Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Hungry Business: A Gothic Story About the Horrors of Dating by Maria DeBlassie - Book Tour & Review

Hungry Business: A Gothic Story about the Horrors of Dating

by Maria DeBlassie

Black Tide Book Tours

November 14-17

Short Story; 15 pages.

Looking for love can be deadly...

A short story on the horrors of dating during a zombie apocalypse by bruja and award-winning writer and educator, Maria DeBlassie.

"Simple yet detailed, unique, and innovative. A brilliantly written little gem that is equal part creepy with the plague of walking dead and equal parts cozy with the hot chocolate and watching the neighbor's cat."

"Drawing parallels between the pitfalls of dating and dating in the zombie apocalypse, this short story packs a big world into a few pages."

"Just the right size to occupy your time while waiting. I hope you find the humor I found."

You know how it goes.
You go out, hoping to meet someone.
You wade through your fair share of brainless automatons, lifeless bodies, and ravenous undead, good at passing as human.

The more you go out, the less hope you feel and the colder your body gets.

But you keep at it.

All you need is one beating heart to match your own before yours stops pumping altogether.

How hard can it be to find one living, breathing human in a city full of bodies?


It's hungry business.

See the book on Amazon here.

My Review
Hungry Business is a quick read, at only 15 pages or so, and is a fun little story about the horrors of dating. It's a zombie apocalypse, but not in a traditional sense. These zombies aren't fast-moving monsters, nor are they slow, shambling brain eaters. They're still human-esque, but they would prefer to dine on their dates rather than a fancy meal. "You" are on the hunt for one actual living, breathing human being. How hard can it be to find someone who hasn't succumbed to the plague... Someone who has warmth and a beating heart and won't snack on your face when you lean in for a kiss? Apparently, it's harder than it seems. 
Will you get your happily ever after, or will you become one of the walking dead?
This was a delightfully entertaining short story. As someone who is super shy and awkward and was never keen on dating (thankfully, I'm married), I can't even imagine having to try and navigate the world of relationships during a zombie apocalypse.  I found this to be enjoyable and relatable (even though zombies don't exist, of course), and the ending was pretty darn great. Plus, the cat! Who doesn't love cats? I know I do (as I have 3 of my own). 
If you're looking for a fun, quick short horror story, check out Hungry Business.
4 stars!

About the author

Maria DeBlassie, Ph.D. is a native New Mexican mestiza blogger, award-winning writer, and award-winning educator living in the Land of Enchantment. Her first book, Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings (Moon Books 2018), and her ongoing blog, Enchantment Learning & Living are about everyday magic, ordinary gothic, and the life of a kitchen witch. When she is not practicing her own brand of brujeria, she's reading, teaching, and writing about bodice rippers and things that go bump in the night.  She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there.

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