21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology [edited] by Christopher Golden (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Genre: Fiction, zombies, anthology, humor, satire, horror, it’s all about the brains baby
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: Zombies, they’re not just for horror movies anymore! They can be metaphors for our fears, our reliance on media, life-threatening illnesses, the homeless, and every other possibility in between. This anthology strives to explore the different ways that zombies can be tackled and how they have evolved since slowly shambling onto the silver screen. A wide range of authors lend their take in these 19 never before published stories compiled by editor Christopher Golden.
First off, I apologize about the belated posting, I am in the middle of San Diego Comic Con planning and packing, where hopefully I will have time to get this ARC signed while I’m in my full zombie Girl Scout regalia. Don’t worry, the cookies I’ll be selling are made from real Girl Scouts. Just kidding, I’m not selling cookies, just killing Girl Scouts. There will of course be a full post when I return detailing all the fun literary (and some of the not so literary) panels I partake in. My anal retentive schedule is ready and raring to go!
Where was I? Right, zombies! Golden uses the stories in this anthology as a lens to process our 21st century fears, the fear of death, the unknown, etc. There are nineteen stories in all, some covering the literal undead while others tackle drug use, loss, media consumption and every zombie metaphor imaginable. Zombies are called the walking dead, Infects, workers, the NODS, survivors, Hamlin’s Revenge, and the Dead Ones. They’re created by the R1 Virus, use the Revenant Patch, are spread by spiders, caused by drug use, and occur during the apocalypse, the Resurrection, and the Devastation. This is not your typical anthology about the undead.