Zombie Revelations by Dene Bebbington

Zombie Revelations

Dene Bebbington

Self-published

Horror/zombie

Rating: C (I forget what rating scale I use, so we’re going with letter grades…)

Somewhere in the UK, zombies swarm a church where a wedding is about to take place. They realize that no one is safe, no one exempt, from the undead.

Zombie Revelations doesn’t really bring anything new to the zombie genre. It’s short, full of the usual characters–weepy, screaming women, scared old men who love their infected wives anyway, the hero male, and the briefly mentioned psychotic religious leader.

It’s well-written, for the most part. There are some POV issues–the biggest being that the story is told in a slightly-overwritten, flowery omniscient voice that doesn’t really allow the reader to get to know the characters–a handicap that sort of cuts this story off at the knees, in this overglutted zombie-genre market. Then there are the sporadic info-dumps that pop-up like footnotes, answering questions the characters asked, like monotone scientists in a grade school educational filmstrip. There was this weird thing in the stories, too. The zombies “squawked.” I kept getting this mental image of zombies walking around squawking like parrots, accompanied by arm-flapping. Zombies shouldn’t squawk. It’s great to bring something new to the zombie genre, but it sort of has to make sense. Granted, that’s my own opinion, but I dare anybody to read the story, and not picture zombies walking around the UK making noises like parrots.

Because this story is told in such a distant, omniscient voice, the reader isn’t really allowed to discover the story on their own. Everything is told to the reader–instead of the horrific discovery by a character that another is bitten, we’re told he’s been bitten, and that’s it. There is a lot of ‘telling,’ rather than showing, and that limits the story somewhat. Or a lot…

I liked the characters. I wish the author had invested more in them and taken more time to let us get to know them. It’s the characters that make a zombie story stand out.

Overal, this is a decent story. If you’re looking for a more emotional connection with characters, or a plot with a goal, this probably isn’t the story for you. It’s more of a vignette, I suppose. Well-written for the most part, technically clean, and while I personally think it could be tightened up a little, I’m sure less-critical readers may enjoy it.

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