this satire on zombies in the workplace, the dark side of the auto
repair business is exposed, and a mechanic’s quest to overcome
unemployment leads his family down a disastrous path.
owner of Z-motors has a problem with his employees. They are
brainless zombies who eat their customers. He needs a mechanic
with a brain, so he places a Help
Wanted ad in a Denver newspaper. Unemployed Jim Lowry is
looking for a job as a Master Mechanic. The perfect position opens
up in a small-town auto repair shop on the Colorado plains. He
loads his family into their SUV and sets out for Z-motors. He’s
about to apply for the job from hell.
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story! I really enjoyed reading Z-motors, a well-crafted zombie
tale sure to please any fan of the undead. Fast-paced, gross, and
Mario Acevedo – Best Selling Author of the Felix Gomez Vampire
has created a fun little story with a lot of big ideas. In this
world, zombies exist in a hierarchy of flesh-eating versus
brain-eating zombies. A very cool idea that I haven’t seen done
much elsewhere. Between that, and the fact that this is the only
story I know of that centers around the undead as mechanics first
and zombies second, I don’t see how this story can get any more
original! “Z-Motors” is fun, doesn’t drag itself out too
long, makes you smile, and no long-term commitment is needed. You
could definitely do far worse with your two bucks."
Schaab, author and creator of TheGoreScore.com
I bought and read Z Motors- it was so much delicious fun. I especially liked the part about the zombies policy for dissatisfied customers and the part about knocking a zombie’s teeth that was like knocking out a box of
Chiclets—I laughed out loud!
Thanks so much for suggesting it to me. I like your TWB Press site to buy short stories. Doubtless I’ll be back for more.
"TOP PICK AWARD"
Lowry is a Master Mechanic without a job. Struggling to find work
so he can provide for his wife and daughter, he thinks he’s
found the job of his dreams when he sees a “Help
Wanted” ad for a Master Mechanic. They drive out to the hot,
humid city of Rolling Oaks so Jim can check the job out, and after
talking with Dean Zyla, owner of Z-Motors, he thinks the job is a
dream come true. Little does he know it is actually a nightmare!
you’re into zombie stories, check out Z-Motors by Terry Wright.
It’s got everything a good zombie story could want: Zombies,
blood, guts. And, oh, yeah, brains! Brains ready for the eating!
is the first Terry Wright story I've read and it had me hooked
from the opening sentence. After the first paragraph I was smitten
and by the end I was drooling like one of Dean Zyla's maniac
mechanics. The prose is pacy, the dialogue delectable and
characters, especially poor Jim Lowry, a down on his luck master
mechanic just looking for an honest day's work, are believeable to
the point that you really don't want anything bad to happen to
them. However, as Wright builds the tension, you just know there's
something running not quite right down at Z Motors and that ain't
good news for Jim and his family...
is this story truly the grotesque horror it paints itself to be?
Yes, it has all the elements of a classic zombie yarn (brain
munching a-plenty, gross disfigurements, blood and gore a go-go).
Yes, it has an ominous sense of dread (that horrible tingly
feeling down my spine as I read it, not really wanting to turm the
page but having too). Yes, it brings in aspects of the modern
zombie (the undead still wanting to go about the tasks they did in
their pre-undead lives). But, and this is the big question... is
this really about zombies or is it Wright's attack on the modern
workforce? Have I just read a zombie novel or a satirical shot at
how the service industry has gone down the pan? Either way, this
is one heck of a story that will make your flesh creep and your
hackles rise! An intellegent piece that works on so many levels.
you've ever seen the Creepshow movies then you'll love this as it
would sit very nicely into that category of macabre message.
Simply put, if you like your horror uncompromising, you'll do no
wrong by choosing Wright!