At over 800 pages, this paperback original is thicker than a casket lid. That’s fitting, as I think anthologist Otto Penzler has his finger on the pulse of an amputated arm. Zombies, after all, are the rage these days, having risen in status to surpass (or is that supplant?) the popularity of blood-sucking vampires.
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! from Vintage Crime / Black Lizard is the ultimate zombie slime-fest. If you’re a fan of the walking dead (and who isn’t?), this collection of tales by masters like Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Guy de Maupassant, Stephen King, Robert E. Howard, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, August Derleth, and many others, is a, uh, no-brainer. It’s a wild tomb-tome that’ll keep you awake and shaking all night long.
Dip your hand in anywhere and you’re sure to strike mold.
When I spied the name Robert Bloch among the contributors I knew I had to start there. Bloch was my first fave author and I collected his books like a teen-addict. Although best known for Psycho, he wrote nineteen other novels and published hundreds of short stories.
Bloch was probably my first exposure to graveyard noir, gallows humor, and the horror genre. His tale Maternal Instinct, included in this anthology, is appropriately fiendish, wicked & witty.
This book is filled with creepiness, blood and gore—a good buffer against the living dead members of Congress.
Penzler’s short introductions to each tale add to the pleasure of this dead-on collection. Hell, the man has pulp running through his veins.
Take my word for it… the stories in Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! will never die.