Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Books

'Unbecoming' by Scott Crowder

See also

Unbecoming by Scott Crowder

Rating:
Star3
Star
Star
Star
Star

For this short fiction review, I thought I would go back into the world of zombies and look for a quick scare. “Unbecoming” by Scott Crowder sounded like an interesting read so I thought I would give it a shot.

The zombie apocalypse has come and gone and the humans have won for the most part. There are still some zombies around who are now called Meat and it is illegal for humans to harbor the Meat, who are to be killed on sight. When lieutenant Boulder Johnson is called out to a house that was suspected to have a Meat in the basement, he knew that he may have a serious problem. The house belonged to his brother-in-law. What was even worse is that Boulder’s sister, who lived in the house with her husband before the apocalypse, had not been seen since the zombies first attacked. Boulder has an idea who the Meat is in the basement of the house. The only question is what he is going to do about it.

“Unbecoming” is an interesting short story. While it deals with some tried and true themes of zombie fiction, it presents an original take on the mythos as well. Even in the face of an inhuman force that could destroy humanity, the spark of humanity remains in all people and is complicated by the fact that the monsters are the remains of people and sometimes of people that were loved. While the humans may know what needs to be done to save civilization, it is not always an easy choice when confronted with a familiar face. Would you be able to kill your sister? Chances are you would not. Would you be able to kill the zombie that used to be your sister and still looks like her? That is a much harder question to answer.

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • Mariah Carey
    Strange celebrity riders: Mariah Carey requires kittens before every show
    Headlines
  • Orlando Bloom
    Drama alert: Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber got into a physical altercation
    Video
    Celebrity Buzz
  • Jennifer Lopez
    Watch J.Lo transform from Fly Girl to one of the world's hottest women
    Camera
    18 Photos
  • Child stars
    You won't believe what some of these former child stars look like all grown up
    Camera
    26 Photos
  • Celebrity tattoos
    We're not sure what some of these stars were thinking when they got inked
    Camera
    23 Photos
  • Game of Thrones
    'Game of Thrones' announces several new characters for the upcoming season
    Video
    TV Buzz