The Living Dead

Paperback | January 21, 2013

byJohn Joseph Adams, Joe Hill, George R. R. George R. R. Martin

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"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!" From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction.

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"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!" From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from ma...

JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS is the best-selling editor of numerous anthologies, including The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble, John is a winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated eight times) ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:487 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 21, 2013Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Zombie Survivalist I took a break from preparing for the inevitable and possibly imminent ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE to read this anthology. By all indications I should have loved this book: good subject matter and a group of authors whose stories I have previously enjoyed- indeed some of my favourite all-time favourite writers. Individually, most of these stories are just mediocre, but as a collection these stories present themselves as a series of poor attempts by famous authors (perhaps at the behest of the publisher) to capitalize on a hot genre, before Zombie Mania fades and Vampiremonium or Werewolvesanity takes over. There are better Zombie books out there and better stories by the contributing authors. Avoid this book like the bite of a plague-carrying, no-lipped, mindless zombie.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Partway though this book...not finding it that good. Too much 'social commentary' in the stories like the authors are students writing to please a hippie socialist college professor so they can get their credits. The whole zombie thing takes a back seat to the social commentary. I don't buy books to get preached at, I buy books to be entertained. Stephen King didn't compile this book, he contributed a short story that was in his collection of short stories called 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes'...I think he would have done a better job compiling some entertaining stories. It's a bit of false advertising to present him as the 'author'.
Date published: 2010-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I'm only about half way though this book, but I've really enjoyed it so far. I would recommend it to anyone who's really into zomies!
Date published: 2009-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything is Better with Zombies I loves me my zombies. Don’t know why. Don’t care to know why. But ever since a young me caught Night of the Living Dead on A&E (in the days when it really was about arts and entertainment, and not the reality filth-fest it’s sadly become), I have been hooked. Watching those fuzzy b&w monsters assault that house. Poor Barbara. And the ending? Ben, surviving a night of unthinkable horror, shot by excitable rednecks. For the first time, I became acutely aware that happiness was not a requisite part of an ending. Since then, zombie movies have been a pleasure of mine, sometimes guilty, sometimes not. I winced and squirmed in the best way through Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, and winced and squirmed in the worst possible way through Uwe Boll’s House of the Dead, a movie so idiotic that it is far funnier than many comedies. I declare George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time, the remake surprisingly good, Romero's Day of the Dead uneven but memorable, and that remake even worse than House of the Dead. And I can only pray that patron saint Romero regains his balance with his newest opus Survival of the Dead, if only to wash away the bitter taste that was his Diary of the Dead (oh what a waste!). But for me, zombie novels have been a mixed bag, with nary a classic in sight. Brian Keene makes a valiant effort, but his novels quickly become repetitive and sorta dull. David Wellington is a good talent, but Monster Island was too much Resident Evil-style video game action and not enough actual horror. World War Z was good, in some places excellent, and while I await the movie with much gleeful anticipation, it didn’t wholly overwhelm me. Stephen King’s Cell was half a great zombie novel, and half kind of meh. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a passable literary mash-up that quite frankly needed more zombies and less Austen. I withhold judgement on Robert Kirkland’s graphic series The Walking Dead, as I have not yet finished the last three books (but up to book seven, I’ll say the thing is damn awesome). But The Living Dead fills the nooks and crannies of every literary need I’ve ever had (where they pertain to resurrected corpses, anyway). John Joseph Adams’ anthology of previously released stories hits so many high points I grew tired of counting them. Even I’ll admit that zombies can be tiresome; not much personality, kind of slow, easily defeated on a one-to-one basis. Certain liberties must be taken with the mythos to make such creatures interesting over the course of 400+ pages, but Adams puts in just the right mix of classic monster mayhem and mythological experimentation to make the whole of The Living Dead an absolutely spectacular collection. There is everything a zombiphile could want; gore, satire; parody, gore, emotion, comedy, gore, sex, nostalgia, and gore. I can’t possible list every favourite moment, but there are a few standouts even among all the excellence. Dan Simmons, an amazing writer whom I hope returns to horror very soon, starts off the collection with a bang with “This Year’s Class Picture.” A teacher, driven almost mad, continues to try and teach a class of dead students while the world collapses around her. Grim, gruesome, and sensitive, Simmons’ tale hits all the right classic moments. “Death and Suffrage” by Dale Bailey takes the collection into satire, envisioning a world where the dead arise during a presidential election and begin to exercise their right to vote (Joe Dante adapted Bailey’s story into the vastly entertaining “Homecoming,” an entry in the Masters of Horror anthology series on Showtime). Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s “The Third Dead Body” veers the anthology into romance and obsession, albeit of the most unsettling sort. Maestro’s Clive Barker and Stephen King contribute some early classics of their work. Darrell Schweitzer’s “The Dead Kid” rivals King in his mingling of childhood innocence with horror. “Those Who Seek Forgiveness,” Laurell K. Hamilton’s first story with her heroine Anita Blake, is so strong I’ll have to overcome my initial prejudice to her Vampire Hunter series and give them a try. Joe R. Lansdale (again!) moves the zombie into western territory with “Deadman’s Road.” “The Song the Zombie Sang,” by the formidable team of Harlan Ellison and Robert Silverberg, may be the most exquisite and beautiful story involving a zombie ever published. Enough raving, I’m starting to sound like an undiscerning fanboy here. Suffice to say, The Living Dead is everything I’ve ever wanted in the zombie genre.
Date published: 2009-09-07

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Table of Contents

Introduction by John Joseph Adams
Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link
Death and Suffrage By Dale Bailey
Blossom by David J. Schow
The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
The Dead by Michael Swanwick
The Dead Kid by Darrell Schweitzer
Malthusian’s Zombie by Jeffrey Ford
Beautiful Stuff by Susan Palwick
Sex, Death and Starshine by Clive Barker
Stockholm Syndrome by David Tallerman
Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead by Joe Hill
Those Who Seek Forgiveness by Laurell K. Hamilton
In Beauty, Like the Night by Norman Partridge
Prairie by Brian Evenson
Everything is Better With Zombies by Hannah Wolf Bowen
Home Delivery by Stephen King
Sparks Fly Upward by Lisa Morton
Meathouse Man by George R. R. Martin
Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale
The Skull-Faced Boy by David Barr Kirtley
The Age of Sorrow by Nancy Kilpatrick
Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman
She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave by Catherine Cheek
Dead Like Me by Adam-Troy Castro
Zora and the Zombie by Andy Duncan
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite
Followed by Will McIntosh
The Song the Zombie Sang by Harlan Ellison® and Robert Silverberg
Passion Play by Nancy Holder
Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man by Scott Edelman
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan