“This probably the only story in the book (Nightmares and Dreamscapes) which was written to order. John Skipp and Craig Spector came up with the idea of an anthology of stories exploring what things would be like if George Romero’s zombies from his Deadtrilogy (Night of, Dawn of, Day of) took over the world. The concept fired off in my imagination like a Roman candle, and this story, set off the coast of Maine, was the result.”-SK
This short first appeared in 1989’s zombie anthology, The Book of the Dead. Later in 1993, it was collected in King’s short story collection, Nightmares and Dreamscapes.
Home Delivery is a zombie short that takes place on a small island off the coast of Maine. It’s not a long story, but it’s one of those shorts that kind of puts you right in the middle of what’s going on within the community’s problem. And that problem is a world-wide one: zombies.
This isn’t King’s first foray into the world of the reanimation. If you remember, Pet Sematary was one of King’s first dives into the zombie pool. Later came our month’s feature,Home Delivery and later in the 2000’s came his novel, Cell.
Home Delivery is a really cool situational story meaning that you get to see how the small island town is dealing with a world-wide plague that has spawned perhaps millions of zombies across the globe targeting the living.
This story isn’t more of his popular stories or best known. But this story is creepy in parts and keeps you interested in what’s going on until the last page. Zombies and Stephen King equal a great combination.
Home Delivery delivers the goods- 3/5 (Very Good)