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An enjoyable and rollicking ride, this collection contains 20 short stories that explore a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, all shambling against the background of the Great White North. The anthology's specific focus on Canadian settings distinguishes it from the pack, and its exploration of many An enjoyable and rollicking ride, this collection contains 20 short stories that explore a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, all shambling against the background of the Great White North. The anthology's specific focus on Canadian settings distinguishes it from the pack, and its exploration of many types of zombies weaves a vast compendium of fiction. Strong writing and imagination are showcased in clever stories that take readers through thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked across the country. Tales deal with a lone human chasing zombies across an icy landscape after the apocalypse, whales returning from the depths to haunt the southern coast of Labrador, a marijuana grow-op operation in British Columbia experiencing problems when the dead begin to attack, and a corpse turned into a flesh puppet for part of a depraved sex show, among other topics. Providing a unique location and mythology that has not been tackled before, Dead North will appeal to speculative fiction, horror, and zombie fans.


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An enjoyable and rollicking ride, this collection contains 20 short stories that explore a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, all shambling against the background of the Great White North. The anthology's specific focus on Canadian settings distinguishes it from the pack, and its exploration of many An enjoyable and rollicking ride, this collection contains 20 short stories that explore a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, all shambling against the background of the Great White North. The anthology's specific focus on Canadian settings distinguishes it from the pack, and its exploration of many types of zombies weaves a vast compendium of fiction. Strong writing and imagination are showcased in clever stories that take readers through thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked across the country. Tales deal with a lone human chasing zombies across an icy landscape after the apocalypse, whales returning from the depths to haunt the southern coast of Labrador, a marijuana grow-op operation in British Columbia experiencing problems when the dead begin to attack, and a corpse turned into a flesh puppet for part of a depraved sex show, among other topics. Providing a unique location and mythology that has not been tackled before, Dead North will appeal to speculative fiction, horror, and zombie fans.

30 review for Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    This was my first foray into zombie fiction and I found it quite enjoyable, once I overcame the creepy factor. As I have noted before, short stories are not my favourite form of fiction, but I found they worked well for this genre. There was interesting diversity in this volume--I found it interesting how so many current concerns could be addressed through the zombie! Environmental concerns (the Tar/Oil sands) feature in one story for example. Or the dilemma posed when zombies attack your marijua This was my first foray into zombie fiction and I found it quite enjoyable, once I overcame the creepy factor. As I have noted before, short stories are not my favourite form of fiction, but I found they worked well for this genre. There was interesting diversity in this volume--I found it interesting how so many current concerns could be addressed through the zombie! Environmental concerns (the Tar/Oil sands) feature in one story for example. Or the dilemma posed when zombies attack your marijuana grow-op--do you call the cops or not? For some reason, I found the stories based on aboriginal mythology to be the most creepy. I'm still analyzing why that is so--but they definitely seemed like the scariest ones to tell around a camp fire.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Derek Newman-Stille

    A review of Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Exile Editions, 2013) By Derek Newman-Stille In American zombie movies, Canada is a place of escape, a place to run to in the event of a zombie apocalypse to escape from the ravening hoards. I am not certain what sort of magical barrier our country’s border has, or whether perhaps zombies just really don’t like winter, or perhaps zombies are threatened by public health care, but somehow the Canadian landscape is seen A review of Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Exile Editions, 2013) By Derek Newman-Stille In American zombie movies, Canada is a place of escape, a place to run to in the event of a zombie apocalypse to escape from the ravening hoards. I am not certain what sort of magical barrier our country’s border has, or whether perhaps zombies just really don’t like winter, or perhaps zombies are threatened by public health care, but somehow the Canadian landscape is seen as anathema to the zombie apocalypse. Dead North tackles that notion of the zombified Canadian landscape and rustles up our dead to wander in search of Canadian flesh… adding to the BODY of literature. Like the flesh of the creatures in its pages, the stories in this collection are morally grey, defying the easy morality of most zombie movies and the Us-Them dichotomy that often shapes the zombie genre (and allows for the killing of zombified human beings without guilt). Instead, these zombie stories play with the notion of Us versus Them, breaking down barriers and complicating the possibility of distancing ourselves from the figure of the zombie. The zombie is intimately connected with humanity and these stories question whether it is the zombie who is the monster… or the human who hunts them. The zombies in this volume make the normally straight forward ascription of humans as heroes and zombies as villains complicated, slippery, challenging. Dead North brings zombies into Canada, but does so with a sense of play with the tropes of the genre, challenging traditional patterns of zombie apocalypse literature and film. These zombies are issue-laden, exploring notions of environmentalism, history, colonialism, protest culture, technological relationships to human beings, capitalism, aging, sexuality, and diversity. These zombies present a mosaic of the dead, a landscape of multiplicity in the types of rotting flesh. Zombies have something in common with the North: cold, blanched… and they take the notion of a “biting chill” literally! You can explore a few reviews of the individual short stories in this volume at: http://speculatingcanada.wordpress.co... http://speculatingcanada.wordpress.co... and http://speculatingcanada.wordpress.co... Find out more about Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction at http://www.exileeditions.com/singleor...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    Another great collection of zombie shorts, this time centered around Canada and it's patchwork of people. The diversity of stories was probably the best I've read yet - though it's a relatively small collection, there are stories here from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, viewpoints, and even genres to an extent. There were a couple of real standouts; And All the Fathomless Crowds by Ada Hoffman was spectacular in it's unusual universe. For something so different it managed to speak to some b Another great collection of zombie shorts, this time centered around Canada and it's patchwork of people. The diversity of stories was probably the best I've read yet - though it's a relatively small collection, there are stories here from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, viewpoints, and even genres to an extent. There were a couple of real standouts; And All the Fathomless Crowds by Ada Hoffman was spectacular in it's unusual universe. For something so different it managed to speak to some bond of the living that transcends race, language - even sometimes so far as species. Rat Patrol by Kevin Cockle was beautifully written and got so much story into a very small space - I'm eager to check out the rest of his work. And finally The Dead of Winter by Brian Dolton did an amazing job of writing in three different voices and having them all sound distinct; the story itself was great too. A great collection for anyone who likes zombie fiction - it's a small collection but very high quality.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paper Droids

    In her introduction to Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction, editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia proposes that “[t]he undead are the blank slate upon which we project our anxieties. Whether these are fears of technology (medical experiments turning people into monsters), an economic collapse (the zombie apocalypse scenario), a runaway consumerist society (zombie consumption generates more consumption) or simply our fear of death and the corruption of our bodies, the zombie serves as a vessel for our coll In her introduction to Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction, editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia proposes that “[t]he undead are the blank slate upon which we project our anxieties. Whether these are fears of technology (medical experiments turning people into monsters), an economic collapse (the zombie apocalypse scenario), a runaway consumerist society (zombie consumption generates more consumption) or simply our fear of death and the corruption of our bodies, the zombie serves as a vessel for our collective dread.” The zombie stories in Dead North invoke many forms of dread—including the dread of living—and present different takes on what a zombie is. Moreno-Garcia has curated a collection that not only presents a diversity of horrors, but also a multitude of cultures existing across a wide Canadian landscape—from the cold of the Yukon, to the grow-ops of BC, to the shores of the Maritimes. Several of the stories in the anthology are written about Aboriginal characters, including “Those Beneath the Bog” by Jacques L. Condor or Maka Tai Meh. In this story the zombies are restless dead Cree and Ojibwe people who hunt anything that comes close enough to their bog—including moose and men. According to the introduction, the story was “inspired by the Abenaki and Algonkin legends the author heard in his childhood.” In most of the Aboriginal stories, the zombies are equated with the wendigo, or some version of this legend, though in “The Herd” by Tyler Keevil, it is the cannibalistic protagonist who is the wendigo. Even in a story with walking dead, Keevil reminds us that we also have reason to be afraid of each other. Complete review: http://www.paperdroids.com/2013/09/17...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Mattern

