Stan Swanson (short story collection)
Retail Price: $14.95
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Publication Date: November 16, 2009
Zombies and quick-witted humor? You bet! Forever Zombie is not filled with your typical blood and gore zombie tales and even non-zombie fans will enjoy this collection. These tales will take you to a world where the existence of zombies is not just a possibility, but a fact of life. And that life after death might be much different than we have ever imagined. Consider the plight of the Grim Reaper when he descends upon the law offices of Romero, O’Bannon, Fulci & Flanders only to find his next “client” is already dead in “Every Death You Take”. Or how about “The Farmer’s Daughter”, daring to bring home her future husband to meet the family and he isn’t exactly what they imagined their future son-in-law might be like. Or a creepy visit to a zombie museum in the middle of nowhere in “A Night At The Zombie Museum”. And who do you think might be smarter? A gang of zombie bikers or the I.Q.-impaired hillbillies in “Ozark Hicks and Zombie Chicks”? Well, that one’s a close call. And it’s all here in Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales and each story has a special touch that will keep you reading far into the night. Think you can read just one tale before bed each night? Try two or three. Or maybe you’ll still be reading the last of the stories before the sun comes up the next morning. But as an added precaution, make sure you check your pulse every once in awhile.
Forever Zombie is exactly what it appears to be and much more! The zombie stories are on the lighter side, with plenty of gross-out, blended with intelligent humor. I really enjoyed this anthology! Stan does a great job of churning the stomach while tickling the funny bone! He reminds us that not all zombies are of the Dawn of the Dead sort, it’s quite all right to be the Shawn of the Dead sort! I would recommend this to anyone who really enjoys zombies, so long as they aren’t purists who are offended by the lighter side of horror!
—C. W. LaSart
Forever Zombie caught me by surprise. There is a sinister humor here reminiscent of Edward Gorey, and a playfulness that echoes Roald Dahl. It’s a curious mix, but it works great. Trust me: whichever way your pleasure tends, whether it’s a subtly placed bit of characterization or a deliciously plotted twist ending, you’re going to find something to love here. Forever Zombie is a hit!
There’s more to zombies than brain eating. Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales is a collection of different sorts of zombie stories, as Stan Swanson presents his take on the ways of the Undead, and the concerns of the after life. The legal rights of zombies, winning a heart after yours has stopped, how smart is a zombie anyway, and much more, Forever Zombie is a must for anyone who can’t get enough of the disgusting shamblers.
—Midwest Book Review
Forever Zombie is a collection of fifteen short stories written by Dark Moon Digest editor-in-chief Stan Swanson, and inside this book he shows his expertise on the horror genre. Specifically, on zombies–the 21st century universal subject of obsession. Right away we learn this book is not your typical horror fest, but instead a nice humorous journey that allows you to drift along at your own pace and enjoy the ride the whole time. With this collection of stories, Mr. Swanson has proved the zombie genre is long from dead. Uh, dead again, that is. Definitely recommended.
—Max Booth III