Post by H_P_Saucecraft on Sept 30, 2009 15:10:48 GMT
Stephen Jones - Mammoth Book Of Zombies (Robinson 1993, Parragon 1995)
Noticed we didn't have a thread on this one & also dem was missing a scan on the wordpress site (do you need a separate link, dem, or can you link it from here?). My copy is the Parrogon one, titled The Giant Book of Zombies, but as far as I'm aware, other than the title variation, there's no difference between editions.
Introduction: The Dead That Walk
Clive Barker - Sex, Death and Starshine Ramsey Campbell - Rising Generation Manly Wade Wellman - The Song of The Slaves R. Chetwynd-Hayes - The Ghouls Edgar Allan Poe - The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar Karl Edward Wagner - Sticks Charles L. Grant - Quietly Now Basil Copper - The Grey House M.R. James - A Warning To The Curious Nicholas Royle - The Crucian Pit Brian Lumley - The Disapproval of Jeremy Cleave H.P. Lovecraft - Herbert West - Reanimator Lisa Tuttle - Treading The Maze David Riley - Out Of Corruption Graham Masterton - The Taking of Mr.Bill J. Sheridan Le Fanu - Schalken The Painter David Sutton - Clinically Dead Les Daniels - They're Coming For You Hugh B. Cave - Mission To Margal Michael Marshall Smith - Later Peter Tremayne - Marbh Bheo Dennis Etchison - The Blood Kiss Christopher Fowler - Night After Night of The Living Dead Robert Bloch - The Dead Don't Die! Kim Newman - Patricia's Profession Joe R. Lansdale - On The Far Side of The Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks
Only just seen this. Thanks gents and, er, "saucy', i'll be able to manage with what you've posted. i'm such a mug, i really should've snapped this up when i had the chance but this stuff was easily available from libraries those days and it seemed these books would always be around. I've not read all the stories by any means, but if there's anything better than Joe R. Lansdale's superlative zombie western On The Far Side of The Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks, then we're talking something very tasty indeed.
Had a word with a friend at the lovely Robinson recently and suggested that now would be a very opportune time to reissue this. "I'll have a word with the editor" - so ... you never know.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
It does look a juicy collection, though I don't know if I'd classify M. Valdemar as a zombie. The Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics has been on sale at a bargain price in HMV lately, along with the Mammoth Book of Horror Comics, and both are worth the money. I don't know if this has been posted anywhere else in the Vault, so forgive a newb if I'm repeating other people's posts, but the listing for the Zombie Comics is; Making Amends - Steve Niles & Josh Medors Pariah - Jon Ayre & One-Neck In Sickness - Jon Ayre & Stephen Hill Necrotic: Dead Flesh On a Living Body - Buddy Scalera, M Swank & Pat Quinn The Immortals - Darko Macan & Edvin Biukovic Flight From Earth - Oleg Kozyrev & Roman Surzhenko Amy - Mark Bloodworth & Vincent Locke Black Sabbath - Stuar Kerr & Vincent Locke M.A.Z.H - Andrew Davies & Laura Watton Dead Eyes Open - Matthew Shepherd & Roy Boney Jr Might of the Living Dead - Indio Job Satisfaction - Gary Crutchley The Corpse - Askold Akishin The Haunted Ship - Askold Akishin The Zombie - Askold Akishin Pigeons From Hell - Robert E Howard & Scott Hampton Zombie World: Dead End - Stephen Blue Zombies - Kieron Gillen & Andy Bloor
Some of these are very short, some extremely long, and the art work varies in style, but I found all of them worth a read and some are real classics.
Cthulhu loves me this I know, the Necronomicon told me so
Call it a blind spot if you wish but, like novelisations of films and TV, I hate shared world stories that someone else has "created".
Weirdly enough shared world things are something I've never really encountered before!
This was I suppose a little like a TV series - Steve created the overall arc and episode plotlines and then as writers we had to get from A to B, or P to Q. My brief was (surprise) to do a story detailing the medical course of someone being bitten and succumbing to the zombie plague. I'd never written a zombie story before & the idea of zombies had never really inspired me (there's only so much you can do with the dead walking around), but I used that to basically have a zombie plague going completely mental in an NHS hospital and I had loads of fun writing something very action packed. It stands on its own (and it's bound to turn up in a future collection) but I'll very interested to see how it integrates into the book as a whole
But the contributors were chosen to deal with certain areas in which they had knowledge and then weave a tale within the overall zombie story arc that Steve had put together. I think it worked really well; and I was genuinely impressed by the result.