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Literature: The Dead

The Dead is a horror novel from Mark E. Rogers.

A terrible judge comes like a thief in the night. While the world sleeps, everything changes. In the diseased light of a festering sun, planes drop from the sky, machines sputter and stop, and the graves of the shrieking damned burst open. Demons clothe themselves in the flesh of human corpses to form an unholy army.

Dreaming of his father hammering his way out of a coffin, Gary Holland is jolted awake by the phone and learns that his father is dead. Bickering over infidelity and religion, the family gathers for the funeral...and confronts hell on earth at the Jersey Shore. Hounded from cellar to sewer, the staggering, bloodied survivors of the Holland clan are pushed remorselessly to choose between black despair and blind faith.

Not to be confused with the short-story, "The Dead", from James Joyce's famous collection, Dubliners.

Tropes appearing in this novel:

  • Zombie Apocalypse: From chapter 12:
    "Within twenty-four hours fully one-third of the human race was freshly dead and awaiting resurrection."