Head Dead West: Omnibus, Vol.1-5
Oliver Atlas, author
For some reason, ever since the old world died at the teeth and nails of its infected citizens, zombies inevitably shambled their way to Oregon. Nobody seemed to know why. Even more mysterious, people built a city there, in the middle of the sea of dead — a city that turned into a veritable paradise: Bentlam. Pilgrims flock from across the globe to venture beyond the giant wall of the Zombie Preserve in hopes of reaching the world's greatest remaining city. Blake Prose, on the other hand, is an idealistic Texan who simply wants to reach his family in Portland, another city managing to thrive amidst the rotting hordes. But when he meets a little girl in trouble and a beautiful scientist who is determined to see the girl to safety, Blake's straightforward plans suddenly turn as wild and hair-raising as the darkest pits of zombie country itself. From romance on a train to being lynched on the trail; from being named successor to the legendary Western Ranger to competing in the Outbreak Festival; from the horrible secrets of Bentlam to the strange catacombs of a magical library and finally to a confrontation with the true rulers of the Zombie Preserve — Blake learns why a person content to go to paradise alone will never go to paradise. This omnibus includes volumes 1-5, which sees Blake through to a climactic confrontation with the rulers of zombie country.
Atlas’s Western zombie saga invigorates a familiar genre. Blake Prose, an idealistic, philosophizing Texan, must make it through an America ravaged by the living dead to reach his family in Portland, Ore. When he runs into a government scientist and the young girl she is bent on getting to safety, he takes a deep dive into zombie country. There is one safe haven in the midst of zombie-infested Oregon: Bentlam, a walled city that retains its pre-apocalypse beauty. But a dark secret looms over Bentlam, and Blake must forge risky alliances and battle with the unsavory denizens of the underworld to uncover it. Awash with unflinching detail and a heady mix of humor and suspense, Atlas’s work is searing. He seamlessly blends an energetic Wild West atmosphere with the looming horror of the living dead, and his characters are lively and well-rounded. Horror fans will enjoy this romp through zombie country. (BookLife)