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Zombie Haiku: Book Review

This is a post by Spencer Throssell, who I have brought on as an editor.

Don’t get me wrong; I love haiku poetry, and I used to love zombies.  I tend to like zombie books. But Ryan Mecum’s Zombie Haiku is disturbing.  And not in a good way.

The premise is, I think, unique and quite intriguing, which is why I picked it up in the first place: some unsuspecting amateur poet is keeping a haiku journal when a zombie plague sweeps through his hometown.  At some point, he himself becomes “infected,” and his journal recounts subsequent events.  You can observe a SHARP contrast in the content and subject matter of his poetry as he progresses through this change (the entire book is written in haiku format; he goes from writing about flowers and sunshine and love to gouging out intestines and gorging on brains.  Yuck!) (yes, I know that all zombies eat brains, but this stuff is graphic!).

The best poetry can be found somewhere in the middle:

You are so lucky

that I cannot remember

how to use doorknobs.

Funny, right?

Or even:

Nothing hurts me now.

Normally the screwdriver

wouldn’t have gone there.

Still funny, but getting a lot more borderline.  And from there, it is a rapid and nauseating descent into vivid blood and guts nastiness.

There is an interesting twist at the end, and it’s a quick read, so if you’ve got an affinity for zombies, about a half an hour, and a strong stomach, I guess I recommend it.

I also picked up Zombie Survival Guide; hopefully that leaves me with a less compelling urge to puke.  Enjoy!


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  • Heather May 24, 2011, 6:38 am

    Zombies. . . haiku. . . blood n’ guts. . . what’s not to like? If this guy was the haiku-writing m0therfcuker that Denis Leary once spoke of in a comedy routine, he had it comin’! WISH-LISTING. . . .BRAAIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSS. . . . Oh yeah, you might also enjoy “Zachary Zombie and the Lost Boy” by John C. Holland. It’s a free download on Amazon, and it’s really funny!

    • Spencer May 24, 2011, 7:36 am

      Well, the argument could certainly be made that a cheesy, head-in-the-clouds haiku writer deserves to have his brains eaten, whether there are zombies involved or not. And if you are a true zombie aficionado, as it sounds like you are, then I would definitely recommend the book to you. I will add “Zachary Zombie” to my list; thanks for the recommendation (I love those!).