Recently, I had the opportunity to review a short story called “Piercing Undead” by T.L. Decay. I am a big fan of horror and zombies in particular, so when I was asked to read and review the story, I jumped at the chance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. A few things, in particular, really set this apart from other zombie stories. However, I don’t want to give too many details and spoil the enjoyment for the readers.
First, the source of the outbreak is plausible enough to be frightening. The way it is described, it seems realistic and well thought out. Few zombie stories give any idea of what caused the outbreak in the first place. This one not only reveals the source of the virus, it does so with enough realism to make you stop and wonder.
Next, the characters were diverse and well thought out. It was easy to relate to the characters because they seemed so realistic. Good characters are the hallmark of a good story and Decay didn’t disappoint with this story. Very well done.
Also, I found it interesting to find that the story carries you through to a rebuilding stage where we, the humans, are fighting to take back the world. This is great, because it is something you don’t see often in Zombie Apocalypse fiction. I really enjoyed that.
And finally, the zombies themselves were different enough from the usual undead to make them unique and frightening. The dead were more than just walking corpses. The virus changed them into more efficient killing machines. That, to me, was cool.
All in all, I’d have to say that Decay did a fantastic job creating his undead world for this short story. I definitely enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the zombie genre. Having had the chance to read some of Decay’s poetry in the past, it was great seeing him include this in the short story. It flowed well and was believable. I’d easily give it five stars.