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First Time Dead 3 by [Burdorf, Susan, Page, John, Wilen, Sybil, Antrobus, David, Bailey, Jason, Axelson, Xavier, Ruce, PJ, McDonald, Jeffrey]
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Welcome to the third installment of First Time Dead. Each of these writers has something in common with Robert Kirkman, Max Brooks, and Brian Keene...they are now published writers in the zombie universe. As hard as it may be to believe, even those three previously mentioned authors once lived in obscurity. One day, somebody read their work and believed in them...

Stories by Sybil Wilen, David Antrobus, Jason Bailey, Xavier Axelson, PJ Ruce, Jeffrey McDonald, John Page, Susan Burdorf, Christina Gavi, David Alexander, Joanna Parypinski, Jack Flynn, and Graeme Edwardson and edited by TW Brown with cover artist Shawn Conn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 202 pages
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  • Publisher: May December Publications LLC (April 29 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars 13 undead tales May 25 2012
By John Lemut - Published on
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`First Time Dead 3' contains thirteen zombie short stories by authors being published for the first time, or authors publishing their first zombie story. TW Brown and company have selected a good variety of zombie stories. To the uninitiated (uninfected), there may seem to be little room for originality among zombie stories, but if they were to read this anthology, it will change their minds.

"Zombie Love" by Sybil Wilen was beautifully written and seemed to move at a zombie's pace. This isn't a negative in this case as the characters were zombies.

"Unquiet Slumbers" * by David Antrobus was an incredible, unique blend of longing and regret. In the end, you'll wonder how the horrible compulsions of zombies compare to those humans harbor.

"No Zombie Fat Chicks" by Jason Bailey was not a flat-out humorous story as the title implies, but it actually had some remorseful undertones, and I found commentary in how men treat women hidden within the outbreak-on-a-college-campus tale.

"Cravings" by Xavier Axelson blended the voodoo and mad scientist horror staples into something dark and mysterious, leaving much hinted at and allowing the reader room to draw some of their own conclusions.

"Taylor's Predicament" * by P.J. Ruce was full of tension and what-ifs. I really loved the hide and seek, life or death, fight or flight situation Taylor found himself in when he left the safety of his shack.

"The Bittersweet Revenge of Coney Island's Jack Blast Off" by Jeffrey McDonald was...a true story? Based on one, more likely. It elegantly captured how things inevitably change when we grow up.

"Graceland" * by John Page wasn't as polished as some of the other stories, but it has this attitude, enthusiasm and flow that made it one of my favorites in this collection. Take a buddy road trip to Graceland, add zombies, and you have the formula for this madcap, funny thriller.

"Catfish Ain't Brain Food" by Susan Burdorf took place on a catfish farm and had a main character that seemed too stupid to live. Regardless, I really enjoyed this story, though I thought the end a little goofy.

"Nina" by Christina Gavi had a great narrative from two points of view. This story is so full of potential, I hope the author continues or expands it in some way.

"The Revenant" * by David Alexander was by far the longest story in this anthology but it was set in a believable world with realistic characters. I loved the ending; it kind of reminded me of some great, old "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" episodes.

"Anthem of the Damned" by Joanna Parypinski very effectively showed the chaos and confusion of a zombie outbreak; this story was also set on a college campus.

"Twinkle Twinkle" * by Jack Flynn slammed the reader right into the middle of an outbreak, but took careful time to make you care about the main character with skill and subtlety.

"Wake Up Daddy" by Graeme Edwardson was full of emotion and, I believe, will truly affect anyone who is a parent.

* I enjoyed all these stories and each author should be proud of their inclusion, but, as in any collection, there were standouts. The starred stories were my personal favorites.

The diversity of these quality stories is one of the big reasons this anthology works.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting with Greatness Jan. 7 2013
By Chantal Boudreau - Published on
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It is wonderful to see a small press like May December Publications (MDP) attracting great new talent to the horror genre. Most people who know MDP think of zombies first because they've produced several quality zombie novels and anthologies, and this one is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire anthology, each story having its strong points. I'd even go as far as to say this one was better than First Time Dead 1 & 2, which both were quite entertaining. Despite liking all the stories, I did have my favourites - ones that actually had me discussing them with friends and family:

Zombie Love - by Sibyl Wilen - What a great intro for the anthology. I found it really got me into the zombie mindset. I loved the presentation of the characters, the perspective of the tale and the format as a whole. It made me eager to read on.

The Bittersweet Revenge of Coney Island's Jack Blast Off - by Jeffrey McDonald - I was sucked in by the rich background story to this tale and developed a genuine fondness for the protagonist and his eccentric uncle. The zombies were only a small part of the plot, in my opinion, and they certainly weren't the villains here, but that didn't diminish the story any.

Graceland - by John Page - I'm a fan of a good zomedy, and this story rates that title. Despite being caustic in places and over the top in others, it was a romping fun tale falling somewhere between Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. I did take issue with the outlandish ending, considering the age of the icon involved, but my husband convinced me it would be within the realm of possibility, even if farfetched.

The Revenant - by David Alexander - My top pick, with an elaborate post-apocalyptic society, interesting characters, a strong build up to a twist ending, and all-in-all a well-constructed story. It chilled me and disturbed me.

MDP certainly has a knack for interesting and exciting zombie stories. I'd definitely recommend this anthology to genre fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Zombie Debuts! Sept. 6 2012
By Mommerly - Published on
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I stumbled across T.W. Brown kinda by accident, and what a fortunate accident it turned out to be. Since reading Zomblog and Dead:The Ugly Begining (almost simultaneously) I have eagerly embraced any story with his name attached. I HAD to know more about TW and what made him tick. Imagine my genuine respect when I discovered how much he supports writers venturing into the zombie apocolypse genre and how very supportive he is of such rising talent. Given what I have already read of MayDecembers anthologies, I am able to say wholeheartedly that each one keeps getting better with fresh new spins on a spectacular genre of niche horror. Congratulations to all of the First Timers (authors and readers). This is simply another stunning addition to an incredible publisher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far... Sept. 19 2012
By MoonPye - Published on
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I have to admit I haven't read the entire book yet... but I got it because I'm a huge fan of David Antrobus and of course have read his story in it.

Haunting is the first word that comes to mind when I try to describe it. He took an idea from typical suburbia and added a dark twist to it. There's some humour, love, regret, and letting go in his little fable.

I will update my review when I've finished reading the entire book... just had to get this part out right away, as I love the writing that David puts out and thank goodness for his blog (the - migrant - type dot com) to hold me over until his next book is out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time I read this type of book. Feb. 18 2014
By Linda Shadrick - Published on
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I choose this book because my son David Alexander wrote a story in it. The story is titled The Revenant. I loved the story but haven't read any other ones yet.