Eric S. Brown
By Alyce Wilson
As the title implies, Zombies II is a short collection of flash
fiction pieces featuring zombies. This 36-page e-book collects several
stories, all less than a few pages in length.
For this collection, author Eric S. Brown combined two of his favorite
genres: zombies and superheroes. This manifests in various ways, from
the person who has developed superhuman speed and strength, to telepaths
and others. Some of them use their abilities against the zombies, with
Not surprisingly, the collection will appeal primarily to fans of the
zombie genre, especially to those looking for a different take on the
subject. Most of the stories stick to typical zombie conventions, such
as being relentless, immune to every wound except a blow the head, and
transmitting their infection via bites.
He gets more creative, though, with the protagonists, although many
of them meet bitter ends, which is again typical of the genre. One of
the more interesting stories is "Inhuman," which is likes
Fantastic Four meets a zombie tale. And "Deadtown" takes some
elements from the western genre. He also includes a couple tales that
The main fault with the collection is some of the stories could have
benefited from some copy editing, as they include spelling and grammatical
errors that can be distracting.
For the zombie fans amongst us, the book is worth reading.
Rating: *** (Good)