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First Time Dead 2 [Kindle Edition]

DA Chaney , Gregory Carter , TW Brown

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The legions of the undead continue to grow.
First Time Dead proudly presents a host of brand new names to the genre pantheon. Each writer contained herein might be the next “it” writer on the rise…the one to watch for. You never know where the next Romero, Kirkman, Brooks, Keene, or Wellington may emerge to scare and entertain the masses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6349 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (Feb. 11 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NIFN5M
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #712,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Collection. Feb. 15 2011
By Dane Grannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent collection of stories by first time published authors. The stories examine various aspects of what the zombie outbreak means to a variety of people while expanding and redefining the mythos of zombies.

In "In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris, the coming of the undead are tied to an otherly world event. A very likable man struggles against a world of despair. In the climatic scene, he enters the eternal battle to save the woman he loves. The religious overtones in this story are very well done.

"Zombie Bites : The Old Dead" by D.A. Chaney examines the origins of the outbreak. The reader is placed at ground zero. This very well done story is constructed in a classic short story fashion. Nice pacing and no wasted scenes highlight this story. The gripping beginning is masterfully echoed in the end. The cause of the outbreak is something that I'd never seen before. This is my favorite of the book.

"Ooky" by Matthew E. Davis certainly lives up to the title. Two young survivors console and amuse each other by telling a particular exploit. This story is definitely rated a strong PG-13. The imagery will stick with me for a long time.

"Once More Without Feelings" by Joe Blevins is the most classical zombie story that I'd read to that point. It examines zombies from a very different perspective than the current trend of zombie plagues. This tale harkens back to the zombie tales of New Orleans. The fault here is that it starts rather slowly. It is still my second favorite.

"Snow Days" by Donny Chavez is an excellent snapshot of life during the height of the outbreak. This story doesn't provide much opportunity for character growth but as a snapshot, I found it more than satisfactory. Regina is a remarkable main character. I hope to see her in more stories.

"Zombies in Puerto Rico: Island of the Dead" by Alexandro Rios details the problems faced by the larger islands when confronted by the zombie outbreak. The slow loss of everything is highlighted in a newspaper story style. The main character is a journalist and the author effectively renders the story in that consistent manner. It reminds me of World War Z in presentation. I understand that the style is deliberately detached, but I prefer more emotional involvement with the characters.

"The Last Legacy" by Amanda Larson is another island story. In this story, the protagonist writes a journal describing the events and struggles of the people. There is a notable lack of zombies. This is an excellent idea that I feel would be better served in a longer format. Instead of telling me the story, show it to me. This intriguing story does the best job of world building in the collection.

I approached "The Mission" by Eric Pollarine with high expectations after having read his excellent story "A Man of Letters". I was not disappointed. This story showed why May December Publications went ahead and published "A Man of Letters". Excellent description, fast action, and a dead one examination of the effect of killing a zombie has on the psyche of an "everyman" make this well worth reading. The characters' psychological breakdown is mirrored in their physical condition. Great Job Eric.

I may be weird -- no strike that -- I am weird but I found "The Hungriest Zombie" by Jason Pracker to be an amusing and heart warming tale. The author managed to make me feel sympathy for a zombie. The "scary" scenes appear to be deliberately written to pull a laugh from the reader. I read this one twice.

"Rude Awakening" by David Maynard is the exact opposite in tone from its predecessor. The author does an excellent job showing us the destruction of a man. Sharp images and intense emotions make this story one that the reader will not forget. As a parent, this one hit me really hard.

"Zombie by Night" by Aaron Phillips expands the zombie mythos in ways that I'd never considered. Can a flesh-eating monster be a "good guy"? This story sets up a world where your new neighbor might be more than he seems. And, of course, revenge is a dish best served warm and bloody.

"What the Cat Dragged In" by Gregory A. Carter continues the theme of a family undergoing destruction. A young couple struggles to survive in a world where humans aren't the only zombies. My only lament was that the two main characters sounded too much alike. Even considering that, this is an excellent story. I felt the main character's loss as he embraced the end.

This is an outstanding collection that I am proud to have read. My hat's off to the writers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Zombies everywhere! March 25 2011
By CemeteryFlower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great collection of zombie fiction. If you're into the walking dead hordes, this znthology is for you. No two stories are alike.

In This House I Dwell made me miss normal zombies. Great twist to the genre.

Zombie Bites read as though I were watching it happen. I could see a sequal or just a great cliffhanger.

Ooky was one of the most memorable. The title fits the story perfectly. Euw.

Once More Without Feeling had a great fifties feel. I climbed right in and pulled up a chair.

Snow Days Had a great setting and characters.

Last Legacy is exactly where I'd want to be during an apocalypse.

The Mission started on adrenaline and kept it up the hwole way through.

The Hungriest Zombie...all I can say is I loved Ed.

