Denton County Outlaws(mens roller derby)
Mazoch discovers an unreturned movie envelope, smashed windows, and a pool of blood in his father’s house: the man has gone missing. So he creates a list of his father’s haunts and asks Vermaelen to help track him down.
However, hurricane season looms over Baton Rouge, threatening to wipe out any undead not already contained and eliminate all hope of ever finding Mazoch’s father.
Bennett Sims turns typical zombie fare upside down and presents readers with a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.
...the zombies in this text, unlike most of the undead I’ve encountered in popular culture, don’t just run around searching out brains to slurp up, they are in fact quite sentimental. They “wander to nostalgically charged sites from their former lives,” due to some instinct that is activated within them, an instinct akin to that of the homing pigeons who are “famous and fascinating for the particles of magnetite in their skulls: bits of mineral sensitive to the electromagnetic pulls and capable of directing [them], like the needle of a compass, homeward over vast and alien distances.” However, even this unique trait is, as Sims’ narrator points out, not entirely unfamiliar. It finds its echo in the words of, among others, Thomas Hardy (“My spirit will not haunt the mound/ Above my breast/ But travel, memory-possessed/ To where my tremulous being found/ Life largest, best.”) ~The Rumpus