Elegy for the Undead

  • Type: Books
  • By: Matthew Vesely
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror
  • Recommended by: Shuyler C.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781941360453
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Love and loss against a horror backdrop

In his debut novella, Matthew Vesely crafts a narrative that's both charming and heartbreaking. Jude and Lyle hardly have time to enjoy their married life before a zombie-like virus breaks out in their neighborhood, leaving Lyle infected with months to live. Although categorized as horror, Elegy for the Undead focuses on relationships in which the real horror is coming to terms with terminal illness. Swapping perspectives and a non-linear timeline demonstrate the individual hardships of the diagnosis and other events throughout the couple's relationship. The story's length is perfect, with no particular element overstaying its welcome. Readers who may not like zombie fiction will find a well-executed gay romance first and foremost.