Monday, 13 June 2016

Review: The End

The EndThe End by Adam M. Booth
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

...I smell his breath. It is gastric plastic.

THE END is a short horror tale about a single mother who, while waiting for her daughter at a train station, gets bitten by a zombie. Her sense of self is still aware but she has no control, a silent, passive prisoner in her own shambling, rotting body.

I wanted to like the story, some turns of phrase are really nice, like the one I quoted above. Also there is one scene with an escalator that was fun and gross. Unfortunately the bulk of the story felt really overwritten, vague, and abstract. It's trying for poetic but it just comes off as pretentious.

Worst of all? It just doesn't end. It keeps going and going to absurd levels until by the end I was rolling my eyes.

Apparently I'm super picky about my zombie stories.

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