“Zombie Hunt” by Danielle Renn from Queer Fish: An Eclectic Anthology of Gay Fiction (Volume One), Pink Narcissus Press (2011). Edited by Margarita Bezdomnya and Rose Mambert.

This is the second zombie story in the span of four reviews. I know I wrote in the previous one that I’m not much of a fan of such stories because there’s nothing appealing about zombies. Yeah, well, this story solved that problem. It does for zombies what Blade did for vampires. James “Lazarus” Hunt is a hybrid, not fully a zombie but definitely no longer human, either. He works as a zombie slayer, protecting a refuge of humans. Every once in awhile he returns to the town for some of the comforts of civilization: nourishment, in the form of human blood; a bed; a bath. Yes, you read that right. A bath.

This time when he returns to the city one of the blood donors tasked with supplying him with his meal catches his eye, because he’s trying desperately to do so. Evan wants to get closer to the zombie slayer, and he’s not going to take no for an answer.

There’s enough back story here for a much longer story, and it was all presented effortlessly. I don’t know about further adventures, since this feels pretty complete, but I’d definitely keep an eye out for more work from this author.