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Husk: A Novel [Paperback]

Corey Redekop
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Sept. 26 2012 Editors' Pick: Best Books of 2012

Outlandish and emotional, this humorous novel centers on Sheldon Funk, a struggling actor who dies in a bus restroom only to awaken during his autopsy and attack the coroner. Fleeing into the wintry streets of Toronto, Sheldon realizes he’s now a zombie—as if he didn’t have enough on his plate already. His last audition, reading for the reality television series House Bingo, had gone disastrously wrong. His mother is in the late stages of dementia, his savings are depleted, his agent couldn’t care less, and his boyfriend is little more than a set of nice abs. All Sheldon has to his name is a house he can barely hold onto and a cat that is more pillow than mammal. Now he also has to contend with decomposition, the scent of the open grave, and an unending appetite for human flesh—and on top of it all, there’s another audition in the morning. In order to survive his death without literally falling apart, Sheldon must find a way to combine his old life with his new addiction, which would be a lot easier if he could stop eating vagrants. A hysterical take on fame, love, religion, politics, and appetite, this is the story of the “everyzombie” people long to be.

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"In this wild, vicious romp through pop culture, Husk rips the heart out of the rotting zombie genre and shoves it down your throat. Infection never hurt so good."  —Peter Darbyshire, author, Please and The Warhol Gang

"Camus meets Palahniuk in a darkly comic, but surprisingly light-hearted mind-meld in Corey Redekop's Husk. Sure, the protagonist is a zombie, but this is 2012, and as Redekop rightly observes, we're all zombies now."  —Andrew Pyper, author, The Guardians and The Killing Circle

"Husk is a completely original and welcome oddity. To put it plainly, this novel has guts." —The Coast (January 17, 2013)

"Very funny and full of nifty surprises, the story has a big heart, too. . . . The ending is appropriate and packs a serious emotional wallop. Highly recommendable—perhaps to more than zombie geeks." —

"Sheldon is actually a sensitive and sympathetic creation. . . . Zombiedom's entire pop culture heritage has been thrown against the wall in bleeding chunks, where much of it sticks." —Toronto Star (September 30, 2012)

"This first-person perspective provides a neat twist, and the author cleverly divides his novel into sections corresponding to Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief." —Publishers Weekly (August 27, 2012)

"[W]hat gradually emerges is a tender portrait of a profoundly lonely man who finds love and acceptance only after his body has betrayed him . . . an enormously funny book that has real emotional heft underneath all the blood." —Quill & Quire (September 2012)

"Fans of transgressive U.S. writer Chuck Palahniuk or Jerry Stahl's gonzo novel Painkillers -- which theorizes that Nazi physician Josef Mengele is alive and living in San Quentin State Prison -- will appreciate Redekop's dark humour and the wild twists and turns Husk takes." —Winnipeg Free Press (October 20, 2012)

About the Author

Corey Redekop is an author, a publicist, and a librarian. He is the author of Shelf Monkey. He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies will never be the same. March 27 2013
Well written hilarity, philisophical insights and disturbingly believable understanding of the undead psyche makes this second novel by Corey Redekop another winner in the Canadian line up of greatly entertaining reads. I hope he is already penning his third.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Look at Identity March 11 2013
By Bernie Koenig TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a serious book which just happens to use the zombie theme. It is not a horror story, but a real philosophical look at the concept of identity.

Poor Sheldon Funk, a not very good actor, is returning from New York to Toronto after a bad audition. he goes to use the washroom on the bus, and when the bus hits a bump, he hits his head. The next thing he wakes up in the middle of his autopsy, guts hanging out. He doesn't quite know what is going on, so he panics and runs. He doesn't know what to do so he calls his agent.

There is a lot of detail which is interesting to read, like how he gets his organs back inside, and how decides to cope. But the plot is about how he turns this situation into a renewed acting career as, what else, a zombie. he has to let people think he is a great method actor, and so doesn't really hang out with the cast, and he does his own makeup.

Much of the novel is about Sheldon trying to figure out what he is, and why he is.

Then we meet Lamburtus, a very old, very rich man, who wants to find out what makes Sheldon tick, so he could use that knowledge to make himself immortal. Sheldon is captured and experimented on. Parts of his brain are removed, but he is still Sheldon.

The ending can be described as existential,or Cartesian, since his identity is reduced to thought.

I won't give anything else away. Suffice it to say this is an extraordinary book, both entertaining and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not easy being dead Dec 23 2012
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A first person zombie novel that manages to be gruesome, funny, chilling AND affecting? You'd hardly think such a thing is possible. But Corey Redekop is a devious and resourceful author, as his first novel, SHELF MONKEY, amply proved. Sheldon Funk may be one of the undead but he's a dude with a lot of soul and despite his unhealthy appetites, you can't help pulling for the guy. Fate has offered him a mixed blessing: his acting career was going nowhere until his untimely demise and then, all at once, he's the most famous man, living or dead, on the planet. But a reanimated corpse draws a lot of unwelcome attention (religious nuts, perverts) and if it wasn't for his celebrity status, the CDC and government spooks would scoop him up in a second. Throw in a shadowy billionaire and a lurking horde of Lovecraftian monstrosities...well, you've got the makings of a novel that is utterly dismissive of genre boundaries and unacquainted with good taste. It is delirious, blood-soaked fun, a mash-up of "The Man Who Fell to Earth", the best zombie movies and satiric wits like Terry Southern and Ben Elton. Unrelenting, shameless and thoroughly sordid. An unsightly blot on Canadian literature. Highest possible recommendation.
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