Book Review: The New Normal: A Zombie Anthology

New Normal

  • Title: The New Normal: A Zombie Anthology
  • Author: Nikki Mitchell (ME!) as editor and one of the 17 authors
  • Series: None
  • Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, Anthology
  • Publishing Date: January 17th, 2021
  • Publishing Co.: Indie
  • Length: 204 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
  • Acquired: Bought a print copy off of Amazon
  • Amazon Link: The New Normal

21 original tales of suspense, horror, humanity, and the relentless living dead!

A virus races through Earth and warps the humans in its path into flesh-eating zombies. Zombies or Munchers. Shamblers or Zombs. No matter what you call them, a bite or scratch is all that it takes. Some turn quickly, for others it takes days. Some can spring, others shuffle along. But one thing remains the same: a blow to the brain is the only thing that destroys them.

Amidst the pandemic of 2020, a group of 17 authors, aided by the help of the ever-present Twitter, decided to band together to cope with the new normal that had become their lives. Thus, the zombie anthology was born.

An anthology of various zombie fiction, the authors were given three linking components: the setting is Earth, a virus created zombies, and they can only be killed by targeting their brains. The rest was up to each individual author, to interpret as they desired.

Within this collection, you will find unique takes on the zombie short story, from the perspectives of survivors as well as the zombies themselves. You will find stories rooted in humour, stories that will yank on your heartstrings, and stories that make you question your own existence. Lose yourself in a world where your biggest fear is staying alive–and not zombified!

All profits will be donated to the World Federation for Mental Health.

Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5

Trigger Warning: Graphic violence, adult language, sexual content, mental health content

Full disclosure: I am the editor and one of the authors in this Anthology

A collection of zombie fiction from a variety of writers all over the world, this anthology is all about Zombies created from some sort of virus. The stories range from humorous, scary, loving, dystopian, and anything else! We put a call out onto Twitter in 2020 and gathered anyone who was interested, ending up with 17 unique authors ready to set their zombies loose on the world. 

My story, How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, was taken partly from my own experience with the Covid pandemic and the fear of what could happen if things continued to get worse. Luckily, my story remains completely fiction, although the sister relationship within the story may be based on my own relationship with my younger sister. I hope that you all find that the two would do just about anything for each other. 

My top three favorite stories from the anthology (not including my own ;)) are: Dead CityI Was Alex, and The Trophy. 

The other stories, connected by zombies, are (if I do say so myself) well-written and well-crafted. We each take the traditional zombie story and make it our own, adding new spins to what would otherwise be an oversaturated market. 

Readers of all ages and different reading preferences should find something within the anthology that is to their liking! I am quite proud of the group that we had, and am blessed by the amazing anthology that we were able to put together in a few short months. 

If you have read the anthology, please comment your thoughts below! As writers, it is important for us to gather feedback so that we can continually improve. 🙂

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