I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds by Rhiannon Frater
on May 22nd 2014
Genres: Horror, zombies
Source: the author
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…ZOMBIES, INFECTED, DEADERS, BLIGHTERS…
Zombie Tales from Undead Worlds contains three exhilarating short stories and three white-knuckle novelettes set in alternate versions of an Earth inhabited with frightening variants of zombies to haunt your waking hours and fill your nightmares.
In The Blanket, a little boy hides as the end of the world enters his home…
In The Scavengers, two unique survivors struggle to carve out a life for themselves while being threatened by the most frightful beings of all: humanity…
In The Building, a teenage girl lives in a walled-in neighborhood and hopes to escape to the luxury of the high-rise apartment building that towers over it. But to reach it, she must risk the Deaders that roam the streets…
In The Necromancer, a Cleric must deal with hordes of the destructive undead as they threaten a settlement in a futuristic world…
In The Race, seven friends scramble to reach the safe zone while evading the dangers of the murderous Blighters and each other…
In The False Start, a young couple is torn apart as the undead plague begins to take hold of Austin, Texas…
Award-winning author Rhiannon Frater creates vivid new stories set in alternate worlds where people face nightmarish creatures that only desire one thing: to destroy the living.
Rhiannon Frater has created a series of stories that are so emotionally charged and heartbreaking, they left me reeling for days. I’m harboring a lot of resentment, for all that that condensed death. In short stories like this, there isn’t time for hope and happiness. Just lots and lots of zombies and death. And yet… Rhiannon also manages to create full worlds, complete story lines and robust characters is such a small number of pages.
I don’t usually read short stories. I don’t know if it’s because they usually end on a cliffhanger, or if it’s because it’s only enough to whet my appetite. In either case, I made a special exception just for Rhiannon. I have always been a huge fan of her work, but now I can be described as a DIE HARD fan!! You can tell that when she writes a story, she does it for herself. It comes from somewhere deep inside, and no matter what, she stays true to her vision. Rhiannon’s stories invoke such a visceral reaction in me. I am reduced to base emotions; love, hate, fear.
The series starts off with the shortest story, The Blanket, and it perfectly sets the tone for the book. The Scavengers was probably the cheeriest of the bunch. The Building is the one that will keep me awake at night, haunting even my waking hours. The Necromancer was, by far, my favorite! It has such a complete world and I wish desperately that there was more to that story! The Race is dripping with poetic irony, and the book wraps up with The False Start which has connections to other stories in Rhiannon’s library, which I am now desperate to dig into.
For Frater fans, for zombie fans, or just someone looking for a good scare, I can’t recommend this collection of zombie short stories enough.
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