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The Midwest Book Review review of Tales From Little Lump – Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment

mbrTales from Little Lump – Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys got a great review from Midwest Book Review by D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MBR

Tales from Little Lump: Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys
Jeff Folschinsky
Amazon Digital Services
ASIN: B00OO2I6K6 $0.99

It must be said that Jeff Folschinsky’s opening paragraphs for his writings are nothing but compelling: readers who like more than a light dose of humor injected into their sci-fi/horror won’t just feel compelled to continue – they’ll be grabbed by the collar and pulled in, as in the second ‘Tales from Little Lump’ collection, Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys: “I have to admit, Japanese snow monkeys are the most adorable things that I ever did lay my eyes on. It’s too bad that I had to start blowing them apart with my late husband’s, God rest his soul, 12-gauge Remington pump action shotgun; but what else are you supposed to do once they’ve turned undead?”

It’s a dilemma, indeed – and one which comes to life in a story of undead, cute but dangerous snow monkeys that plague the small town of Little Lump and create havoc for its residents.

Readers of the original Tales will know that aliens who came in peace were gunned down by an over-enthusiastic small Texas town’s determination to prevent invasion at all costs. But no prior familiarity is required for this continuation of the horror theme as the Texas shoot-em-up approach is applied to a greater horror in the form of undead cuties.

Gertie and Cousin Tommy are back, ammunition is running low, and tempers are high. Gertie tells the tale and minces no words in the process – which in itself is simply hilarious: “Cousin Tommy, in this day and age, what self-respecting Texan walks outside their front door without carrying a weapon?” “Never had any use for one until now,” he replied, while decapitating a monkey with his garden hoe. Isn’t that the way of things? People always think, oh, guns, yuck. But all of a sudden undead Japanese snow monkeys show up, and then everyone is whistling an entirely different tune.”

From a hot and heavy domino game where outsiders threatened by zombie monkeys are denied entrance to safety (“No, we’re not letting him in. We’re already playing with six people.”) to the question of why Japanese snow monkeys have appeared in Texas in the first place, Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys is simply uproarious from beginning to end.

And while, yes, this book is technically a stand-alone and requires little prior familiarity with its predecessor, newcomers will want to turn to the original Tales; because it’s there that protagonists and town makeup are given more background and history (plus, it’s equally side-splitting, to boot.)

If you’re looking for serious zombie apocalypse tales – look elsewhere. Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys requires that its readers have a funny bone in place – and then it tickles and tweaks it until the result is uproarious laughter: something very few horror books can claim to offer.

So go ahead – open the door, aim your weapon, and get ready to party with Night of the Undead Snow Monkeys. It promises a night you won’t forget, and is very highly recommended as a standout read.

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