Saturday, July 27, 2013

Free Zombie Fiction Stories from The Living Dead Anthology

 The Living Dead is an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams.  It was first published in 2008 by Night Shade Books.

The Living Dead's Free Stories and Excerpts include the full text of over a dozen different stories, with excerpts from nine more.  It also offers 19 author interviews that enhance the collection.

 The Living Dead 2 followed two years later, in 2010.

The Living Dead 2 has nine free stories. The table of contents contains hyperlinks to the introduction for each story contained in The Living Dead 2. There is also a sidebar on the main page that links to several author interviews.

Each anthology offers a large number of free stories online.
Both anthologies collect some of the best-known authors in the genre and include them along with promising new writers.

It's possible to collect these free pieces and create a good collection of information for an individual author. For example, David Barr Kirtley has stories, interviews, and a podcast, all available for free online. The reader can get a clear picture of this author's craft and approach to writing.

Take some time to explore the free zombie fiction on The Living Dead.  I think you'll find it well worthwhile.

According to the website for The Living Dead, its purpose is: 
"Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison®, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead, covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction, ranging from Romero-style zombies to reanimated corpses to voodoo zombies and beyond."
In the Introduction & Acknowledgments  for volume one, John Joseph Adams explains the rationale for the collection, while also briefly addressing the appeal of zombies and a concise history of the genre. His Introduction for volume two re-examines the changes in the genre and discusses the new appeal of zombies to a wider audience.

John Joseph Adams

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