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2.90  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Being a zombie, not so easy. That could have been Dave Connor's six word memoir. "At first he couldn't remember how he'd ended up in that shallow grave; he just knew it was hell to claw his way out, and that the taste of its dirt would remain in his mouth for the rest of his time on this earth" ... Expect the unexpected in this existential resurrection thriller.
ebook, 102 pages
Published 2010 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published 1983)
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Midu Hadi
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Scott Roberts
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is good. I give this book 5 stars.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books, zombies
This was a short novella but a fairly fun read. Dave wakes up buried in a grave and eventually digs himself out. He has no recollection of who he is, what he is doing in the grave, where he is or anything. He wanders around and ends up going to his uncle's house. It's familiar to him, but he doesn't know why. He can't talk, doesn't feel hunger or thirst and the only way initially that he can communicate is through writing. Everything has to be relearned and he just wanders around at night (the d ...more
Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it
You ever wake up feeling like a zombie? Your head isn't clear, you stumble around in the dark, and you smell like death(okay maybe not quite death). Dave Conner rolls over in his grave (quite literally) and starts walking around but has no clue how he got there. He ends up at the house of a family member who takes him in despite his peculiar odors and sloughing skin (and the oozing hole in his abdomen). Dave can't remember anything about himself or the life he had. His story unfolds as he wander ...more
Randy Harmelink
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story, fantasy
If you're looking for a zombie apocalypse type story or a gory brain-eating zombie story, this one is not for you.

This is a story about one person who "wakes up" in a grave as a zombie, with no idea who or what he is. But he is able to learn things, and slowly the story unfolds and tells us how he ended up in the grave.

I found it interesting, but lacking in depth. I agree with other reviewers that the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying.

I didn't notice the numerous editing errors others ha
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Dave is not your average zombie. He doesn't eat brains (or anything else, for that matter). After being murdered by a local gang, he rises from his grave and returns back to the only family he has left, an uncle. He learns to speak almost normally from daytime television and and at night, he wanders the streets, trying to help the less fortunate among the living. He makes friends.

Dave crawled out of the grave one day and becomes a better human than he ever was. But, unfortunately for Dave, the g
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I read in another review, it's short but fun to read. Considering how many books I've zipped through recently, this story is memorable.
João Pinto da Costa
A good read

Very enthralling nd immersive short story with relatable characters. Very succinct and straight to point writing style. Takes the "waking up feeling like a zombie" to a new level
Victoria Zigler
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a bit disappointed by the lack of emotion and ease of acceptance by those who encountered the zombie. Other than that, this was a great read, especially if you like the kind of zombie book where the zombies are more than just mindless creatures stumbling around looking for victims.
Rochelle Barozzi
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was going great....then the ending was....dumb.

Stupid ending. P.Od me off. It could have gone many ways. With this ending i have no desire to read any further in the series.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
For all of you out there like me who picked this book based on the title, let me give you a heads up. This is not a gory zombie story with the living dead eating people. This is not about a guy who is a zombie wanting to or trying to eat his loved ones. It is a dead guy wandering around with little memory of his life and with no purpose, who crosses paths with various thugs, lowlifes and gangsters that he knew before he died. And that's about it. I'd call it a gangster book with a dead guy in it ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
"Being a zombie, not so easy. That could have been Dave Connor's six word memoir. Expect the unexpected in this existential resurrection thriller."

Short story downloaded for free from Smashwords. A different take on your usual zombie story. The main character starts his 'life', when he claws out of a shallow grave. He does not know who he is or what happened to him, he just follows his instincts...

I liked the writing style and the main plot. There are some side plots that don't go anywhere and
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies, ebook, 2011
Rough around the edges (read: poorly edited), this short story was only 81 pages on my iPad, including title pages, & yet boasted at least ten characters that seemed to come & go like zombies in the night... (Er... *shrug*) Ultimately, this short story had way too many characters, & I felt the ending was rather abrupt. It also seemed to be lacking a purpose, & details within the story often contradicted other details (eg., the zombie is described early on as completely lacking a ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dave Connor awakes to find himself buried, as he fights to claw himself out he discovers a wound that undoubtidly put him in there (along with the person who inflicted said wound). Puzzled as to who he is, what happened to him and where he is Dave stumbles around in the dark until he finds something he feels familiar with.

The story progresses with Dave discovering his previous life, how to communicate and fit in with life as he is now. Although he is a "zombie" I wouldn't have put this in with z
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, horror, shorts
A new and different take on the traditional zombie story, it starts at the grave of Dave Connor as he wakes up, crawls out of his grave and makes his way to the home of a family member although he can't remember who he is or anything of his former life and is working on instinct alone. His uncle takes him in despite is perculiar look, odour and the gapping hole in his abdomen (not to mention the bits of skin flaking off him) and tries to help him get his 'life' back on track. Told through the ey ...more
C.M. Brown
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zombie Nights, by Tom Lichtenberg has an appealing charm, but is a thriller with twists. It tells the tale of Dave Connor's. Poor Dave was murdered by a gang of no good thugs, and left in a shallow grave in a park, dead!

