Admittedly, I only initially dove into this (very) short story as my reading count has been off to a slow start this year. As soon as I saw that this short story was only six pages in length, I jumped on it straight away, just to be able to get something read in minimal time. Well, that and the title just intrigued me. I'm sure I've mentioned this elsewhere, but I'm always drawn to a ridiculous-sounding title.
The problem is, the title, on the cover, didn't exactly match the one on the inside. Inside, it now read as The Attack of the Dreadfully Ravenous yet Terribly Polite Zombies. I realise that probably sounds like a very minor issue to most of you, and you'll probably be thinking that I'm a pedantic arsehole. And; you would be correct. But let's look at first impressions: if the author can't match the title of the story, how good can the writing be?
It was time to find out…
Dustin is not having a great start to his day. He's trapped in a hayloft, and his friend has just been eaten by Lawrence and Jennifer; two polite, yet ravenous zombies.
Turns out the idea of polite zombies is pretty damn entertaining. It's an original idea that I don't think I've encountered before and is a nice take on the zombie formula. In my head, Lawrence, the zombie had the voice of a British WWI fighter pilot. Especially, as he refers to the protagonist as "old chap." It's a fun idea that I enjoyed. Also, the short nature of the story works well. It's just a little glimpse into this world, and as I don't know how far the novelty factor of a polite zombie would carry through a more complete tale. Here, the short nature of the story works well. It's not something that you should go into expecting a very definite beginning or end. It's just a brief flash into someone's life - and someone else's un-life, that spans the time it takes to read; a five-minute look into this unique idea.
On the negative side - I didn't realise that the story had a covid link to it. Sometimes that works, but here it just felt unnecessary. I don't think it gave anything to the tale and felt more of a keyword to throw-in rather than a necessity.
The other issue is the one I suspected from the start. The story really does need some refining. It's not bad enough to be unreadable, it's just the errors, both spelling and grammatical, could easily be fixed with an hour or two's editing.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to suggest my writing is perfect, but, the ones in this story will be obvious even to a casual reader.
It's a fun little story that just needs a bit of polish putting into it. If you can look past the issues, there's a brief yet amusing twist on an old formula to be found here.