Last week, I shared a short story A Zombie Christmas by our fellow blogger and author Anthony Renfro. You can check out his awesome blog Poetry, Books, Movies and Music. Today we are back to do a little review on his sequel, A Zombie Christmas 2!
Let’s check it out!
A Zombie Christmas 2
by Anthony Renfro
A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered.
Once inside, Lisa turned around and watched the dead and decaying world disappear behind a solid gate of silver metal. Attached to the gate was a large green Christmas wreath, sparkling with silver and red tinsel. She turned back to the front, and looked at each home (though hard to see clearly in the snow) decorated in muted decorations. Doors and lawns and roofs all displayed some kind of Christmas cheer, and in the center of this peaceful oasis sat the largest Christmas tree she had ever seen. It was kept upright with wooden spikes and strings, and sitting atop of it was a large yellow star spinning like a lighthouse beacon. She looked from the tree to their path, and saw small bags depicting Christmas scenes lining their way. Inside each bag was a small candle, flickering bright in the snow and cold. She flicked her eyes from the candles to the baby carrier and the baby asleep inside of it, kept warm and safe by Mike’s coat draped over her, thankful Mike had given it up so her baby could rest comfortably.
A Zombie Christmas 2 is a pretty nice addition. It takes the endearing and tough character Mike from the first and continues a year later on Christmas. We now see how he has brought everyone together and in times of desperation, gave everyone around him some hope and even a sense of community. What makes the story great is not only that it focuses on Mike but also on some of the people around him and also on the environment. Zombie stories are a plenty right now but Anthony always puts a neat little twist to add not only danger and action but also remembering that the characters are also human. And to achieve that in a short story, it is why I love his Zombie Holidays series and this addition is great.
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