Thursday Aug 18, 2022

Love…With a Dark Twist

I love anthologies! It’s like eating at a buffet. You get to sample all sorts of delicacies –¬†enough to whet your appetite, but not so much that you get tired. In the horror genre, it seems the list of rom zom com pictureanthologies is never ending. There are carnival zombie anthologies, animal zombie anthologies, Victorian zombie and ghost anthologies. And now this.¬†Rom Zom Com. It’s an anthology chock-full of zombie stories based on romance and comedy.

Yes – I know exactly what you’re thinking. And that’s definitely a crazy mix. Some of the authors pulled it off beautifully – and some delivered romantic zombie stories with sharp biting irony. My favorite story is about a guy trying to impress the girl of his dreams – while she only has eyes for another. The beauty of the story is that just when you think you know everything, the author pulls the rug out from under you, and the story takes on a whole different perspective. I guarantee you won’t see it coming! Another favorite is a story of two lovers who are separated, and reunited during a chance meeting. So far, not so exciting. But the way they hold the zombies at bay is one of the most unique I’ve read yet! In another story, a man does everything he can to keep his friends from finding out the truth – and someone else will pay the price for his hidden identity. In yet another, a family struggles to keep it together while one hides their true identity.

The only fault I can find in this book, is that it’s heavy on romance and short on humour. But that’s only if you’re looking for traditional comedy. The stories contained in Rom Zom Com lean more towards irony and sarcasm. They flip the viewer’s perceptions and play with them – turning everyday courting and marital situations into something altogether new. It’s an interesting and cheeky read, and I recommend it to everyone – but especially those who favor their zombies a little more light-hearted!

Holly Ann Kasprzak

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