Saturday, October 9, 2010
Short Story Saturday: "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Alaya Dawn Johnson
I absolutely loved this story. Loved it. It had this perfect tone of dark humor, but at the same time, you can't help but root for Grayson and Jack to get together and find a way to work around the, um, delicate issue of zombieism. Johnson did a really impressive job of creating characters in a nano-second; it's so hard to connect to characters in a short story, but with Jack and Grayson, it's easy. I always had a clear picture of who they were, and who Jack's dad was, because Johnson very skillfully inserted enough personality and detail continuously through out the story.
I don't want to talk about it too much because I don't want to give anything away, but I have to say, if you didn't intend to read Zombies vs. Unicorns, or you generally don't like zombie stories, pick this one up. It's gross and funny and angsty and lovely.
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" is found in the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns --->
Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of Moonshine and the Spirit Binders series.