Perishables

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Perishables delivers three tense tales of witnesses to the zombie apocalypse for whom zombies are not the biggest problem: a vampire at a neighborhood meeting, a frustrated college sysadmin and the staff of an all-night sale. Humorous, terrifying and kind, Perishables asks: are nosy neighbors, scared kids or wild shoppers more dangerous than the walking dead? More
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About Michael Williams

Michael G. Williams is a native of the mountains of western North Carolina and has resided in the Triangle area of the state for twenty years. He has been a successful participant in National Novel Writing Month for many years and encourages anyone interested in writing to jump headlong into the deep end of insanity for thirty days. More information can be found at www.nanowrimo.org.

Michael is a brother in St. Anthony Hall and Mu Beta Psi and believes strongly in the power of found families. He lives in Durham with his partner, two cats and more and better friends than he probably deserves. Michael earned a BA in Performance Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and works as an engineer.

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Review by: MoratGurgeh on Sep. 20, 2013 : star star star star star
What Gregory Lynn said below. Excellent stories, highly recommended.
(review of free book)

Review by: in potentia press on Nov. 20, 2012 : star star star
This book is essentially three stories that become interconnected. Plus recipes for food that is just as terrifying as the monsters in the stories. The first tale is a light-hearted vampire/zombie tale with added suburban angst. It is as light and fluffy as the ambrosia salad, and about as filling. However, readers who are expecting nothing more than a few tee-hees will be disappointed as the subject becomes darker and more intense as the stories progress.

I greatly preferred the latter two stories, and was especially taken with the final story. It adds an element to the typical zombie fare which I've never seen before and was both horrifying and believable. What I've always liked about this author's work is the blurry line between happily-ever-after and the way things would probably really work out.

Perishables is a vampire and zombies book, with no shortage of humour. But it still manages to address real issues of dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event, the pain of being shunned by one's community and having to hide one's real self under a façade of normalcy. Those aspects of the book are where this author really shines, and those are 5 star sections.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ian Flockhart on Aug. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
That was great fun.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gregory Lynn on June 25, 2012 : star star star star star
If Chuck Wendig and Douglas Adams ever had a bastard love child, it might write Perishables.

They didn’t, though, and the bastard love child never had a chance so Michael Williams wrote it.

It’s about a guy who mostly just wants to be left alone to live his vampiric life but can’t because he’s voted onto the executive board of his homeowner’s association. Then the zombies come and poor Withrow is the only one who can do anything about it and he does so because, well, it’s what he has to do.

It’s about a young woman looking to put her IT degree to work who ends up using her machines to zorch some zombies, thus costing herself a job and any chance she ever had at a decent night’s sleep.

It’s about the time the two meet at a Black Friday sale.

It is delightfully absurd without being trivial. It is at times scathingly satirical but never really cynical. It is funny. It is moving. It is suspenseful. The recipes are surreal.

It is well worth your time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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