Friday, October 23, 2015

Mystery, Vixens, 1930s Zombies, Oh My! Book Review: "Dead Men Kill"

As a die-hard zombie fan, I'm always looking for another film or novel to whet my zombie-loving appetite. Best selling American pulp fiction author L. Rob Hubbard introduces a unique perspective on the walking dead, setting his story, Dead Men Kill, in the Golden Age of the 1930s. Originally published in a 1934 issue of the pulp fiction magazine, Thrilling Detective, Dead Men Kill follows Terry Lane, a police detective, through the most spine-tingling and dangerous investigation of his life. In an effort to capture a serial murderer, Lane battles the living dead, encounters a sexy vixen, and tries to evade the mysterious and deadly threats from "loup-garou."

If you're looking for an action-packed, quick and easy read, Dead Men Kill is sure to be right up your alley. At less than 100 pages, L. Ron Hubbard's story took me less than two hours to read. While not the most elegant use of language or most flowery prose, the short chapters are engaging and leave you wanting more.

The audio-drama version is equally as fast paced and suspenseful. Featuring Emmy Award-winning actor John Mariano, the audio performance includes music and sound effects that make you feel as though you're running beside Terry Lane through the cemetery and fighting off your own pack of brainless zombies. In some cases, the audio-drama acting is almost too quick paced, making it difficult to follow the story line if you're not reading along with the actors' performances.

The book itself is printed on wonderfully thick paper meant to mimic the look and feel of the pulp fiction magazines in which the story was originally published and bring that Golden Age nostalgia in its readers. If you're looking for an out-of-the-box zombie tale or you just want a quick and entertaining read, Dead Men Kill  is worth the time.

Disclaimer: Galaxy Press provided me with a free copy of the pulp fiction book "Dead Men Kill" and an audio CD to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation and truly enjoyed reading and listening. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.
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