What if you were locked in an empty well, and once a day, your tormentors threw a zombie in after you?
That is what happens to the biblical prophet Jeremiah in this riveting tale of zombie horror and dark spirituality. A vast army lies encamped about Jeremiah’s city, and a rebellious king has closed the city gates, locking in the living and the dead together. Only one man can see that the dead will overwhelm the city. Only one man can hear the quiet weeping of his God behind her veil in the temple. Only one man will stand against the evils practiced in a dying city.
But the things he sees and the things he must do will call into question every promise he has made, every duty he has sworn—to his wife, his God, and his city.
Death Has Come Up into Our Windows reimagines an Old Testament story as a prophet's last stand against hunger...and the hungry dead.
Zombies are a powerfully resilient metaphor, able to absorb both horrifying bodily damage and whatever widespread cultural fears abide in the times of their creator or their setting, especially with regard to their origin stories. George Romero's "Living Dead" arose at the peak of the Cold War, animated by the same rampant radioactivity that struck deep fears in the American collective consciousness. In the film adaptation of I Am Legend (2007), "the infected" suffered a would-be cancer cure gone awfully awry. The list goes on and on. In Stant Litore's novella, the biblical prophet Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) warns the people of Jerusalem of the dangers of worshiping false gods while the city suffers the twin trials of zombie infestation from within and Babylonian siege from without. It's a wildly original tale: beautiful, terrifying, and deeply reverent. Racked by his divine calling, Litore's Jeremiah embodies the ambivalent prophet's existential anguish with memorable resonance. As such, Death Has Come Up into Our Windows is not only a great zombie yarn, it's also the most imaginative take on Jeremiah's story since Edward Snow's 1987 translation of the Rainer Maria Rilke poem that bears the prophet's name. Highly recommended. —Jason Kirk