First published in 1989, BOOK OF THE DEAD is one of the definitive collections documenting the then-new splatterpunk movement. Edited by the notorious horror duo, Skipp & Spector, the collection features sixteen stories that all take place in the world of George Romero’s LIVING DEAD films.
The table of contents for this could not be more packed – Richard Laymon, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, David J. Schow, and Robert R. McCammon all contribute gory zombie tales.
I first read this book when I was in high school and it holds a special place to me as it was the first time that I realized what an editor does and I was actually of fan of Skipp & Spector’s before I had read any of their fiction (which is also fantastic).
My favorite stories – “A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned” by Edward Bryant, “On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks” by Joe Lansdale, and “Jerry’s Kids Meet Wormboy” by David J. Schow.
This book is sadly out of print but used copies can be found for responsible prices here. I highly recommend grabbing a copy if you’ve never come across this collection before.
I can also highly recommend a collection Skipp edited later called ZOMBIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LIVING DEAD. It features many of the stories from BOOK OF THE DEAD and its sequels (there’s two!) along with other works of zombie fiction by some of the top names in the field. You can grab that here.
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