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“Zombie, Ohio” praised in PW, ALA Booklist

My upcoming novel, Zombie, Ohio, got good reviews in today’s issues of Publisher’s Weekly and ALA Booklist.  Here they are: 

December 15, 2010
Zombie, Ohio: A Tale of the Undead.
Kenemore, Scott (Author)
Feb 2011. 304 p. Skyhorse, paperback,   $16.95. (9781616082062).
George Romero, director of the original Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, should snap up the rights to this novel. It has everything: zombies, gore, brain-eating, love, death, even a murder mystery. All of it revolves around Peter Mellor, who wakes up after a car accident a little discombobulated. Even though the country is in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse,” it takes Peter a while to figure out that he is now one of the “moving cadavers” because, unlike your typical zombie, he can talk, reason, and, well, pass for human. As he’s trying to come to terms with his new undead state, reunite with his girlfriend, and figure out who was responsible for his car accident, Peter winds up the leader of a zombie horde and the target of human rednecks and intense military scrutiny. Kenemore, author of the humor books The Zen of Zombie (2007) and Z.E.O. (2009), combines humor with horror in a way that is guaranteed to make any zombie fan stand up and shout, “Braaaaaains!”
— David Pitt

Publishers Weekly

Kenemore’s debut is a darkly humorous depiction of one zombie’s struggle for enlightenment and redemption. When college professor Peter Mellor recovers consciousness near the wreck of his car, he finds himself in an apocalyptic landscape populated by desperate survivors and the walking and hungry undead. Soon Peter discovers that he is a zombie himself, albeit an unusually intelligent one, and that the crash that killed him was orchestrated. Determined to track down his murderer while dodging resentful breathers, Mellor struggles against his yearning to eat the brains of the living. His lapses are epic, even for a zombie, but nothing compared to the excesses of the living who see the apocalypse as license to indulge their worst impulses. There’s plenty to satisfy zombie fans who’ve come to expect some philosophy with their gore. (Feb.)

Zombie, Ohio now available for pre-order

My upcoming horror novel–Zombie, Ohio— is now available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.   Here are quotes from some advance readers:

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore is a delicious slice of undead Americana.  Funny, tragic and nicely weird–it’s Monty Python meets Night of the Living Dead.  Definitely take a bite out of this one!”   Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Patient Zero

Zombie, Ohio is a great zombie book, and I don’t even normally like zombie books.  It is zombies in the real world, if you can count academia as the real world.  But then, what counts as the real world is kind of the point.  In the pop-philosophical Peter Mellor we have, at last, the thinking man’s zombie, or the thinking zombie’s man, or maybe both.  Either way, Zombie, Ohio is the zombie thing that stands out from all the other zombie things, so much so that it is not really a zombie thing, even though it totally is, because there are a ton of zombies in it. It would also make a great movie, if by any chance you’re reading this jacket because you’re looking for a zombie thing to make into a movie.”  —Chris O. Cook, author of To Lose & To Pretend

“This story delves into questions of identity, purpose, and morality, without skimping on the requisite gore and action that zombie fans love. This will be one of the most unusual and satisfying zombie novels you read this year.” – Kim Paffenroth, Professor of Religious Studies and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Gospel of the Living Dead and Valley of the Dead