If you follow horror author Peter May, creator of Hedge End and AZ: Anno Zombie, you would know that this is a guy who probably doesn’t take a lot of time off to sleep. After all, when he isn’t busy writing great stories for companies like Samhaim Publishing he is busy with his own imprint, Hersham Horror Books.
So if he churned out some really bad horror you could forgive him. Luckily for those of us who love our horror fiction, the truth is his stuff is good. In fact, it is so good you just might want to track him down and thank him.
A Distinctive Collection
What I love in particular about his latest publication, Alt-Zombie, is that he has taken a group of horror writers that quite frankly I am not very aware of, and given them the room to really explore just what zombie fiction could be. The result is a delightful array of some really interesting stories that may revolve around our favorite shambling characters, but really don’t bear much resemblance to the scene we all have in our minds when we say zombie fiction.
Each of the stories has its own little quirk that sets it apart from the others, and that is one of the things that makes reading these little gems so much fun. Generally I am not a big fan of collections of zombie stories because they tend to all sound the same after a while. You know what I mean, the zombie stories that all somewhere have someone running like hell as the slavering idiot manages to corner them in the dark.
Not here folks – not by a long shot.
If you have wanted to branch out a bit with some new authors this would be a great way to take them for a test drive. I find myself now watching for anything by these guys and you may too once you had the full meal of varying delights here.
Short Delights of UnDead
There are some unusual stories, like the blind date from hell that is almost amusing if it weren’t so darn scary. Then there is one of the zombie stories that postulates how we may not have the whole narrative on how humankind began, there just may be a zombie in our back history we don’t know about. Hmmm- that may explain a few people I know.
But for me the best of the lot is Stuart Young’s tale of a band of survivors after the big doom called “White Light, Black Fire”. A young woman who is travelling with this group is trying hard to keep a secret, one that would be hard to keep once it is out.
That is because she is a sadistic serial killer, and finding it just a tad difficult to find her next victim in a world where survival is a question at all. She is going through some changes as she travels through this mess of a world, and in the end something happens that makes her change her outlook on everything for the rest of her life.