WARNING: Abandon hope (and modern tech) all who enter the Oregon Zombie Preserve. Zombies are about to become the least of your concerns.
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.
Part paranormal western, part steampunk adventure, part spiritual quest, Head Dead West will appeal to a wide range of readers. Think of Max Brooks’ World War Z mixed with Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz and then poured into Stephen King’s The Gunslinger.