Review, Road Trip of the Living Dead, Mark Henry

Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her ‘Mommie Dearest’ gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch – or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his ‘luxury’ resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of ‘moderately accurate’ psychics, they hit the highway – their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning.

In this second installment of Mark Henry’s hilarious take on the modern zombie, Amanda Feral, finds herself in a jam. Her mother – whom she loathes (her valid reasons why pepper this book) – is dying. Amanda does not want to go to her bedside, however, her vamp pal Gil’s new business is about to get flushed down the drain – along with Gil – when his star client, well, doesn’t quite get the reception he expected. Gil needs to get out of town quick and Amanda has just the jaunt that could keep him safe.

Amanda, Gil and fellow zombie fashionista Wendy pile into a Winnebago, along with a unique cast of characters, to hide from Gil’s client, visit Amanda’s mother and solve a mystery or two along the way. Oh, and stop for some road side snacking.

Mark Henry’s second foray into Amanda’s twisted existence reveals a lot of her early life, explaining much about background and her behaviours (no, not the eating people part – that’s just zombie biology and Henry describes it quite vividly). As before the laughs are tinge with gore and can be a little vicious, though they are never cruel. If you have even a smidgen of a twisted sense of humor you will chuckle your way through this wickedly bawdy tale. It is crude, lewd, raunchy, and side-splittingly hysterical. (If you are a zombie make sure you have some duct tape around just in case you really do split your side).

P.S. Do not miss out on some of the best giggles: read the footnotes!

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