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The Living Dead 2

The Living Dead 2


Trade Paperback - $15.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597801645
Published: 09/07/2010

Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's, or Baen

ISBN: 9781597802468
Published: 09/07/2010

Two years ago, readers eagerly devoured The Living Dead. Publishers Weekly named it one of the Best Books of the Year, and Barnes & Noble.com called it “The best collection of zombie fiction ever.” Now acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams is back for another bite at the apple—the Adam’s apple, that is—with 44 more of the best, most chilling, most thrilling zombie stories anywhere, including virtuoso performances by zombie fiction legends Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and David Wellington (Monster Island).

From Left 4 Dead to Zombieland to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, ghoulishness has never been more exciting and relevant. Within these pages samurai warriors face off against the legions of hell, necrotic dinosaurs haunt a mysterious lost world, and eerily clever zombies organize their mindless brethren into a terrifying army. You’ll even witness nightmare scenarios in which humanity is utterly wiped away beneath a relentless tide of fetid flesh.

The Living Dead 2 has more of what zombie fans hunger for—more scares, more action, more… brains. Experience the indispensable series that defines the very best in zombie literature.

The Living Dead 2 includes the following stories. Click on the titles below to read the header note to each story, or visit the Free Fiction page to read selections from the anthology.



“A must for any self-respecting zombie completist.”
— Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead

“The acclaimed first volume of The Living Dead was nearly all reprint stories. This new collection is mostly original, with some stories commissioned specifically for it. Contributors include Bob Fingerman; David Moody; new masters like Max Brooks, Jonathan Maberry, David Wellington, and Robert Kirkman; and old-school splatterpunks David Schow and John Skipp. It’s like a wonderful, rotting smorgasbord. Dig in!”
— Library Journal

“In the new anthology edited by John Joseph Adams, The Living Dead 2, a collection of 40-odd short stories (most of them brand-new for this volume) zombie fiction has come back with a vengeance. The Living Dead 2 explores the world after zombies, not in terms of the violent stand-off between living and dead (though that is present) but rather the mental and emotional toll of living post-apocalypse, when survivors no longer fight just for their lives, but also for their humanity. Every story in the collection handles this theme in different ways, some with humor, others so dark that they will haunt you for a while, but all are well worth the time…there’s forty-[four] excellent stories here, each with a unique voice and tone. … The Living Dead 2 is a rare sequel, in that it is just as good (if not better) than its predecessor. Funny, with action and sadness and grief, the anthology contains all the reasons people are not zombies, and all the reasons we fight against the hordes.”
— Tangent Online.

“The Living Dead 2 is ‘unliving’ proof that it’s the tellers, not the tales, that count. … It’s not simply an excellent zombie anthology, or a testament to stellar horror writing. What it is, simply, is an excellent book. … Chockablock with fantastic yarns … breath[es] fresh life into the rotting dead. … Delightfully diverse. … The Living Dead 2 runs the gamut of undead storytelling: pathos and pain, blood and guts, humor and horror. It’s a sensational collection that reanimates and reinvigorates the decaying dead back to exhilarating and entertaining life.”
—Allan Dart, Fangoria #296

“After the popularity of The Living Dead (2008), and the continuing popularity of zombies across the media, John Adams has compiled a second zombie anthology. While the first anthology was all reprints, the majority of the 43 stories in this one were written for number two. There are original stories by some of the best known writers in zombie fiction (Max Brooks, David Wellington, Brian Keene) and others better known in science fiction and fantasy (Simon Green, Paul McAuley, Steven Barnes, and Tananarive Due). So the quality of the writing is very high, and there is a wide variety of treatments on the theme. This is an excellent addition for the fantasy/horror audience.”
— Frieda Murray, Booklist

“I proclaimed [The Living Dead] the best zombie anthology I’d ever read. Well, there’s a new anthology due in September that actually surpasses The Living Dead–and it’s The Living Dead 2! I just want to take a moment to emphasize what an amazing achievement this is: where the original anthology comprised reprints of classic zombie tales, thereby guaranteeing a top-quality publication, The Living Dead 2 includes only original and recently-published work. Editor John Joseph Adams (who also compiled The Living Dead) demonstrates a brilliant understanding of exactly what makes a damn fine zombie tale, and deserves major kudos for the same. … There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that The Living Dead 2, and all who contributed to her, will be be well-represented across the various genre literature awards over the next year. In the meantime, zombie afficianados should place this publication at the very top of their Want List, above firearms, bottled water, and chainsaws.”
— HorrorScope