This book has been on my “REVIEW IT!” list since last year. I actually even recorded a review for it to go on Haunting TV, except that audio sounded like this:
(10 seconds of this 10 hour long video will give you the idea…)
So, now that I’ve gotten my rear in gear, here’s my review of:
Glimpses of the Undead
Written by: Julianne Snow
Genre: Horror, short story anthology, zombies, vampires
Publisher: Sirens Call Publications
Cover Art: Julianne Snow
1 Sentence Synopsis
A collection of flash fiction and short stories that explore the moments in a zombie apocalypse.
Long Book Description
From the mind of Julianne Snow comes an undead collection of stories that feature the gamut of emotions and situations. Presented in flash fiction and short stories, the tales are sure to leave you wanting more and checking over your shoulder.
How would a group of children handle an uprising of the undead? What would you do to save a loved one only to find out that you’re facing a different threat altogether? How would a country react to a timely warning at the end of a war? What happens when a vampiric Romeo hits on an unsuspecting human? In a world where the undead are common place and protected, what happens when speed dating produces a love match? [amazon.com]
The best aspect of Glimpses of the undead is the exploration of the questions What if? and What would you do?
What if you were mixing up a bowl of pasta salad in your apartment when you got the news that zombies were wrecking havoc on your town? What would you do?
What if you were getting a tattoo, when suddenly, the people outside the shop start tearing into each other and the dead swarm by? What would you do?
I love the unexpected places Julianne’s stories are set as she explores these blips in time when the world as we know it gets torn to shreds by the undead.
One that Missed the Mark
Most of this collection was focused on zombies, but right at the end a vampire story pops in. I realize that vampires do tend to fall into the “undead” category but…
It felt really out of place, or like a new thought leading in a different direction that wasn’t explored. I think the collection would have faired better with out that one.
Stand out Story
One of the stories that stood out the most in this collection was Must Love Zombies. In a matter of a few paragraphs, Snow built a world where Zombies weren’t mindless brain-munchers, but walking talking humans forced to “live” forever because of a choice the government made.
In these few paragraphs a world built on racism, segregation, and existentially fueled hatred balances out with something a simple as online dating between the living and the undead.
Warning to the squeamish, this particular story is graphic and rather adult, but those elements are used in ways that progress the story rather than as gratuitous additions.
It’s a very fun and interesting exploration of zombie stories with some some thought provoking and touching moments sprinkled throughout.
4.5 out of 5 blood spattered stars. I really enjoyed the pacing of this collection. It was one that you can sit down with, read a chunk and then keep coming back to repeatedly.
I recommend this for mature zombie fans who like exploring the many what-ifs a zombie apocalypse bring to mind.
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About the Author
It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead.
As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
The horror and forensic/crime thriller genres top her list of favourites, but she can never turn down a good science fiction, fantasy or mystery read.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name. [dayswiththeundead.com]