Title: My Zombie Boyfriend
Author Name: T. Strange
Publication Date: April 15, 2015
Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.
With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.
I’m a sucker for quirky characters, and Edward, the narrator, is definitely an oddball. Each of the people we meet are equal parts weird and loveable. I alternated between creeped out, frustrated, and madly in love with all of them by the end of the story.
Since I’m a fan of non-traditional love stories, this definitely hit a sweet spot for me. I don’t think it’s possible to have a “traditional” romance between a human and a zombie anyway. Readers should be aware that if they are looking for the kind of sexy sensuality or emotional drama found in most romances, they won’t find it here. Even so, there’s plenty to keep everyone swinging from laughter to creepy shivers to just plain sighing, “Oh, Edward” right along with Kit–sometimes all on the same page.
All in all, I loved it, start to finish. And props to the author for creating the sort of bisexual character I like to see (even though Kit never actually says the word, nor does anyone outright identify him that way).
T. Strange is the author of several works, all published with Torquere Press. She and her wife live somewhere on the Canadian Prairies. When not writing, T. likes to spend her days gardening, watching movies and riding her horse. One of T.’s favourite possessions is a rainbow squid hat named Dr. Squiddington.