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An anthology of 15 short stories, EYE WITNESS ZOMBIE offers
a surprisingly strong variety of first-hand accounts of the zombie apocalypse.
This is May December Publications’ first undead omnibus, edited by TW Brown
(pictured); after devouring it, readers will be hungry for more.
EYE WITNESS ZOMBIE is not about big-name writers—it’s about
well-written horror fiction. With a few exceptions, the short stories in this
collection are engaging, nervewracking and delightfully scary. With a nice
variety of tones ranging from the campy and funny to the ultra realistic, the
element stringing the stories together is the first-person perspective, which
helps to create an almost cinematic experience without the filter of a removed
narrator. The tales are told from the points of view of a variety of
characters: a hillbilly husband, a military man, the star of a children’s TV
program, various journalists, a teenaged girl, a psychiatric patient…average
Among the standout stories are “A Soldier’s Lament,”
“Childish Things” and “Dredge.” “Lament,” by Patrick D’Orazio, is about a
soldier on a rescue mission in the midst of an undead crisis. He and his squad
enter an apartment building to retrieve the daughter of a military higher-up;
things go horribly wrong for the team, and even worse for our hero. William
Wood’s “Childish Things” is told from the perspective of a man who works as a
talking whale on a children’s show—and becomes trapped in the suit he needs
assistance getting in and out of when some of his co-workers turn into ghouls.
“Dredge,” by Nikki Sedlock, follows a lonely man as he encounters and then
accepts the reality of zombies and makes his way to his fallback refuge of
choice: Walmart. He experiences significant loss and wonders why he continues
to live at all when there is no one left.
Cumulatively, the works in EYE WITNESS ZOMBIE accomplish
what should be the goals of any good undead story: exploring human behavior
under extreme duress; forcing readers to ask themselves how they would react to
similar situations; and inspiring dreams of armageddon.
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