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In the Land of the Blind (2011): Be King, King, King, King

Robert Swartwood, In the Land of the Blind (RMS Press, 2011)

photo credit: Kobo Books

An interesting take on the zombie apocalypse.

Interesting, though too short, story that reverses the usual zombie conventions: while the scenario is the usual, where the zombie plague has wiped out all but a handful of survivors, Swartwood’s story is told from the perspective of one of the living dead who encounters a living human, and must make a tough decision that will alter his existence forever. Swartwood eventually turned this into the novel The Dishonored Dead; judging by this it looks well worth checking out. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

4 responses »

  1. Hi –

    I’m the author of this story. Thanks for checking out. I’m not sure, though, what you mean by no press given, as the metadata on all platforms says the publisher is RMS Press, which is, well, me.


    Robert Swartwood

    • Thanks for bringing that to my attention! And here, folks, we have a stark example of the dangers of letting your reviews sit for six bloody months between the time you do your initial draft and the time you actually post… at the time I grabbed the story (and also at the time I wrote the review, probably a month later–both of these towards the beginning of 2012), the publisher was still listed as “Amazon Digital Services” on the product page. Amazon is notoriously slow to get that stuff updated sometimes… the necessary revisions have been made (and will, of course, propagate when I re-publish these to goodreads and Amazon, which will eventually occur…). I apologize for not taking another buzz by the product page. Mea culpa!

  2. Er … thanks for checking IT out, I mean.

    This is why you shouldn’t type on your cell phone 😉


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