Zombies Are People, Too

Meet Edward Grey, the kind of zombie I talk about in Hungry For You.

Edward Grey’s life has been on the downward spiral ever since the day of his death. Not only must he deal with rising damp, bone decay and rot — but also the fact that he is now jobless, penniless and without girlfriend. A documentary crew follows Ted around for a day providing intimate insight into the heart-wrenching world of the walking dead.

Life can bring many challenges… but death can be a bastard.

(via mcchots)

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7 thoughts on “Zombies Are People, Too

  1. I have a question about A Prayer to Garlic. The main character refers to her “vegetarianism” as a lifestyle, and to her mother-in-law’s “meat eating” as a lifestyle, but she also says that she is six months old and expects to live another six months. How can there be such a thing as a “traditional zombie” when the lifespan is so short? Also, when the main character says that her mother-in-law had “clearly never been in close contact with humans, never had the chance to see that — despite their savage, selfish ways — there was more to them, there was depth”, what the hell is she talking about? Was her mother-in-law a shut-in before she became a zombie? Also, where did this human kid come from, and why is she so unconcerned about being eaten? Where are her parents?

    I didn’t actually realize that I was reading short stories — I downloaded the free sample, which was the title story, and thought that that was an intriguing start to the novel. It took me until Dead Man’s Rose to figure out that these were short stories. I know that sounds dumb, but I thought that each story was a chapter and that we were just meeting different characters who were going to come together later.

    Anyway, I’m really enjoying the stories. The writing is beautiful, and the stories are satisfying. I’m not a zombie fan, I’ve never liked horror, but these stories are really about people. Dead Man’s Rose was particularly powerful. I’m up to The Cure, and so far, every story has been amazing. I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Heya Crystal! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I’ve been off the internet for 2 weeks on a work trip/holidays. But I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the book :-)

      In response to your questions — and beware, I have a tendency to ramble! — well… Let’s see:

      On “A Prayer to Garlic” — I’m not sure what you mean by a “traditional” zombie, but in my view, I would imagine most zombies have a rather short life expectancy. If they don’t feed, they would die (a la 28 Days Later), but there is also the issue of bodily decay and such, especially during the summer. I tried to show this by how Mog’s limbs were falling off because he’d gone out into the midday heat, with the wife cranking up the AC to try slow down the decomposition.

      I also treated the zombies as having been “reborn”, meaning they retained no prior memories of their human lives. So the mother-in-law, since having become a zombie, has not bothered to observe humans; she’s simply eaten them.

      The little girl was kidnapped by Mog, who then goes off to return her near the end of the story. She is too young/innocent to realise the zombies are planning to eat her, and probably thinks that they are just a very odd-looking couple. :-)

      Hope that clears up some of your questions!

      You’ve made me wonder what Hungry For You would be like if all the characters met eventually… although considering the differing zombie mythos in each story, it wouldn’t quite work! Still, I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying them.

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