I'm skipping my thoughts on the couple or so graphic novels I recently finished to post about zombies tonight. Zombies. I can't get enough of them lately. I have this (not so slight) obsession with The Walking Dead on TV. I miss Daryl Dixon a lot. I want to have a crossbow. In less than two weeks I'll get my TV zombie fix. For tonight, I'll rely on memory to discuss the latest book I finished.
I mentioned this book the last time I posted. Maybe now's the time to mention my brief history with Christopher Golden. No, I haven't met him personally but I read something of his previously; his collaboration with Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Amber Benson titled The Ghost of Albion, then there were two novels I bought and read way back). I liked that series a lot.
A part of me missed my TV zombies so I picked this up. It was a good choice due to a confluence of events, so to speak; my much-missed TV series, my hankering for horror, a short read, and a certain familiarity with the author. I didn't expect it to be an awesome story that I won't ever forget. I just wanted something to tide me over my needed zombie fix (and I shudder as I type that).
And it's pretty much a good fix.
The story starts with a seance broadcast live on TV by three powerful mediums. By the time the three, hand in hand with the two anchors of the morning show Sunrise they appeared on, contacted their spirit guides, the dead started to rise from their graves.
Told from the perspectives of a handful of characters with a similar agenda - to get to their loved ones before the dead gets to them first - it is quite a riveting read. It didn't have that dark, heavy foreboding of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, which is a good thing, at least for me, because I still get to sleep at night, scared of zombies yes, but that's already a given.
I liked the zombies here. Wait, let's qualify that. There's nothing to like about zombies, ok? But here, the zombies are much like the dead actually coming back to life or at least a semblance of their former selves. And it's creepy and scary as hell. Considering that the so-called uprising occurred after the mediums got in touch with the spirit world, the zombies here aren't just plain, animated corpses. They are your neighbors, your families, your friends. The longer the seance continued, the zombies get smarter and smarter. If at first their initial inclination is to go home, later on they start to remember who they were sans any bit of goodness they once possessed.
So if you feel like you're up for a zombie story, give this a try. You have no choice but to root for the humans no matter how conflicted they get; because in a world where zombies are bright and not your run of the mill moving corpses, the solution to the uprising is what you hope and pray for at the soonest possible time.