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The Reapers Are the Angels txt The Reapers Are the Angels, text ebook The Reapers Are the Angels, adobe reader The Reapers Are the Angels, chapter 2 The Reapers Are the Angels, The Reapers Are the Angels 447d96 Zombies Have Infested A Fallen America A Young Girl Named Temple Is On The Run Haunted By Her Past And Pursued By A Killer, Temple Is Surrounded By Death And Danger, Hoping To Be Set FreeFor Twenty Five Years, Civilization Has Survived In Meager Enclaves, Guarded Against A Plague Of The Dead Temple Wanders This Blighted Landscape, Keeping To Herself And Keeping Her Demons Inside She Can T Remember A Time Before The Zombies, But She Does Remember An Old Man Who Took Her In And The Younger Brother She Cared For Until The Tragedy That Set Her On A Personal Journey Toward Redemption Moving Back And Forth Between The Insulated Remnants Of Society And The Brutal Frontier Beyond, Temple Must Decide Where Ultimately To Make A Home And Find The Salvation She Seeks


About the Author: Alden Bell

Alden Bell is a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, whose first novel, Hummingbirds, was released in Fall 09 He teaches at a New York City prep school and is an adjunct professor at The New School He lives in New York City with his wife, the Edgar Award winning mystery writer, Megan Abbott.



10 thoughts on “The Reapers Are the Angels

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    4.5 out of 5 stars This is a gruesome and beautiful book This allegorical tale of a 15 year old girl wandering a barren wasteland should not be beautiful, because she s fighting off zombies and a guy who s dead set on executing her But it is The writing is lush and gorgeous, the kind that makes you want to sink down and roll around in it until some small part of it is absorbed into your skin Excerpt It was deep night when she saw it, but the moon was so bright it cast hard shadows everywhere on the islanda school of tiny fish, all darting around like marbles in a chalk circle, and they were lit up electric, mostly silver but some gold and pink too They came and danced around her ankles, and she could feel their little electric fish bodies, and it was like she was standing under the moon and in the moon at the same time And that is just the first page Six pages later, Temple stands over a zombie on a beach and crushes its skull with a huge rock This author does not spare the terrible violence of encounters with the undead, and each confrontation is absolutely brutal and wince inducing in its savagery But there are some things you just have to do in order to survive.Temple is also one of the most unforgettable fictional characters I ve ever come across She is bold, fiercely independent, and terribly damaged Left on her own by an infected uncle and parents she doesn t remember, she encounters all kinds of people in her travels a commune of frightened survivors, a group of men who have resorted to creative ways of finding food, a band of vicious mutants, a pitifully tragic family wasting away in their elegant manor, and a mute, helpless man she takes on against her better judgment And of course, there s also the guy who s tracking her, hell bent on justice because she dared to kill his brother in self defense It s an interesting situation when you have to fear both the living and the undeadas well as the mistakes you ve made in your past.This is a fairly short novel that is written almost like a post apocalyptic western, but it is one that is packed with incredible power It s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I can t seem to forget the bleak intensity and magnificence of its imagery I suspect that I never will.


