OK I’m making no bones about it I am a bit bored with Zombies, c’mon really how much can be done with walking corpses who shamble about eating people and whose origin usually some very unlikely science, so I need a bloody good reason to want to read a zombie book.
Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalyse Now has two. First it’s the latest part of a massive series of interrelated novels created by Hothouse pal Stephen Jones, set in a dystopian future where construction work on a south London church unleashes the zombie virus and featuring some of the best horror writers around including Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler, Sarah Pinborough and Tim Lebbon. Second it’s been written by one of the Hothouse’s favourite authors, Alison Littlewood scribe of top Hothouse reads The Unquiet House, Path of Needles and A Cold Silence.
So the exclusive holiday complex, the hotel Baktun is about to open its doors in the glamorous Mexican resort of Acapulco. Owned by a mysterious multi-millionaire the hotel is shaped like a Mayan pyramid and to top it all has an ancient temple, where gruesome bloody sacrifices were made transplanted onto its roof terrace. I think we are already part of the way there Flowers.
Stacy Keenan is Baktun’s new head of security. She thinks all she has to contend with are a few teething problems as the locals struggle to get the hotel ready for its grand celebrity opening, but then a Russian cruise liner turns up, packed to the gunnels with very hungry zombie and her day rapidly goes downhill from there.
This really is a very different read from Alison Littlewood’s more usual folk horror, and you can tell that she had a lot of fun writing it from the sheer joy of her prose. The story commences in fairly standard zombie territory as the living dead start to overrun the hotel but it progresses on to something far more ancient and sinister by the time you get to the conclusion. There’s also a neat new twist on how the zombie plague is transmitted, not to mention a gag in the title too.
An ideal holiday read, although maybe best saved for the flight home I give Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalypse Now a 555/666.
Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalypse Now is out now from Robinson Books price £8.99