Review of Undead of Winter – Nine Zombie Tales from Armand Rosamilia, Brent Abell, Suzannobb, Jonah Buck, R.S. Pyne, Tim Lieder, Blaze McRob, Lisa McCourt Hollar, and Carole Gill
When I picked up this book, I didn’t realize that it was actually a collection of short stories. I saw something on Twitter that snatched it. Each author presents a different tale, some modern, some gory and all unique. They all had their own twists; none were not worth the price of the book in either of it’s incarnations; Paperback or Kindle.
What I liked about this book was the variety. The most unique of the tales was The Second Wave by Lisa McCourt Hallar. As cliche’ as it sounds it really does take the traditional zombie tale and turns it on its ear. I would love to learn more about the world in this tale & how humanity deals its unique zombies.
Armand Rosamilia was not only the editor of the book, but the author of its first tale, Undead of Winter. The main character is Darlene Bobich, who has been featured by him in other tales. If you want to catch up with Darlene and her adventures this is a great tale. It was definitely the right choice to begin the anthology. He has several other anthologies available on Amazon.
Every story was entertaining, a few though were a little too gory for my taste. My least favorite tale was The Christmas Video by Tim Lieder. It is well crafted, however the content leaves a lot to be desired since the story deals with a group of friends who gather to watch zombie porn every year. Ya, I said it, zombie porn. Conceptually, I understand what he is trying to do here, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. There were times in that tale that I wanted to look away and didn’t; despite being revolted by aspect of the story. Lieder does his job as an author; he keeps you reading.
Lovers of Zombie fiction will love this book. It gives you a taste of a lot of different authors and may wet your appetite for more of their work. If you don’t like a lot of gore, this book still has something for you.