Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205

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Theodore Granger believes he’s cursed. He’s spent the last ten years locked away. 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 . The only problem is, he chose the wrong day.
Enjoy this short story based in the world of my novel Don of the Living Dead.
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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
  • Words: 13,250
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465807953
About Robert Decoteau

I was born in 1974 in Bremerton, Washington. I moved to Bellingham, Washington at the age of four and have been here ever since.
I love living in the Pacific Northwest about two months out of the year. The other ten months it rains.
Constant rain gives me plenty of time to read and write. While I'm hooked on writing horror right now, I enjoy many other genres.
My favorite author is Robin Hobb, who also lives in the northwest. She is the award winning Fantasy author of Assassin's Apprentice and several sequels.
I have one son. I named him Chance. He is currently six going on fifteen. We are both currently enrolled in school, but I am a few grades ahead of him.

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Nicole Storey reviewed on Feb. 8, 2012

Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com

Happy Wednesday! Today is a first, as I am reviewing three books at one time! LOL! Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Series is a collection of three short stories by author Robert DeCoteau. All three stories were based on Decoteau’s novel Don of the Living Dead. I have yet to read this novel, but I must say that I enjoyed all of the Primrose Court “shorts!”

In the first book, Primrose Court Apt. 205, we read about Theodore Granger – a man who suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD, has an irrational fear that he is cursed, and that his presence has caused many deaths. In the story, Theodore has decided he is going to take his first step out into the world after ten years of being a recluse. It is an important day for him! He only has to walk one block and cross the street to get to the coffee house where he is supposed to meet his doctor. Unfortunately, there are more deaths along the way.

In the second book, Primrose Court Apt. 305, we read about Charles Grimly and his wife, Mariana. Charles definitely has a “Norman Bates” complex, as he, too, cannot let go of his mother’s apron strings. His wife is a stripper at a local club and Charles has a problem with this. He is an over-weight guy who lives with a a woman who cannot stand the sight of him and treats him like dirt. As I read the story, I often wondered why Mariana married Charles if she despised him so. Everyone has a breaking point and Charles finally reaches his. With the help of his dead mother, it looks like Charles may be onto a better life – minus his pushy wife. However, even the best laid plans go awry. There are some things which cannot be foreseen – he is about to find that out.

In the last book, Primrose Court Apt. 502, we learn Tommy’s story. I actually felt sorry for this young man. He is a druggie who lives with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He has just lost his job and learned that his girlfriend is sleeping with his drug dealer. Figuring that things can’t get much worse, Tommy goes out the window and sits on the building’s ledge, contemplating his life and if maybe suicide is the answer for him. Then, something happens that assures him there are things much worse than death.

I loved several things about these short stories, but my favorite is how all the characters are tied together (they all live in the same apartment building) and make appearances in each other’s tales. I am often displeased with short stories because there isn’t enough time to get to know the characters and relate to them on a personal level. Decoteau gives just enough information for the reader to understand the protagonist, their problems, and why they take the steps they do to resolve them. I do hope that maybe the author will take these characters and go a bit farther with their adventures. I would love to know what happens next!
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Mark Lewis reviewed on Nov. 6, 2011

This story is the second, in a series, that I have read. The external events are the same as Apt. 305, but from a different perspective.

This one is about a timid little man, who is suffering from agoraphobia as well as, mysophobia, better known as germaphobia, and he has an appointment with his doctor, at the local Starbucks. This is the account of how that day goes.

Very humorous and kinda creepy. I really recommend that you read this story.
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Hope Sullivan McMickle reviewed on Sep. 24, 2011

Writing is taut, with a strong narrative voice and excellent character development. The story is a compelling page turner. Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205 is a thoroughly enjoyable read and a marvelous take on the genre!
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Mia Darien reviewed on Sep. 22, 2011

I enjoyed this story for its psychological view and was intrigued by the character. The author has a good grasp for a Voice for the character. My only issue with it, which I can't really call an "issue" was that it didn't really feel like a story set in another world but a straight out introduction to that world. It didn't have a stand-alone story feel to it and the zombies' appearance at the end felt like a sort of afterthought to the rest of it. I realize, however, that this is part of a larger story world, so I didn't mind it that much and I'm interested to read more in this series/world.
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