Friday, August 29, 2014

The Alamo and Zombies

The Alamo and Zombies, by Jean A. Stuntz: A Penny Dreadful Review

Here is a fascinating alternative look at Texas History. It is a short booklet full of what-ifs and biographical vignettes. Ms. Stuntz is a native Texan, and quite an expert on the subject of how Texas came to be. She seamlessly integrates her zombies into history, and it makes for a fascinating narrative.
Part of the charm of this little book is that it reads more like non-fiction than a story. Parts of it could be straight out of a history book. A history book with zombies. Part of it, though, is a little confusing to read. It is not consistent in point of view, part of it being told from an omnipotent perspective and part of it being told in personal narrative, but I certainly enjoyed it once I got used to the style.
My favorite part is the tale Davy Crockett tells about his history and reputation as a great zombie hunter. He has a gun of his own design that shoots flaming bullets, dispatching his enemies with a headshot and a conflagration at the same time. It is exactly what one would expect from Mr. Crockett.
I would like to see an exploration of other parts of history in this timeline. I’d also like to know whether or not Colonel Travis was really a werewolf.
This gets three gears out of five. The narrative structure is a little clumsy, but the concepts are fantastic. It is absolutely worth picking up a copy from Yard Dog Press (also native Texans, by the way).

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather