian Keene
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Quite simply, the absolute best zombie novel I've ever read, and the book Smith was born to write. A masterpiece of modern extreme horror.
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story about loneliness, despair, isolation, hopelessness, alcoholism, insanity, and zombies. Then the mood gets much darker.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Slowly We Rot is easily one of the best zombie stories I have read. A lot of time has passed since the zombie outbreak, and there aren't many zombies left. They have become a low level threat for the most part. One could argue this is more about a man and his demons than it is about zombies. Either way, Noah has some baggage and it is interesting to see how all of it plays out in the reality of his surroundings. The bleak setting, and the accompanying themes of freedom and solitude add to a book ...more
Kristen Burns
4.5 Stars

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Wow, I don’t even know how to start this review. This was what I initially posted on Goodreads after finishing:

“I feel like I should be annoyed that I don’t even really know what happened for a good portion of the book, but instead I kind of just feel like laughing and crying at the same time. Is it normal to feel that way after finishing a book? How on earth am I ever going to write an actual review for this?”

And you know what? I still don’t know how to write an actual revi
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical Bryan Smith book. An incredible read. The title is very appropriate. Think about being set in your ways living a comfortable life but just going through the motions to survive.
Think about an event that tosses all that up and causes you to reevaluate what you have become. Noah the main character has such a life and has such an experience. This book is phenomenal. A must read. I don't want to give to much away as this is one of those stories better left to the reader to unravel.
Glenn Rolfe
I gave this book 3 stars purely off potential (and it's amazing cover).
Smith had a lot of great ideas that all seemed to crash land into one novel. Sometimes, too much can be just as problematic as not enough.
I enjoyed aspects-- although this is a zombie world, the story is more about the humans (good, mostly bad) that are still around. Noah's struggle with the demon alcohol, the frailty of Noah's mind after living alone for so long... All good character pieces and part of the potential that is
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
4 Stars

Slowly We Rot is a post apocalyptic novel by Bryan Smith. This is a book with zombies but it is not really about them. I am already a fan of Smith and have enjoyed other of his works. I have done my best to stay away from the genre for a while now. In today's Walking Dead world, there are far too many zombie stories that offer very little reward for your time or your money. Thanks to the mainstream overdue, I have come to be more annoyed with the undead shufflers than I was previously wi
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arguably, SLOWLY WE ROT by Bryan Smith is his best work to date, plain and simple. While this reviewer tends to shy away from zombie apocalypse stories, simply because we've all read these types of stories before, or watched them, but being huge fan of the author's work, I couldn't resist.

And I wasn't disappointed.

Twenty something Noah lives alone in a remote family cabin, the sole surviving member, in the Smoky Mountain region. For years he sees no one, not even zombies. He barely exists, but t
Ken McKinley
The zombie story that's not a zombie story. Well, not as much as you'd think. So, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Well, that sucks. Why would I want to read a zombie story that doesn't focus on the zombies?" I'll tell you why - it's a great story. The zombie apocalypse, that the story takes place in, provides the desolate setting and feeling of hopelessness that permeates through the story for our protagonist, Noah, to navigate through.

Noah is a mid-twenties college drop-out from alcohol
Vicki Willis
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book all the way through. It was a zombie book, but it wasn't a zombie story. I felt like that zombie angle was used for the setting. The character was completely destroyed and somehow surviving at the same time. The use of the past enhanced the story for me and there were plenty of WTF moments. I couldn't figure out how it was going to end, but the ending was perfection! I also like the author's note at the end. I felt like it was written specifically to my wonderings. A solid 5 star ...more
Slowly We Rot takes the reader on an unforgettable journey and carries an emotional depth not normally present in modern horror fiction. This is damn near a masterpiece and exhibits a writer at the apex of his storytelling abilities. Highly recommended.
William M.
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, drama
Bryan Smith's new book, Slowly We Rot, is receiving a lot of acclaim for taking a different approach to the zombie genre. Instead of the regular bucketful of blood and guts you usually get with zombies, Smith treats this story as a character piece that just happens to be set after the zombie apocalypse. I think people are even more surprised at this because prior to this book, Bryan Smith was mostly known for his extreme and graphic horror. And I must say, I very much enjoyed this departure from ...more
Brad Ellis
Bryan Smith has done something few other authors could make me do...finish reading his novel without putting it down more than a handful of 2 weekdays, no less. His composition of the story was solid overall, and I kept wanting to read more about what happened to Noah as he set out to find his lost love. As the story entered its second half, the narrative dragged and shambled a bit, and became disjointed. In the end, the story left me feeling a bit disturbed, which was the point of it ...more
Jon Adams
I'm really not sure what to think about this book. Seriously, what in the actual fuck just happened? I threw it down when it was over. But, I still read the entire book in a day, so that's pretty telling.

