"The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

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"The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:41 pm

Anyone wishing to add some thoughts about this particular story and/or author, feel free to do so here. Praise and criticism is encouraged equally, but please keep the latter on the constructive side.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Mercedes on Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:34 pm

Okay, the hugging? The falling into rotting and loving arms? I was so into that. It added a lot of depth and heart. I enjoyed this a lot, and I'm not into zombie tales.

And you were right! GI Joes! Rock on!! Very Happy

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Post by Shiney on Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:40 pm

I liked this okay when we read it, and felt it was good enough to accept....But I like it more with each read. It really is a unique take on the niche of zombies...It's a good dysfunctional family in turmoil sort of tale.

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Kenwood on Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:00 pm

What I found odd was Brian's note on the story; you know, it being a tale about a kid just wanting a few zombies in his life. What sold the story for me, really, was that it was about a kid who just wanted a little love from his father, a hug. But it works on both levels, what Brian saw and I saw.

I was a bit against this one at first, over-analyzing and stuff. After the end, I was like, "But...what now?" Then John yelled at me ("You seem to have issues, brother..."). I cried a bit, and saw the error of my ways. Haha.

I really dig this one now.

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by kurtnewton on Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:35 pm

Now, this is what I'm talking about! Really liked this one. Some great lines; creative scenes (I like the Dad's chainsaw approach, and Aaron's help from his "pet" dead animals). Also liked the whole G.I. Joe tie-in at the end. And, Ken, you're right -- I took it as a boy wanting a little love from his Dad. Makes me want to hunt down Rappatta's story "The Plunge" in Zencore!.

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Mercedes on Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:35 pm

I just sent an email to his site, saying, "Come, join ussssssss."

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Post by Shiney on Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:49 pm

When I read this story...it plays out in my head in early 80's HEAVY METAL style cartoon animation...and it rocks!!!!

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by scottmitchell74 on Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:33 pm

Now this one is fantastic!

Sick mo-fo, this Brian is. Very Happy

Love the G.I. Joe usage.

This one reminded me somewhat of a King story. The flow, the feel, the atmosphere....all of it had a King feel to me.

Also a sad story. You know, as a father I now look at things SO differently. My heart breaks for kids who have no real love from their parents. Every kid deserves love and attention, and it's so, so simple as far as kids are concerned. It really isn't hard at all to be a good parent.

Kudos for using a sicko zombie story to make me want to be a better daddy all the time to my kiddos!!

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Kenwood on Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:01 pm

scottmitchell74 wrote:Kudos for using a sicko zombie story to make me want to be a better daddy all the time to my kiddos!!
Can't imagine someone could give a better compliment than this.

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:45 am

Personally, I'm rather pleased to be called a sick mo-fo, as well. :-)

Thanks, everyone, for the nice words about "The Dead March."

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by kurtnewton on Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:43 am

Brian, man, put down the chainsaw long enough to hang! What else have you got coming out?

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Guest on Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:35 pm

kurtnewton wrote:Brian, man, put down the chainsaw long enough to hang! What else have you got coming out?

It's been a summer of zombies for me. Another story involving zombies (this one set in a steampunky Victorian world) called "The Reanimation Emporium" just came out in Steampunk Tales #1 (www.steampunktales.com), a platform for original fiction designed for the iphone, but available in plenty of other formats as well.

You?

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by kurtnewton on Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:36 pm

I just wanted everyone to know that Brian's tale in Steampunk Tales is worth the download! Nice job, Brian! I hope you intend to write more tales involving Edmund Willoughby and his Reanimation Emporium. I could definitely see this world developed into a novel-length fiction.

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:18 pm

Bought and downloaded. headbang

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Re: "The Dead March," by Brian Rappatta

Post by Guest on Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:31 pm

Great offbeat zombie tale! Being a father myself, my emotional reaction to it was nearly identical to scottmitchell74's.

The final haunting lines of the story ("Dad," he said. "These are my men.") are ripe with pathos: despite being a monstrosity, Aaron is just a mistreated innocent kid who wants the love and acceptance of his father--and to play soldiers.

Very sad, very horrific, very good.

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