Sunday, January 17, 2010
Book 6 of 2010: Zombie Bastard by Jerrod Balzar
Novello Publishers is known for publishing books in the comic horror sub-genre. Their latest release by Jerrod Balzar definitely falls into this category as it starts off with some crazy bathroom humor. Poor Trevor happened to eat some bad Chinese food right before receiving a phone call from his brother saying that his mother had been admitted to the hospital. In his rush to get out the door, he didn't take the time to hit the john and as soon as he hits the road, his stomach started rumbling. Driving through an area where there are no rest stops,e his options appeared to be either to run into the woods somewhere and drop his drawers, or else just have an accident in the car. When he had just about given in to the idea of cutting loose in the woods, he saw a light at the end of the tunnel... a gas station! Said gas station happened to have a really run-down restroom on the side of the building. Rushing into the single stall once the station manager came out, he didn't think twice about there being an audience outside listening to him "go" so he just let everything out. While he continued his business he heard another "guest" enter the room. Trevor heard some struggling over at the sink and the next thing he knew there was a zombie tearing the hinges off the stall door. That's a sure fire way to make someone crap themselves! Luckily, Trevor was in the right spot for that, but then the zombie went to attack and the chase was on!
Balzar has created a great piece of comic horror fiction with Zombie Bastard. Filled with bathroom humor throughout, it still has a great plot. The story behind how the Zombie Bastard came about is quite an interesting tale. Obviously it's about a bastard child, but there is a lot more to it than that, and Balzar describes the tale of the Zombie Bastard and the curse that was put on the town with added humor to give it more flair. The Zombie Bastard himself is an interesting character, as you discover from how he was "created", but one of my favorite characters in the book comes in to play towards the end... The Witch Bitch. The story really ties together when Trevor finally gets to meet her. There is a lot discovered with Trevor's visit to her house and The Witch Bitch amused me both in her actions and just her name alone. I found myself laughing throughout this entire book and would've finished it in one sitting (no pun intended) had I not been interrupted with other things going on in real-life. Definitely a must-read for the comic horror fans out there. Highly Recommended!
Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Bathroom Humor
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.com