Greywalker by Rayne Hall
From: Undead Ten Tales of Zombies Edited by Rayne Hall
Welcome to the world of the not-quite-living.
While zombies still have physical bodies, their minds are irrevocably changed. No longer governed by a conscience, incapable of reason, unrestrained by values of right and wrong, they often follow primitive instincts. If their new focus is overwhelming hunger, they let nothing get in the way of their urge to feed.
Confronted by a zombie, how would you defend yourself and those you love? What if it was your friend, relative or spouse, with remnants of their old personality – would you protect them or kill them? Is a zombie an individual with human feelings and rights, or is it a menace to be destroyed?
In this story collection, ten authors share their visions of the undead, each with their own style of storytelling and their own imagination of how ghouls may impact our lives.
Some of these zombies have been infected by virus-spreading bites, some were raised from their graves, and some have chosen the undead state for reasons of their own. Most have their wits about them, but their priorities have changed. They are single-minded in pursuit of what they need… which may or may not be living human flesh.
The authors come from around the globe. They write variously in British or American English, with different word choices, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Their tales range from short flashes to long yarns, from fantasy to science fiction, from funny to macabre and from thought-provoking to scary.
See which story of these ten appeals most to your taste. But beware: Some of these ghouls are deceptive, and by the time you realise the danger, it may be too late.
1. IMMUNITY by Jeff Strand
What if the body’s immune system can shake off the infection?
2. GREYWALKER by Rayne Hall
A dying man will pay any price to gain time.
3. LAST CHANCE TO SEE by Tracie McBride
You have twenty-four hours before death becomes permanent.
4. FURZBY HOLT by Jonathan Broughton
Collecting census information in this English village should be an easy job.
5. ANOTHER OLDIE BUT GOODIE by Paul D. Dail
Retirement home resident Margaret is hearing music that no one else can hear.
6. ZOMBIE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Tara Maya
Mama lives in the basement.
7. I’LL LOVE YA, FOREVER, BUT… by April Grey
Faithful to a fault, that’s my Fred.
8. DECISION OF THE COUNCIL by John Hoddy
The year is 2225. Is it safe to reanimate a person from the barbarous past?
9. THE REASON FOR ZOMBIES by Douglas Kolacki
My limbs are not as cooperative as they used to be.
10. FEEDING FRENZY by Matt Hults
These zombies are hungry.
I love the anthologies that Rayne Hall puts together. They are always unique and her contribution to this anthology is even more so. This was a fun story with a bit of a twist at the end. I knew that the witch had her own reasons for helping Turgan but I didn’t know where his journey would lead him. That was the fun of this story. You know that the full out zombie part is coming, you just don’t see it or expect it when it does. I liked that she gave me a false sense of security. I honestly thought everything was going to be alright for Turgan and Laina. I should have known better.
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