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Resurrection! The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How will you survive?How will the world change when the dead begin to rise? Stoker-award-winning author Christopher GolResurrection! The hungry dead have risen. They shamble down the street. They hide in back yards, car lots, shopping malls. They devour neighbors, dogs and police officers. And they are here to stay. The real question is, what are you going to do about it? How will you survive?How will the world change when the dead begin to rise? Stoker-award-winning author Christopher Golden has assembled an original anthology of never-before-published zombie stories from an eclectic array of today's hottest writers. Inside there are stories about military might in the wake of an outbreak, survival in a wasted wasteland, the ardor of falling in love with a zombie, and a family outing at the circus. Here is a collection of new views on death and resurrection.With stories from Joe Hill, John Connolly, Max Brooks, Kelley Armstrong, Tad Williams, David Wellington, David Liss, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Maberry, and many others, this is a wildly diverse and entertaining collection... the last word on The New Dead. ...

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  • Becky
    2018-12-23 23:19

    Hmm... I should probably review this or something, eh? I actually really liked this, but at the moment I find myself having very little to say in a real review. (Or a Becky review, which isn't the same thing.)Most of the stories were very good, with a couple gems and a few stinkers. Some I just didn't get at all, and one failed to convey why it was part of a zombie anthology in the first place. Shooting Pool, I'm lookin' at you. Otherwise, a really good and varied collection of stories. Some with unique and interesting spins on the genre, which was nice. And just for giggles, because I feel like this review is too short, my status updates for most of the individual stories: "First story: Lazarus by John Connolly. Really liked this one. Different perspective and really kind of sad. Very short story with short paragraphs and almost bleak writing, but I think it was perfect for the story being told. 5 stars." "What Maisie Knew: Great story, different and unique. It's hard to know who to sympathize with in this one, and every new revelation in the story kept tripping me up. I'm really enjoying this collection so far! 5 stars""Copper: Didn't much care for this story. Too choppy, too repetitive, too vague. I got bored with it really quickly, and didn't really see why it was in this collection. Ended up skimming over 1/2, and then when I saw how it fit, was just... blah. 1 star.""In The Dust: Another good story, different and intriguing, and a little sad. 4 stars""Life Sentence: Pretty good story. A little sparse, but I liked the concept and the two main characters, although for different reasons. Their interaction and relationship was interesting. 3 stars""Delice: Good story of voodoo and revenge. I liked it, but would have liked it to be longer, too. The Wind Cries Mary: Another good story, very short, and sad. Would have liked it to be longer, and have a bit more background info, but still good.""The Zombie Who Fell From The Sky: Did not like this one. I thought the writing was juvenile and the characters and zombies unbelievable and unrealistic. 1 star.""My Dolly: I think that this story really had potential, but failed because it had no point. The background situation was much more interesting than the actual story in the forefront. Shame. 2 stars.""Second Wind: I actually liked this story a lot. Interesting perspective on zombies, and also an interesting take on what we are willing to live and die for. 4 stars""Ghost Trap: This was a pretty good story. There was nothing really fantastic about it, but it was good. Except for one detail that annoyed me, which was one man hearing another's "screams" underwater. Perhaps ONE scream, but as he'd have no air for a second, that's all he'd get. Details and plausibility are important!""The Storm Door: I really liked this one. I think I will have to read more of Tad Williams' stuff. Very interesting and creepy and good! 5 stars""Shooting Pool: Umm... Not sure what this had to do with zombies at all, actually. And it wasn't really all that great a story either. 1 star.""Circus of the Dead: Pretty good, not my favorite Joe Hill story. 3 stars."Halloween October 2011: #10

  • Rachel
    2018-12-27 01:23

    This is a really awesome zombie anthology with new stories from some great authors. Lots of new twists on zombies.my top 5 faves were:"Family Business" by Jonathan Maberry- one of the longer stories, more of a novella, about two brothers. One is apprenticing the other in the "family business"-killing zombies-but it's not your typical violent, shoot-em-up story. Lots of heart, great relationship created between the two brothers, not perfect but realistic."The Wind Cries Mary" by Brian Keene-very short, sweet story about the relationship between two very different people."Closure, Limited" by Max Brooks-Written as a continuation of World War Z, the narrator is visiting an organization that helps people gain closure for what occurred during the war. Um kind of, in my opinion :)"Lazarus" by John Connolly-great retelling of the Bible story of Lazarus, from Lazarus' POV. Kinda sad, great way to open the anthology."Twittering from the Circus of The Dead" by Joe Hill- Great representation of a new format. I don't Twitter (or whatever) but a story told only in Tweets moves pretty quickly. Story starts out with teenage girl bitching about being on vacation with her family and takes a dark twist. Hill really creates the character through her Tweets, which is rather impressive and creates a slow burn to a great scare.Those were just a few of my favorites. This anthology is full of authors that I was familiar with from other anthologies but their stories are all new. Definitely worth a read if you love zombies as much as I.

  • Not Now...Mommy's Reading
    2019-01-19 17:02

    What an amazing anthology! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of never-before-published stories featuring my favorite creatures of the night: ZOMBIES!!! *giggleEach and every story was unique and fascinating. Here is my rating of the individual stories (from fav to least fave):The Storm Door (*****) DAMN GOOD STORY!Lazarus (*****) Awesome. Beautifully written. Copper (*****) Woooow. Eeeerily poetic. Twittering from the Circus of the Dead (*****) Downright frighteningDelice (*****) Hauntingly beautiful.The Wind Cries Mary (****) I love Brian Keene! Kids and Their Toys (****) Very chilling in a Lords of the Flies kinda wayFamily Business (****)Life Sentence (****) Great story.What Maisie Knew (***)Second Wind (***)In the Dust (***)Ghost Trap (***)The Zombie Who Fell From The Sky (***) Humorous.Weaponized (***)Among Us (**)Shooting Pool (**) Had to read Foreword to understand how this story fit in anthologyMy Dolly (**) Closure, Limited (**)

