Encounters with the Hungry Dead
Edited by John Skipp
“Zombies: Encounters With the Hungry Dead” compiles thirty-two diverse and diverting stories that encompass the undying allure of zombies….Skipp has chosen tales that display creativity when dealing with resurrected cannibalistic corpses. The works in this impressive volume are a reminder that there is a brain behind every good zombie story.”
—Sheila Merritt, Hellnotes
“[Skipp] sees zombies as the underdogs of the genre, finally crawling up from their graves and infecting our popular culture as well they should. [He] traces the Z-word back its origin (in a story from 1819) right up to the first very-popular cinematic germ (Night of the Living Dead, 1968…), and beyond into today.”
—Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
From a master of zombie fiction and a founding father of splatterpunk comes a mind-bending anthology of 32 new and classic stories from both renowned writers and rising stars
In the tradition of bestselling Vampires and Ghosts, this anthology of 32 stories is set in a world where the dead have risen from the grave to consume the living. This rich collection showcases the best of the genre from short-story masters such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Poppy Z. Brite; zombie stalwarts such as David J. Schow and Jack Ketchum; bizarro founders such as Carlton Mellick III; and popular up-and-comers such as Max Brooks and S.G. Browne and will satisfy the insatiable hunger of zombie fans everywhere.
A series of captivating essays about zombies in folklore and in popular culture by John Skipp, award-winning zombie anthologist and author, enrich an already extraordinary collection by discussing the past, present, and future of the living dead. And a resources section encompassing the best of long-form fiction, movies, websites, games is included for any reader interested in learning more about the wider world of the undead.
Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry is sure to sate the hungriest zombie fans with classic as well as contemporary servings of tangled entrails and other unspeakable meals.
John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 18 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature, bringing George Romero’s vision of the dead-next-door to new levels of scope and intensity. He later edited three more zombie anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, which won the Bram Stoker Award for best anthology. From splatterpunk founding father to hilarious elder statesman, Skipp’s legendary horror works include The Light At The End, The Scream, Jake’s Wake, The Long Last Call, and most recently Spore. He lives in Los Angeles.