Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Abaddon Books
Page count: 311pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Coburn, a vampire, wakes up below a NY City Theatre in a rather bad state with little memory as to how he got there. The only thing he knows, is that he needs blood, and lots of it. So, he attacks two men in the theatre who appear to be eating a deer, gagging on the black fluid that passes for their blood. For the world has changed while he slept, and these men are dead – double dead – rotting corpses who have somehow returned back from the dead.
Finding food in the shape of a few remaining humans, Coburn thinks he’s hit the jackpot until one of the survivors, cancer riddled teen Kayla, strikes a deal. If Coburn helps her group survive a journey to LA where Kayla hopes her special blood can help create a vaccine, the group will ensure he is well fed on the blood of the bad people scattered around the streets. So this ragtag group become Coburn’s ‘sheeple’; his herd of people he must protect. He even includes a little white terrier called ‘Creampuff’ in his protection clause, and it isn’t guilt that stops him snacking on the little ball of fluff – honestly.
If you have read any of Wendig’s stuff, particularly his blog, then you know what you’re in for. Wendig is a naturally funny writer and the novel is filled with witty one liners sharp observations and robust characters who complement Wendig’s narrative voice. Gross and hilarious, this is a must for zombie fans and fans of quality pulp!
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