  • Chris
    2019-01-06 23:23

    3.5 brains.I'm just going to cheat and copy my status updates here for the individual stories. All in all, it's a pretty good collection. More good stories that turds, which is a good thing to find in an anthology."Lazerus" was cool & intriguing. (3 stars)."What Maisie Knew" kicked serious ass. (5 stars)."Copper" ehh, not so much. (1 star)."In the Dust" - very cool. I love a good aftermath story. (4 stars)."Life Sentence" - creepy and well told abuse of power story. (3.5 stars)."Delice" - meh. I'm glad this was short. (2 stars)."The Wind Cries Mary" - very cool. I wish it was longer. Heh.. (4 stars)."Family Business" - Pretty awesome novella. I'll have to read the Benny Imura books. (5 stars)."The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky" - meh. Not so great. OK story with weird, jarring narrative. (2 stars)."My Dolly" - meh x2. Kind of a wtf? story that did nothing to help me want to keep reading this book. (1.5 stars)."Second Wind" - I thought it was going to be 'meh' too at first, but I liked how it turned out. (3 stars)."Closure, Limited" - I was looking forward to this as I liked World War Z. Started alright but ended abruptly and I must have missed something important. Meh... (2.5 stars)."Among Us" - definitely 'meh'. Ramblings and disconnected little things. Thankfully short. (1 star)."Ghost Trap" - a pretty good one. I'd like to see more about "the plague". (4 stars)."The Storm Door" - creepy and engaging story. Tad Williams never disappoints. (4 stars)."Kids and Their Toys" - wow. That was the most disturbing one in the book so far. Creep-fest. At least Lord of the Flies didn't have zombies to worry about. (5 stars)."Shooting Pool" - Well. I did find myself engaged and I liked the way it was written. But it had a lot of build up and didn't really go anywhere. Oh, and where are the freakin' zombies? This one would be better suited for Redneck: An Anthology of the Inbred. (3 stars for story, 1 star for being in the wrong anthology)."Weaponized" - pretty enjoyable though unrealistic story here. Future technology includes a camera disguised as sunblock? Yeah, right. (3-ish stars. Solid 3 without the fucking sunblock camera)."Twittering From the Circus of the Dead" - closing with Joe Hill. Loved this one. OMGOMGOM (4.5 stars).Slight editing there (mostly adding stars). I'll bump the overall rating to 4 stars since there were more good ones than bad.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2018-12-21 22:02

    ZZOZOMZOMBZOMBIZOMBIEZOMBIES!!What more do you need than a book full of Zombies!Great read.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-10 22:20

    Lazarus by John Conolly - This one was pretty good. It gave a new spin to an old and very well-known bible story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I guess, I assumed, like I'm sure alot of people did that when he was risen he was "alive", but this makes us wonder...what if he wasn't? (3 stars)What Maisie Knew by David Liss - This is my favorite so far. What a unique story, with a great ending twist. Kind of part mystery, part dystopian. I really enjoyed this one! (4 stars)Copper by Stephen R. Bissette - This one I didn't like much at all. I even had trouble following it. Not very well written in my opinion. (1 star)In The Dust by Tim Lebbon - One of my favorites! I love how this is written and it has great character developement. I just wish that there was more interaction with the zombies in this one. (4 stars)Life Sentence by Kelley Armstrong - This had the zombie action I wanted in the last one, but I liked the characters better in In The Dust. A really good story, though. (4 stars)Delice by Holly Newstein - This one had a really good storyline, but I didn't feel like I got to know the characters well. I wanted to know Delice more and was a bit confused that it wasn't her necessarily getting revenge. - (3 stars)The Wind Cried Mary by Brian Keene - This was really good. This was my introduction to Brian Keene, although I've been wanting to read more for awhile now. I was not disappointed. Short and sweet and really well done. (5 stars)Family Business by Jonathan Maberry - This could've been a novella. I wanted to know more about these brothers. Really well done. I loved the story! (5 stars) The Zombie Who Fell From The Sky by M. B. Homler - This was very weak and disapointing. It was missing so much. It seemed like one moment the guy was at work and like an hour after he went home after his shift, the entire town becomes Zombies. Plus there was footnotes to the characters poetry. Huh? (2 stars)My Dolly by Derek Nikitas - This was a little better but there wasn't much going on. This had potential but didn't go anywhere. (2 points)Second Wind by Mike Carey was a nice story about a man's generosity towards a homeless girl, but I found that the main point of the story wasn't that he was a Zombie. That seemed to only be a side point. Very disappointing. (1 star)Closure, Limited by Max Brooks was short and sweet and one of the best in this collection. But then he is the master on this subject! (5 stars)Among Us by Aimee Bender left me very confused. Isn't this a book about zombies? This was a group of unrelated short stories or vignettes that had nothing to do with anything. Only 1 had a zombie even in it. At least I thought this was an anthology about zombies......and with actual writers in it. How did she get in here? (1 star)Ghost Trap by Rick Hauta - This was a perfect zombie story. Too many of these stories veer from the classic, scary zombie story. I want to be frighted by these stories, not want to make the zombie my friend. Well done. He developed the terror and fear beautifullfy! (5 stars)The Storm Door by Tad Williams - I thought that this had s much potential, but then let me down. I don't want to have a conversation with a zombie....if that's what they even were? I'm left confused and disappointed with this one. I wanted to now more about Nathan Nightingale and his work, but I was left hanging. (2 stars)Kids And Their Toys by James A. Moore - This was a bit more like it. This had a bit of everything and the ending totally surprised me. (4 stars)Shooting Pool by Joe R. Landsdale - What is this? And how did this get included in this book? Not only was the story very lacking and boring......where were the zombies? Isn't this a Zombie Anthology? That's what I thought. (1 star...and only because I don't want to leave it blank like I forgot)Weaponized by David Wellington - This one really disappointed me because I had heard so much about this author. I guess it was interesting, but it dealt more with war than the story of zombies. Interesting concept, though. (2 stars)Twittering From The Circus Of The Dead - Joe Hill - I love this guy and this story is no exception! Really creative and different! Plus what I want from a Zombie story....scare me, shock me and give me gore! (5 stars)This book had highs and lows. Some of these stories, I'm not sure how they got in here, to tell you the truth. They had little or nothing to do with zombies. Plus, and maybe this is just me, I want my zombie stories to scare me and creep me out. I don't want to make friends or try to understand them. Overall, some really good stories here.

  • Kemper
    2018-12-21 18:56

    A decent collection of zombie stories with a lot of variation from the usual George Romero-style zombie apocalypse. Stand outs include Joe Hill’s story told as a collection of Tweets from a bored teen-age girl on a family vacation that includes attending a zombie circus and Jonathan Maberry’s touching Family Business. Surprisingly, Joe Lansdale’s contribution isn’t really a zombie story at all so it seems a bit out of place despite being one of the better tales included.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-01-15 22:13

    Although there were a few duds in this one, there are also some really top-notch stories. Honestly, I'd implore you to pick up a copy of THE NEW DEAD simply to read THE FAMILY BUSINESS by Jonathan Maberry, which is the first zombie story I've read that's ever managed to make me cry.

  • Dustin
    2019-01-15 20:17

    There are several great writers here, but the deciding factor for me was Tad Williams. (I'm on a Williams kick right now!)

