I first became aware of Tim Curran a few years back. I read Hive, a sequel to H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, followed by his weird westerns Skull Moon and Grim Riders. Although I’m not a big fan of the current trend in zombie stories (because most of them are poorly written) I decided to tackle Curran’s collection Zombie Pulp. It was a good choice because Curran is a fine writer and his zombie collection is the only one I would recommend. Zombie Pulp features eleven stories: “Shelter,” “Corps Cadavre,” “Emily,” “Dis-Jointed,” “Piraya,” “They Walk at Night,” “Mortuary,” “Eulogy of the Straw Witch,” “Monkey House,” “The Mattawan Meat Wagon,” and “Morbid Anatomy.” Curran is a strong writer. His characters are well defined, the plot and scenes logical and paced with a precision timing. His descriptions are vivid in everything he writes, but since this is a zombie collection be forewarned the imagery is visceral. The best of these stories are “Emily,” “Piraya,” “Eulogy of the Straw Witch” and the concluding novella “Morbid Anatomy.” In fact, one of the reason’s I bought this collection was to read “Morbid Anatomy.” This is Curran’s sequel to H. P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West – Reanimator,” a 1922 tale that is not as well known as Lovecraft’s other work. Curran does Lovecraft justice – and himself – and avoids the clichés and gruesome splatter that mars most of the zombie stories being published today. Not that it isn’t gruesome at times – it is – but Curran is so good at telling stories that I don’t really mind all of the decaying flesh and pools of blood. If you only read one story in this collection it has to be “Morbid Anatomy.” Curran’s talent is on display in every paragraph of “Morbid Anatomy.” This is a fine collection that showcases Curran’s talent and I hope this review encourages interested readers to sample some of his other novels.
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Below are some of Tim Curran’s other modern classic horror tales.