Synopses & Reviews
Just in time for the holidays—a hilarious Christmas novella and sequel to the author’s highly acclaimed Breathers, “a zombie comedy with brains” (Kirkus Reviews).
Andy Warner doesn’t realize he’s really a zombie. Following the events in the acclaimed novel Breathers, he now wakes up on a hillside behind a research facility for the study of human decay, with no recollection of anything about his life. He does, however, have flashbacks of tests being performed on him….snippets of memories of other people...friends he had known, most of whom are now dead. As he makes his escape, Andy stumbles across a drunken, passed out Rent-A-Santa and steals his costume. Shortly thereafter, he encounters nine-year-old Annie playing outside, who excitedly invites “Santa” to come stay at her house, where she hides him in her playroom with all of her dolls.
As Andy now comes to grips with what he’s become, even as the flashbacks to his previous life continue, he struggles with his craving for human flesh. He starts to panhandle as a sidewalk Santa, and feasts on the local population whenever he can. He also spends a lot of time with Annie, who is mostly ignored by her career-focused parents, triggering another memory of the daughter Andy used to have. As Christmas approaches, Andy’s torn between his uncontrollable hunger and his desire to give Annie the parental love she’s missing. But when Andy encounters other zombies living in hiding who instantly recognize him as the celebrity he recently was, things get even more complicated….
“One of America’s best satiric novelists” (Kirkus Reviews), S. G. Browne seamlessly gift wraps this horrific and hilarious sequel to his “extremely strong” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) zombie novel Breathers.
He sees you when you’re sleeping . . . he knows when you’re undead.
How does the leader of a failed zombie civil rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while disguised as Santa Claus?
If you’ve never believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn’t understand.
Andy Warner has just escaped from a zombie research facility in Portland, Oregon, where he’s been subjected to experimental testing for the past year. With Christmas just days away, Andy figures that donning a jolly old St. Nick costume to throw off his would-be captors is just the ticket. But he never expects to encounter a sweet, lonesome nine-year-old girl who not only reminds Andy of the family he’s lost but who thinks he’s the real Santa. He also doesn’t count on being recognized as last year’s national quasi-celebrity by a clandestine group of decaying supporters who look to him for leadership. For the living and the undead, this unforgettable holiday tale will truly put on display just who is gnawing and who is nice. . . .
About the Author
S.G. Browne is the author of Breathers, Fated, and the short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel. He graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and worked for several years in Hollywood before moving to Santa Cruz to write. He currently lives in San Francisco. Visit him at SGBrowne.com.