  • the_book_adventurer
    2018-12-22 23:00

    For my first ever read of zombie stories, this anthology actually wasn't too bad. I wasn't exactly thrilled to indulge myself with a book about flesh-eating creatures and death-related elements, but I was quite entertained for the most part! The main reason I picked up this books to begin with was because Joe Hill has a featured story here, and I am glad to say his did not disappoint!! There were 19 short stories total, and they each brought their own unique take on zombies and the "afterlife" of the Undead. Although a few of the stories felt rushed and thrown together to me, six of them in particular captured my undivided attention. I won't go into too much detail, but I will share my six favorite short zombie stories as well as a little about why I liked them.1) Lazarus by John Connolly - I had always heard the story of Lazarus' resurrection in one set way, so it really fascinated me to read his story from the perspective of being entirely Undead, rather than raised from the dead as a new man. The story was also from Lazarus' perspective as he rises out of the grave, which made the story even more powerful, as the reader is able to see Lazarus' feelings on the situation.2) In the Dust by Tim Lebbon - Imagine being in a familiar place that has been completely ravaged and torn apart by creatures from the dead. Everything you knew and had in life is gone, and all you have to show for being alive when everyone else is seemingly gone are two new friends. Now what happens when one of these companions reaches the breaking point and puts all three lives at stake? Here you have Lebbon's In the Dust, with just a touch of romance, but not enough to ruin the story.3) Ghost Trap by Rick Hautala - Though the ending to this short story isn't completely given, the reader is able to assume how it will end for the main character, which makes it terribly unfortunate. Here you have a man who has spent a majority of his life saving the identities of those who have been drowned, and the irony is not lost with the ending. Sometimes venturing to the bottom of the ocean is better left alone. 4) Kids and Their Toys by James A. Moore - One word: savage. Definite Lord of the Flies vibes, where "boys will be boys" is a saying that is completely torn apart when the boys at hand lose their innocence and become monsters. This one was both chilling and enlightening, in a way. It shows what children can become when adults are not around to control what happens and Hell breaks loose. 5) Weaponized by David Wellington - Did I hear someone say plot twist? Ahh, yeah, a psycho one! A journalist goes in the midst of war to uncover a truth that could potentially end a career, and instead is met with a situation the could not only end her career, but also her life. Totally fast-paced, and the ending was not too bad.6) Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill - Hill writes this short story with a different format than the rest of the short stories, giving the reader the entire story through various tweets created from the main character. I would say that this one was the best one, and it was a little comical. The main character is unaware of the reality of the situation her and her family are in, and in the end, it really didn't matter whether she knew or not. Hill ends his short story in a similar way that he ends some of his other work: morbidly. It as such a good ending though!! Overall, The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology was unnervingly entertaining. I highly recommend it to a reader who enjoys zombie stories, gore, and horror! Or, if you're like me and love Joe Hill's work, you can try out the other stories before ending the book with a satisfying Hill fix! Twittering from the Circus of the Dead was definitely worth reading the short stories prior, as it was pretty fantastic! A Solid 3 Stars!

  • Philip
    2019-01-13 00:01

    Like most such collections, a mixed bag - one great, several good, and a number of meh stories; as well as one (Shooting Pool) that I had NO idea why it was included, since there wasn't a zombie anywhere in sight.Jonathan Maberry's Family Business is the longest and best story, a touching, Western-tinged tale of two brothers coming to terms with their personal loss. Other standouts include the "28 Days Later"-like In The Dust, Lazarus, and Twittering From the Circus of the Dead. The rest range from okay-but-forgettable to WTF head-scratchers, with too many relying on a "but he was already dead!" surprise at the end. (Max Brooks - "Mr. Zombie" himself - also contributes a short piece, and while it's not bad it really just reads like an outtake from his excellent World War Z.)If your local library has this, it's worth checking out just for Family Business. But overall, IMHO it's probably not worth the purchase price.(POSTSCRIPT: Ha - and now that I search under "Jonathan Maberry" in Goodreads, I find out he's written a whole 5-book "Rot and Ruin" series which deals with the same world and characters as in Family Business. In fact, the description for the first 450-page book sounds EXACTLY like the short story here, no more no less...so, LOVED the self-contained story, but could not have less interest now in reading the books.)

  • Fiction State Of Mind
    2019-01-14 22:58

    I've mentioned before my love/hate relationship with antholigies in the past. I couldn't pass up the lure of 19 new zombie stories by some of today's top authors. This book was lots of fun so I'm going to highlight my favorites in the following : The Good The Bad and The OkThe GoodI'm going to start at the end with Joe HIll's Twittering From The Circus Of The DeadI love Twitter! and Joe Hill was the author who introduced twitter to me :) TYME2WASTE is the sign on name of Blake a young teenager who is on a road trip with her family. Joe captures the mindset of a young teenage girl very well. He also showcases the addictive nature of twitter. This story also shows how we have become so desensitized to violence. After making a wrong turn the family stumbles across a sideshow carnival called The Circus of The Dead. While Blake is originally impressed by the level of "Special Effects" the show contains it soon becomes apparent that something darker is going on. I love the horror that Joe contains in each 140 word tweet, this book was my favorite in the whole book.What Maisie Knew By David LISS This story is incredible.What excites me about it is that it is a fully complete mini masterpeace! It's a great example of what a good anthology story should accomplish. Fromthe first lines you are drawn into Walter Molson's world. Walter is keeping a reanimate named Maisie in an apartment. He is desprate to keep this secret from his wife and friends. Maisie is not content. She finds small ways to disobey Walter's orders and shake up the perfectly controled world Walter is trying to have.As the story unfolds we learn the terrible secret Maisies holds. This story had me immediately wanting to learn more about David Liss :) looking forward to reading more about him.Kids and Their by James A. MooreThis creepy little tale, is about four boys who find a zombie and hide it away in a root cellar for "play". The characters are well defined. It really potrayed the capacty for violence that some children can have with a shocking twist.The Storm Door by Tad WilliamsMost known for fantasy writhing it was interesting to see Tad's take on horror. Occult investigator Nightingale is paying a visit to his godfather to talk about the recent miraculous recoveries of many terminal patients. But they arent coming back the same and Nightengale is trying to get to the bottom of it. I liked this twist of the traditional zombie story.DELICE by Holly NewsteinThis story is a very interesting take on a vodoo zombie. Holy is a very gifted writer I'd like to read more from her. Delice wakes up confused by where she is. Ava Ani treates her with the greatest care, bathing and preparing her. As the story unfolds we learn Delice's tormented past and the mission she has been brought back to fufill.Lazarus by John ConnollyThe Wind Cries Mary by Brian KeeneThese two stories are heavy on emotional impact. John's Lazarus explores the disconnect a true ressurection would entail while Brian's "Mary" is a poignant expression of love seperated by dath and undeathTHE BAD:What I equate as bad in this anthology are stories that aren't fully realised of off topic: a pet peeve of mine :)Copper by Stephen R. BissetteThis narrative stile was not a good fit for me I couldn't really figure out what wa going on and after a few pages i really din't care. Maybe it was just me :)Among Us by Aimee BenderBeside a great zombie joke in the beginning I don't know what the rest of this story was aboutShooting Pool by Joe R. Lansdale interesting story but NO ZOMBIES IN IT!!!The OK:In The Dust by Tim LebbonThis was an interesting story about three people trapped in a small town in the midst of a zombie attack.Life Sentence by Kelly Armstrong Intresting tale about a rich man trying to escape death anyway he canFamily Buisness by Jonathan Mayberry I love Jonathan but this story felt like a prelude to a future work (Which it is !) I'm looking forward to his YA zombie book Rot and RuinClosure, Limied BY Max Brooks I think I know what this story was about but wish it was longer and more clear cut. Either way new Max Brooks is still Ok!MY Dolly by Derek Nikitas Again ok but too short to really enjoySecond Wind by Mike CareyEh:( not really interesting to me.Weaponized by David WellingtonInteresting premise on zombies but again I feel like it had no clear cut endingOverall a great anthology and I will definetly be reading more from many of the authors.

