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The Living Dead

The Living Dead


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

ISBN: 9781597801430
Published: 09/02/2008

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

ISBN: 978-1-59780-240-6
Published: 09/02/2008

“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.”

From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead; from Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern West. The ultimate consumers, zombies rise from the dead and feed upon the living, their teeming masses ever hungry, ever seeking to devour or convert… mindless, faceless eating machines.

Zombies have been depicted as mind-controlled minions, the shambling infected, the disintegrating dead, and the ultimate lumpen-proletariat, but in all cases, they reflect us, mere mortals afraid of death in a society on the verge of collapse.

Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, The Living Dead covers a broad spectrum of zombie fiction: from Romero-style zombies to reanimated corpses to voodoo zombies and beyond.

Nominated for a World Fantasy Award.


  • Introduction by John Joseph Adams
  • This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons
  • Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link
  • Death and Suffrage By Dale Bailey
  • Ghost Dance by Sherman Alexie
  • Blossom by David J. Schow
  • The Third Dead Body by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Dead by Michael Swanwick
  • The Dead Kid by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Malthusian’s Zombie  by Jeffrey Ford
  • Beautiful Stuff by Susan Palwick
  • Sex, Death and Starshine  by Clive Barker
  • Stockholm Syndrome by David Tallerman
  • Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead  by Joe Hill
  • Those Who Seek Forgiveness  by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • In Beauty, Like the Night by Norman Partridge
  • Prairie by Brian Evenson
  • Everything is Better With Zombies by Hannah Wolf Bowen
  • Home Delivery  by Stephen King
  • Less Than Zombie  by Douglas E. Winter
  • Sparks Fly Upward  by Lisa Morton
  • Meathouse Man  by George R. R. Martin
  • Deadman’s Road  by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Skull-Faced Boy  by David Barr Kirtley
  • The Age of Sorrow  by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • Bitter Grounds  by Neil Gaiman
  • She’s Taking Her Tits to the Grave  by Catherine Cheek
  • Dead Like Me  by Adam-Troy Castro
  • Zora and the Zombie  by Andy Duncan
  • Calcutta, Lord of Nerves  by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Followed  by Will McIntosh
  • The Song the Zombie Sang  by Harlan Ellison® and Robert Silverberg
  • Passion Play  by Nancy Holder
  • Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man  by Scott Edelman
  • How the Day Runs Down  by John Langan


“You need this book! As terrific a short story collection as I’ve ever encountered, The Living Dead gathers together 34 of the cleverest, creepiest and most brain-freezing zombie tales. These are not your grandpa’s Late Late Show walking dead, either, but direct descendants of the modern post-Romero gut-ripping, intestine-crunching undead hordes. A collection to die for—or with.”
—Joe Dante, award-winning director of Gremlins, The Howling, and Homecoming

“The Living Dead contains stories of heartbreak, drama, and man’s eternal struggle against himself. The focus doesn’t fall squarely on violence and horror, which earns it a place among the best of zombie fiction. The Living Dead is not a book to be ignored; it demands a read through—maybe a couple.”
—Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies