HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE
Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance by Jeremy Wagner, Francesca Lia Block, Jaime Saare, Elizabeth Coldwell, S.M. Cross, Stacey Graham, Jan Kozlowski, R.G. Hart, Regina Riley, Brian Keene, Gina McQueen, Lois Gresh, Steven Saus, Isabel Roman, Mercy Loomis, Jeanine McAdam, Stacy Brown, Kilt Kilpatrick, Vanessa Vaughn, Dana Fredsti and Michael Marshall Smith
Reviewed by Val
On TV, at the movies, and pretty much everywhere you turn these days, there’s no denying zombies are hot, but the romance anthology Hungry for Your Love, edited by Lori Perkins, gives that phrase a whole new meaning. In these twenty-one tales of love among the ruins, each author tackles the question: In the world of undead romance, why should vampires have all the fun?
“Everyone I Love is Dead” by Elizabeth Coldwell
Millie has a great boyfriend in Brody. He’s funny, thoughtful, great in bed, and would do anything to make her happy. Still, she’d always thought of Mark as the one that got away–that is, until the day he came back. Now, can she choose between the two men that rock her world? And does she really have to? A little understanding goes a long way for this very unconventional threesome.
“Undying Love” by Regina Riley
Deetra Jones doesn’t do location spells. Money spells, love spells and the occasional enlargement-of certain-private-parts spells, yes. Location spells, no. Yet, something about the courtly (and sexy) old-world charms of Mr. Joshua Bane convinces her to make an exception. Soon a simple, if expensive, magical working sends the unlikely team off on a journey to find a love that would stand the test of time, a grudge that could survive the grave, and a wayward heart that might just change everything.
“Apocalypse as Foreplay” by Gina McQueen
It turns out all those zombie movies were telling the truth. The collapse of civilization under an ever-widening tide of the undead was going to be fast, ugly, and full of nasty surprises. Fortunately, it’s nothing a girl that practically grew up on the gun range can’t handle. All Sunshine has to do is hope the ammo holds out until Ray makes it back then they can rescue each other. The rest of the world will just have to wait its turn.
“Later” by Michael Marshall Smith
Everything can change in an instant, stealing the hope of a future together, wiping away the bright promise of “later.” That’s just the way it is. But one man isn’t willing to give in to the inevitable. For him, the end of life as he knew it is only the beginning of a new way of being in love.
The stories in Hungry for Your Love, as these few examples show, range from sexy, to funny, to flat-out disturbing, while zombiedom is presented as everything from existentially metaphorical to flesh-chomping real.
Each new tale is as different as it can be from the last, but one theme surfaces again and again: “After all, it could be worse.” With that sometimes pragmatic, sometimes heartbreaking refrain, Hungry for Your Love conjures the human longing for love and the super-human lengths we’re willing to go through to find and keep it.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I whole-heartedly recommend Hungry for Your Love for anyone with a yen for the unusual. Whether you’re looking for a walk on the weird side or haunting confirmation of that old saying–romance never dies–you’ll find plenty to love in this unforgettable collection.