Or is it? Is Appalachia as mysterious and wonderful as people say? Or does its enduring beauty hold something dark. Something dreadful. Something very hungry for our flesh. Can the people of the region stand up against the hordes of the Undead and thrive as they have thrived under other worst circumstances?
Appalachian Undead takes a look at the dark side of Appalachia, where the Undead walk, driven by old magic and worse, their hunger for us. Nestled in the safety of the hills, the inhabitants have thrived and adapted even to the worst of conditions, but can they survive against an army that never tires and never stops feeding? With new intriguing tales of the Undead, this anthology contains work by some of the best names in horror, including Jonathan Maberry, Gary A. Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, Elizabeth Massie, Lucy Snyder, Bev Vincent, Tim Waggoner and many more.
Table of Contents:
Introduction — Eugene Johnson
When Granny Comes Marchin’ Home Again — Elizabeth Massie
Calling Death — Jonathan Maberry
Hide and Seek — Tim Waggoner
Twilight of the Zombie Game Preserve… — S. Clayton Rhodes
Being in Shadow — Maurice Broaddus
Sitting Up With the Dead — Bev Vincent
The Girl and the Guardian — Simon McCaffery
Repent, Jessie Shimmer! — Lucy Snyder
Almost Heaven — Michael Paul Gonzalez
On Stagger — G. Cameron Fuller
We Take Care of Our Own — John Everson
Sleeper — Tim Lebbon
Reckless — Eliot Parker
Company’s Coming — Ronald Kelly
Black Friday — Karin Fuller
Spoiled — Paul Moore
Miranda Jo’s Girl — Steve Rasnic Tem
Times is Tough in Musky Holler — John Skipp & Dori Miller
Long Days to Come — K. Allen Wood
Hell's Hollow — Michael West
Brother Hollis Gives His Final Sermon from a Rickety Make-Shift Pulpit in the Remains of a Smokehouse That Now Serves as His Church — Gary A. Braunbeck
Introduction by S.G. Browne, author of Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
Special Afterword by Fangoria Magazine editor Rebekah McKendry
"The variety of tales is the strong suit — that, and the wonderfully fresh writing. There are plenty of stories here, but readers will no doubt be asking for more."
— Examiner.com, Ricky Brown
"This book brings an all new level of zombie lore to the table. It is something new, something refreshing."
— Lytherus.com, PJ Carroll
Eugene Johnson has been a storyteller since childhood when he would make up his own comic books and stories. In college he started working in the film industry, working with the Huntington Film Commission and on the films We Are Marshall, Burning Annie, Unbroken (with Tony Todd), as well as a handful of independent films. In 2009, he was executive producer of the short film Leftovers, a zombie movie that screened at Scream Fest in Los Angeles and at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. His story “Bitten” was featured in The Zombie Feed, Volume One, an anthology edited by Bram Stoker-nominated Jason Sizemore. He was also editor of The Zombie Feed website. Eugene Currently lives with his family in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.eugene-johnson.com.
Jason Sizemore is a twice-nominated Hugo Award nominee and a one time Stoker Award nominee for his work as an editor. He was raised in southeast Kentucky, the bloody heart of Appalachia. He currently owns and operates Apex Publications out of Lexington, KY. For more information visit http://www.jason-sizemore.com.