Mammoth Books presents A Clutch of Zombies

Mammoth Books presents A Clutch of Zombies

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What Will Come After - Scott Edelman qWhen Peter Crowther agreed to collect my many zombie short stories for publication by PS Publishing, q recalls the Scott Edelman, qhe asked only one thing of me - that I write a new piece of fiction for the volume to entice readers who might already be familiar with my undead oeuvre. Which I, of course, immediately agreed to do. qBut having already pushed the zombie envelope as far as I thought it could go with the story I'd written most recently at the time, 'Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man', and wanting to make the new story truly special, I realised that there was only one place to go. I had to get personal. Very personal. qAnd so, I wrote a story in which I was the protagonist, and looked ahead to what would happen after my own death . . . and rebirth. It was an emotionally difficult story to write, but what I didn't realise was that it would become even more emotionally difficult for me as time went by. qWhat I should have known when writing 'What Will Come After' was that it would become more difficult for me to reread as time went on. You see, because the story is about me, it is also about the people I love. Even though within the story, many of them are dead, at the time I wrote the tale, they were all alive - and I still had trouble not losing it at the ending during a public reading. qIt's been a rough couple of years since I wrote this story, and when I next read it aloud, one of those loved ones had died, and my voice cracked and I had trouble keeping it together during the section that mentioned that death. Now yet another relative is gone, and I had difficulty even proofing this for publication. And there are other relatives still alive, but they, too, will go someday . . . Christmas with the Dead - Joe R. Lansdale qI wrote 'Christmas with the Dead' simply because I wanted to write a holiday horror story, q Lansdale admits. qThis was the result.q Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History - Albert E. Cowdrey q'Fort Clay . . .' had its genesis long ago in picnics and snake collecting expeditions to the defences originally built to protect New Orleans from the British fleet, q explains Cowdrey. q(By the time they were completed, the Battle of New Orleans was over - the Brits didn't come back, but the Yanks did.) qFort Jackson, Fort St Philip and Fort Pike were as close to castles as I could get - grand places, shadowy and creepy and cool even in the hottest weather, beloved of serpents and the small boys who pursued them. Later, as a researcher for the Interior Department, I worked at Baltimore's Fort McHenry - where the British fleet did come, provoking Francis Scott Key to write 'The Star-Spangled Banner' - and studied Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour, where the Civil War began. qIt seemed only right to think about deeds of blood in such appropriate places, about the intersection of past and present, and about drowned men who emerge from lapping waters to take a hand in the affairs of the living. And so this tale took form.q When the Zombies Win - Karina Sumner-Smith Karina Sumner-Smith recalls: qIn a discussion about the Apocalypse, I joked that someone should write a story set after everyone has been eaten or turned into zombies. What would the zombies eat? What would they do when there's no one left to infect? Then I paused (in that way that writers have), and said, 'You know, that's not a bad idea . . .' qOnce I'd considered the consequences, a total Zombie Apocalypse seemed not horrific, nor comedic, but tragic. qIt's not just that everyone has died, but that we have died and yet continue to stumble through the ruins of our world with no way to understand or acknowledge what's happened, or mourn the loss of everything we once were.qThere will be no other way to go on. I will have hurled myself repeatedly against my tethering, but I will not have the strength to shatter my restraint. ... even through athing such as this, I know that my wife and I are meant to be together, and because we are meant to be together, we will be together. ... But as our lives, or rather, herlife and my undeath, willplay out, that decision will end upbeing hers .


Title:Mammoth Books presents A Clutch of Zombies
Author: Albert E. Cowdrey, Joe R. Lansdale, Karina Sumner Smith, Scott Elderman
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-07-26
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