The Reapers are the Angels Expresses Horror of Meatskins, Human Condition

By Zombie Hunter Sam
Sep
19
2010

War torn, filled with anger, hungry for a purpose and killing along the way. It’s not the zombies — it’s the 15 year old heroine Temple in The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell.

I had the grace of receiving an advance copy of the novel some time ago, and have finally taken a break from my undead anatomy courses to sink my teeth into this novel. With shelves full of zombie fiction, guides, science and lore, it takes real work to make a book call out from the depths of zombie horror and fiction. Alden Bell uses a combination of masterful prose with torn and weary characters sink the reader’s teeth into this novel. The novel updates the southern gothic setting without letting zombies fill in all gaps and get in the way.

Temple has known only the post-horror world; it’s her world, and its the perfectly natural way to fight and survive alone, never more than an arm’s reach from her precious Gurkha Kukri Knife. However, zombies, meatskins and slugs in this novel, are God’s creatures too and don’t always need to die. Struggling with mistakes of her past, she belongs to the world, and freedom amongst the meatskins is her home. After humans worse than any zombie cause her to run from a tortured but vengeful man named Moses Todd, she becomes burdened with life as a budding teenager, saving a shell shocked mute from his own death, and a clan of horrors unnatural to God’s eyes.

At times covered with non zombie gristle and exposed to horrors worse than any ghoul, she maintains a belief the the world is still filled with hope, and beauty reaches out even to the lowest depths of hell. Uneducated and illiterate, she relies on her wits,  heart and a beyond-her-years knowledge of the world to survive and make amends for her sins past.

Alden’s prose is almost magical, and creates a natural world out of  the horrors post zombie.

“So bright it was almost brighter than daytime because she could see things clearer, as if the sun were criminal to the truth, as if her eyes were eyes of night.”

Fantastic lyrical passages mixed with a touch of necessary gore and fear keep the reader engaged throughout the journey.

The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel is highly recommended; experience the sad, dead and lonely apocalypse through the eyes of a child fighter born into it.

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  • 1 PurpleEater Sep 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I can guess you liked it, Sam. Sounds pretty realistic…
    All the better!

  • 2 Dookie791 Oct 11, 2010 at 8:33 am

    wow….sounds pretty good. Is it out? cause you said something about an advanced copy

  • 3 Zombie Hunter Sam Oct 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    It is out! Click the cover to purchase, or order on at Amazon: The Reapers are the Angels

  • 4 Reporter CJ Verbowski Nov 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Shitload of people in Iraq have been Reporting infection of the living Dead which is a contradiction but Several reports have occured, U.S. officials promote that “The chance of a dead coming back is Completly Impossible!” but yet numerous accounts of them returning after being deceased for even Hours which would result in Enormous Head, Brain decomposition What is making the people of Iraq, and fellow Marines come back after being KIA CJ Verbowski will report back within a 24 Hour Basis Untill then Survive, Combine, Prospure!

  • 5 frostsnowman Nov 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    this is frostsnowman telling everyone not to come near indiana so as not to get attacked the living dead parents the childern dont seem the be infected. But if a bite has been taken out of them then you better run i have shot three of the undead all ready.

  • 6 Reporter CJ Verbowski Nov 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    New Article about the infection.

    Numerous people in Iraq have witnessed corpses getting up from the streets, and Yet the U.S. Military has yet to send word of the coincidences to the United States.
    Further information has not been aquired but the studies that i have gotten from Eye wittnesses have shown that they stay with in city limits, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INTERACT WITH AN INFECTED!
    These THINGS are very hostile and from recent research it seems they dont recall anything from the previous “Life” family members have been seen containing the infected within Residential parts but the end result is usually the same the family ends up becoming what they’ve trapped.. Infected..
    If you have any Information on any coincidences in America, Canada, Please Contact the Police and say that a Code:323 is in action send Goverment officials, and a disinfection chamber.
    Do Not Attempt to Contain The Infector! You will Die!

  • 7 frostsnowman Nov 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

    The Right Equipment

    The place to get the right equipment is BIG R all they carry in the back of the store is mostly rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistlos, BOW and ARROW. then go to the very back to grab the ammo like hollow point shots for your revolver.

  • 8 Zombie Hunter Sam Nov 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks, Frostsnowman, but we need evidence here. We report on real sightings, evidence and tactics, not fantasy. However, your information on Big R is very helpful, so thank you!

  • 9 Reporter CJ Verbowski Nov 15, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Reporter CJ Verbowski

    Further News On The Infection:

    Earlier this week i have reported numerous sightings and encounters from the people of Afghanistan
    Still no word from the U.S. Military they continuesly report “That Absoulutly No Undead exsist!”
    Ex-Military Colonel says “Test Have been taken back in the States, But to this moment i have nothing else to speak about the subject.”

    Numerous people have said that the state of Ohio has had recent sightings of the undead walking the streets. A small fraction of people have held up in a Wal-Mart and have barricaded the doors, and windows.
    Yet the military has yet to create a rescue plan, and says “That the surrounding residents are obviously seeing things.”

    This is Reporter CJ Verbowski
    Tune in within – 24 Hour Basis

  • 10 frostsnowman Jan 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    is there any new news on the undead in afghanistan or has Reporter CJ Verbowski been taken by the undead.

  • 11 frostsnowman Mar 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

    i would like to know more about the bow on your site because i cant find the price

  • 12 frostsnowman Mar 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I world like to know about the undead in other countries so i know were it is safe to be.

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