Scary Short Story Sunday: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Continuing with the Zombies vs. Unicorns Anthology, and my participation in the Short Story Peril section of the (R)eaders (I)mbibing (P)eril challenge, this Sunday I read Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson.

The introduction by the editors, Holly Black and Justine Larbaleister goes over the different types of zombies. We learn that the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s story is not a voodoo zombie, nor a Romero zombie, nor a 28 Days Later super-zombie. Instead, Johnson spins her own take on zombies.

Love Will Tear Us Apart is absolutely a reference to Joy Divison (and also this title is the reason I can’t get the song by Fall Out Boy out of my head). Anyways, this short story is told in ten numbered parts over the space of twenty six pages.  We open with the zombie, Philip Grayson, talking about humans as though they are macaroni and cheese. Philip has a crush on Jack, mainly because Jack is hot and has great taste in music.

Inner turmoil ensues, on both Philip and Jack’s end. We learn why exactly Philip is the way that he is. More music references are made.

Overall, this was a fairly cool story, minus the whole Fall Out Boy being in my head. I enjoyed Johnson’s writing style. It felt pretty hip to me. I know, I know, I sound elderly using the word hip. But she throws in a lot of music references, and it’s kind of like a list. And I just felt it was well done.

Disclosure: Book received for review.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I am slowly plowing through this too. I love savoring each story. The raping Unicorn story freaked me out.

  2. Hi April, sorry to post this as a a comment!
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  3. This was one of my favorites because of the gay romance. I mean, a zombie romance is original enough, but a gay zombie one? Even more so. I loved it!

  4. Amanda Arnett says

    I really want to read this story! It sounds so cool! I love zombie stories and gay romance, so both combined into one is like a gay picnic with dead zombies on the ground nearby! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m also inspired to write my own gay zombie story! Can’t wait to start!

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