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    book two of october is zombie month was so much better than book one sooo much better i was intrigued by this book, until i read mike reynolds devastatingly negative review of it, and it got shunted to the mental back burner but eventually i remembered that i am not as smart as mike reynolds, and i am content with playing with little glass paperweights refracting in the sunlight while giggling, so i read it and i loved it see, pretty but it s good i lovingly thumb my nose at the negative reviews and then duck.this isn t a YA novel, although many people on this site have decided it is and that s fair the protagonist is fifteen, and the pacing matches that of a YA novel but my barnes and noble overlord classifies it as adult, and we all know they would never make a classification error so let s call it an adult novel so as not to scare off the old stuffy types, and the rest of you, i will just shh, yeah, i know and i have to admit, i have only read one flannery o connor book for shame although i have seen wise blood because, well, duh but so as far as the derivative accusations go, i am as clean wooled as a baby lamb but i plan on reading of her soon, i swear.this is basically the kind of book i love the gothic western justice novel, but with some supernatural spice it is or less true grit with zombies temple speechifies in roughly the same biblical manner with a mixture of retributive old testament and a soft sticky center of love thy deserving neighbor, jesus style a mixture of poor grammar and poetic resonance i love her character she is eminently capable, running from her past and her mistakes which haunt her way than any slow shambling zombies, which act as set pieces than as any real threat.it is fairly episodic, and the basic theme is about the path to forgiveness and redemption, and the progression of that kind of grieving, healing process, but let s not forget, there are also zombies, so it isn t all whiny mitch albom stuff.what is great about this book is that temple was born into this world she has never known a world without desolation, without monsters, without danger or the necessity of moving on she is unattached and detached, but retains some inherent glimmer of humanity that constitutes her own moral compass and it is gorgeous to watch a girl operate under the weight of her guilt and the necessity of her survival instincts she does not take any shit, but she is not without empathy nor without understanding of other people s personal moral code, even as it works against her also great is that, starting the way this one does, in the waning years of an infestation, we do not have to read any boring scenes where people have a slow dawning realization of the situation we are thrust into a world that is, not that is becoming.i love it i love it i love it.it is exactly what i needed to be reading a horror novel that has depth than just braaaaains, one one whose themes are smack in my area of interest plus, tom franklin my new love in life blurbed this puppy and it turns out, this guy is married to megan abbott, who i have been meaning to read for forever.come to my blog


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    The field is the world the good seed are the children of the kingdom but the tares are the children of thewicked one The enemy that sowed them is the devil the harvest is theend of the world and the reapers are the angels.As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire so shall it be the end of this world There are people who are not going to read this book just because they don t read books with zombies They may not read it because it is horror, fearing that they will be exposed to graphic violence or maybe they won t read it because it is about a fifteen year old girl and frankly, teenagers are annoying Whatever reason you might be thinking about using for why you are not going to read this bookwellput that thought on a back burner.The book does have zombies called slugs It does feature a fifteen year old girl and yes, some people have found her Southern voice annoying, but what they miss when they say that is the absolute authenticity that comes through in every sentence and every paragraph I m not sure how a girl that can t read who has never been educated except with on the job of living survival skills is supposed to talk She colors her words with wisdom, self reflection, pain, and dogged truth She has an undisciplined mind, honed by fire, bristling with desire to see the world, and experience what others are too afraid to try She is Temple She is Sarah Mary See, there s music in the world and you got to be listening otherwise you ll miss it sure Like when the she comes out of the house and the night time air feels dreamy cold on her face and it smells like the pureness of a fresh land just started Like it was something old and dusty and broken, taken off the shelf to make room for something sparkle new And it s your soul desiring to move and be a part of it, whatever it is, to be out there on the soot plains where the living fall and the dead rise, and the dead fall and the living rise, like the cycle of life.The apocalypse happened twenty five years ago so Temple was born after the world went to hell She is of this world, and is not encumbered with memories of a life before of manicured lawns, bicycle paths, going to school, hanging out with friends, family dinners, or watching television Unencumbered that is until she meets Maury She calls him dummy because he doesn t talk or show that much at all is being processed through his brain She has thoughts of dumping him off at the first available moment, but then he shows her a slip a paper that was balled up in his pocket Hello My name is Maury and I wouldn t hurt a fly.My grandmother loves me and wishes she could takecare of me for ever, but she s most likely gone now.I have family out west If you find me, will you take me to them God bless you Jeb and Jennie Duchamp442 Hamilton StreetPoint Comfort, TX Temple carries her own burdens of failure and getting Maury back to his family becomes a quest that she feels will lift some of the blood from her soul She doesn t really understand it, but feels in the doing maybe she will.She has made enemies and one in particular keeps finding her like an angel of death She can t shake him He is Moses Todd My gut tells me that s my old friend Moses Todd, who s got some business he s gonna want to finish up with me It s a wonder how he s trackin me, but you can t put nothin past these southern boys They just sit around waiting for somebody to kill their brother so they can get started on some vengeance It s like a dang vocation with them.Temple finds moments of sanctuary, but knows, like a clock in her head keeping time, that she needs to keep moving or she will be found She is nervous living in safety, walled away from slugs, but also from the wide open space of her world Her feet start to itch and windows are reminders of what lies beyond.She wonders how people can live this kind of life, trapped inside a house with windows everywhere showing you where else you could be.Slugs are just a part of her world They aren t evil Even men who find her attractive are but another component of her world that she is prepared to deal with She does fear that there is evil inside of her A darkness that comes out when she fights, when compassion disappears, and she is inflicting death as casually as a middle aged man at a lunch counter smacking flies with a flyswatter In a scene that could have been lifted from a Cormac McCarthy novel she emerges victorious, but stained deeper than skin deep Amid the hot stench of fresh offal, she rises to her feet like the dreadful ghost of a fallen battlefield soldier, her hands tacky with the thick pulpy dregs of death splayed wide The echoes of the clamour having died on the puddled ground, the only sound in the room is the thin insectoid buzzing of the three exposed bulbs suspended in ceramic sockets from the ceiling.Even the imprisoned slugs themselves have paused in their perpetual movement to gaze with acquiescent eyes upon the scene of the massacre, as though in harmony with the inexorable and silent melodies of grim decease as though in deferential recognition of the community of the extinct.She rises to her feet and blinks, her eyes like bleached wafers set against the brown mizzle of blood already drying in flakes on her cheeks and lips and neck She raises no hand to cleanse herself, marked as she is with a violence, ritualist and primitive, like those hunters who would decorate themselves with the ornamental residuum of their prey.In a scene that is reminiscent of something out of a William Faulkner novel she is talking to an acquaintance who is trying to tempt her to go to California with him where things are rud to be almost normal You get old, Temple The wide world is a pretty adventure for a long time, it s true But then one day you wake up and you just want to drink a cup of coffee without thinking about livin or dyin.Yeah, well, I ain t there yet.Goddamnit, girl, what happened to you You got things to tell You could tell me.Maybe so, she says But I ain t there yet either.There is a reason why Alden Bell s writing is being compared to other accomplished writers because he wrote a great book full of wonderful introspection, a character to rival Katniss Everdeen for cunning and survival skill, and a plot that kept me turning pages long after my family had nestled down to sleep Bell is married to Megan Abbott, a lauded writer in her own right There is magic to the way he played with me in this one He had me dangling from his fingertips, my mind churning and rippling with anxiety, and the air crackled with the burnt rubber smell of fear.Highly Recommended If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    I just finished reading probably a couple of dozens of the book s reviews and feel like there is hardly anything left to add Except maybe that The Reapers Are the Angels is one of the very few zombie books I have ever finished and pretty much the only zombie book that I finished with pleasure and emotional involvement Most likely because this novel isn t really about zombies It is about us, people, whose conscience and not external circumstances often is our most dangerous and relentless enemy In The Road like fashion I have to say, Alden Bell was undoubtedly very heavily and obviously inspired by Cormac McCarthy s works , the post apocalyptic setting is nothing but a backdrop for exploring the matters of human soul Bell doesn t dwell on detailing his world, and correctly so Some authors Lauren DeStefano in Wither, for instance make a mistake of over explaining things when they don t need to And Bell doesn t need to tell us how this zombie business works Because for his main character, 15 year old Temple, zombies are the least of her problems For Temple, they are a part of the natural environment, like, let s say, animals Survival in this infested world is easy, dealing with what is inside her mind and heart guilt, doubt, loneliness that is hard.Others have already said it, Temple is the one who carries this novel She is a remarkably well realized character She is self sufficient, strong, capable, caring, and honorable, but with a gaping hole in her soul I dare you not to empathize with her and her search for self forgiveness and sense of belonging Does she find it I wished for a different ending, I won t lie There are still some lingering questions that I haven t found the answers to, even after reading other reviewers opinions about the novel I never quite understood the main antagonist, Moses Is he another lost soul looking for a purpose and who finds a very strange one His vendetta is so pointless Your thoughts are very welcome.