    It seems like the majority of zombie fiction is set in the States, and whenever I see a movie about zombies, or read zombie stories, I wonder: What's happening in Canada? This book answers that question through a collection of short stories about zombies -- all set in Canada. The anthology starts off with a bang; easily the best story in the entire book is the first one, "The Herd" by Tyler Keevil. The rest of the book is hit and miss, but the hits are great, and the misses are still readable. T It seems like the majority of zombie fiction is set in the States, and whenever I see a movie about zombies, or read zombie stories, I wonder: What's happening in Canada? This book answers that question through a collection of short stories about zombies -- all set in Canada. The anthology starts off with a bang; easily the best story in the entire book is the first one, "The Herd" by Tyler Keevil. The rest of the book is hit and miss, but the hits are great, and the misses are still readable. The stories are weird, including a corpse in a sex show, a woman who comes back from the dead to warn people about anorexia, and zombie cows that eat Montreal. There's even a story set in Saskatchewan, "The Food Truck of the Zombie Apocalypse." I think the people who would enjoy this book already know who they are, they just have to find out it exists!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kilgallen

    A great collection of zombie fiction that just happens to also be Canadian zombie fiction! I was really impressed by the quality of the stories in the collection and on the unique approach that many of the stories took to the zombie lore. There were a number of stories that were presented from a native viewpoint as well. Well worth the read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I have to say I found this book and the stories varied, and some of the stories brought in stories from Native and Inuit culture. Dead North was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Zombie Fiction, and especially those who are Canadian and love Zombie Fiction. It was great to read a story with my city in. Go Team Canadian Zombies!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    yeeeah zombies! with thematic collections like these I usually find varied quality but I liked pretty much all of these. the ones with snow were my fav tho.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Canadian zombie stories! Who doesn't like that set-up? The Canadian wilderness is a perfect setting for zombies, and I am always down for stories in my home country. Additionally, this is a strong collection with some truly chilling entries. Even if you're feeling sick of zombie stories, this one is worth a read. Poutine makes an appearance! And there's a lot of Indigenous mythological influence. Canadian zombie stories! Who doesn't like that set-up? The Canadian wilderness is a perfect setting for zombies, and I am always down for stories in my home country. Additionally, this is a strong collection with some truly chilling entries. Even if you're feeling sick of zombie stories, this one is worth a read. Poutine makes an appearance! And there's a lot of Indigenous mythological influence.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Swystun

    I love zombie fiction so when I happened across this collection in a Winnipeg bookstore, I was excited that each story was set in Canada. The first, The Herd, started the book off strong. It had a couple of layers that surprised and was sufficiently gory to set a dark tone. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. The rest tried too hard to be literary or force-fit circumstances. There were plenty of nods to First Nations people but those stories drifted into the vaguely mystical and lost I love zombie fiction so when I happened across this collection in a Winnipeg bookstore, I was excited that each story was set in Canada. The first, The Herd, started the book off strong. It had a couple of layers that surprised and was sufficiently gory to set a dark tone. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. The rest tried too hard to be literary or force-fit circumstances. There were plenty of nods to First Nations people but those stories drifted into the vaguely mystical and lost me along the way. Ground Zero and Kezzie of Babylon were the two next best. Overall, I was disappointed with the premises and with the locales chosen. This should have been far more entertaining.

  11. 4 out of 5

    'Nathan Burgoine

    Reviews of individual stories will pop up on my blog under this tag as part of my Short Stories 366 project. Reviews of individual stories will pop up on my blog under this tag as part of my Short Stories 366 project.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lianne Burwell

    I picked this up from the library on an whim, and I really enjoyed it. The theme is Canadian Zombie stories, both written by Canadian authors and set in Canada. It covers the wide range of what zombies could be. I think my favorite story was Ground Zero: Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, if only for the mental image of indestructible zombie cows devouring Montreal. Some of the other highlights for me are: The Sea Half-Held by Night -- set in a whaling camp And All the Fathomless Crowds -- set in a bizarre po I picked this up from the library on an whim, and I really enjoyed it. The theme is Canadian Zombie stories, both written by Canadian authors and set in Canada. It covers the wide range of what zombies could be. I think my favorite story was Ground Zero: Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, if only for the mental image of indestructible zombie cows devouring Montreal. Some of the other highlights for me are: The Sea Half-Held by Night -- set in a whaling camp And All the Fathomless Crowds -- set in a bizarre post-apocalyptic Kingston (where I used to live) Waiting for Jenny Rex -- a message story about anorexia Those Beneath the Bog -- almost a Lovecraft type story, except with Native Americans as the heroes. The Food Truck of the Apocalypse -- who wouldn't like a story about a kick-ass older woman delivering poutine to survivors and fighting zombies? Rat Patrol -- it takes the effort that wiped out rats in Alberta (true) and crosses it with zombies. Escape -- a survivor hiding in the Montreal Biodome with all the animals (a great place to visit if you go to Montreal)

