Spooky…the Literary Dead and the Undead

Which is the  “most literary” of all cemeteries?  Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Mass., may very well be the one. Writers of no less stature than Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott rest there for eternity.  Read this off-beat post on PWxyz and see the interesting responses from readers.

A new anthology on Zombies entitled “Zombies!  Zombies! Zombies!”  is just out. Despite the plain name, the book reveals different aspects of, for lack of a better term, zombiehood. A range of time periods and types of tales are represented. The book’s editor is confident that you’re in for a treat. And as the reviewer concurs, “I’d say it’s a no-brainer.”  groan…      Shira S.

A Great Time to be a Zombie

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be a zombie these days.  With a single-mindedness that only an animated corpse could muster, the zombies have recently risen from the grave to enjoy unprecedented heights of popularity.  But even as they rub rotting elbows with the “beautiful people,” the zombies have always managed to stay true to their rancid, flesh-eating roots.  Sure, they’ve experimented a little on their way to the top.  They’ve dipped a gangrenous toe into classic literature, played slapstick for laughs, and even done a bit of thrilling song and dance.  But the bottom line is that the zombies have earned their stardom by remaining committed to doing what zombies do best.  Namely, they’ve doubled and redoubled their efforts to scare you snotless, and let’s face it, you’ve got to respect their work ethic even as you run screaming from their lurching pursuit.  So this Halloween celebrate the Year of the Zombie with a book that captures all of their consistent creepiness.   In each of the following gory reads, you’ll thank the zombies for keeping it real… real scary.

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