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    I had this crazy dream about zombies the other night I can t remember a goddamn thing about it now, and the aftermath is a little fuzzy, but apparently when I woke up I was convinced that they were in the house, because I shot straight up in bed and screamed, THEY RE COMING UP THE STAIRS My fianc had no idea that I d been dreaming and thought that someone had broken into the house Chaos ensued Now before you go thinking, Oh that poor man let me tell you that this is rare for me Like maybe once every three years do I do something like this He does this shit to me all the time Four months ago, I was up late reading, and his eyes flashed open His hand closed around my wrist in a vice like grip, and he looked me straight in the eyes and said, I m drawing a circle and a what the fuck Um wut I tried to get him to explain himself, but all he said was, It s important, don t ever forget it, Navessa He promptly fell back asleep When he woke up, he had no recollection of it Great Just fucking wonderful So now it s four months later, and that memory is seared into my consciousness I blame M Night Shyamalan What if it is important What if, in some way, that midnight utterance is the key to saving the human race from an alien invasion Reading this book is a lot like dreaming You re thrown into the middle of it with no warning, given no information on how you got there, and are forced to suck it up and deal with it the best you can It s gorgeous, horrific, uplifting, and disturbing And when it s over, it lingers with you, leaves you unsettled and questioning the meaning of it all This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.


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    It s like all the best parts of The Road, The Walking Dead and Winter s Bone Temple is a fifteen year old girl who has grown up in the ruins of America following the zombie apocalypse She wanders the remains like a post apocalyptic tourist looking at the wonders created by a slick god and encountering a variety of people along the way Supremely capable and confident, Temple has little problem surviving and dispatching the meatskins she runs across, but she winds up with a determined killer on her trail.This is one of those books that fuses genre with literature, and it s one of the best I ve read that s attempted that trick Incredible writing not only establishes a completely new society and an unforgettable heroine as well as a rich supporting cast that s well plotted, it s also all done is less than 250 pages I got way out this than the hundreds of pages of Justin Cronin s bloated version of a monster apocalypse or Mira Grant s overstuffed and repetitive take on the aftermath of a zombie uprising.I found it a bit unbelievable that over a decade after the zombies took over that Temple can still find edible supplies in convenience stores and working cars so easily Also, view spoiler I could have lived without the mutant inbred redneck clan Zombies and dangerous humans were enough of a threat This came close to pushing a story that had seemed incredibly realistic into horror movie territory hide spoiler


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    I m glad I read Megan s review, or I might have overlooked this slim but very satisfying post apocalyptic story If you are looking for thrills, mad and ravenous zombies, and intense gore, look elsewhere You won t find it here Not that there isn t violence or zombies, it s just that they don t overpower the story Without family or a place to live, 15 year old Temple wanders around a bleak and barren landscape ravaged by zombies Many of the human survivors live in groups, sheltering themselves from the outside world Nothing is mentioned about how the zombies came to be, but that s OK This is not their story, after all This is a story about Temple, her grief, the things she must do to survive, her thoughts and reflections, her loneliness, her self loathing, the people she meets, and the beauty that can be found in such grim circumstances It s not a book you ll easily forget.


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    Would it be a stretch to call it a Faulkner esque zombie tale From the start, Reapers quickly distinguishes itself in the zombie apocalypse genre Temple, our heroine, has found herself a deserted lighthouse when she experiences the miracle of the fishes She left the lighthouse and went down to the beach to look at the moon pure and straight, and she stood in the shallows and let her feet sink into the sand as the patter waves tickled her ankles And that s when she saw it, a school of tiny fish, all darting around like marbles in a chalk circle, and they were lit up electric, mostly silver but some gold and pink too They came and danced around her ankles, and she could feel there little electric fish bodies, and it was like she was standing under the moon and in the moon at the same time Temple has learned, you see, that God is a slick god and that there are still miracles to be found in the world She was born since the world changed and though she feels she has darkness in her past, the new world is kind of beautiful It is an unusual perspective in apocalypse fiction, a genre which is usually preoccupied with the horrific the decline of civilization, the inhumanity of man, the bleakness of mere survival and the rise of the living dead But the dead are just another kind of predator here It is what it is, and zombies gotta do what they gotta do behavior that is no worse than lions or wolves preying on the edges of the herd.Our savvy and skilled heroine is delightfully self confident she has no need to plan ahead for protection because she is so capable of coping with whatever comes A zombie on her beach is a sign that tides and seasons will change access to her refuge Confidently, without bravado, she leaves the lighthouse to head north, looking to see some sights Unfortunately, in a group of city buildings taken over by survivors, she attracts the attention of the creepiest sort of guy He tries a sneak attack, she kicks ass and soon his brother is tracking her, straight out of revenge fiction She sees the fight as another sign of her general incompatibility with civilization, and decides to head north again Brother follows her On the way, she finds herself in an unaccustomed moment of pity and saves Lenny a mentally challenged man with a pack of zombies trailing behind him Having him in tow brings up a host of memories, and gives an opportunity to learn about Temple s past As the book progresses, she continues to encounter a variety of situations that reflect the range of humanity s adaptation skills, and its worth noting the Bell s vision of the world does not entail humanity degenerating into Lord of the Flies although I suspect we meet Miss Havisham.The tone throughout is remarkable It s hard to encapsulate what about this book stood out for me, but part was the easy, factual tone, a sort of emotionally removed description that acknowledges horror but also contains beauty It s notable to find a heroine with a Zen state of being, general optimism, and lack of fear Narration is in her inner voice while clearly undereducated, there is still subtlety of thought that lends subtext to her experiences The narration highlights the changes in the world while giving her a sort of innocence.A few comments on plotting that contain spoilers view spoiler Of all the sections, the community that is experimenting with zombie juice was the least enjoyable Perhaps if I read it again, the underlying theme would be clear perhaps it is how some people will embrace horror and use it as license for their own depravity Regardless, it didn t resonate the way her other sections do The section where she is in a safety town and goes on a date is particularly touching.Then there is the ending, a complete kick in the head While I don t feel it changed the essential message of the book, it did highlight the limits of our ability to control the world Emotionally, it packed a punch that left me reeling a bit no less enjoyable, but all the powerful for the ending.Cross posted at hide spoiler


