Ten utterly gruesome tales, that will disable you.
You won’t know what hit you.
You will from this day forward sleep with one eye open.
Insist that all the lights stay on…always.
You will begin a ritual; checking under your bed, inside the closet and double checking your windows.
Throw into this the sick and twisted and the utterly crazy humor and your stomach will explode.
With some erotica, you’ll be hot and sweaty and wont know which way to run…and you’ll be scared for life.
In the best possible way.
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Travis Borne’s review:
Gormandized flesh, bodies getting degloved, yes, degloved! And zombies biting down like a hippo would to a crocodile, flesh spewing from meat volcanoes and… All that and more is merely the shoreline of this blood bath. Prepare to dive into horrific madness, into steamy flesh, into hot, naked, wide-spread bodies—and I had to put this down. The imagery had my brain too activated, too terrorized! I had to put it down for just a moment.
So, I enjoyed just one or two tales per day. They were that potent. And I really enjoyed Ellie’s creative use of metaphors: swinging pendulums on crack, heads popping like champagne corks, insides replaced with mashed potatoes, bone marrow replaced with ice cream… What a rush!
And I had my favorites. I loved Space Zombies because Travis (ME!) was in it. Well, my name anyway. Many of my friends know just how much I love outer space and science fiction. But now, mix in the zombies and Ellie’s no-holds-barred, adults-only writing style, where anything goes, and we do—oh yes we surely do—have a winner! I’ll be re-reading this one. And it’s too bad “what’s his name” didn’t…
Well, let me not spoil it for you. And off to the life pods we go. Escape! Escape the madness. But really, there’ll be no escaping this infection. And that was just the beginning. The first story.
Then, I found myself busting up inside with OH SH*T! ZOMBIES, my second favorite tale of the book. Greasy chicken? Oh, gawd… At the Mall, enjoying a nice meal and the main character is pissed off about a ruined bucket of extra-crispy KFC, about greasy fingers while having to run from zombies. Bah, hahaha! Loved it! And this short tale made me hungry, in a bizarre kind of way, then it grossed me out, totally, and kept me laughing—as Mummy kept rambling on about the dang fucking chicken!
But there was still more. Much more! And I’ll highlight a few of the tales I liked in this compilation. FLESH EATERS… FOOTHILL REST HOME… Yet, they were all awesome. My fourth favorite was the Western tale, GUNSLINGER, or, maybe it was PIMP MY BODY. I can’t decide. I loved them all. But by far, my absolute favorite story included in this treasure trove of ghastly, gory insanity, was the most shocking…
Excellent character development, a jolting, eerie and bloody ride. PLAYHOOD had carnage and all-out, adults-only sexual mayhem. And wishes granted, because the main character, Rene Hefter, had wanted to end it. But after getting what he got, well—keep on living! And live he did, surrounded by a throng of the most beautiful women imaginable. But, as wishes from the man downstairs sometimes roll… Well, read it. No more hints! But I will say, this one ends with a great, muahahaha, “moral of the story!”
Really, for this story alone (PLAYHOOD), I would rate this gruesome collection FIVE STARS. I could see PLAYHOOD as a horror movie, or expanded into a full novel, and would have purchased my copy of The Dead Wake Horror Collection for this one single story. Some of Ellie’s best work! And PLAYHOOD made me queasy. It was the one that made me put the book down. The imagery was too punching, as the blood flowed and flooded. As the flesh volcanoes erupted and naked women, again no holds barred, sucked and slurped—and as the devil…
This story really stuck with me. It shocked and jarred and jolted me. Yep, PLAYHOOD made me put ’er down and say, “Whoa! That’s enough for today. Brain…fried… Need…recovery…”
Funny but true.
Overall, what a read. Fantastic book. Fun tales with a something for all horror fans, especially for zombie fans. Five stars for a diverse compilation with diverse settings. From hospital bed, where the delivery of a ferociously hungry baby goes awry, to Alaska, inside frozen hell, to boarding a cruise ship where the parrots have pathogens, and get nasty, to the Old West and even, to the shopping mall…where that bucket of crispy KFC, perhaps, did not get the chance to be savored…
Ellie’s book had it all. I look forward with extreme anticipation—and perhaps, a little trepidation—to a gruesome and shocking, volume two. Excellent work, Ellie Douglas.