  • Rodrigo Tello
    2019-01-15 23:54

    Mi breve reseña de los relatos de esta antología:Lázaro, de J. Connoly: la resurrección del Lázaro bíblico desde una óptica mórbida, con algo de sexo y poco más. Lo que sabía Maisie, de David Liss: el mejor relato del libro, muy fiel al género.Copper, de Stephen Bissette: frases incoherentes repetidas hasta el hartazgo, argumento delirante, malo.En el polvo, de Tim Lebbon: una historia llena de desesperanza, con poca fuerza narrativa y menor interés, que se queda en eso.Sentencia de vida, de K. Armstrong: ágil, rápido, entretenido, buen final y buena venganza.Delice, de Holy Newstein: muy buen relato, con un zombie vudú despiadado, dosis justa de gore y excelente ambientación y contexto, es uno de los que más disfruté.El viento grita el nombre de Mary, de B. Keene: me encanta este autor, y este relato es bueno, demasiado corto, pero no por ello menos efectivo.Negocios familiares, de J. Maberry: una entrañable historia de dos hermanos con una misión dolorosa pero necesaria en el reino de los muertos. Ojalá se publique en español la saga de Podredumbre y Ruina.El zombie que cayó del cielo, de MB Homler: un cuento que apela al sentimentalismo, a las lágrimas, a la moraleja final... no va conmigo, pero entiendo que esté en la antología.Mi Dolly, de Derek Nikitas: aquí, una vez más, tenemos otro relato que no hubiera incluído en la obra, pues no aparecen zombies. Cuenta las vicisitudes por las que debe pasar un hombre para revivir a una chica muerta de la que, aparentemente, ha quedado prendado. Pero de todas formas, la última mitad me pareció demasiado confusa. No debería haber estado en esta recopilación.Segunda oportunidad, de Mike Carey: carente de todo interés para mí, un drama que parece sacado de alguna peli melancólica con el trasfondo de un "muerto viviente" que no es tal. No me engañe, Sr. Carey.Pasar Página SL de Max Brooks: un relato "bonus" de Guerra Mundial Z, pero no de la misma calidad. Se deja leer, pero es comprensible que esté en la antología.Entre nosotros, de Aimee Bender: una orgía disparatada y sinsentido de entrañas y pseudo mensaje social, un desacierto total de introducir este relato por parte de Golden.Trampa para fantasmas, de Rick Hautala: con este relato el nivel sube y comienza una seguidilla de 2 relatos más que van de más a menos. Nos encontramos con una historia poderosa, bien narrada, donde de nuevo y por supuesto, poco hay de zombies, lo que se dice zombies, pero ésta está muy bien. Escalofriante.La Puerta de la tormenta, de Tad Williams: un detective de lo oculto se enfrenta a demonios que poseen los cuerpos de los cadáveres recién fallecidos. Me encantó, por recordarme a personajes como John Silence o Carnacki.Los niños y sus juguetes, de J. Moore: relato cruel y perverso donde, sin embargo, un grupo de niños hace lo que tienen que hacer, y donde el ser humano se muestra tal cual es. De aquí en más el nivel de los relatos decae nuevamente.Billares, de Joe Lansdale, es otro relato raro, que a decir verdad no sé que hace en esta antología. No es malo, pero pasa desapercibido. 0 zombies.Armas de guerra, de David Wellington, ya nos lo dice todo en el título. Interesante historia e idea que por supuesto, a más de un autor o guionista se le habrá ya ocurrido.Twitter desde el circo de los muertos, de Joe Hill: una historia grotesca y mórbida contada desde los 140 caracteres por una adolescente harta de su familia. La cosa termina muy mal, por supuesto, y se agradece la aparición, por fin, de zombies romerianos.Valga la aclaración y advertencia, entonces; no es una antología 100 % zombie. Si buscan algo así, lean las antologías de Dolmen. Aquí hay de todo, pero pocos zombies y algunos relatos decepcionantes. 5/10.

  • Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams
    2018-12-28 17:58

    Out of all of the short stories, I would say that I enjoyed a third of them. Some were just not my cup of tea, while others completely drew me in. Due to the fact that there are so many different authors in this one book, you really get to taste a bite of their unique writing styles and I have come to find a handful of new authors that I had never heard of. I'll list a few of the short stories I really liked and review them a little.In The Dust by Tim LebbonThis short story brings you into a secured city where officials have quarantined the entire city - there are three remaining people alive inside the barricades - Jamie, Bindi and Toby. They have been hauling zombie bodies to the scientists for them to examine and burn. Little did they know that another outbreak would occur trapping them inside the walls longer than they anticipated. This story is intriguing to me because it actually seems like a possibility of what could happen if this ever rang true - being trapped inside the hub of action and not being able to get out - then once you think things are going to be okay, you find out that you might be safer inside your secluded little area.Life Sentence by Kelley ArmstrongIn life sentence we see a rich man who wants to take advantage of being able to live after he dies. It's an interesting theory that someone could mess around with the DNA of a person so that when they come back as a zombie they would have free will and not rot to pieces. I don't know if I'd ever want to live that way, but I am sure there are many out there who would love to live forever (I just think I'd rather be a vampire than a rotting corpse any day).Delice by Holly NewsteinThis story captured me because it used voodoo to create a beautiful little girl zombie and then lay her to rest once they were done using the body to take their revenge. I liked that it was set in New Orleans and that black magic was involved. You don't really read many zombie books lately that deal with necromancy and voodoo - so it was nice to read about for a change.Family Business by Jonathan MaberryThis was probably my favourite of the stories - I think that has to do with the fact that there are lots of emotions involved in this story. Benny is trying to find a job in his new world - after First Night happened everyone has new jobs that somehow deal with Zombies, like Fence Tester and Erosion Artist. Benny doesn't find a specific job that he is good at or feels comfortable with. He then asks his older brother Tom to teach him how to kill the Zoms. Tom takes Benny on a life changing journey to learn what Tom does for a living - he doesn't just kill zombies, he searches out specific living dead to release from their horrible undead lives. This one is quite emotional at on part, where Benny finally realizes that what his brother does is help others find solace and peace.Twittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe HillThis was an interesting short story as it is all told by Twitter posts from one person - you do not get to see responses or interactions. And everything is posted in 140 character postings. It's an interesting concept for storytelling, but what is even better is the idea of the Circus of the Dead - where live people are believing they are watching a great circus act of people being chased and attacked by zombie clowns etc. Little do they know they are in for a big treat.I would also add that this book is definitely for adults - there is coarse language, scenes of major violence and also some sexual content that I would rate R.

