ROTTEN BODIES by Steven Jenkins – BOOK REVIEW

Cover image obtained from www.amazon.ca

Cover image obtained from http://www.amazon.ca

ROTTEN BODIES: A Zombie Short Story Collection

Author: Steven Jenkins

Type of Book: eBook

Genre: Horror, Zombie Fiction

Length: 101 pages

Release Date: April 27, 2015

Publisher: Different Cloud Publishing

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* This book is currently available for free on Amazon. However, I do not know how long it will remain being available for free, so I suggest you get this book right away to avoid being disappointed.

I love the creepiness of the cover of this book. Lots of books have zombies on the cover. What sets this cover apart from others is the choice to use the sepia tons. Also if you look closely at the female zombie on the cover you will notice that she does not seem to have the blank, expressionless stare that we often equate with zombies. Even though she is rotting and very scary looking, there is something about her eyes and her expression that make her seem sad or lost. I LOVE this cover.

This collection contains six short stories. They are:

I AM DEAD: “I don’t know who or what killed me – all I know is that I can smell my rotting flesh.”

ROOM 503: Dave and Clare are the parents of five year old Katie. They live in a normal house in a normal neighborhood. News of an infection is all over the television. Up until now all cases of the infected had been far away, but it seems to be coming closer to their hometown.

Dave isn’t worried. “Yeah, but that’s all just paranoia, health and safety gone mad. Remember when it was swine flu?… And that blew over.”

He has the perfect life, but just as so many men before him have done, Dave is having an affair with a young, pretty blonde. He tells his family he is going to a seminar and instead meets up with Jenni at a hotel.

RUN – Sarah is on a deserted country road, but she’s not alone. Something or someone is chasing her and she is running for her life.

BURNING AMBITION – This story has been expanded upon and has been published as a full length bestselling novel called “Burn The Dead.” I have read both the short story and the full length novel and enjoyed both immensely.

THE PIT – Twenty-five year old Howard John Thomas in the coal-mine (better known as the pit). His wife, Thelma hates him working there, but Howard grew up poor and without a father. He wants a better life for his two children. “Not even The Dead rising will stop this Welshma

SIMON DUNN: FORMER ZOMBIE – Simon had been at the mall when a fat woman bit him. Somehow he became a zombie and is now human again. ‘Former Zombie’ is the politically correct term for what he is now.

I love this collection of zombie stories. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this collection, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed every single story in the collection.

This author has a gift for writing short stories. This is the second collection of stories by Steven Jenkins that I have read and both collections are fully deserving of a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Steven was born in the small Welsh town of Llanelli and he started writing stories at age eight. He was inspired by the horror movies of the 1980s and the fiction writings of Richard Matheson.

Steven is now a husband and father as well as the author of several short stories and a novel entitled FOURTEEN DAYS.

To find out more about him go to
http://www.steven-jenkins.com

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