Posts Tagged ‘Zombies’

Moonlight Serenades by Thom Carnell

April 20, 2019 - 10:41 am No Comments

Moonlight Serenades by Thom Carnell

Published by Crossroad Press Macabre Ink on 19th May 2016

310 pages

One thing I enjoy is short stories, the chance to read a complete story whenever I can get the chance. With 17 different stories, I had plenty of choices. Before each short story, the author gives an insight into how the story was created and where they got their inspiration from. For this review I am going to mention my favourites.    

Opening up with Wedding Day: it’s a story about loss. As you read this, the main protagonist emotions are raw. You can sense just how much they are grieving as they reminisce. The ending was a fitting end

The Thirst: the story about a lone vampire trying to survive after a disaster has nearly wiped out their food supply. There was a sadness to this story, you are left wondering how the vampire will survive without human blood and what a lonely existence.

Clown Town: The longest of the short stories and the story connected to the cover. We follow Detective Bumbo and Inspector Garbo as they try and solve the murder of Angeletta Trivelino at the renowned night club Marceau’s. The story is a crime noir and as I was reading it, I was imagining it being played out on a black and white TV being narrated by a gravelly voiced actor. The little touches to this story added to the enjoyment, whether it was the style of the clown’s makeup or every now and again Garbo would squeeze his horn to emphasise an emotion. Running throughout the story was Bumbo’s love story and his own femme fatale. I would enjoy reading further stories involving Bumbo and Garbo.

Chirality: Hattie Caulfield was out on her daily treks across the mountains and comes across a missing child. This was an easy-going story as you follow Hattie. I loved the twist at the end.

The Politics of Dancing: As I have not read any of this author before, I had not come across Cleese. However, after reading this story, I do want to find out more about him. Working for MEST, he is like a clean-up/hit squad for the undead. A zombie terminator. A quick read with plenty of action.

I enjoyed this book and with its mixture of genres, it will appeal to more than horror fans. 

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.  

Fort by Mark Allan Gunnells

December 3, 2018 - 10:26 pm No Comments

Fort by Mark Allan Gunnells
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 19th November 2018
164 pages

As my daughter is at university and whilst I know her campus is safe, reading Fort made me wonder how safe will she be if there was a zombie breakout. With lots of people either living on campus or using the facilities, could she survive?
From the moment you start reading you are taken on a journey of survival. With students trapped all over campus, the story follows them from the start of the outbreak. Within the group, the author concentrated on a handful of characters, this enabled you to really get to know them and when a mix-match group get together, there will be some that you like instantly, whilst others you wish the zombies would eat quickly. With the help of the pre-zombie backstories, you get to find out how much the characters had changed.
This story does not romanticize a zombie outbreak, there are some emotionally charged scenes and your heart goes out to the ones they lost. There is one scene that I never saw coming and whilst I will not give it away, it was one of my favourite scenes of the story. This story was a quick read as there was always something going on whether they were planning their next forage for food or running from zombies. This story has it all love, action, tears and tantrums and a good read for zombie and horror lovers.

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan

October 30, 2018 - 10:26 pm No Comments

Affliction Z: Patient Zero (Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller) by LT Ryan
Published 21st December 2013
167 pages

I download a lot of books and whilst searching through my kindle, I realised I had not read a zombie story in a while.
Pararescueman Sean Ryder is on a mission, dropped off with his colleague Jules Hoover, they and SEAL Team 8 are sent on a mission to Southern Nigeria. To rescue or recover 3rd Ranger Battalion, Bravo Company. But how did highly trained soldiers go missing.
Whilst Sean is not as highly trained as the SEALs he was a good at what he did and even when he did not know the full facts he went in without asking questions. Good friends with Turk, he was admired for his hard work and commitment.
From page 1 as Sean jumps out of the plan you are thrown into the action, following him as he goes on the mission. The action is non-stop and is a page turner as the situation goes from bad to worse. Whilst this is a zombie read, they are not your typical zombies. It was a pleasant change to read about zombies that did not just shuffle around moaning.
As usual with zombies there are not always survivors, it has an added twist which although finishes on a cliff hanger, will draw you into reading book 2

Cage the Dead by Gary F Vanucci

September 16, 2018 - 5:56 pm No Comments

Cage the Dead by Gary F Vanucci
Published 3rd July 2014
208 pages

Happy with her life, Gaia loved her boyfriend and had a great job working with the primates at the local zoo. Going to work like any other day, but on this day, folk began to act weird and before she knew it she was running for her life.
As soon as you start this story you are hit with the walking dead, set in a zoo, you can imagine how many people were wandering around. Gaia threw herself straight into the action, and whilst at the start she found it hard to kill the zombies, she eventually desensitized herself. However, her love for the animals was strong. The arrival of Justin, a young lad on a school trip brought out her maternal skills, but when Justin met Solomon, the giant silverback, the bond between them two was unbelievable.
This was a quick read as I wanted to see if Gaia survived. It was fast paced as there was always something going on. There were some shock moments, as the more you read the more you start to care, but this is a zombie apocalypse and not everyone survives.
The ending completed this story and I did let out a little cheer, I would love to know who survived and where they went next.