  • Trudi
    2019-01-14 18:55

    I'm giving this three stars because overall, the stories are okay and several are completely forgettable. But I also encourage you to pick up this anthology because a few are outstanding and it would be a crying shame if you missed them. Making it to Outstanding:"What Maisie Knew" by David Liss: At turns creepy, sick and disturbing; absolute compelling reading. If this premise has come up before, it was new to me and I loved it. The zombies are not the monsters of this story. The squick factor is off the charts."Kids and Their Toys" by James A. Moore: Think The Body meets The Girl Next Door. There is a reason why children shouldn't play with dead things. I haven't been this creeped out since reading "Children of the Corn". "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead" by Joe Hill: Mr. Hill hasn't totally blown me away with his novels, but his short stories are EPIC and this one is no exception. If only all Twitter feeds were this engrossing and suspenseful! What starts out as a young girl's whiny bitch-fest in installments of 140 characters or less, morphs into heart-stopping terror."Family Business" by Jonathan MaberryEasily my favorite of the bunch just because Maberry took what were the ingredients of a major story and turned it into a kick-ass novel called Rot & Ruin. Read the novel first though because the short story contains major spoilers.

  • Gerd
    2019-01-14 22:03

    I remember reading a complaint about anthologies in general that went down to something like "The quality in stories varies too much"I'm so tempted to second this notion for "The new dead"There are a lot of better edited anthologies out there, no doubt, although the highlights (most notable Jonathan Maberry's entry) are worth it anyway.Fact is that the writing is extremely varied both in style, which is a good, and in writing quality, which is a not so good; frankly I couldn't help but wonder how some of the stories made it in there, but the fact that one of the stories I felt to be not quite up there seems to be among the best liked reading some other reviews certainly means that those stories do belong.Well, can't argue taste, right?And it does make it a recommendable read for beginners that look for a good overview of what this particular sub-genre has to offer, more seasoned readers may want to skip it though because in the end the overall stories offer little new and would have been for the greater part in need of tighter editing, with some reading at best like fan fiction.Not all stories are bad, mind, some I just didn’t like because they kind of rambled on, or featured redundant parts, which made me wonder if they had some sort of problem to keep the deadline. (<- *Hah!*)

  • Monster
    2019-01-18 18:14

    The New Dead tries to play around a bit with the very idea of the zombie story, experimenting with both the concept of a zombie (such as in “Copper” by Stephen R. Bissette) and the story form itself (“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead” by Joe Hill, which is told in Twitter form). Sadly, outside of the contributions by the powerhouses of the zombie genre many of the stories fall flat.Brian Keene, Max Brooks and Jonathan Maberry all deliver strong stories, as does Kelley Armstrong (who successfully brings a magical twist to the typical zombie tale). The good stories are quite good, but the rest are mediocre, though not necessarily the typical expected tales of a zombie apocalypse, making this an inconsistent collection. Avid zombie readers will find tales to enjoy here, but collections aimed at more general audiences will find other anthologies suit their needs better.Contains: violence, language, goreReviewed by: Michele Lee

  • Angela
    2018-12-29 21:14

    Found this book in HMV for £1 so I couldn't really pass it up at that price. I had already read some short stories and books by some of the contributors (Joe R. Lansdale and Max Brooks to name two) so that tempted me further.There are some excellent stories in this collection. In fact, there wasn't a single story I disliked for one reason or another.Each author contributing takes the idea of 'zombie' and makes it their own. Some are rather traditional in their descriptions of the walking undead; some put a great twist on the traditional zombie; some are historical taking inspiration from voodoo; and some take the zombie idea and completely make it their own.I'm not going to discuss each individual story as that would be far too time-consuming. All I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and have discovered lots of new authors whose work I will now be on the lookout for.

  • Danielle
    2019-01-17 17:18

    Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about the undead... this is a - can I say? - fun collection of zombie tales. I liked the way that each of the authors had a different axe to grind about how the zombie-human throwdown might end up - some put humans in the winner's seat and imagined what that might mean for ethics and zombie exploitation, although most saw a darker future for humans and civilization in general.Personal favourites included a tale told entirely in Tweets by one of my new best authors, Joe Hill ('Twittering from the Circus of the Dead'), which was wonderfully and concisely chilling; Mike Carey's 'Second Wind', which tells the story of a revved-up stockbroker who isn't about to let death get in the way of a good trading session; and Holly Newstein's traditional tale of revenge Voudou-style, 'Delice'.There's plenty here to entertain zombie fans, and to get those brains working, too... braaaaains...

  • Schnaucl
    2019-01-06 23:21

    This is a good, solid anthology. There were a few weaker stories but for the most part I thought Golden made good choices. I particularly liked Jonathan Maberry's story and I was happy to learn that it's being expanded into a book. Family Business made me think about zombies in a different way and I'm very much looking forward to exploring the world he's created.Max Brooks has a story that would fit perfectly in World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.There really are quite a number of good stories in this anthology. Recommended.

  • Jason
    2019-01-14 17:05

    All stories within The New Dead are well done, but there are four that blew me away, for one reason or another--typically because they managed to frighten and/or disturb me. They are:Lazerus by John ConnollyWhat Massie Knew by David LissKids and Their Toys by James A. MooreTwittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe HillI'd also like to mention Family Business by Jonathan Maberry. Although this one did not disturb me, I found it very interesting and entertaining.I was surprised that I liked the Joe Hill story so much, considering how it was written. Hill is so frigging talented, though, that he can make even the telling of an entire story in Twitter Tweets unsettling and frightening. I recommend this anthology for these stories, if nothing else.

  • Anne Marsh
    2019-01-19 17:04

    I almost didn't pick up this book because of the cover-- your traditional rotting, bloody zombie pic. I don't enjoy horror (or don't think I do), but the stories inside were a fabulous introduction both to the authors and to the zombie genre. John Connolly's "Lazarus" is the perfect kick-off: a re-telling of the Lazarus story from the Bible. For urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers, Kelley Armstrong has a strong contribution in "Life Sentence"-- if you love her "Women of the Other Kind," you'll love this one, too. My personal favorites include Tim Lebbon's "In the Dust," Kelley Armstrong's "Life Sentence," and Jonathan Mayberry's "Family Business."

