Review: Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds by Rhiannon Frater

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Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds
by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: May 22nd 2014
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eARC received from author
in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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Zombie Tales from Undead Worlds contains three exhilarating short stories and three white-knuckle novelettes set in alternate versions of an Earth inhabited with frightening variants of zombies to haunt your waking hours and fill your nightmares.

In The Blanket, a little boy hides as the end of the world enters his home…
In The Scavengers, two unique survivors struggle to carve out a life for themselves while being threatened by the most frightful beings of all: humanity…
In The Building, a teenage girl lives in a walled-in neighborhood and hopes to escape to the luxury of the high-rise apartment building that towers over it. But to reach it, she must risk the Deaders that roam the streets…
In The Necromancer, a Cleric must deal with hordes of the destructive undead as they threaten a settlement in a futuristic world…
In The Race, seven friends scramble to reach the safe zone while evading the dangers of the murderous Blighters and each other…
In The False Start, a young couple is torn apart as the undead plague begins to take hold of Austin, Texas…

Award-winning author Rhiannon Frater creates vivid new stories set in alternate worlds where people face nightmarish creatures that only desire one thing: to destroy the living.

My Thoughts

While I own several anthologies, I haven’t bothered to read many. Something about the skipping from story to story within the same book makes me edgy. I know, I’m weird. I’ve come to terms with it. This is one I couldn’t pass up, though, being about zombies and written by Rhiannon Frater. There are six stories in this gem and each one is distinctive. Not just the characters, but the type of hell they were in and creatures they faced. This is the perfect smorgasbord of horror!

The shortest of the six is the first story, The Blanket. While it wasn’t lengthy, it was just as terrifying as the rest. The scene that plays out in this is one of my biggest fears as I fall asleep each night. It short, to the point, and will properly mess with your head and your heart.

The Scavengers was odd and creepy, and probably the most unique of the stories. It was certainly a brand new view of “life” in the zombie apocalypse.

In the third story, The Building, we learn that perhaps we should just be happy with the grass in our own damn yard, even though it seems much greener on the other side of the wall. Zombies are scary, but even if you make it beyond them, people can be more deadly than the monsters.

The Necromancer.. now this was one of my favorites, which surprised me. After reading the first couple of pages I didn’t think it was going to be my thing, but the plot reaches many different levels, which seems an impossible feat for being a short story, and the setting is brilliant.

The Race.. I love the ending! That’s all I’m going to say. 😀

And finally, The False Start. Around the half way mark I realized where this story had originated — The Living Dead Boy! I just read it a few days before reading this. When it finally dawned on me I thought, “Oh, hey, Jamie.. I know you! Yes, you should have listened to your son, Josh.” Heh. It was really cool getting a glimpse at what he was up to while away from his family, smack dab in the midst of another storyline. Super cool.

As with all of Rhiannon’s books, there’s not a darn thing I can complain about. I always know I’m in for one helluva ride. This is a fabulous collection of true horror that all fans will love!

About the Author


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

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