Meat Coma

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Author(s): Craig Jones
Publisher: TWB Press
Publication Date: 2013

  • A revenge thriller with zombies.
  • Highly sexualised yet humorous.
  • Expertly crafted by a top horror writer.

It scared us stiff!

Fast rising horror author Craig Jones is back with another zombie tale, which is a bit more cynical than his fantastic ‘Outbreak‘. This short story is told from the prospective of Martin, a zombie outbreak survivor who lost his wife during the carnage. Managing to get his life together, his neighbours Peter and his wife Claire are not so lucky and are still failing to cope with the loss of their daughter during the same period. Peter, invites him round to help with this process as his wife is breaking down and unable to move past their loss, but all is not what it seems in this lust filled revenge thriller.

Beginning this book without reading the synopsis, I had no idea what to expect and was more than pleasantly surprised by both the story and the prevalent themes. Starting strongly we learn about the virus and this introduction is extremely well written as it informs us with an air of credibility and self-awareness, which helps the reader to suspend their level of disbelief and buy into the story whereby we learn that these zombies do not just eat indiscriminately but rather eat until full and then just laze around, docile until they feel the hunger again.

After building this engaging scenario, the writer Craig Jones next draws us in emotionally by providing an interesting and unique source of internal conflict and emotion by discussing those who had survived a zombie onslaught simply by virtue of having their loved ones filling the zombies up and sending them into a docile ‘meat coma’. Leading to the question what would you do?

Because of this almost docile state, the zombies were never in danger of taking over the world and this lack of overall threat resulted in discussion on how to best deal with the zombies, mirroring that of Romero’s ‘Survival of the Dead’, however one way in which these zombies differ from that of the Romero model is that any major organ trauma could bring them down and this is one of the reasons why the book is above many of the competition, it provides many talking points for zombie survival fans to debate and think over, as opposed to simply being a good story and for that the author deserves much credit for this, as it is harder to organically weave these points into a story without it seeming forced or detrimental to the writing.

Meanwhile, throughout the story there is a dark almost crude humour throughout the story which really works well especially alongside the high sexual charge of our main protagonist and the use and tone of the internal monologue of our lead character really puts me in mind of Jeremy from the TV series ‘Peep Show’ and in fact I projected this onto my imagining of the character, with this method greatly enhancing my ability to really play through the story in my head.

It comes to something where the only negative point I can think of is that I spotted two grammatical errors, which while hardly anything major, due to the short length of the story these were more pronounced than the errors if feature-length books, but this is minor and will certainly not affect your enjoyment of the story.

Overall this is a very good story about lust, lust and revenge set immediately after a zombie outbreak. Told from the prospective of a self-centred (and gratifying) lead, it is hard to know how to feel about him as his humour endears but his actions repulse. Credit has to go to the author Craig Jones for a fantastic story set up which really draws you in but a word of warning this story may not be suitable for younger readers due to the sexualised nature of the story, although if this is an issue you probably shouldn’t be on this blog.

For only a couple of quid or dollars this is a worthy investment and highly recommended, plus for those of you who commute this could make that trip to or from work go with a bang and is well worth picking up.

4/5

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