Better Off Undead

Eighteen unique tales concerning the "lives" of the undead

From vampires to mummy con artists, this vigorous assortment explores the various types the undead can take up tales that variety from the chilling to the hysterical. There are those that humans the Afterlife, others who wander the lands of the residing in ghostly shape, or even those that stroll approximately within the flesh.

For an individual who's ever puzzled if the grass is greener at the different facet of this mortal coil, this assortment will supply quite a lot of fascinating solutions from people who are undead...and loving it!

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After a while I ventured to ask him if he gave us his support. “ Of course,” he replied. “ Pm against tyranny. ” “ Where else? Listen carefully. ’ ” At first I liked the reply. I took the bravado of it as a pledge of faith and courage. Afterward, for some reason I don’t understand, I wasn’t so sure. “ But at least the reply is affirmative,” I said to myself. ” The government must have taken the uproarious per­ formances at the Politeama seriously, because one eve­ ning the police arrested the manager, the director, and the actors, and closed down the theater.

On the first night, the Politeama was nearly sold out. I remember clearly that when the play began I had a few minutes’ suspense, in which I said to myself: “ This could still be either a triumph or a flop. ” And in fact I didn’t have to wait long. I won’t say I thought the play was bad. Without denying that it’s rich in lofty epic moments, I felt it was less a tragedy than a dramatic poem, very literary no doubt, and quite boring. The hero’s situation certainly provoked anxiety, but the plot loses momentum when the author unexpectedly in­ serts a love story, which is as unbelievable as it is stupid.

When he was finally going to make a move, two yel­ lowish blue lights appeared in the upper half of the mouth of the tunnel. He thought they were fog head­ lights. Oval-shaped lights, like the eyes of an enormous cat. He suddenly noticed, not without concern, that the lights moved, advanced, very slowly. ” which was suddenly going to speed up and run him over. He remained ready and, at the right A RUSSIAN D O L L ♦ 23 moment, would jump to one side and pull twice on the rope. He had time, also, to see how a very long animal slid out of the tunnel, an enormous blue caterpillar that diligently, but without any hurry, devoured, one by one, Monsieur Cazalis, the zoologist, the botanist.

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