Monday, November 17, 2014
Dead World Resurrection - by Joe McKinney - The Collected Zombie Short Stories of Joe McKinney
Dead World Resurrection: The Collected Zombie Short Stories of Joe McKinney is a collection of nineteen stories of varying length from a master of the zombie sub-genre.
A number of the stories tie into Joe's Dead World novels, while others take a look into other post apocalyptic worlds.
In the Introduction, writer, David Moody lists what he believes make a good zombie story. One of the points he makes is one I've mentioned before in my reviews, "Most of all, I think the best zombie stories are not about the zombies at all. They're about the living: the people like you and me, trapped in the middle of an unimaginable nightmare and doing all they can to preserve what remains of their lives and loves from attack by the living dead."
The stories here have appeared in other publications over the years, but this is the first time they have been collected in a single volume. Good news for zombie fans who may have missed these over the years.
I'm not going to comment on every story, just a few standouts for me, beginning with, "Resurrecting Mindy." A charming tale that reminded me of "The Gift of the Magi," with zombies.
"Dating In Dead World" is about exactly what the tile would lead you to believe and I found it to be very enjoyable.
"Bury My Heart At Marvin Gardens," was another story that stood out for me. I particularly liked the way it moved between an actual game of Monopoly and traversing the streets of Atlantic City during the zombie apocalypse
There is a comfort level a reader develops with certain writers. I've often felt this way with Stephen King. I feel it with Joe McKinney, too. When I start reading one of his books or short stories, I get the feeling I'm in very capable hands.
After you've finished all of the stories, stick around for the Author's Notes where Joe gives some insight into each of the stories in the collection and then there's even more after that with "A Reader's Guide to Dead World."
There's a lot of bang for your buck in this collection from JournalStone. Dead World Resurrection: The Collected Zombie Short Stories of Joe McKinney is available now in nearly all formats at the JournalStone website.
Recommended for lovers of all things zombie.