  • Ashley
    2019-01-18 20:57

    Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 31: A Book From A Sub-Genre Of Your Favorite Genre (Post-Apocalyptic -- Zombies)Zombie-tastic! Really good collection of zombie stories. I liked this. It was a good anthology.

  • Andrew Neal
    2018-12-29 01:01

    This was a lot better than I expected. I read it for the Joe Hill story, but it was far from my favorite; the fact that his story was written in the form of tweets (from twitter.com) had a lot to do with that. I mean, that was cute, but I didn't enjoy it.Like most anthologies, there were some dull stories, some perfectly capable stories which didn't mesh with my sensibilities, and some which I liked a good deal. The percentage of good was higher than usual for me, though.I think I'll read Patient Zero when I get a chance because I liked that guy's story.

  • Brian Taylor
    2019-01-18 18:56

    As with many anthologies, there were good stories and stories that didn't appeal to me. The problem is the cohesion of the anthology. Some of the stories don't fit in with the others and it takes away from the experience. With that being said, one of my favorites was Life Sentence, by Kelley Armstrong. James A. Moore always brings something good to the table too. Zombie lovers will find something to like with this one, however casual fans may want to steer clear.

  • Marcus
    2019-01-04 17:04

    Some excellent tales in here, especially Joe Hill's effort.

  • Marie
    2019-01-09 19:11

    A wonderful collection with some real gems. "The Family Business" and "The Storm Door" in particular stand out.

  • Meran
    2019-01-18 21:15

    For the 19 stories in the anthology, I got 3.8 stars. However, 13 of the stories were in the 4 and 5 star category. Unfortunately, one was so bad that I couldn't give it even ONE star. It brought the overall rating down. So I rounded it up to 4, which is where it would be if I hadn't counted that story. There were only 3 stinkers. However, this book is still HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.The impact of these stories is very strong: sadness over the loss of control of our lives, loss of loved ones, the corruption of the flesh, the loss of humanity. Zombie stories are full of satire on our modern society! Even those who read and don't "get" the satire clearly, still must pick up on it subliminally. Lazarus by John Connolly - The story of Lazarus, told simply, plainly, with compassion by Lazarus himself, of LOSS, from an angle I've not thought of, nor have I read any like it. In the original bible story, what DID happen to Lazarus? How happy WAS his life; was it long? Did he marry? Have children? - 5 starsWhat Maisie Knew by David Liss - Horrible, gross, disgusting, beyond sad, Maisie knows something Walter did, and though she's a "reanimate" and is "broken", doesn't do as she's told as all other reanimates do, Maisie still manages to tell what she knows. Lots of torture porn (though on the "soft" side), difficult to read, this is a story for our future, just in case "they" figure out how to use people's bodies after death. - 5 starsCopper by Stephan R. Bissette - Zombies watch, they protect home... Written very well, this story is about decaying neighborhood, copper theft, soldiers and the elderly not being properly cared for so they care for themselves. These zombies talk, reason (when they remember) and certainly care. - 5 starsIn the Dust by Tim Lebbon - A small town experiences a plague, is quarantined, a man searches for his wife, hoping she was a victim, eaten instead of becoming a zombie herself. TPTB have him collecting up bodies for them, but won't clear the remaining 3 citizens. They're locked in, while TPTB e"xamine" the bodies they're been given. A "purge" has ended the physical activity of the zombies, the citizens are still not released and the man still hasn't found his wife... Though Science is keeping them contained, it's the Humanity that is most important in this story. - 4 starsLife Sentence by Kelley Armstrong - A rich man has just received bad news from his doctor: inoperable cancer and maybe 6 m. to live. Because he just can't accept his demise, he contracts others to work on giving him alternatives to early death, one being becoming a vampire! Vampirism is rejected, for several reason, so revivication is approached next. Research continues. Mistrust and control are dominate themes to this tale. - 4 starsDelice by Holly Newstein - Zombies are rotting meat, good for nothing... unless they can be used to avenge wrongful deaths. Voudou can help with that... Images are cruel, but blissfully brief in this tale. - 4 starsThe Wind Cries Mary by Brian Keene - Deceptively complicated story of a couple who are of two different political and philosophical parties, who love each other. The husband still thinks it can work out. I can't say any more without giving up too much information. - 4 starsFamily Business by Jonathan Maberry - Love the clear new society rules in this one: Full rations until age 15 - then half until you take a job. Job depictions show jobs we'd not normally think of, like making the "zombie stink" and bottling it for zombie killers; jobs like fence testers;s locksmith who make double-sided locks for inside doors; etc. Tale is about 2 brothers, years apart in age, the younger obsessed with "cool", the older with a strong sense of the new reality. A story of true zombie hunting and bonding of brothers 18 1/2 yrs apart, in apocalyptic times. The older brother is to teach the younger aobut treating the dead with true respect, kindness and gentleness. This one made me cry. - 5 starsThe Zombie Who Fell From the Sky by MB Homler - Page 192 is FULL of badly formed sentences. In fact, after reading the story, the whole thing is rife with that kind of clumsiness. A body falls onto a government building spire; shortly after that, a dishwasher's girlfriends breaks up with him. Later that evening, she shows up at his door saying "The plague has come." This story is SO badly written, it's as if a 14 yr old boy put down every preconceived notion he had in one story. The names are all sophomoric: Deaconheinz, Parkingapp, Danny McDanielson, Guttersnipe, Corporal Massa. One of the soldiers said "hoo-hah" before saying anything else, repeated that phrase several times. I think it was maybe supposed to be funny, but it just wasn't. It missed every 'mark' for that. I only finished reading the story because I wanted to give an honest review. The title should have been "Love is like a virus", only backwards. I've never given an unstarred review before. - NO starsMy Dolly by Derek Nikitas - A very mysterious story - We aren't told how the zombie problem started this time. But, there are BIG storms and a LOT of bugs, and WIND, so my guess is that at least some of it was environmental. This story is of an EMT who'd come 'too late' upon a young college girl, dead, and instead of doing the mandatory instant cremation, took her to a friend's meat store and froze her body, until he could retrieve her later (much later). He revived her in the now very warm, very active ocean, under a pretty strong storm. I believe his intentions were good, to give her a new life. - 4 starsSecond Wind by Mike Carey - What it's like to be undead, still able to think reason, but with no need to breathe, from one who is a zombie. In great detail. And these aren't your "usual" zombies either. No "Night of the Living Dead" types. It's your soul, not wanting to leave; the souls could even use animal bodies, with a little "remodeling" (which is what werewolves are). You might not even have a body, which means you're a ghost. This is a great business plan for permanent retirement! The author had certainly thought it all through well. - 4 starsClosure, Limited, A Story of World War Z by Max Brooks - A company makes available "loved ones" (those who have been changed to zombies), so they can be put down, in order for the family member NOT turned to get closure, to KNOW their loved one's agony is ended. All the detail, the philosophy of the company, are given. - 3.5 starsAmong Us by Aimee Bender - This one puzzled me until I realized it was an incomplete story. Things eating their own kind kills us is the message I guess. But the author really needed to get all her little stories together in some sore of conclusion, a revelation of some kind. - 1 starGhost Trap by Rick Hautala - The plague lays in wait at the bottom of the sea, just like a "ghost trap", an unanchored lobster trap. There's even a "lobster" in the trap, waiting for its next meal. Will one of those "meals" be strong enough, brave enough, to end the plague once again? - 3 starsThe Storm Door by Tad Williams - More supernatural than zombie, a story of possession. I liked the part where the lead follows a Buddhist's soul as it goes into the afterlife. - 3.5 starsKids and Their Toys by James A Moore - Some neighborhood kids find a real zombie and hide it away to "play" with it. The leader of the kids tortures the zombie, cutting pieces away while the others watch, some with disquiet, but others with excitement. There aren't a lot of zombies, but the problem is growing; life still appears to be normal. The morality of what the kids are doing bothers on of them. And then, he gets bitten... Terrible, terrible story! - 5 starsShooting Pool by Joe R Lansdale - NOT a zombie anywhere, not even a slow death scene... NOT the assignment. Editor should have rejected the story for that reason; the author could have sold it elsewhere. Come to think of it, of all the anthologies I read, this is the first time I've ever encountered a "wrong theme" story in one. I subtracted a point because of it. It's about a pool shark. - 2 starsWeaponized by David Wellington - A reporter embedded with troops during a war in 2019, accidentally discovers that dead soldiers, "rewrapped" are being used to fight the war they died in as zombies. These zombies however won't do a thing unless controlled. There are 50 preset programs. Not one operates a weapon; they draw fire so the living can continue living. Could this be the Future Soldier of War? The reporter finds out personally. - 5 starsTwittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill - Written as a series of almost constant tweets by a teenaged girl, who complains about her mom and the daily injustices of her life . (Seems pretty much normal so far :D ) Pretty funny! The zombie cirucus is VERY interesting and tweeting the whole story was absolute genius!! Wow. - 5 stars

