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‘Days with the Undead’ by Julianne Snow – review

One of the first publications out of Sirens Call Publications which as of the revamping of this review has since published some amazing pieces, anthologies and shorts. They are extremely professional and highly passionate about their work, especially to bring back the shadows and cobwebs on our ereaders and bookshelves (smiling innocently). I highly urge you if you are looking for a good read, entertaining newsletter and a staff of professionals anyone would be proud working with.

Days with the Undead by Julianne Snow

Paperback, First Edition, 258 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Sirens Call Publications

Let’s talk about this book. First off a basic run down of where it took off from. Back in May 2011 the little wordpress blog called Days with the Undead came into fruition. The concept was simple enough, post on a blog, the communication of one loan survivor and her group.  Julianne Snow started the tale of a group of survivors on Day 3, which is after they had gotten clear of the city because prior to that it was chaos…a lost tape transcribed had found at the CDC .. apparently they were aware here in the US …

**Top Secret**

Attention: An audio file was accessed remotely by the Centre for Disease Control shortly after the incident in Toronto, Canada. The following is a transcript of an examination performed on an unknown individual.

Begin Transcription –

This is Case #01-3967 conducted at the Centre for Forensic Sciences on May 31st, (year unintelligible). My name is Dr. Julie Odette, resident pathologist. Assisting me is pathology assistant Greg Travers. Greg, are you ready to begin?

(Unintelligible chatter in the background, sounds of trays being moved around)

On the table in front of me is a Caucasianfemale, approximately 20 to 45 years of age with brown hair, blue eyes and an average build. The decedent – err – patient was brought into the morgue under heavy restraint about 45 minutes ago with no vital signs and no identification. The female is currently restrained to one of the autopsy tables. What I am encountering defies all reasoning. I admit that I am scared but unashamedly curious…..

Then Day three, the day it all begins with one very insightful lesson:

“Our escape was narrow but our lesson important — never stop to stare”

I want to go on and on about how wonderful this collection of days is. It was a brilliant idea and with Julianne’s forensic background she was able to bring to the plate not only a scientific take but her own passion for the genre. We as readers are immersed in a daily fight for survival. From the early days. Unlike with The Walking Dead where Rick wakes up much later, this is them riding the wave of infection out of Toronto. I cannot remember how many times I cringed and held my breath and a few times a tear rolling down my face. Just such a well wrought story. Flushed out from the original web series, it brings to light the power of individuals in the need and desire to survive.

There are parts of these days that definitely make this a mature read. The video games have rated most zombie games as Mature (17 and above) I would have to label this read with the same. Not because there is tons gore and violence, there is but it is not in a gratuitous amount. Specifically there are scenes with particularly small individuals that I would not want my 16 year year old, let alone the younger ones, reading just yet.

The subject of zombies and a zombie apocalypse is popular to the point of being a viral constant (heh viral) on the net and in other media formats, such as books and movies. So how does one make it original enough to go grab this one up? Why should you buy it? Well because of the unique approach the author has taken. The strength in her prose as well as the sociological and cultural questions asked and answered each night as her protagonist and others in the group wrap up the day up on a random hijacked and ever diminishing wireless signals. The laptop; her last precious attachment to her past. The questions and the struggles this group of survivors face is monumental and has just enough of an edge to make it a bit fantastic but also very believable. You feel the intensity of the day with them, as they try to bunk down for the night, you are on the edge of your seat with anticipation and train-wreck like obsession. Julianne does not disappoint!

I am leery of I keep going on I will give to many spoilers. But can say honestly that this was an adventure I started taking on her blog and have been thrilled to have it flushed out and in a single novel. One note, this is worth reading for one specific reason… other than what I mention about.. the virus is not discriminatory. That is all I will share but I encourage you think about the statement and let your imagination wander enough to have you click and buy the book, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Recommended for zombie enthusiasts, survivalists and those needing to prepare for the ZA. 
  • triggers – Violence over all and in regards to children in one scene. 

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It’s a Journey of Survival…

Days with the Undead by Julianne Snow

Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home.

Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist.

Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass.

Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.

Purchase Links 

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About the Author

It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of six that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.

Her first book, Days with the Undead: Book One is currently available in both print and digital versions. Along with that, you can find her short stories in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity, Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, Women of the Living Dead, and The Sirens Call Issues #1, #2, and the upcoming third issue.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 minutes in a mini- mart, I would grab water, energy bars and lighters.
    Yes, I would kill a family member if they turned into a zombie!
    Show me some love!

  2. I missed one. She would want a mechanic. They would be useful for a lot of different repairs.
    Show me some love!

  3. Great review but you’ve already sold me on this one. I must read it!
    Show me some love!

  4. OH I wish I Could get more comments on this, I am so excited to give away books!
    Show me some love!

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