Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205, Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305, Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502 by Robert DeCosteau
Published: 16 September 2011, 13 September 2011 and 6 September 2011
Pages: 36, 40 & 40
Source: Own library
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During my recent 24 hour read-a-thon I took a brain break (brains, zombies, get it? Ha!) and read these three short stories. As they are shorts, and connected, I think the best way to review them is in one post (read in the order below):
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205
Theodore Granger believes he’s cursed. He’s spent the last ten years locked away inside his apartment. But today is his day, the day he is to venture out into the world again. There is only one simple task on his agenda: walk one block, cross the street, and have a cup of coffee with his shrink. The only problem is, he chose the wrong day.
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305
Charles Grimly has marital problems you wouldn't believe. His mommy issues are even worse. He may not be all there, but he's going to have to pull himself together if he plans on making it through this day in one piece.
Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502
Tommy's world is falling apart. It's the worst day of his life, but it's about to get much worse.
These stories are not so much about Zombies, but the characters that live within the apartments of Primrose Court on the day of the ‘outbreak’. But I like that side of Zombie books, so I’m down with that.
All three stories are written in an engaging way, drawing you into the lives of the characters that are connected, if not closely then by physical proximity.
One thing that many people (myself included) don’t like about short stories is the lack of character development, however in the Primrose Court shorts, particularly 205 and 502, I didn’t find that to be the case.
My favourite would be 502 as I felt quite sad for Tommy – as the synopsis says it’s the worst day of his life, but it indeed does get worse! It also got me thinking about a few things in the case of Zombapocalyse, and what would happen to people with serious medical conditions.
My least favourite would be 305 – I wasn’t particularly interested in the main character, but I did particularly like the ending of this one – very ironic.
There are some small spelling errors in all three, but I’ve seen worse.
Mr. DeCoteau’s shorts are based in the world of his novel Don of the Living Dead, which I’m going to wishlist as I like the sound of it – cynical humour and terrifying flesh eaters!