by Armand Rosamilia, Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Tim Baker, Sean Slagle, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee, Frank J. Edler, A.D. Roland
Genre: Zombie Anthology
Just when I think I can't be wowed, it happens. I'm not usually a fan of anthologies or collections of short stories. So When Armand Rosamilia sent me Still Dying 2 I was skeptical. But I couldn't bring myself to say no to him. Perhaps it was his cool name, or the fact that he's such a nice guy who's stuck with The Bookie Monster since the beginning.
Maybe skeptical isn't the right word. I was almost sad in advance, thinking I was about to not like my first piece of work from him and the other talented authors credited for their contributions.
Holy moly, was I wrong! I was absolutely giddy after I finished the first story of the book. This never happens! Don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean the floodgates are open and I'm going to change my review policy or anything.
While all the stories were completely intriguing and unique, a few stood out and tickled my fancy. In How Me And Bozy Became Dads by Patrick C. Greene, inmates collecting trash on the side of the road witness a stumbling man hit by oncoming traffic. A group of "creeps" appear from the tree line. A family of four emerge from the car to find their victim isn't dead...in the traditional sense. Two inmates and the family make it away from the scene to discover one is bit. I liked seeing the hardness of the felon mix with compassion for the children.
Gator Aid by Frank Edler was one of my favorites. In St Augustine, Florida, Gator Aid is the last operational gator farm in the state, considered a safe haven because the gators will eat anything foolish enough to step foot on their turf. With money now useless, food is used as currency to gain entry for the day. Never turn your back on the water...good lesson.
The Trap Line by Sean Slagle. You just know it's never going to be good when you see the words "undead" and "bloated sex organs" together.
Dying Days: Television by Armand Rosamilia had me questioning myself. Patrick is a reclusive TV addict. I recognized all the references made in the story and thought oh shit. It's me! Luckily, I don't own 22 televisions, so I figure I'm not that bad...yet!
The clear standout for me was The Old Man And The Apocalypse by A.D. Roland. An orphaned teen is forced to make a tough decision. She wants to live in safety with an old man, Otis, but she's a wolf in sheep's clothing; a Trojan horse sent in to recon a building for her loathsome group of bandits who have her ill brother back at camp. This story contained a depth that we don't usually see in the zombie genre. The characters were compassionate and I really rooted for them.
The only thing I didn't particularly enjoy was the cover. It didn't connect with the content for me. Sure, if you want to get technical, it's a zombie on the cover of a zombie book. But I would have liked to see a connection between one of the stories held within. (Just not the bloated sex organs!)
Go grab a copy, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what rewards lie within.
The Bookie Monster's Rating:
Nine authors… Ten stories… nothing but zombie horror!
Dying Days creator Armand Rosamilia invited eight incredible authors to set foot in his world, and the results are creepy and the anthology a page-turner. Enter this zombie apocalypse… if you dare.
How Me And Bozy Became Dads by Patrick C. Greene
A road side inmate clean-up crew find themselves caught in the middle just as a plague takes hold of the city. Small time hoods Randall and Bozy find freedom—which just became worse than imprisonment.
Gator Aid by Frank Edler
Can a popular Floridian tourist trap survive and thrive as an attraction during the end of civilization?
The Trap Line by Sean Slagle
Spencer, his sister, and her boyfriend have been hiding safely in a hunting cabin since the beginning of the apocalypse. But all of that changes when another family of survivors shows up.
Dying Days: Television by Armand Rosamilia
What's more important than television, even during the end of the world?
Flight 509 by Jaime Johnesee
A man is stuck on a plane during the ZA and has no clue how to get out alive.
The Old Man And The Apocalypse by A.D. Roland
He just wanted to live out the rest of his days in peace. With the walking dead stumbling around his retirement community, it wasn’t too easy to do that, but he’d managed. An unexpected visitor reminds him, though, that sometimes life isn’t just about waiting to die.
The Happiest Kingdom On Earth by Brent Abell
Two men trying to stay alive in a zombie ravaged world find a group of survivors who have taken refuge in Florida’s premiere tourist attraction and find out how high the price of admission can be to stay in the “Happiest Kingdom on Earth”.
Dying Days: Stew by Armand Rosamilia
Stew and his dog Orion are just trying to scavenge in a restaurant when things get tricky. Can they survive a zombie attack and find hot dogs for Orion?
Lucifer's Revenge by Mark Tufo
A monsignor reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
Dying Days: Angel by Tim Baker
Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.