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The Living Dead [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton , Susan Palwick , Poppy Z. Brite , Kelly Link , Joe Hill , Robert Silverberg , Joe R. Lansdale , George R. R. Martin , Stephen King , Neil Gaiman , Clive Barker , Harlan Ellison
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16 Sep 2008
""When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth!"" FromWhite Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil to WorldWar Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that bestexpress the fears and anxieties of the modern west. Gathering together the bestzombie literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renownedauthors 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, TheLiving Dead covers the broad spectrum of zombiefiction.

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  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801430
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By ruthie
Unlike the previous reviewer I understood all the stories in this book. I didnt like all of them but nobody likes everything. Less than Zombie is actually about a group of "friends" who attend an evening of "zombie porn" at a cinema and then go and act out their fantasies on one of their own. This is a good book to pick up & put down when you just want to lose yourself in a short story but not commit to reading a full book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A large collection of well written stories 18 April 2009
I bought this book as I've worked my way through a lot of full length zombie stories that are commonly available, and I was looking for some fresh ideas within the genre. In that sense I succeeded as this collection of short stories features some great ideas and fresh views of zombie fiction. However, I found that only two or three were the sorts of thing I was expecting, as hardly any of the stories feature the usual survivors gunning down hordes of shambling zombies. While that's ok in itself, I found the collection to be a bit too clever for its own good, and the inclusion of a few more 'typical' stories of people being ripped to pieces by swarms of the undead wouldn't have hurt.

It's very hard to summarise the book as it contains so many separate stories that everyone will find something they like and something they don't. I'll list the titles, authors and a very brief description of each story, and leave it for the reader to discover the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE zombie anthology 23 May 2009
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From the very first story, a touching tale by Dan Simmons, I realised that this was not your normal collection of zombie fiction. The Living Dead has contributions from some of the most talented horror writers of modern times and every one of them is original and outstanding. If you are a fan of zombies, horror or simply good writing then I highly recommend this anthology to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Stories! 5 April 2014
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Great zombie stories! Well selected anthology. Most stories excellent. Only one or two stinkers! Plenty of psychological terror & little cheap gore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good original stories 1 Mar 2014
By shan
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some good stories, entertaining but not riveting. some of the concepts of zombie survival are interesting but not much thought given to the reason why they have become zombies in the first place.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 Dec 2013
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I bought this book because I wanted to read a collection of zombie stories. However there were very few of those in the traditional sense. I see what John Joseph Adams tried to do, cover all the different aspects of people coming back to life, but it wasn't what I was looking for. Maybe if that had been clearer I would have enjoyed it more, or not read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual zombies 17 Nov 2013
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Although some are stories straight from Romero's heart, others give a twist to the familiar theme, and there is even one which, if it had not been in a zombie anthology, I would have struggled to call a zombie short story.
Having said that, they are pretty much all good reads. Recommended
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