I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars. It's a 3 now, but that may change tomorrow.

What the fuck?!
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Slowly We Rot takes place in the zombie post-apocalypse, but it is not a zombie apocalypse novel. If you are looking for page after page of gut munching and head shots than you would be better off finding another book (don't worry, there are scores of books that are just what you are looking for). The zombie situation provides the backdrop for the story, which is one of loneliness, addiction, guilt, and despair.

I admit I was surprised at first. Bryan Smith has a well earned reputation for litera
Dan Williams
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story of Noah

When someone sets forth to name the best in zombie fiction, World War Z and Dead Sea seem to rise above all others. Bryan Smith has written a novel to sit among those two great works in Slowly We Rot. Like the previously mentioned novels there is far more to this story than just shambling corpses. Smith gives us a character with flaws both fatal and common. Noah is a man broken well before the zombie apocalypse even occurs.
Years of isolation, survivors guilt and substance addic
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A zombie apocalypse story that stands out from the many books in this genre.
The main character, Noah, sets out on a cross country journey in the aftermath of the apocalypse.
Reminiscent of The Walking Dead, it gives a more personal account of the struggles of survival in a drastically changed world.
As well as struggling to survive, Noah is also struggling with alcoholism, which gives the tale real character.
Getting blackout drunk in such a dangerous world is fraught with peril.

A real page turner
Zachi Panigel
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
wow! what a ride.
"Fear and loathing in Zombieland" but without much zombies.

I'm sick of zombie novels, but this one was hell of ride.
on the surface, it's seems like another survival post-apocalyptic
one-man journey, but underneath it all there are so much going on.
i won't spoiled it, but the journey you will take with the characters
are worth it and will be with you much after you've done reading.
this is going to be on the best horror list of 2015.
highly recommended!!!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Slowly We Rot is the book your looking for

One of the deepest hard hitting tales I've ever read. As with all Bryan Smith books plenty of blood, sex and intensely. Be prepared for an intense emotional ride that will knock you down and before you can get up punch you in the back of the heads.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That one was a fast read. A character study of a survivor after the zombie Apocalypse. Think Fox's The Last Man On Earth mixed with The Walking Dead. Tightly written and emotionally stimulating. Recommended, of course.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly good zombie story but the unsympathetic main character and the nonsensical ending left me underwhelmed.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-competition
Zombies have pretty much taken over pop culture these days. So I, like many horror fans, have felt a little burnt out the sub genre. After hearing Brian Keene say some great things about this book on his podcast I decided to check it out. I was already a huge fan of Smith's "Depraved". It was a gore a minute whacked out back woods splatter fest. "Slowly We Rot" however is an entirely different animal. More than anything this is a character study. The zombies play second part to the protagonists ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found it really hard to get into until the third part. An interesting premise but a flawed delivery.
Nick Cato
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review on 3/30 at The Horror Fiction Review. But for now: DANG.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I slobberingly loved this book. I was a 4 stars for most of it, but since I finished it 3 days ago I cannot stop thinking about it. Fantastic read!!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
When horror legend Brian Keene tweeted that SLOWLY WE ROT by Bryan Smith was on sale for 99 cents last week, I jumped on it. I'd been in the market for horror books to read in October. SLOWLY WE ROT delivered a surreal, trippy story that I would have enjoyed more had the prose not stood in the story's path.

At its core, ROT is an allegory about the dangers of addiction. Smith made masterful usage of metaphors throughout. Noah, our protagonist, has been hiding away in the mountains since a plague
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Bryan Smith is the author of more than thirty horror and crime novels and novellas, including 68 Kill, the cult classic Depraved and its sequels, The Killing Kind, Slowly We Rot, The Freakshow, and many more. Bestselling horror author Brian Keene has called Slowly We Rot, "The best zombie novel I've ever read." 68 Kill was adapted into a motion
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