Short Story Review: “Wet Work” by Philip Nutman

3 of 5 stars.

This very short story takes zombie-lore into an original direction. The tale was later expanded into a novel under the same name by this author. I haven’t read the novel version, but can see the merits in a longer form for this tale and concept.

Zombies are intelligent. And social–pack-hunting. And every bit as cruel and disturbed as human serial killers. Organized groups of zombies, working for the zombified government hunt non-zombie humans for meat. Meanwhile, organized groups of non-zombie humans have declared urban warfare on the zombies . . .

The concept is fresh and worthy of novel-treatment. This satisfying short story merely wets the whistle for the potential contained within.

This tale appears in Book of the Dead edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector.
 
 
 
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