New Dead

New Dead

Illustration By Stephen R. Bissette

Dust jacket and color interior illustrations by Stephen Bissette

Black and white interior illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne

The 21st century has brought an explosion of interest in zombie stories. Tales of death and resurrection have never been so popular, from massive bestsellers like Max Brooks’ World War Z to dozens of young adult novels to comic book series like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and films like Shaun of the Dead. George A. Romero may have spawned the last century’s “modern” zombie story with Night of the Living Dead, but four decades have passed since then. So what accounts for the current zombie craze?

That is the question that the contributors to The New Dead were asked to ruminate upon while writing the stories in this volume. Do we turn to tales of intimacy with death to deal with its constant presence in our media and our lives? Do zombie stories provide a way to process our feelings about the horrors of war and torture? Or is it merely that death is the final frontier available to us in this new millennium, and we cannot help but explore?

Editor Christopher Golden set out to gather an eclectic array of writers from different corners of the fiction world--horror, fantasy, mystery, thriller, historical, and the literary mainstream--and the result is a fascinating, multi-faceted collection of tales from a stellar lineup of writers, including John Connolly, Joe Hill, Kelley Armstrong, Max Brooks, Tad Williams, Aimee Bender, David Liss, and many more. Join them within these pages for the last word on the new dead.

The Subterranean Press edition of The New Dead will be very limited -- only 250 copies, with no lettered edition -- and feature a full color cover and four interior color plates by Stephen R. Bissette. In addition, Glenn Chadbourne has contributed an original illustration to appear at the head of each story.

Limited: 250 numbered copies signed by all contributors

Table of Contents

  • “Lazarus” by John Connolly
  • “What Maisie Knew” by David Liss
  • “Copper” by Stephen R. Bissette
  • “In the Dust” by Tim Lebbon
  • “Life Sentence” by Kelley Armstrong
  • “Delice” by Holly Newstein
  • “Closure, LTD” by Max Brooks
  • “The Wind Cries Mary” by Brian Keene
  • “Family Business” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky” by M.B. Homler
  • “My Dolly” by Derek Nikitas
  • “Second Wind” by Mike Carey
  • “Among Us” by Aimee Bender
  • “Ghost Trap” by Rick Hautala
  • “The Storm Door” by Tad Williams
  • “Kids and Their Toys” by James A. Moore
  • “Shooting Pool” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Weaponized” by David Wellington
  • “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead” by Joe Hill


Stephen R. Bissette
Christopher Golden
500 pages
United States
Subterranean Press
Out of Print