on 19 March 2010
I have to be admit being a bit surprised at the muted response to this anthology. Apart from the cover which I think does not really hit the mark for this collection, it's simply a set of ripping good yarns - like any pick'n'mix there is variety in there - some you will love, some less so but the actual book is well-laid out, a comfortable font & nice finish.
There is one great story in there about Jack the Ripper but I won't spoil it, each has its merits.
As per the last reviewer, the publisher is a great force for good in this subject matter with many great titles - just remember, if you don't particularly like the short story format - you won't like this - I know it is obvious but some people are always left feeling like they want more...
If you do want more - check out their other stuff or try Severed Press as well - they do a lot of this sort of thing.
on 3 February 2009
I have lots of respect for the Permuted Press and all that they have done for the zombie and post-apocalypse genres and Kim Paffenroth, editor, is one of my favourite authors but this collection of tales does not do either of them justice. Some of the tales are only loosely zombie based and have some pretty strange takes on the genre, others are very poorly written and even downright boring, neglecting some of the basic rules of short story writing. The stories do thankfully improve midway through, and had I started from the halfway point perhaps I would have given this volume a more favourable rating. There are a couple of enjoyable and clever reads set during the Plague in London.
If you do decide to buy this book and it is your first foray into the Permuted Press's catalogue, please do not let it put you off buying their other, far superior offerings. See my other reviews for recommendations.
on 6 February 2008
A lively collection of zombie tales spanning history - from a group of zombie-mammoth munching hominids in the pleistocene (yeah, that ends badly), to fun and hi-jinx in Thomas Edison's secret lab on the cusp of the 20th century - that never fails to disappoint.
There's something for everyone. You've got Ronins, Vikings, Jack The Ripper, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, mad carnival barkers, the Union army, the Confederate army, the Sally Army, bootleggers, preachers, street walkers. Forbidden love and doomed lovers. Oh, and a couple of walk-ons from Rembrandt and Shakespeare
Kim Paffenroth has assembled a lot of new (to me) and exciting talent here. Hard to pick out just one favourite, though I would have to go with James Roy Daley's Summer Of 1816 - Mary Shelley is struggling to find inspiration for a horror story, so she heads for the pub one stormy night and meets a most singular man...
Honourable mentions to Carole Lanham for The Moribund Room, and Derek Gunn for The Third Option.
Great fun throughout, and highly recommended.