In Canada, the dead won’t lie quietly. After the apocalypse, a lone human chases zombies across an icy landscape. Whales return from the depths to haunt the southern coast of Labrador. Running a marijuana grow-op operation in British Columbia is made more difficult when the dead attack. A corpse is turned into a flesh puppet and forms part of a depraved sex show.
This enjoyable and rollicking ride of an anthology that contains – among the 20 all-but-three new stories – a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to those zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, and more from coast to coast, all shambling against the back- ground of the Great White North.
- “Kissing Carrion” Gemma Files (Reprint)
- “Waiting for Jenny Rex” Melissa Yuan-Ines (Reprint)
- “The Sea Half-Held by Night” Elise Tobler
- “On the Wings of a Prayer” Richard Van Camp (Reprint)
- “Ground Zero: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue” Claude Lalumiere
- “The Food Truck of the Zombie Apocalypse” Beth Wodzinski
- “And All the Fathomless Crowds” Ada Hoffmann
- “Mother Down The Well” Ursula Pflug
- “Rat Patrol” Kevin Cockle
- “Hungry Ghosts” Michael Matheson
- “Stemming the Tide” Simon Strantzas
- “The Adventures of Dorea Tress” Rhea Rose
- “The Last Katajjaq” Carrie-Lea Côté
- “Half Ghost” Linda DeMeulemeester
- “Those Beneath the Bog” Jacques L. Condor
- “Kezzie of Babylon” Jamie Mason
- “Dead of Winter” Brian Dolton
- “The Herd” Tyler Keevil
- “Escape” TJ Brown (Reprint)
- “Dead Drift” Chantal Boudreau
Publisher: Exile Editions
Publication Year: 2013
If you’re a fan of zombie fiction, this book has enough originality mixed with the usual tropes to make it a worthwhile read.
What you’ve got is a fun and eclectic mix of zombie fiction, with a special interest in environmental issues and the sometimes thin line that separates the quick and the dead.
Overall Dead North is an excellent Canadian anthology, incorporating stories set across Canada and exploring diverse cultures and themes. It’s also an excellent horror anthology, with some truly disturbing, and yet enticing, tales.