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The Stoker Award–winning author of the acclaimed, eclectic anthology The New Dead returns with 21st Century Dead and an all-new lineup of authors from every corner of the fiction world, shining a dark light on our fascination with tales of death and resurrection—and with zombies! The stellar stories in this volume include a tale set in the world of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse, the first published fiction by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and a tale of love, family, and resurrection from the legendary Orson Scott Card. This new volume also includes stories from other award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, such as Simon R. Green, Chelsea Cain, Jonathan Maberry, Duane Swiercyznski, Caitlin Kittredge, Brian Keene, Amber Benson, John Skipp, S. G. Browne, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Hollywood screenwriter Stephen Susco, National Book Award nominee Dan Chaon, and others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These stories…celebrate the new approach to zombies that has permeated recent horror literature. Including contributions by Simon R. Green, Amber Benson, Orson Scott Card, and other contemporary authors, this collection of original stories should appeal to fans of zombie horror.” 

    Library Journal

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/12/2014

    " The review is closer to 1.5 stars. Very few of these stories are worth reading but the ones that are, they are pretty good. There are better zombie anthologies out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/1/2014

    " This was a great anthology! As with any collection of stories there are a few lack luster ones, but over all a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/18/2013

    " Interesting short stories about Zombies, really enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/7/2013

    " Read all but 4 of the stories. (One I skipped involved zombie animals, eww. This why Pet Sematary disturbed me so.) Some very interesting takes on what zombies are. I especially liked the introduction by Golden and the first story in the anthology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/5/2013

    " Another good anthology of Zombie stories. If you love zombie stories I would recommend this one because it has some unusual takes on traditional tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 7/8/2013

    " Good anthology that has several new (to me) authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 2/27/2013

    " Intellectually stimulating if ultimately depressing group of stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/12/2013

    " I am thrilled when reading good Zombie short stories, and this collection left me ecstatic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 11/16/2012

    " Pretty Good anthology of zombie fiction. There isn't one here that I didn't like, and they are all varied, and at time, very strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 11/9/2012

    " Very good entries with a few duds in the last third "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 8/27/2012

    " Great introduction on the meaning of the current obssession with zombies, but the stories themselves were disappointing. "

About the Author

Mark Morris has written tie-in novels for Hellboy, Spartacus, Doctor Who, and Torchwood, as well as novelizations for Vampire Circus and the game Dead Island. He has published a number of critically acclaimed novels, and in 2007 he won the British Fantasy Award for his anthology Cinema Macabre.

About the Narrators

Andrew Eiden, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor and voice artist. He has been acting since the age of four, working at regional theaters including La Mirada Theatre, the Glendale Center Theatre, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He has starred in dozens of national commercials, guest-spotted on numerous television shows, and has been a series regular on three programs: Discovery Channel’s Outward Bound, Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, and most notably ABC’s Complete Savages

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Chris Patton has narrated over seventy-five audiobooks. His voice can be heard narrating such titles as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the dystopian juggernaut Yesterday’s Gone, Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series, and two titles by Joyce Carol Oates. Chris began his career in theater at age ten, and his voice-over career at twenty-nine. Since then, he has voiced over two hundred anime titles, numerous commercials and e-learning and industrial projects, and several video games. He’s also fronted a synthpop band called Paul Lynde Is Dead, written a teen urban fantasy about an emo vampire called Scene Immortal, and has appeared as a special guest at more than eighty-five pop-culture conventions.

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his narrative and vocal characterizations. His narration of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.