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    The harvest is the end of this world,and the reapers are the angels. I ve read countless books in my life and through them I ve been introduced to literally thousands of characters Some of them I forgot almost instantly Others I need to be reminded of and even then remember only faintly Then there are some I remember clearly because a part of them was important to me But there is also a very small number of characters that stay with me always, characters that follow me around like shadows shadows that once taught me an important lesson I ll never forget One of them is Stephen King s Dolores Claiborne Alden Bell s Temple is another This woman, this young girl, this child, is sixteen characters folded into one, and yet on the surface she is as simple as a girl can be She is a character that makes your heart ache and your head spin She is someone you have no choice but to love someone you ll do your best to understand someone you ll always want to be At first I was expecting a paranormal YA novel I didn t read any of the reviews and I guess I just made a stupid assumption Temple IS fifteen years old and the book really HAS zombies, but that s where the similarities with all the novels we usually read end The Reapers Are the Angels is NOT a YA novel It s post apocalyptic fiction at its best Actually, it s not a novel that people under the age of 18 should read It has violence, sex and violence and it s scary and horrible at times But it is also wonderful and deep and mature and not to be taken lightly at all The psychological developement of Bell s characters is astonishing, almost incredible If you have a strong stomach and you want to take a break from all the predictable fiction that surrounds us, The Reapers Are the Angels might be the novel for you It doesn t follow any rules, it will make you skip dinner, and it will definitely make you cry But most of all, it will surprise you with its simplicity and its depth and it will probably teach you a thing or two about yourself and about who you want to be when world as we know it comes to an end Alden Bell s gorgeously written and bloody tale, which mutates from a zombie story into something of beauty and meaning Bell clearly owes great literary debt to Cormac McCarthy s The Road and the Southern Gothic school of Faulkner and O Connor, but The Reapers Are the Angels shows the reader that they need not settle for mere blood n guts when horror tales can, and should, go many extra miles. Sarah Weinman, Summer Reading Pick, Salon.com


