The legend of Shakespeare will never be the same. In a clever twist, Handeland portrays the Bard as a necromancer who supplied zombie armies throughout the years. It’s a fun read set against the streets of Elizabethan London.
William Shakespeare stays after his final curtain at the Rose Theatre to do some writing when a bleeding Edmond lumbers in and reports that a dead man tried to crack his head open and eat his brains. Will knows very well it was a zombie, but he doesn’t let on. In times past he’s even raised them. He’s been around for quite awhile, being undead himself. Will plans to kill the zombie with a deadly weapon — his own hands. But when Will goes out to do the deed he discovers that someone got there before him. Impressed with the swordsmanship, he turns his back to inspect the fallen zombie and promptly gets his throat cut. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Jun., 320 pp., $13.99)