This seemed an appropriate time for me to get off my ass and get back on track with completing my reviews. With Undead Regeneration emerging into the fray shortly, I give you the horror of the Undead Drive-Thru:
Author Rebecca Besser has been on my radar for some time. You'll have seen my reviews of her work here, and you'll see that I like it.
So it'll be no surprise that Undead Drive-Thru is no different.
Take a zombie story, and make it different. It's what Besser does.
Undead Drive-Thru is about a Drive-Thru (*coughs*, obviously) with a horrible secret, a secret that endangers the lives of all involved. I don't do spoilers here, but lest to say that getting a summer job here might mean more than a paycheck.
The work emotes a fear, and an intrepid-ness in the reader. When I read the title, I thought I could see what was coming. Boy, was I wrong. My expectation was wrong, the story didn't go where I thought it was going and I was glad. I was expecting more gore than I got, and that the story took it a different way was a pleasant surprise.
Besser brings an emotional lay to the story, one that is oft missing in indie horror, where the writer can lean on heavy blood-letting to emote fear, and giant monsters to make the reader recoil; things rarely go bump in the night, lest a chainsaw wielding maniac is about to rampage through the house. Undead Drive-Thru does not do that. It creeps up on you. Sits next to you. Then it bites you on the neck.
This is a story of people and perspective. It is not a story of gore, but it is one of fear. Suitable for a cross section of readers, I think, it should sate the desire for horror, but won't please the gore hounds.
Sadly, it is only a novella.
Guess I'll be buying the sequel when it comes.
You can buy it on Amazon US here, and Amazon UK here, and don't forget to check Rebecca's website also, here.