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Friday, April 28, 2017
Friday Night Feature: Chicago Undead
Chicago Undead: On The
Eleventh Floor by Shawn Weaver is a
great glimpse into a zombie outbreak set in downtown Chicago. Weaver wastes no
time setting up the story, and he delivers a realistic introduction to the main
character waking up from a severe flu, only to discover all hell breaking loose
in the streets below his apartment. The survivor, Robin, eventually decides to
make a stand on the eleventh floor.
There is a lot of unpredictable
action, which keeps the story flowing at a quick pace. The ending was a
shocking surprise. The perfect zombie short story from beginning to end. I wasn’t
expecting anything more, but Shawn Weaver has written another short story that
takes place in the same setting.
Chicago Undead: Deep
Freeze follows another survivor’s plight during the Chicago outbreak. The
teenage girl’s experience has nothing to do with Robin’s experience in this
mini-series, which was a little disappointing. I was hoping that Deep Freeze
would pick up where the other left off, but it’s still a good story. While she
does have multiple encounters with the undead, there’s not as much action as
the first installment, and there’s more of a cliffhanger at the end.
I would love to read
a third installment, but I hope Weaver doesn’t go back to the girl…she isn’t a
very interesting character, although she may have been limited by the change in
weather. Her story takes up a longer time frame than Robin’s misadventure.
Whether you’re into
zombies or not, these different tales of survival in Chicago are sure to
entertain horror fans.