Hold onto your BRAAAAINS, zombiephiles. Steve Hockensmith, the author who brought us “Dawn of the Dreadfuls” and “Dreadfully Ever After” (the best of the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” trilogy) has just released a new zombie novel.
“Cadaver in Chief” is the story of a post-zombiepocalyptic presidential campaign. And yes, it’s meant to be mildly humorous.
Hockensmith calls it “a horror-mystery-satire that’s jam-packed with political shenanigans and flesh-munching maniacs and other zeitgeisty whatnot,” which places it squarely in the genre of Indefinably Awesome Ideas. From the book’s description:
The dead have risen from their graves, and society hangs by a thread. But America’s political parties aren’t going to let a little thing like the zombie apocalypse get in the way of a presidential election. There are nasty whispers about the incumbent, though, and they have nothing to do with where he was born.
The rumor: He’s dead.
Could a zombie be running for President? It’s up to ace Washington Tribune reporter Jan Woods to find out. Cadaver in Chief follows Woods on her search for the truth… a search that puts her up against the most dangerous ghouls in Washington. Oh, and zombies, too.
Seeing as how we’re in the middle of a heated presidential campaign, “Cadaver in Chief” couldn’t be more timely. While we’re reasonably sure neither the POTUS nor Mr. Romney are members of the undead community (we’re still waiting on any official death certificates to be released), the story of “Cadaver in Chief” still strikes eerily close to home.
Journalistic sleuthing! Political back-stabbing! The collapse of American exceptionalism! Zombies! What else could we possibly have to exclaim? Whether you think politicians are brainless or just merely soulless, “Cadaver in Chief” sounds like a quaint mix of zany zombie storytelling and political satire.