Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

When author Lewis Carroll took Alice through the looking glass in 1871, little did he know that a much more gruesome nightmare awaited his dear Alice. When 1864 Alice woke up in a land of wonder, 2011 Alice awoke to a land of the living dead ruled by a power hungry, yet very human, queen.

Forced to listen to her lessons from her sister as they sit in their favorite cemetery, Alice notices a black rat who seems to be in a hurry. More startling, he has a pocket watch and is quite verbally worried about being late! Unable to help herself, Alice abandons her sister to follow this black rat down a “dead hole” that takes her to a land that is as bizarre as it is horrific. In her travels through this land, she meets a myriad of characters such as the Conqueror Wurm, the Corpse Turtle, and the Zombie Lobster. She attends an Undead Tea Party, plays croquet with the queen in a graveyard, and attends the most grisly undead trial to ever exist! Decaying every step of the way, Alice is relieved when she awakens in the cemetery next to her reading sister, just in time for tea.

It was only a dream…or was it?

Nicholas Cook does a remarkable job of paraphrasing an entire work of classical literature in Alice in Zombieland. Keeping Lewis Carroll’s writing intact, Cook only changes a word here and there in the original Alice in Wonderland to create a nightmare world where a little girl is faced with the living dead and her own zombification. Just as zany and dreamlike as Clark’s characters, Cook creates inhabitants of this nightmare world that are both fascinating and terrible. A definite read for the horror genre fan!

Rating: 4/5

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer as well as a full-time researcher/investigator in the sign industry. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the beauty of life with her children and grandchildren.

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