WTF Weekend: Servant of the Undead by Isabelle Drake (@isabelledrake)

Having sex with an ice-covered, smudgy-eyed woman in tattered fishnets and a barely-there mini-skirt is Hayden Thomas’ first mistake. His second: thinking he’s in control of what happens next.

The city of Boston is held hostage by a snow storm and rumors are spreading about zombies roaming the streets, looking for human flesh. Hayden Thomas, tabloid newspaper writer, is out to get something fresh about zombies for his editor. At the Boston Public Library, Hayden uncovers some old research that suggests that some zombie tribes survive by having constant sex instead of eating human flesh. 

Mattie, a zombie out looking for information on a rival tribe, finds Hayden and uses him for sex. After using him, she discovers his research. She wants to find out how to reverse herself and become one of the living again, so she decides to keep Hayden as her sexual servant so she can use him for information as well as sex.

   

You've seen slow zombies, and fast zombies. You've seen Haitian Voodoo zombies, Deadite zombies, and Vampire zombies. Hell, you've even seen radioactive mutant ghoul zombies. I'm willing to bet, however, you've never seen erotic sex zombies - and, if you have, never quite like this.

Servant of the Undead is hard to pin down to any one genre. It works as horror, erotica, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and even pop culture homage. It's the story of Hayden Thomas, a tabloid reporter who is looking for something fresh, and who (ironically) stumbles across something rotten.

His discovery of a book about zombies who look normal, and who engage in kinky sexual rites, promises to wow his editor, but it also catches the attention of somebody else - a sexy, arrogant, young woman in fishnets, fingerless gloves, and a tiny skirt who seems completely unaffected by the cold and the snow as she makes her way in through a library window.

Isabelle Drake doesn't spoon-feed the reader, and I like that. We're in the dark for much of the story, not understanding what Mattie really wants of Hayden, or what the rest of her tribe wants with Rachelle, Hayden's mortal girlfriend. Interwoven into the scenes of cold, sometimes cruel, erotica are themes of power, control, and consent that make this so compelling. While it's hard to form an emotional attachment to any of the characters, it's all too easy to be fascinated by their struggles, and excited by their angry sex.

Servant of the Undead wasn't quite what I expected, and it's better for it.



Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Riverdale Avenue Books

The WTF Weekend gang is group of readers and reviewers who enjoy Weird, Taboo, and Forbidden fiction that is most definitely NSFW. Join us every Saturday and Sunday for more twisted tales . . . and if you have a review to contribute, please contact us!

Comments