Short story: “Some Zombie Contingency Plans”

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“Some Zombie Contingency Plans,” by Kelly Link

First appeared in Link’s collection Magic for Beginners (July 2005, Small Beer Press and Random House); appeared in John Joseph Adams’ anthology The Living Dead (available from Night Shade Books) and online here; featured in PodCastle episode 120, September 1st, 2010

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I really felt for the character, but I wasn’t sure what to make of the ending. I think we have to take it that Soap is too damaged, too unmoored from reality, to ever be trustworthy or sustain a normal human connection again. The last line implies that he took the painting with him (or it followed him), so we know his moments of intimacy with the drunken Carly haven’t saved him or re-anchored him, real though they may have been.