Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

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From award-winning author Daryl Gregory, whom Library Journal called “[a] bright new voice of the twenty-first century,” comes a new breed of zombie novel—a surprisingly funny, vividly frightening, and ultimately deeply moving story of self-discovery and family love.
 
In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda—and he begins to move.

The family hides the child—whom they name Stony—rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret—until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.




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About Daryl Gregory

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Author ResidenceState College, PADARYL GREGORY's short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, several year's-best anthologies, and other fine venues. He received the Asimov's Readers' Award for the novelette Second Person, Present Tense. He has won the Crawford Award and has been nominated for the Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, The Shirley Jackson Award, the Locus Award, and the Mythopoeic Award. His first novel, Pandemonium, met with much critical acclaim. His second novel, The Devil's Alphabet, was named to the 2009 Best Books list by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife and two children in State College, Pennsylvania.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Del Rey. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Richly textured settings and nuanced characters mark this introspective novel, in which Gregory (The Devil's Alphabet) further expounds on his fascination with an altered human condition set against a mundane backdrop.

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SF Signal

It is thematically interesting because a central theme of the story is the power of Will–exactly the element that the traditional zombie is thought to lack, which analysis totally turns the traditional zombie trope on its head–but Stony lacks the power to exercise much effective Will (i.e.

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Starburst Magazine

Instead, in full knowledge of his nature - Stony is a zombie baby, and as such a grave enemy of the state - Wanda adopts Stony, and raises him in secret on a decrepit farm in Iowa, because "she couldn't imagine abandoning an infant, even a dead one."

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Geek Speak Magazine

Needing no food and no sleep, and feeling no pain, Stony lives out a happy, if sheltered existence, forbidden to leave the Mayhall farm to go anywhere except their to their neighbors’ house – neighbors who pretend, as do they all, that Stony isn’t a zombie, but instead just a boy with a very unus...

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