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    A girl who s traveled the land, her mind filled with people, sights and words, with sins and redemption She s only 15 and has killed many the rule is kill or be killed A desolate land of death and zombies, she did not choose this destiny Amongst the contagious spreading of zombies, she hides from many in the shadows and is well equipped to fight twice her size equipped with her Gurkha knife This story is written well, a story so bleak about death and survival and love has some beautifully written lines, written in eloquent prose that makes the zombie story that so much better.The story is about death and redemption and one girl s eventual outcome amongst so much darkness, at times heart breaking.The island, The Lighthouse, The Moon and The Miracle of the Fish And, too, a carnival of death, a grassy park near the city center, a merry go round that turns unceasing hour by hour, its old time calliope breathing out dented and rusty notes while the slugs pull their own arms out of the sockets trying to climb aboard the moving platform, some disembodied limbs dragging in the dirt around and around, hands still gripping the metal poles and the ones who succeed and climb aboard, mounting to the top of the wooden horses, joining with the endless motion of the machine, dazed to imbecility by gut memories of speed and human ingenuity And the horde, in the blackout of the city night, illumined only by the headlights of the car, everywhere descending and roiling against one another like maggots in the belly of a dead cat, the grimmest and most degenerate manifestation this blighted humanity on this blighted earth beasts of our lost pasts, spilling out of whatever hell we have made for them like the army of the damned, choked and gagging and rotted and crusty and eminently pathetic, yes, brutally, conspicuously, outrageously pathetic The Books Behind The Reapers Are The AngelsAs I suspect is true of all novels, The Reapers Are the Angels is cobbled together from the fragments of other books Any but the most passive reader will collect certain baggage from the books he or she reads lingering impressions that stick like burrs in the back of the brain and sometimes, especially if the reader is also a writer, plant themselves in the imagination like seeds that grow into other books entirely For me, these influences can range from a narrative style that I wish I could emulate, to an unforgettable scene, or a perfectly written sentence, or even an ideally chosen and placed word like the word thrapple in Cormac McCarthy s Blood Meridian For a writer, those are the things that brought you to literature in the first place a fascination with artful storytelling so it s not surprising that the things you admire most make their way in sometimes insidious ways into your own writing.I ve heard this process referred to in a number of ways everything from plagiarism to artful thievery to homage But I think I like Tolstoy s metaphor best art is a contagion It infects you with its brilliance, and you feel inspired, however humbly, to recreate it and infect somebody else with it.Even though it is, without question, a zombie novel, Reapers traces the source of its literary infection back to the Southern Gothic tradition and the classic stories of the American frontier Here are some of the contagious books that have contributed to The Reapers Are the Angels.The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner The I write, the I find myself in debt to Faulkner The unquestionable master of the Southern Gothic, Faulkner is an icon for writers because he is unafraid to go big he does not hesitate to launch into epic considerations of good and evil, womanhood and manhood, sin and corruption, nobility and redemption You could accuse him of being melodramatic, but in an age when so many books seem to be written in a snickering, self deprecatory style, I personally would rather see someone err in the direction of grandiosity rather than modesty Some small homages to Faulkner in Reapers Temple s name, which comes from Sanctuary, and the figure of Maury, who is based upon Benjy in The Sound and the Fury Also, the Grierson episode evokes the short story A Rose for Emily, about a woman Emily Grierson who refuses to make the transition from the past to the present.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain Reapers is structured as a classic American road novel, the form of which has its roots in Huck Finn It is episodic, and we are drawn forward by an overdetermination of motives an escape from whatever imprisonment is behind the hero and a pursuit of whatever freedom lies before the hero Temple is, I think, a version of the pragmatic, earnest Huck Finn The pseudonym she uses, Sarah Mary Williams, is the same one Huck Finn himself uses when he dressed up as a girl.Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy For my money, this is one of the great American books of the second half of the twentieth century Its storyline makes it of a Western, but its style is pure Southern Gothic The primary conflict is between an unnamed kid and a man who seems echo the expansive, chatty evil of a Faustian devil I think my character Moses is a kinder, gentler version of that antagonist In addition, a number of the scenes of vast violence in Reapers are inspired by those from Blood Meridian, particularly the infamous Comanche attack scene.Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston You wouldn t normally associate Hurston s lovely, poetic, romantic novel with zombies but she does tap into a folkloric kind of mysticism that has always fascinated me My term for zombies, meatskins, actually comes from Hurston, but she uses it simply to describe puny human beings meatskins dancing around the toes of time Winter s Bone by Daniel Woodrell and Smonk by Tom Franklin These are two masters of the contemporary Southern Gothic genre My character of Temple is inspired by the tough, relentless heroines of these two novels Both of these authors create teenage girls who have managed to survive in brutal surroundings, who have actually grown accustomed to violence and corruption But what both these authors admire about their characters you can feel it in the affectionate way they write about them , is their ability to maintain a certain purity within their own individual codes These girls survive because, even though they live on the rough and tumble margins of society, they are driven by a personal idealism that tells them what to do.And it would be remiss of me not to mention two television shows that have contributed a great deal to Reapers Deadwood, which is the perfect representation of a violent, blustery, and wholly beautiful frontier lifestyle, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which represents a landmark in tough, intelligent, complicated and sympathetic young female protagonists.Alden Bell s Top Ten Zombie Movies10 I Walked with a ZombieJacques Tourneur s 1943 classic illustrates the voodoo roots of zombie mythology The stiff melodrama of this film fits perfectly with the hypnotic movements of the zombies themselves and the decaying gothic sensibility of the setting This is a different kind of zombie there are no half rotted walking corpses here only haunted figures wandering in authentically creepy trances.9 28 Days LaterThis seems to be the movie that changed the genre Suddenly zombies were driven by fury than hunger, and they ran after you with surprising athleticism rather than loping with a stiff, corpse like gait Personally, I m a fan of the traditional slow zombies, but I admire this movie for the way it uses the zombie backdrop to portray a very gritty story of human frailty.8 Night of the Living DeadWhat George Romero did with this movie was show that zombies make a marvelously accommodating metaphor for whatever political, social or philosophical point you want to make He shows us that modern zombie stories aren t, for the most part, about zombies which is beautifully illustrated by the opening scene where the zombie doesn t jump out at you but lingers, unfocussed, in the background for quite a while.7 ZombielandI love this movie partly because it is reminiscent of Dawn of the Dead in its playful fascination with post apocalyptic landscapes but also because it features a cast of characters all of whom have already learned to be survivors Whether through brutality or trickery or avoidance, these characters have learned to live in the midst of a zombie infestation and their masterful handling of a blighted world is deeply satisfying to watch.6 Evil Dead 2 Dead by DawnI have no excuse for this one I saw it as a kid and thought it was the height of wit How could the movie be so irreverent to something as deadly serious as flesh eating zombies It was my Noel Coward As a teenager, I had the movie poster fixed permanently above my bed A grinning skull gazing at you with a sly sideways glance.5 American ZombieA brilliant faux documentary about the marginalized population of zombies living on the fringes of Los Angeles This movie does than any other to humanize zombies even turning them into an oppressed yet articulate minority Understated and surprisingly touching.4 Re AnimatorI don t know if this exactly qualifies as a zombie movie, but I love it anyway It delights in its perverse grossness, and it hearkens back in a mostly sincere way, despite the number of viewers who like to see it as campy to old fashioned mad scientist tales.3 Cemetery ManThis underrated 1994 movie, featuring Rupert Everett as a cemetery keeper who has a problem with the dead returning to life, has some of the most wonderfully absurd incarnations of zombie mythology, including a troop of zombie boy scouts, a zombie motorcyclist, and a zombie bride who is no than a head Plus, it features the classic line, uttered by the vivacious Anna Fulchi, You know, you ve got a real nice ossuary Yes, the movie wants to be a hundred different movies at once Yes, the special effects are clumsy and the humor broad But, curiously enough, it s also a deeply cerebral study of life circumscribed by death.2 Dead Alive also called Braindead When this first came out, it was lauded as the most gory movie every made I don t know how such things are measured, but it would certainly take some effort to find a movie stomach churning than this one Priding itself on bizarre dark humor and innovative ways to be killed, the movie is great because of its unabashed Freudian subplot Leave it to Peter Jackson to combine a zombie slaughter fest with the psychological trauma of a severe Oedipal complex.1 Dawn of the DeadFor me, this is the archetype, this is where it all began I remember watching it in complete wonder at all the curious reversals the portrayal of the zombies as sad and rather pathetic background figures, the fixation on the technical logistics of survival how much time is spent on showing how the survivors fortify and clean up that shopping mall , the implication that humans are a far greater threat than zombies, the lack of a beginning or ending the feeling that the movie is all middle , the portrayal of the loneliness and boredom and downright normalization of life in a post apocalyptic world And this, ultimately, is what makes the film so unique where other movies in the genre do everything in their power to show how different and strange the zombie apocalypse is, Romero focuses on how familiar it Can be.http 2read.com review the reapers are the angels by alden bell


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