Review of Bob McClain’s Snow White and the Seven Dead Dwarves: A Zombie Fairy Tale
Bob McClain runs a Disney website and has created some Disney related guides for fans of the theme parks and Disney in general. But apparently, he also has a side of him that can’t resist the urge to imagine his fondness for Disney fairy tales clashing with another love of his: gut wrenching zombie horror. This piece, Snow White and the Seven Dead Dwarves, is essentially a primer for a book he has written that spreads the terror of the undead to many other fairy tale lands.
As to this particular novella/short story, it starts out much like the traditional, Disney version of the classic tale does, though the author makes it clear in his introduction that he has a great appreciation for the original medieval story, which was far more dark than what Disney put up on the big screen. He decides to take things one step (well, several steps) further, when the huntsmen comes across a wild bore that has been infected with a zombie virus and uses its organs to feed to the queen he is trying to fool into believing that he killed Snow White and took them from. Naturally, all hell breaks out from there after she dines on the tainted meat.
I know that any innocent, fun-loving Disney fan will probably be repulsed by this piece, while any zombie fan out there should be able to appreciate the grim humor and dark telling of this tale. The author is forced to change the names of the dwarves because the ones we know and love are copywrited (or whatever the term is) by Disney. He does a decent job with their new names, and allows us to imagine the dwarves in the cartoon being forced to deal with the terrible happenings in this revised version of the classic.
Snow White and the Seven Dead Dwarves can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-White-Seven-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0058B9NV8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311530192&sr=8-1