  13. 5 out of 5

    G.G. Silverman

    I LOVED this book for its shear creativity and diversity of stories. Some breath-takingly haunting stories as well as funny ones. Something for everyone. My absolute favorite, hands-down was "The Herd," by Tyler Keevil. The shocking twist at the end had me reeling. Whoa. Hats off to editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia for pulling together such a great compilation. I LOVED this book for its shear creativity and diversity of stories. Some breath-takingly haunting stories as well as funny ones. Something for everyone. My absolute favorite, hands-down was "The Herd," by Tyler Keevil. The shocking twist at the end had me reeling. Whoa. Hats off to editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia for pulling together such a great compilation.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Smith

    Dead North is an anthology of twenty tales of the undead all set in various parts of Canada. There are about as many types of zombies as you can think of covered across the various stories. Varied genres and styles, as well. While not every story is exactly my style, all were mostly enjoyable to read. A must for any zombie enthusiast.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elron Lushtail

    This book didn't feel like it was scaring me too much during the day, but the crazy-frightening dreams I had while reading it beg to differ. Very satisfying. This book didn't feel like it was scaring me too much during the day, but the crazy-frightening dreams I had while reading it beg to differ. Very satisfying.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Gander

    There is a wide range of zombie stories in this anthology - a veritable buffet of often ghastly delight that shows Canadian authors have their own take on zombie fiction. A few stories really stood out for me, but some didn't work for me at all and this is why I gave 3 stars. The ones I would especially recommend reading include the following: "The Herd" - A power lead story about what one must do to survive, set in the far north, told from a First Nations point of view and recalling tales of the There is a wide range of zombie stories in this anthology - a veritable buffet of often ghastly delight that shows Canadian authors have their own take on zombie fiction. A few stories really stood out for me, but some didn't work for me at all and this is why I gave 3 stars. The ones I would especially recommend reading include the following: "The Herd" - A power lead story about what one must do to survive, set in the far north, told from a First Nations point of view and recalling tales of the Wendigo. "Those Beneath the Bog" - Another wilderness story that weaves in Aboriginal legends. Quite suspenseful. "Ground Zero: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue" - Zombie cows. 'Nuff said. The absurdity is a nice counterbalance to everything else in this anthology. "The Food Truck of the Zombie Apocalypse" - Despite the lightness of the title this story is a good example of how to set a horror story in a micro-setting, in this case a food truck. You'll never think about deep fryers the same way again. "The Dead of Winter" - The zombie plague reaches a bush plane station in the Yukon, told from a variety of perspectives. An excellent example of how to change voice in a story. "Escape" - This one was interesting because it is set in Montreal's Biodome, which I've visited many times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Neesam

    A collection of 20 short stories about the undead by Canadian authors, many unfamiliar to me. Zombie attacks take place in most provinces and a couple of territories (nothing from Newfoundland, sadly). There are attacks on a newspaper office in Ottawa, a grow-op in B.C., a PEI beach party, a poignant story about a mother and daughter reunion in Kingston, Ont., a daft story about zombie cows in Montreal, an unpleasant story of sado-masochism in Toronto, and others. The stories about indigenous co A collection of 20 short stories about the undead by Canadian authors, many unfamiliar to me. Zombie attacks take place in most provinces and a couple of territories (nothing from Newfoundland, sadly). There are attacks on a newspaper office in Ottawa, a grow-op in B.C., a PEI beach party, a poignant story about a mother and daughter reunion in Kingston, Ont., a daft story about zombie cows in Montreal, an unpleasant story of sado-masochism in Toronto, and others. The stories about indigenous communities and the North are unsettling and among the best in the collection. A diverse selection of stories for those who like their zombies close to home (the Canadian settings really do make a difference).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Daniel

