Zombies: The Recent Dead, Edited by Paula Guran, ANTHOLOGY REVIEW Part 8

Zombies: The Recent DeadFor “Zora and the Zombie,” author Andy Duncan eschews the Romero style zombie for the more traditional Hatian type. Duncan presents a fictionalized version of real-life author Zora Neale Hurston as she travels Haiti researching local legends including voodoo and zombies. During a voodoo ritual she finds less than convincing, Zora is told of a woman named Felicia Felix-Mentor who some believe to have returned from the dead. Felicia is catatonic, residing in a hospital, but has been identified by one man as his long dead sibling.

Kudos to Duncan for mixing some historical perspective into the recipe, but “Zora and the Zombie” meanders, never really giving the reader any idea where it’s going and the ending is particularly unsatisfying, feeling tacked on and resolving very little. A mystical woman named Erzulie who can steal men from their wives through the power of voodoo is important to the story but isn’t mentioned until the final pages. Sadly, this one is just kind of dull and I have to group it with “Dating Secrets of the Dead” as a real dud.


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