What the Cat Dragged In will make me think twice about petting stray cats.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Zombie Voices April 18 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of zombie stories. Ever since reading "The Rising" by Brian Keene I've been hooked on the written word of the undead. I especially like the thrill of finding new authors to read via short story colections like this.

With any collection, there are some great stories, some good stories, and stories that didn't work for me. I'm happy to say that most of the stories were great to me, and honestly only 2 stories didn't work.

The opening story,"In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris, sets the pace with a little twist on a zombie story, and it was an excellent opener to showcase how this collection was going to be different.

Other highlights for me included "Zombie Bites : The Old Dead" by D.A. Chaney, and another story that is unique for a zombie tale; "Ooky" by Matthew E. Davis that is again creepy and different and a favorite; "Zombies in Puerto Rico: Island of the Dead" by Alexandro Rios is like a chapter from World War Z and well-written; and "The Mission" by Eric Pollarine was an excellent tale with a strong main character.

Recommended, especially if you're getting bored with the same old zombie story all the time. There are some keepers here, and I hope to read more of these authors in the future.

Armand Rosamilia
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mesh or stories. April 2 2011
By Lisa Conger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought this collection of stories was great all of the stories were different but they meshed together perfectly. I felt reading this anthology I couldn't wait to get to the next story and read it. You get everything in this anthology you get every perspective and every conclusion to reason for the outbreak.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels Like the First Time March 9 2011
By M. J. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever found an author that you like? Somebody who has been publishing for awhile, somebody who has a back list but who is entirely new to you? You absolutely love this author and wish you had discovered them earlier because now you have so much to catch up on. Wouldn't it have been great if you had been able to get in on the ground floor, so to speak. Well, here's your chance. First Time Dead is a two volume zombie anthology published by May December Publications and edited by TW Brown. All of the stories contained between the covers have been written by first-time authors. Now before you go rolling your eyes, let me say this. . . I was impressed. And for me to say that about a collection of short stories. . . Well, if you've read my past reviews, you know how much I dread them because they are usually inconsistent.

I mentioned that First Time Dead is a two-volume anthology; however, please note that I am only going to be covering Volume 2 in this review, which gets off to a kick-ass start with "In This House I Dwell" by Ron Harris. The zombie apocalypse is already underway when the story opens, and Harris' tale of survival of a man and his wife veers from the norm because some of the zombies are evolving, regaining the ability to speak, think, and reason. But is there something darker at work here?

DA Chaney explores the possible origins of the outbreak with "Zombie Bites: The Old Dead", combining the decaying zombies we all know and love with a hint of the more traditional zombies of The Islands.

With "Ooky" Matthew R. Davis paints a classic portrait of adolescent one-upmanship as a young couple pass regaling each other with past sexual exploits. While the zombie action is low in this one, the story itself proves to be one you won't quickly forget.

Joe Blevins' "Once More Without Feelings" does not deal with the zombie apocalypse, which we have come to expect with zombie anthologies, but delves more into Voodoo idealogy. Blevins proves that when you got it, you got it, even when you're dead.

Donny Chavez shows us what a "day in the life" of a handful of survivors must be like in "Snow Days". Of all the stories, this is one that I feel could very easily be expanded upon. It has the same feel to it as The Walking Dead.

Alexandro Rios offers up a more analytical view of the outbreak in "Zombies in Puerto Rico: Island of the Dead," in which an ex-reporter witness and blogs about the breakout as it occurs.

"The Last Legacy" by Amanda Larson focuses on a mother and her two children who decide to stay in their remote island home, literally cut off from the outside world, and how the community pulls together to survive the outbreak.

Eric Pollarine's "The Mission" takes us underground, as the survivors of the zombie apocalypse take to the sewers and underground tunnels. This is one of the most desolate stories in this volume, as it shows the hopelessness of the "new world", that not matter what you do to survive, eventually you will be joining the ranks of the walking dead.

Jason Thacker takes a more comic approach to the zombie tale with "The Hungriest Zombie" as he tells his tale from the zombie's point of view. This is the first zombie story I've come across where, between the chuckles, I actually felt sorry for the zombie.

"Rude Awakening" by David Maynard is a heartbreaking tale of a father losing his family one by one to the outbreak. The ending of this tale is chilling and memorable.

In "Zombie by Night" Aaron Phillips takes a unique experimental approach to the zombie theme that has a vampiric feel to it as he tells of a man's search for his brother's murderer.

Gregory A. Carter is the only author to have the zombie affliction spread to the animal population in "What the Cat Dragged In". It's a story of love, loss, despair, and hopelessness as a young couple prepares to flee the city for what they hope will be a safer area.

While not all the stories in First Time Dead Volume 2 will be for everybody (and that can be said about every anthology), there's no denying the talent that exists between the covers of this collection. The stories are well crafted and well written, and if you are a fan of zombie fiction, I would highly recommend checking it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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