Of course Dave rises and becomes a Zombie, but not the Walking Dead type, he is a little different. Dave expresses to readers how a Zombie feels, thinks, moves, etc. It is quite a different perspective on the world of Zombies.

He finds a place to live with his Uncle, when he just
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
This story was poorly edited; this made it difficult to tell definitively whether it was also poorly written, or if the consistently missing punctuation, and occasionally missing words, were more of an issue.

Characters were added in a seemingly random fashion; for such a short novel (60 pages on my ereader), there didn't seem to be much space to be adding so many people - I would start to get accustomed to the presence of one character, only to have another side-story line added in the next chap
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook
Wow, was that terrible. Not only was the grammar and spell-check non-existent, but the plot was just plain dry. I've never been into reading zombie novels, and I only read this one to complete my A-Z book challenge "z" letter requirement, but I sincerely hope all zombie books are not like this one. There was practically no action at all, and when there was it was completely boring. It seems like there may be a sequel by the way it ends, but you certainly won't find me reading it. At least I coul ...more
Samantha Parrish
Eh...not much to say.

The book definitely has an interesting take on the whole zombie aspect. It would have made for a very interesting novel. I feel like the author was headed that way...setting up some characters,some conflict, etc, but then for whatever reason just gave up and wrote a sloppy ending that doesn't really tie in. I would love for the author to refinish this book in novel form. I would definitely read that!
Katlynn Parsons
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smashwords
'Zombie Nights' caught my eye for two reasons. The first being my love for a good Zombie story. The second for being so short. I was craving a short, interesting read to start my day.

Tom Lichtenberg gave me exactly what I was looking for.

Following Dave's thought process as he relearns how to act human is a fascinating twist on a zombie story. I didn't much like the twist ending but overall a great read.
Criss Rosenlof
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
The book started well, and aside from the seeming random additions of new characters/story lines, clipped along nicely... until the end. Completely random, and made no real sense.

I would have enjoyed a longer novel, in which we could explore the side stories, but all in all not a bad read. It just could have been better.

Somewhat disappointed.

-Papa Bear
Katy H
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook, 2013, short-stories
More of a short story than a book, this was an interesting take on the usual zombie story. I didn't feel all that strongly about it one way or the other. If I had to choose one emotion to describe my feelings towards this I'd probably go with 'sad'. I did like "Eddie"/Dave but there are only a very few people to whom I'd recommend it.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in the book. I did not enjoy it because it did not fulfill my expectations of what I thought a book about zombies would be.I was forcing myself to finish this one.

I didn't like the characters because of their personalities.I did find their actions possible if I held all else as possible.
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies
Dave the zombie crawls out of his grave and walks around town. He finds his uncle who dresses him up and puts deodorant on him. Dave walks around some more and meets random people form his living life. Strange short story, but also kinda boring. What bothered me was why didn't any more pieces fall off of Dave as he was decomposing?
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was advertised as being the most-downloaded on Smashwords, so I was curious. It is a bittersweet zombie story which is thoughtful and full of atmosphere. It is not perfect but powerful. I found it highly entertaining and fun, easy to read.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
"Existential Resurrection Thriller"? Not so much. Existential, yes. Thriller? No.

I give the author props for great characters & descriptive prose. The plot here is nonexistent at best, and what could have been existential ends up dull and pointless.

Luckily it's a short novella.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not at all what i expected. It was a short read, under 100 pages but it had way to many people in the book. The main character is a zombie but doesn't remember how he got buried and so on. I wasn't sure if i was happy about the ending or i was happy that it ended.
Albert Yates
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, horror
a highly entertaining short story about Dave and how he dealt with coming back to life, reclaiming who he was, and making friends.

I expected Dave to eat a couple of people along the way, but was pleasantly surprised when that didn't happen.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book was good It keeps your interest.But the ending has a lot to be Desired Just leaves you hanging So I am hopping there is a number 2
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“Nothing to it", Dennis sighed. "Find him. Chop his head off. Stick him in the ground again, and this time don't forget the orange peel."
"Lemon", Rags replied.
"Orange", Dennis insisted. "It's only lemon the first go around. Second time orange. Third time lime."
"Third time?", Rags said nervously.
"Sometimes it doesn't take", Dennis said.”
“I thought you killed that boy", he finally grumbled.
"I did kill him", Rags said. "Dead as doughnuts. Buried him too, just like you told me."
"And you sprinkled the grave site with jalapenos and lemon peel?"
"Lemon peel?", Rags stuttered. "I don't remember anything about lemon peel!".
Dennis was silent for quite some time. Rags glanced nervously about him, wishing he was anywhere but there. He realized he'd screwed up, but the whole thing was a mystery to him. He was extremely superstitious, but even his ignorance had its limits. 'Lemon peel?' He thought to himself, 'come on, that is just ridiculous'.
Dennis might have read his mind, because he spoke up in a slightly louder tone to indicate his maximum rage. "Jalapeno to burn his soul, of course. Lemon peel to keep him in the ground!”
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