Monday, May 07, 2007

Horror Fiction Review

The following review will appear in THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW # 17, release date to be announced. By Nick Cato.

Jonah Caine is struggling to survive in a world overrun with the undead when he stumbles upon a museum that’s inhabited by human survivors. He joins their ranks (which is headed by a mysterious, prophetic man named Milton), and everything seems to be going fine until they run into another group of survivors who aren’t on the same level as they are.

Although the plot is your standard apocalyptic, end-of-the-world zombie deal, Paffenroth makes it his own through the interesting and very believable characters; Jonah, “Popcorn,” and Tanya make a great zombie-bashing team, and Milton’s musings on theology and philosophy are fresh (and more importantly, never dull). Milton also holds a special power over the undead, which adds a nice little twist to the tale.

Most horror fans will probably feel like they’ve been here before, but zombie aficionados will be pleased to know that the author really lets loose with the splatter and suspense: one scene dealing with a hospital rooftop, a stuttering helicopter, and an army of approaching zombies will have you on the edge of your seat; gore and scares rarely occur this effectively in a genre novel.
I’m looking very forward to a sequel.


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