  • Eva Leger
    2019-01-05 18:04

    I'll expand on most, if not all, of these later but I don't want to forget each story.(rating - 2.5) (8 pgs.) Lazarus by John Connolly wasn't bad but it was stranger than anything I've ever come across and I didn't like the religious aspect to it. (rating - 4) (33 pgs.) What Maisie Knew by David Liss was awesome and I'm hoping this is pulled from a whole book so I can read more. (rating - 1) (35 pgs.) Copper by Stephen R. Bissette sucked. I read two or three pages and skipped the entire story. I felt like a 8 year old wrote the sentences. I'll include a paragraph or two later.(rating - 3) (25 pgs.) In The Dust by Tim Lebbon was good - it took me just a little while to get into it and I think it runs along the lines of the run of the mill zombie stories but it was good. I'd read a full length story here too. (rating - 3.5) (16 pgs.) Life Sentence by Kelley Armstrong was another good one. I'd read the full story if there was one. I liked the twist at the end the most. The beginning was hard for me to swallow. I suppose it doesn't make much sense but I like stories like this to be as realistic as possible. By that I mean I want to be able to imagine it really happening and some books/stories nail that down better than others. I like all of my fiction in this way which is why I'm not a big fantasy/sci-fi reader. (rating - 4) (10 pgs.) Delice by Holly Newstein - I wish this would have been longer. This was one of the better ones for me and another where I'd read a full length novel. The premise here is simple but still captivating. Who would have thought sympathy could be had for zombies? (rating - 4) (3.5 pgs.) The Wind Cries Mary by Brian Keene is 3 and a half pages long. Can that even be called a short story? Why couldn't it have been longer? It was good - good enough that again I'd read a full length book. I almost rated it lower because I was pissed at the lack of length but then it occured to me that I wouldn't really be rating it on the story alone and that's what I want to do here. (rating - 4.5) (56 pgs.) Family Business by Jonathon Maberry - qiuite possibly the best in the whole book. I'm hoping there are more books by Maberry out there, if Family Business was taken from one I'll only be happier. (rating - 3.5) (22 pgs.) The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky - M.B. Homler is different... I'm not sure what else to say... I'd read the book. (If anyone's noticed that's one of the ways I decide if I liked the story or not.) I wouldn't have thought it possible really and that's probably because I'm not well read in the genre but this had humorous parts to it. I actually chuckled out loud a few times. Before this book I'd have cringed if someone told me to read a "funny" zombie book/story because I wouldn't have been able to imagine how it could be done. But it's possible.(rating - 4) (16 pgs.) My Dolly by Derek Nikitas - Besides wishing this would have been a little more thorough I liked it. I'd have liked to have known a little more about Dolly inparticular personally. But it's a good story and again I'd read the book. :) (rating - 4) (21 pgs.) Second Wind by Mike Carey was another good one. I'm still a little surprised I wasn't bogged down by the stock details actually but it never happened. The way it was incorporated into the story meshed well. (6 pgs.) Closure, Limited by Max Brooks - I was actually a little scared to start this. For someone new to the genre this mans name leaves high expectations. If I had to pick one name I've heard over and over in accordance with zombie-lit it's Max Brooks. The fact that the story is only 6 pages long didn't help because I figured there was no way to hook me in that small amount of time. (It could be thought that someone who reads as much as I do wouldn't think like this...) I liked the different way it was written first of all. With narrators words italicized and the speaking characters words in a regular font. It left some questions for me but not in a bad way. In a way that, yes, hooked me. I had already planned to read some of Brooks' books so this didn't convince me but again I'm hoping to find a longer story. (rating - 2) (5 pgs.) Among Us by Aimee Bender sucked. For the most part. The only short story within the short story that I liked was the last one and I liked it enough to up the rating a star. I also liked it enough that I may read something else by the author - I'd take care when deciding that though. The other paragraphs (they really can't be called stories IMO) were horrible. (rating - 4) (17 pgs.) Ghost Trap by Rick Hautala was another different one for me. I was sure what to expect and the writing really comes through - you actually feel your pulse become faster and feel afraid. (rating - 4) (16 pgs.) The Storm Door by Tad Williams was pretty good. I wasn't sure I'd like it so much at the beginning and luckily it was long enough to win me over because my the middle I was into it. The ending was pretty damn good too. (rating - 4.5) (16 pgs.) Kids and Their Toys by James A. Moore was one of the better ones in the anthology. Another author I'm hoping to see more of and one where I'll be most happy if I find a book this was pulled from. My only complaint is that, for the length of the story, there were a few too many characters. I had trouble keeping them straight and two or three, at least, could have been gone and not missed. I had to go back to beginning to see which one it was at the end. I won't say more than that - anyone who has read it will know who I mean. (rating - ?) (13 pgs.) Shooting Pool by Joe R. Lansdale was..... I think I missed something here. Was there a zombie in this story? Did I miss something in between the lines? I don't know how to rate this. The story was good. But this is a zombie book. And there were no zombies in the story. I have no idea what to make of this one. (rating - 4) (23 pgs.) Weaponized by David Wellington is another good one. I would have liked the ending to be a little different. I don't know, maybe a little less patsy. But it's good and I'd read more for sure. Very interesting premise. (rating - 2) (28 pgs.) Twittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill - what to say about this. I don't get the whole "Twitter" thing personally, FaceBook is sufficient for my needs, but that isn't something that made any difference here. The beginning and middle were good, the ending not so much. In the middle the fear ran right through me because as unrealistic as it is, with so much social networking these days, one can imagine - key word 'imagine' - something similiar happening - one asking for, pleading for, help on-line. I'd put my money on that there are people out there with little enough brains that would keep "tweeting" and not call someone for help so hey, maybe it's not all that unrealistic after all. I can tell the author is talented even though I didn't care much for the story though and I will check for other works. A different ending would have made a great difference for me.

