"Last Rites is Kim Paffenroth at his absolute best. There is intelligence here, and injustice, and heartache, and even love. But most of all, there is a delicious irony, for Paffenroth’s zombies are in fact the good souls we all want to be…that we all believe we can be. They have lost their lives, yes, but in giving up their mortality, they seem to have gained a humanity the rest of us can only approximate. Paffenroth has made a name for himself by challenging readers’ expectations of what the zombie story should be, and Last Rites is no exception. But this time, he’s taken his message not just to our heads, but to our hearts as well, and the result is a haunting book you will not soon forget. "
- Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead
"DYING TO LIVE: LAST RITES delivers a gritty dystopian nightmare that runs a crazy zigzag between the gross, the touching and the carnivalesque. A master of the genre, Paffenroth gives us equal parts horror and social commentary in a tale that crackles with startling insights about the human condition. "
- Alden Bell, author of The Reapers Are the Angels
"...insights about the human condition" - I think that's what great literature is about. (No, not that mine is "great literature" - but it's got glimpses of what makes some literature great, in the hands of a greater, more accomplished artist.)