Title: LZR – 1143: Perspectives
Author: Bryan James
Genre: Zombie Short Stories
Publication date: 17 April 2011
Source: My own copy
In a world overrun by the living dead, every victim has a story. These are some of those stories. This collection of six short stories from a world ravaged by the LZR-1143 virus tell the tale of six different people, all of whom fell victim, in different ways, to the deadly plague.
From the pilot of a commercial aircraft, overwhelmed in midair, to the lonely soldier stranded high above a world of the undead, the six characters each face their own fears and mortality in different ways.
This 20,000 word short-story collection features a unique selection of characters from the original zombie novel by Bryan James, LZR-1143: Infection, and from the upcoming, soon to be released sequel, LZR-1143: Evolution. Each character appeared, or will appear, only fleetingly in the longer novels, but each has their own unique thread in the LZR-1143 storyline, all of which are exposed in these short excerpts from their final hours alive.
The collection includes The Pilot, The Boy, The Inmate, The Fry Cook, The Subway Passenger, and The Sniper. In The Pilot, a commercial aviator sees his last flight end in a way he never could have imagined. In The Boy, a family trip is cut short, and a lonely homecoming is not at all as he anticipated. We see the surprising genesis and true identity of a traveling companion in The Inmate, while The Fry Cook reveals the final moments of a teenage fast food worker. In The Subway Passenger, we learn that in the case of zombie apocalypse, you'd probably rather be aboveground. And in The Sniper, the surprising truth that there are some fates that cannot be fought, even with a fifty caliber rifle.
I loved this little booklet and read it in a few evenings. The stories reminded me of the old horror short stories that Stephen King or Dean Koontz used to write. I always loved that they seemed to end just before the final awful event, allowing your mind to fill in the blanks.
I felt that way again when I read the zombies stories of LZR – 1143: Perspectives. I just wish there were more than the six stories!