Zombie by J. R. Angelella

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A zombie movie-obsessed teen is forced to face a dark family secret in this shocking debut literary novel from a talented new author.  

Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker attends an all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bullies make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father disappears night after night without explanation. Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from the zombie movies he's obsessed with: Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, and Dawn of the Dead among others.

The code is put to the test when he discovers in his father's closet a bizarre homemade video of a man strapped to a bed, being prepped for some sort of surgical procedure. As Jeremy attempts to trace the origin of the video, this remarkable debut moves from its sharp, precocious beginnnings to a climax of almost unthinkable violence, testing him, and the reader, to the core.

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About J. R. Angelella

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J.R. Angelella has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and his short fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He and his wife, Kate Angelella, are co-writing two YA novels for Sourcebooks/Teen Fire, Crossed and Cursed, the first of which will publish in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit his website at www.jrangelella.com.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Soho Press. 339 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Jeremy’s only love comes from his dog, whom Angelella, with irritating cuteness, names “Dog.” Although Jeremy voyeuristically checks out his neighbor, a college student, and falls for Aimee, a student director at the local girls’ Catholic school, his main preoccupation is figuring out what his fa...

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

Publishers Weekly

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Jeremy Barker, a freshman at the Byron Hall Catholic High School for Boys in Baltimore, is obsessed with zombies, peppering references to his favorite zombie films throughout.

Mar 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

Examiner

His obvious love for the zombie genre is proven as the details of the most popular zombie movies are used throughout the book such as Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead.

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

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He’s seen essentially every zombie film ever made, and lives by a Zombie Survival Code (“big holla to Jesse Eisenberg”).

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

Bookmarks Magazine

Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from the zombie movies he's obsessed with: Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, and Dawn of the Dead among others.

The code is put to the test when he discovers in his fa...

Jul 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

Bookshelf Bombshells

It was a relief that Zombie is about 14 year old Jeremy Barker, who uses his love of zombie movies and the Zombie Survival Code which he developed from them, to deal with real life.

Jun 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

Horror News Net

His obvious love for the zombie genre is proven as the details of the most popular zombie movies are used throughout the book such as Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead.

Aug 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Zombie

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