Drop Dead Gorgeous Paperback – 2 Feb 2011
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'Drop Dead Gorgeous is a stand out book.' --Horrorbound.com
'A heck of a good novel...' --Fatally-Yours.com
'A gritty drama... Do not miss!' --Liberation Frequency
'If you're into action-laced horror, vivid gore and a cranked up attitude, Drop Dead Gorgeous is your kind of read.' --Lip Service
'Worthy of George Romero's finest moments...'
--Total Tattoo Magazine
About the Author
Belfast-born Wayne Simmons has loitered with intent around the horror genre for some years, scribbling reviews and interviews for various zines. He is prominent in the genre scene and can be found online at www.waynesimmons.org and in the real world at tattoo exhibitions, book signings and horror conferences.
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Don't get me wrong, corporate entities have their place, I suppose, but small presses give me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, even when they're printing things that shouldn't generate that kind of response.
Drop Dead Gorgeous, published by Permuted Press, is one such book. I loved it, every page and every minute spent with my nose buried in it, but damn is this one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read. I don't think I've ever read anything quite so bleak before, despite having read literally hundreds of horror novels from my teen years to this day.
DDG is, essentially, the story of a zombie outbreak in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, but what makes it so unique (and, in my opinion, chillingly effective) is that the focus throughout remains squarely on the characters. Two high school kids, a tattooist, a radio DJ, an aging Loyalist soldier, an IRA supporter, a retired college professor, a twenty-something slacker and several others have found themselves alone, the rest of the citizenry suddenly dead for reasons unknown. People have fallen in their homes, keeled over at the wheel of their cars and dropped dead on the streets, all for little to no reason.Read more ›
After a fairly pedestrian introduction and judging by the size of the paperback, I wasn't expecting great things from Drop Dead Gorgeous. I got quite a surprise once I got started...
Simmons creates a bleak post-apocalyptic Belfast that could well be any city in the UK and his set up for what appears to be the end of humanity reminded me of the BBC series Survivors, with the majority of mankind taken down by some unknown malady, leaving only a handful apparently immune to this unseen assault.
Similar to many post-apocalyptic novels, Simmons has his survivors start to band together in disparate groups with some distinct characters emerging. The setting of Belfast adds an interesting dynamic to the proceedings in the form of sectarianism, lending itself to the storyline the same way that racism did to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead; and perpetuating pre-existing divisions between some of the characters.
As for the characters, initially, I thought I was going to have the usual horror memes thrust upon me: the naïve teenager, ageing soldier, the family man, the fire and brimstone preacher, etc etc ad nauseum ad infinitum. This preconception couldn't have been more misplaced. Simmons develops his characters tremendously well; they come replete with all the fallacies of the human condition, dirty little habits and desires, rendering them painfully real.Read more ›
*Spoilers - but I suggest you read anyway
Additionally, there is no reason why only female zombies awake and the men just decay. What's also too unrealistic is the fact that every zombie is a beauty. The average woman is a size 11 and most women are not absolutely gorgeous. The writer should have portrayed a variety of dead women. I also disliked the idea of their eyes changing colour like a roulette wheel. At first, what was good was that they were killing guilty people, which was clever but even then the writer took that away and his zombies starting attacking the innocent. The book is also very predictable, because the second a Preacher is introduced I thought 'he's going to be a bad guy' and he was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written book. It kept me entertained throughout. I would recommend reading it.Published 16 months ago by andrew gowdy
Enjoyed this book. Keeps you thinking about WTF is actually going on intil later on the book. Middle a bit slow but the ending definitely makes you want to read the sequel.Published on 15 Jun. 2014 by Leanne Mcdonagh
I love apocalypses and end of the world type stuff... Like The Walking Dead or I Am Legend. So I enjoyed reading this book, along with the sequel Doll Parts.Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by Gems
I like Wayne Simmons books and if this one had ended after 240 pages this would have received 5 stars, an odd end (although it clearly sets up a second book) left me scratching my... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Wilson40
A motley collection of individuals are going about their lives in the Greater Belfast Area, Norn Iron, when suddenly 99.9% of the population drops dead! Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by MesaJarJar
From the moment I started listening to Drop Dead Gorgeous, I was hooked. Apart from the fact that the story moves along at a good pace, the narration was so good AND with an Irish... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Kat
I happen to have lived and grown up in Northern Ireland (Norn Iron) and so this added an extra layer of enjoyment for me as I followed characters whose environment, motivations and... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2012 by Murgatroyd
I had read Wayne Simmons' book, 'Flu', and this was a fast-paced and exiting, classic Zombie tale. Unfortunately 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' does not live up to expectations after... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2012 by Avidly Reading