Mr. Elkins and the Zombies of Elbert County
By Thom Adorney
ISBN# 9781611875287

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

*Beware of Spoilers*


When John Bell tells his family that he saw zombies crossing their farm one October night, he asks them the keep it quiet so as to not cause a panic. But when his first daughter, Cecelia, draws a picture of the zombies in school, the cat’s out of the bag.

Now, some in the conservative little town want the little girl expelled. Some want to exploit the zombies for publicity. The media outlets catch wind of it and are in a feeding frenzy. All John wants is to keep the town from descending into chaos. One thing’s for sure – when the townsfolk descend on the Bell household to see the zombies for themselves, they’re going to get a lot more than they bargained for. (Goodreads)


What a delightful story! I know, that’s not a word one would think pops up when reviewing a horror, zombie story. However, the writing style and things that were important and how the author wrote about them was GREAT. Not only that but an interesting take on zombies and how people act when involved with something out of the ordinary.

There are so many wonderful things about this story. This is not your usual zombie story, yes it’s horror, but more about the horror of what if the zombie was your family member. How would you feel if everyone wanted to make money and add tourism to your town because of it?

I loved John and the rest of his family, what a solid, no nonsense, caring family unit. The irony of how the zombies affected the people and their jobs was not lost on me. What kept me from giving it a 5 star rating was the ending. For me, I needed a tad more information or a second story telling me more about why, and where did they go. That’s just me, even though I understand that there was more than one meaning to the whole story.

Some favorite quotes:

“In our house, we’ve never found much conflict between leading a reverent life and dressing the kids up as pirates and skeletons for a night of trick-or-treating.”

“Questions tumbled out like wagging tongues.”

“I paused to consider the sensationalistic tact she was taking. It was more the line of questions expected from the Fox reporter.”

I recommend this for young adults and adults that enjoy banter full of humor and subtle horror.