    3.5, overall. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone interested by this title. Many of these stories go beyond the basic and cliche premises of zombie stories. The herd: 2.5 The sea half-held by night: 4 Kissing carrion: 4.5 And all the fathomless crowds: 3.5 Waiting for Jenny Rex: 2.5 Stemming the tide: 1 Kezzie of Babylon: 4 Those beneath the bog: 2.5 On the wings of this prayer: 5 Ground zero : Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: 1 (While the premise is surprising - you don't often, if at all, read about zo 3.5, overall. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone interested by this title. Many of these stories go beyond the basic and cliche premises of zombie stories. The herd: 2.5 The sea half-held by night: 4 Kissing carrion: 4.5 And all the fathomless crowds: 3.5 Waiting for Jenny Rex: 2.5 Stemming the tide: 1 Kezzie of Babylon: 4 Those beneath the bog: 2.5 On the wings of this prayer: 5 Ground zero : Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: 1 (While the premise is surprising - you don't often, if at all, read about zombie cows - this is not a short story. There is no ending; it pretty much reads as the first chapter of a novel. It was frustrating.) The food truck of the zombie apocalypse: 2.5 Dead drift: 2.5 Hungry ghosts: 3 The adventures of Dorea Tress: 3 The last Katajjaq: 3 Mother down the well: 5 Rat Patrol: 4 The Dead of Winter: 2 Escape: 2 Half Ghost: 3

  19. 4 out of 5

    kels

    Canadian short fiction is often unique in its nature and survival bent, and that perspective obviously lends itself quite nicely to zombie fiction. A very diverse collection and a super fun read. Some stand-outs for me: The Herd, The Sea Half-Held by Night, Rat Patrol, and Half Ghost.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Winning

    Oh Anthologies, what a fickle relationship we have. Dead North is marketed as an exclusive look into Canadian undead story telling. The problem with such marketing, is that Canadian culture often has personality incongruences. How do we define our culture? Hockey? Poutine? Politeness, eh? The problem I had with Dead North, is that it fails to fully encompass the Canadian experience. While most of the stories in this book are fine, there seems to be an overtly First Nations dominance. Not to say Oh Anthologies, what a fickle relationship we have. Dead North is marketed as an exclusive look into Canadian undead story telling. The problem with such marketing, is that Canadian culture often has personality incongruences. How do we define our culture? Hockey? Poutine? Politeness, eh? The problem I had with Dead North, is that it fails to fully encompass the Canadian experience. While most of the stories in this book are fine, there seems to be an overtly First Nations dominance. Not to say that this facet of Canadian culture isn't valid as such, but us Canucks have so much more to offer. Many of the stories that weren't inspired by Native American legends fell flat of Canadiana. These offerings could have taken place anywhere, but they just so happened to take place somewhere in the Great White North (with the exception of Kevin Cockle's "Rat Patrol", which bases itself on Alberta's rat free claim to fame) All in all, Dead North is a good read, and one of the better anthologies I have read. I just wish the stories reflected a broader definition of Canadian culture, and not just Canadian First Nations.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Goodreid

    I've been taking #DeadNorth into the tub with me each night, and I'm slowly making my way through the anthology put out by #ExileEditions. (About half way now.) It's bloody brilliant literary horror with a Canadian twist. Based on what I've read so far, I'm giving it three thumbs up. Yes three, because--Canuck zombies! haha There are thumbs to spare. If you like zombie fiction with an upmarket tick, go grab a copy. You won't regret it. (Unless the zombies come in the night to steal back their sto I've been taking #DeadNorth into the tub with me each night, and I'm slowly making my way through the anthology put out by #ExileEditions. (About half way now.) It's bloody brilliant literary horror with a Canadian twist. Based on what I've read so far, I'm giving it three thumbs up. Yes three, because--Canuck zombies! haha There are thumbs to spare. If you like zombie fiction with an upmarket tick, go grab a copy. You won't regret it. (Unless the zombies come in the night to steal back their stories.)

  22. 5 out of 5

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    ...a corpse turned into a flesh puppet for part of a depraved sex show... ...a corpse turned into a flesh puppet for part of a depraved sex show...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ursula Pflug

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Lennox

  25. 5 out of 5

    E.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Corey

  27. 4 out of 5

    C J

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Sadler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jolene C.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

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