The Dead Walk!
edited by Vincent Sneed
Die Monster Die! Books, 229 pp.
Ever since George Romero first showed us that zombies could be more than mere shambling corpses—that they are, in fact, a malleable metaphor that can be twisted to reflect different aspects of society—we’ve seen that they can be scary, silly, funny and socially relevant. Die Monster Die! Books’ The Dead Walk! brings us ten new zombie stories that cover the wide range of subject matter that we’ve come to expect from the walking dead. Shockingly, I only found one of the stories not to my liking and of the remaining nine tales I’d judge four or five of them to be instant classics. “The Dead Bear Witness” by James Chambers comes the closest to a Romero-style zombie tale. Set in a prison it injects a unique point of view where (much like Day of the Dead) the zombies are less important than how the people deal with them. Chambers is also represented by the somewhat humorous, often insightful, and downright creepy “Ressurection House.” C.J. Henderson has two stories here as well, one of which, “Crime and Authority,” closes the book on a nicely cynical note. The most daring story though (possibly the boldest and most intriguing story I’ve read in a while) is Robert M. Price’s “The Righteous Rise.” Telling the Resurrection as a zombie story could have gone wrong a million different ways but Price’s take on it is both intelligent and classy without treading into blatant sacrilege. Not only is this book a must-own for the hard core zombie fans but I’d go so far as to say that it may be the new definitive zombie collection.