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G.O.R.E. Score: A Christmas Carol of the Living Dead

Christmas Carol of the Living Dead (2010)
Christmas Carol of the Living Dead (2010)

Original Release Date: December 5, 2010
Publisher: Zombo Books

There are a lot of “zombie mash-ups” out there these days.

For those that may be unfamiliar, “zombie mash-ups” are a trend that started a few years ago, when someone takes a classic or pre-existing archetype and inserts zombies into it. Authors and filmmakers have “mashed” a wide variety of genres and characters with zombies. Some of the genres we’ve seen zombies dropped in include Westerns, Sci-Fi, Romance, Anime, and even Porn (!); zombies have been inserted into superhero comic books and re-written stories about fairy tales, The Wizard of Oz, War of the Worlds, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and Huckleberry Finn. Even The Beatles have recently received the “zombie mash” treatment.

When an author mashes-up a story with zombies, though, it’s probably best to make sure that your “source material” hasn’t been used before, or else you’d better have a damn amazing take on the tale that would trump the predecessor mash-up. For example, one version of “Zombeo & Juliet” might be stomach-able, but if another author were to try their hand at the exact same mash-up…you get the idea.

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2 comments on “G.O.R.E. Score: A Christmas Carol of the Living Dead

  1. With the acquisition of a Kindle this Christmas, cheap little stories like this are going to be something I check out. I am not a huge mashup fan, though I’ve read a couple and been entertained enough by both. But this sounds like it definitely would be worth the price of admission.

  2. I find myself agreeing with Patrick. I’m not a big mash-up fan, but I do like a few. ESB’s take War of the Worlds. Based off this review, I think I might check it out. Got kindle for the PC and iPod Touch. Gotta love technology sometimes.

    Keep up the awesome reviews, Tony!

    Mike.

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