- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (February 8, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1616082062
- Source: Library copy
Peter Mellor is a college professor in rural Ohio. While attempting to visit his girlfriend in the midst of a zombie outbreak, Peter gets into a horrible car accident. Believing he has survived this accident unscathed, he returns to campus, a slight case of amnesia his only ailment. Shortly upon his return he soon realizes that while he’s still walking and talking, he died in that accident and is now one of the undead.
Peter’s situation is certainly unique. Never before has any other zombie been able to maintain an intelligent conversation. Really, the only obvious indication that he is one of the undead is the huge part of his head that is missing, easily covered by wearing a ballcap. His situation, however, gets worse when he realizes that the accident that killed him was no accident. Someone intentionally cut his break lines. So in addition to get adjusted to his new undead life, Peter must track down his killer as well.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, Zombie, Ohio isn’t your typical zombie novel. In addition to the typical humans versus zombie survivalist routine, Kenemore also adds a great deal of dry humor and suspense. Unlike many other zombie novels, readers get the monster’s side of the story, following Peter as he becomes more aware of his “condition.” In doing this, his character develops and evolves into a completely changed “man,” not only due to his situation. The author’s political and social commentary add to the overall tone of this novel, kicking it up one level on the intellectual meter.