Monday, 3 September 2012

Review - Dead Men Kill

Dead Men Kill
By: L. Ron Hubbard
Voice Cast: John Mariano, Jennifer Aspen, R.F. Daley, Lori Jablons, Jim Meskimen and Matt Scott
Publisher: Galaxy Press
ISBN: 978-1592123506
Pub Date: January 1, 2010
Approx: 2 hours 5 minutes

Stories from the Golden Age from Galaxy Press are a line of audiobooks and paperbacks, in which all titles are by the short stories written L. Ron Hubbard in the 1930s and 1940s. The stories appeared in Pulp Magazines. Galaxy Press was nice enough to send me several free audiobooks in exchange for an honest review. Yes, I'm aware that L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology. People tend to ignore his writings because of his religion. I'm a Christian and it doesn't bother what religion L. Ron Hubbard believed in as he was a talented author, writing in many genres.

All 150 short stories written by the author are being released in both audio and paperback from Stories from the Golden Age. For each story they use a variety of talented voice actors, such as John Mariano, Jennifer Aspen, R.F. Daley, Lori Jablons, Jim Meskimen and Matt Scott. 

Dead Man Kill originally appeared in the July 1934 issue of Thrilling Detective pulp magazine. The story opens up with a creepy narrative as an unknown voice says, "I have come to kill you, Gordon." Detective Terry Lane arrives too late as he discovers Gordon's body. He had been strangled, which is similar to a few other homicide cases. Lane has a suspect in mind, but the suspect is kind of dead! Or is he? Lane has the man's coffin dug up, only to find the coffin empty! But there is something waiting there for him - zombies.
Lane is an intelligent detective, but he has never seen a case as unusual this one. He is stumped about what is going on as he finds a mysterious letter from Loup-Garou and a Pharmacy bill from Haitian. More bodies pile up and Lane must battle more zombies as he tries to uncover who the real killer is.

Wow! Dead Man Kill is a brilliantly written zombie horror/mystery tale, reminding me of the 1932 movie White Zombie! The author never really goes into too much details of the dead men (aka zombies), leaving the listener/reader to use their imagination of what they actually looked like. Detective Terry Lane is your typical 30s/40s sleuth who is determined to unravel mystery. Great voice actors and sound effects enhance this intriguing mystery!

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