Zombies Vs. Nazis (2011) Book Review
Zombies vs. Nazis.
Author: Scott Kenemore
Reviewer: Horrorphilia Jeremy
This colorful, 250 page book with a cover of Hitler being dismembered by the voracious undead called to me as I tried to finish a very long and ambitious 800 page novel. It turns out it was the perfect antidote. The author Scott Kenemore is a smart and witty writer that makes this short novel a fun, entertaining read. The overall design of the book, with illustrations by Adam Wallenta, adds to that enjoyable experience. Go ahead and arch your high-brow, but I had a blast looking at zombie blood sprayed across the pages.
The story revolves around three Nazi operatives working on the island of Haiti to uncover the secrets of voodoo zombies. The story is told via intercepted letters written by these operatives to their commander in Germany. The letter-format adds a Blair Witch realism, and Kenemore has enough skill to make each character seem very real and Aryan. Kenemore also cleverly mixes fact and fiction with the voodoo practices in Haiti and the historical perspectives of nations in a world war. The scope of the story is smaller than the title and cover suggest. It’s only three Nazis fighting amongst themselves to grasp the science of witchdoctors and zombies. The implications of this battle could have epic proportions though.
The humorous escapades and personalities of the Nazis propel the novel. The Inspector Knecht writes to his director, “Likewise, the notion that inferior peoples and races are currently required to be killed by actual living Nazi soldiers is as offensive to me as it is to you.” You can imagine their thoughts about the island population. One inspector’s acclimatization to the culture is consistently comedic. Even the author in his preface gets to share his thoughts on the Nazis and their plan: “Dumbasses.”
So if you need a zombie-rific and humorous interlude in between Nobel prize-winners or long series, give Zombies vs. Nazis a quick read. The rest of Mr. Kenemore’s work sounds positively charming : The Code of the Zombie Pirate, Zen of Zombie, Z.E.O., The Art of Zombie Warfare. Sweet!
- Real World Nazi Zombie Game Ends Badly (escapistmagazine.com)