I hardly ever read zombie stories, I can probably count the ones I’ve read on my fingers, but this week I stumbled across The Undread by Austin Sirkin. I was trying to get my little one to sleep and was googling horror short stories on my phone. When ‘A Free Steampunk Horror Short Story’ showed up in the search result I started to read – my little girl did not fall asleep during the time it took me to read it.
Richard Darby has his dead mother in a wheelbarrow. Luckily, for him, he doesn’t need to have her there for long. There is some wait but soon he’s let in to see Dr Nebo, a doctor who has discovered how to bring back people from the dead. Richard is a bit hesitant, the Bishop swears no good will come of going against God’s will, but he does want his mother back.
Diana, Richards wife, is less than thrilled to have the Mother back in the house. They have few awkward days and then things really are getting complicated.
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. I like gore and gruesome, I like steampunk, I’m not that great a fan of zombie apocalypses but this story made me forget that.