“There is no greater drug than relationships; there is no sweeter death than love.”
Love is horrible. It’s ruthless, messy, mind-altering, and raw. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.
In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible—a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil….
With Hungry For You, A.M. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death.
I really enjoy zombie movies and the odd zombie game, and even though I have a soft spot for horror stories and dark fiction born from my reading background, I haven’t read many zombie books or stories in general. When I first read the description for Hungry For You I was a little wary, mainly because I’ve read my fair share of paranormal romance (enough to last me a lifetime – not a major PR fan here) and I admit I was a little concerned about love mixed in with zombies, but I was willing to give it a go with an open mind. And I also thought maybe it couldn’t be too much of a stretch to like zombie stories in print so why not start with a short story collection?
Well wasn’t I happy I decided to read it? It’s a short read, but one that might be better read spaced out. I read a few stories, then switched to another book that was a review request, before coming back to it. The first time I spent reading it I read far fewer stories compared to the second. I think for me, even though it is something that can easily be read in a day and probably better if you’re a zombie fiction fan, it would be better to space it out so I’m not inundated with zombie love.
And the zombie love is present, but not always in the way you would expect. Those stories are more about humanity and inner struggles than about fright and necrophilia, they’re just told with the use of zombies. The zombies themselves are interesting because Harte has stories in there that show traditional views of zombies, but at the same time she’s diversified how zombies are perceived and created several different ways to experience them. There’s the traditional plague, zombie apocalypse type of thing, and that is present in the background quite a bit, but there’s also the musician trying to drown out his pain, a couple with heart and morals, one that is very short and yet poignant about loss and love, zombies in a sex trade and a zombie union for their rights (that one was pretty good & I would love to read an expansion) and my absolute favourite The Cure, which I can’t really say anything about without completely spoiling it, but I love how it is done. There’s so many to choose from that are entertaining, have great use of emotion, good characterisation, and that are creative, but those few listed give you an idea of the variety even though they are definitely all connected with love.
I really do love how Harte has presented her stories, their meanings, with the use of zombies. I think the fun is reading this story collection to see how she entwines zombies into the mix rather than reading it as purely zombie fiction and I do highly recommend it.