Review of Zombie EPICdemic Edited by Alan Russo
By: Luna Lupine

Welcome back kiddies, it's an exciting month for me (and while everyone and their mother is excited to see Avengers: Infinity War), I'm looking for to a special full moon on the 29th. But, this is no run of the mill full moon this month, this is a Pink Moon. Now you see why I'm so stocked about it, I mean everything in this event screams "LUNA"! You know, Werewolf, full moon, being a female and it being pink. So besides all my howling lovelies out and about that night, I'm guessing we will have to share the night with our lady zombie friends, I don't mind as long as they don't block my view.

Speaking of Zombies, a friend to this Magazine, Alan Russo, turned me on to a new Zombie Anthology called Zombie EPICdemic (which is his first anthology in almost five years). While I do enjoy a good old fashion paperback, this was a Kindle version so I got to read it on my new Galaxy and found that I enjoyed it just as much as a paper bond book.

Opening it up and looking at the names of the authors, I noticed right away that a lot of contributors from our magazine are in this anthology. Who? Let's see, there's of Managing Editor Mike Lutz, and our boss David K. Montoya, fan favorite S. Sadie Burbank and a great, great, great essay written posthumous by Terry D. Scheerer (and I will cover that more in a bit), and of course, Alan Russo. Also, there are a few well known writers outside of my circle, like T. Fox Dunham who is a helluva page–turner and Jay Wilburn (who I remember from Monsterthology.

In total, there are nine short stories and is closed out with an essay; S. Sadie Burbank starts out the book and Ii have to say that in front of each story is a short bio of the author, and Sadie had me rolling when I read, "S. Sadie Burbank is at it again!" I dig that lady, I really do! It takes place in Alaska Denali, Alaska as a boy makes a climb up a mountain and the climate isn't his only worries! My only gripe about this story is that it was more a piece of flash–fiction rather than a short story, meaning I finished it faster than I would have liked.

Now, I have to place a disclaimer right here. The next story was written by our own David K. Montoya and in order to be honest I have to approach it like everyone else, so I decided to email Dave and tell him what I was planning to say about his short story in the anthology (of course, I would not get a reply until after I found out about his heart attack, which made me feel like sh*t), and like true Dave fashion, he replied with a "I EXPECT you to tell our readers the truth regardless you know the writer of not."

So, here we go. While, I will say that Dead Space is not a bad story, it's just not one of David K. Montoya's best, it felt more like a situation rather than a beginning, middle and end short story. The best way that I can describe it was it did not feel like a Dave Montoya story, I'm sorry, get well soon and I love ya!

Next, I want to talk about another TWoM alumni, Mike Lutz, who went old school zombie with good old fashion Voodoo! Yeah! Now, it just so happens that White Zombie is my favorite take on zombies and how the narrator was pulled into the darkness! I was saying to my self, "He's screwed! He's screwed! Oh man, he's fkn screwed! What a fun journey! I loved every bit of it!

Then we come to Alan Russo's story, Long Day's Night. Another disclaimer needs to be added here, I have personally known Russo for a long, long time. I have read his comic book writing, and his script for a movie and in my humble opinion, I thought it was… Okay. Nothing, more and nothing less. But, the next time I read his stuff, he was contributing here to the magazine and his stuff was on fire! Much the same can be said with this story, it stole the show! It was well–crafted, well–written and well–done! I was baffled for most of the story as to who was the zombie, I was certain it was the main bank robber! But I was wrong, dead wrong! I don't know what happened in your time away, but keep it up Alan!

Finally, as promised, we close out with Terry D. Scheerer's essay Why do Zombies eat People, which was a fairly in–depth thought as to this burning question every Zombie Lover has asked one time or another. I love how he took such a silly topic like zombies and approached it so seriously, inserting historical and scientific notes to back his ideas on the matter and reference checks with well–known people of the genre. In the end, I would have to say that I tend to think that Mr. Scheerer was on to something that most of us were not clever enough to even ponder about (I'm solely speaking for myself only here), I'm a bit saddened in afterthought. I would have liked to have read this while Scheerer was apart of the living and was able to pick his brain about it. At least he can share his intelligence, even in posthumous. Rest well, good sir!

In conclusion, I have to say that I found myself enjoying (for the most part) this anthology and hope that Zombie Works puts out another anthology, maybe a werewolf anthology? Wink, wink. So after a serious amount of thought, I award Zombie EPICdemic four stars! It achieved what it was supposed to be, a fast and fun read enjoyable enough to kill some time.

That's it for me this month, don't forget to check out the PINK Moon on April 29th, I'll see you there!