  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    2019-01-12 21:20

    Let me start with this: I'm a huge zombie fan. I love all-things zombie. So, as soon as I saw the cover for this book online, I knew it was a book that I desperately wanted to read. Don't you just love that creepy, cool, and gross cover? It certainly captures the essence of this wonderful collection of stories.LAZARUS by John Connolly is a zombie short of biblical proportions. It's a quick, well-written, and totally engrossing tale that I found to be a nice nibble-bite introduction for this very cool anthology.WHAT MAISIE KNEW by David Liss: Wow, what an amazingly haunting story! This is the tale of a man who keeps a secret reanimate stashed away. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it's not. But it is a page-turner. I hung on every word and didn't want it to end. But when I got to the end, OMG... what an amazing way to end it. I should've seen it coming. The hints were there--amongst all that gross, intense awesomeness. I LOVED it! Utterly brilliant.COPPER by Stephen R. Bissette is a fragmented story told through the eyes of a very confused man. As the story progresses, he reveals enough for the reader to put the story together. But what actually happens isn't something I expected.IN THE DUST by Tim Lebbon: Here's another amazing story. Toby, Jamie and Bindy are trapped inside their town. High fences keep them inside their dying town as the military and scientists keep an eye on them, to make sure they can keep the plague contained, as well as figure out how it started. Of course, they hate being trapped inside. After all, they haven't done anything wrong. What I loved the most about this story--asides from the excellent writing and storytelling--was that their entrapment ends up being their salvation. Another brilliant tale!LIFE SENTENCE by Kelley Armstrong is an awesome addition! I love Kelley's Otherworld series, and it was great to see that this story is set in the same world. I love how she does that. Anyway, this story's about a very powerful but sick man who is trying to cheat death and will do whatever it takes to do it. Another story with twists, turns, and an ending that satisfied my wicked side.DELICE by Holly Newstein: Happens to be another delightful tale. I knew there had to be a voodoo zombi in this anthology and this one didn't disappoint. It's a revenge story. Even if that revenge is taken by someone else, but on behalf of tortured slaves.THE WIND CRIES MARY by Brian Keene is a short and wonderful story with a twist ending. I enjoyed how quick, yet sharp it was. It captured the emotion of a powerful love that defied death. Great story.FAMILY BUSINESS by Jonathan Maberry is an outstanding, well-written, and very sad story about a young boy and his older brother. A brother who people say is a killer in a world where zombies live outside the fences surrounding the town. When it's time for Benny to find his own job, he finds he has no other option but to go out with his brother to learn the business, and finds out the truth. A truth that leads to a very sad ending. This story made me cry. I loved it!THE ZOMBIE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by M.B. Homler: A hilarious tale that weaves an intricate tale where everything that happens is connected. Of course, you don't realise that at the beginning, but by the time you're reading the last word you just can't help but stare at the page in amazement. A story that starts with a zombie falling from the sky and getting stuck on the town's spire turns into one loser's struggle to survive with a chihuahua by his side. I did a lot of LOLing with this one.MY DOLLY by Derek Nikitas. I don't know what to say about this one. I enjoyed the writing and couldn't wait to see where it was going... but in the end, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. It was pretty average, to be honest.SECOND WIND by Mike Carey: Oh, I loved this one! Nick's tale was an awesome adventure, and a totally different look at the zombie genre. Who would think to become a zombie by choice? And go through everything he does. I loved that in the end, he might be totally alone, but manages to hold onto some of his humanity. CLOSURE, LTD by Max Brooks: I don't know if it's because I haven't read any stories in the World War Z world, but I just couldn't get into this one. The writing style kept jolting me out of the story. :/ Maybe the novel's better. I don't know. AMONG US by Aimee Bender isn't really a story, but a collection of observations, really. I didn't enjoy this one. I'm glad it was short, because I was getting ready to skip ahead. :(GHOST TRAP by Rick Hautala is a very interesting tale about a man who thinks he's helping to rescue someone he finds beneath the water, but actually turns into a nightmare. A nightmare that the residents of this town were positive had been buried beneath the water years ago. I particularly enjoyed that a zombie outbreak had already happened in the past, and had been cleaned up. Awesomely gruesome ending.THE STORM DOOR by Tad Williams is another one that made it onto my favourite list. Instantly. I got caught up in the story as soon as I started it. What an amazing tale Tad manages to weave with this character, which I was hoping we'd get to read more stories about. But, um, I don't think so... not after what happens. Still, brilliant!KIDS AND THEIR TOYS by James A. Moore: This is another excellent story. It's actually quite horrific. It's gross, and I found myself feeling sorry for the poor zombie that this group of boys find and decide to torture. And the ending, I'm still thinking about it. Poor Jack. :(SHOOTING POOL by Joe R. Lansdale: Uh, next story.WEAPONIZED by David Wellington is a story set in the near future, when the army has found a new solution to save lives and money on the frontline. A journalist initially sent to investigate one thing, winds up stumbling on these new soldiers--zombies. I'm usually not a fan of war stories, but I really enjoyed this one!TWITTERING FROM THE CIRCUS OF THE DEAD by Joe Hill: While I enjoyed the uniqueness of this... story. Can I really call it a story? lol. I think it's great in a way that all of us who love to spend time on Twitter can appreciate. It was a fun, quick read.Zombie: An Anthology of the Undead offers a fantastic mix of zombie stories that will satisfy any zombie lover. I think this is one of the best anthologies I've ever read, simply because I absolutely LOVED so many of the stories. There were only a handful that didn't satisfy my zombie itch, but that didn't matter because the other fourteen did! And that's an amazing accomplishment. I think Christopher Golden did a great job at selecting and editing this gem of a book. This one's a definite keeper. I know I'll be picking it up again to re-read a bunch of these stories. :)