Code Z for the Dead

April 23, 2012 - 4:03 pm 2 Comments

Code Z: An Undead Hospital Anthology
Author: (Ed) Lyle Perez-Tinics
Publisher: Knightwatch Press
File Size: 424 KB
Release date: 16th March 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

We all know many of our favourite Zombie flicks and books make their start in or around a hospital but they soon leave the confines of the medical building and start to lay waste to the world, but what happens in those first few hours.
Now is the time to find out.

CODE Z – An Undead Hospital Anthology, is a horror anthology with an undead theme. It contains tales of life, horror, excitement and of course the undead.

What happened in those few precious hours before the plague of the dead left the hospital? This book attempts to furnish readers with the answer.

The first notable story is ‘To Walk the Halls’, by Rebecca Besser, which features a woman going into early labour with some nice gruesome bits, although the ending is a little abrupt.

In ‘Deliver us from Evil’, by Peggie Christie, Carolyn hates hospitals but has no excuse but to be there as her Mom is in ICU following a stroke. Laced with gallows humour, this story features an undead flasher, which definitely brought a smile to my face.

In ‘Fast Food’ by Jonathon Wood, we meet Keith, who becomes a security guard at a local hospital after being made redundant from the civil service. The job is ok, but the noises at the morgue give him the heebie jeebies. It doesn’t help that new mortician Derek is a bit scary too.

‘Showers’ by Steve Gierman has the dead arise at the local hospital through a meteor shower.

In ‘Skin and Bones’ from Rebecca Snow, Susana is stuck in a psych ward suffering with anorexia when it all kicks off. It offers an original slant on the zombie apocalypse and is one of the standout stories in the anthology.

The editing is a little shaky on some of the stories, but it doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the book. As with most anthologies, Code Z is a bit of a mixed bag. Readers will often find they don’t like some stories, enjoy others and absolutely love a few, which is just what I found in this collection. The stories are varied considering they all take place at similar locations and I would estimate that I enjoyed 70% of the stories. At a bargain price of £2.63 it’s definitely worth a look.

2 Responses to “Code Z for the Dead”

  1. Catie Says:

    Great review! I will definitely check this out. I never tire of reading about the undead and an anthology is a quick way to get my fix.

  2. Peggy Christie Says:

    I’m glad I was able to make you smile with the undead flasher. It’s probably my favorite part of the story, and was a hoot to write!

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