Zombie Fly: It Ain't Over Till The Buzz is Gone

Young Adult - Horror
130 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2019
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Author Biography

I have worked in the entertainment industry for many years producing low budget films, documentaries and overseeing two post production facilities. I recently started writing; Zombie Fly is my first YA novel. I am currently working on the sequel, Zombie Mantis, about a giant Praying Mantis that terrorizes a small town in Texas. I am also putting the finishing touches on my first crime fiction titled Iguana Hill, where money, murder and a rookie FBI agent all cross paths in the tropics of Costa Rica.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Zombie Fly is a short sharp work of horror penned for young adult audiences and was written by author Ray Cecire. Blending an unusual combination of horror and romantic comedy genres, this delightfully dark book follows the exploits of Katherine Siles, a nineteen-year-old chemistry student with a bright and promising future ahead. Katherine is no stranger to drama, so when her ex-boyfriend Charles Cruz shows up, it’s clear there will be trouble as she turns him down again. Charles sabotages a potent experiment to teach her a lesson but, in turn, he ends up creating a monster that just keeps growing and growing. All may be lost unless a heroic nerd can step in and save the day.

Author Ray Cecire has a delightful sense of wry humor, pathos and a flair for adding moments of light to his dark tale. Set in the realm of a B-movie style horror monster, but with far better characters and storyline, this fun romp is highly suited to its YA audience for its sharp plotting, quick scene changes and clever use of suspense and surprise. The rom-com plot at the center emerges a little later and is very welcome and adorable to witness, particularly in the dialogue and narrative work that gets us closer to the characters. As far as flesh-eating monsters go, the titular fly sure is deadly and dead fun. Overall, Zombie Fly comes highly recommended for YA readers seeking a thrilling horror romp with plenty of laughs.

Stefan Vucak

Katherine, a 19-year-old high school senior, must complete an assignment that involves extending a common fly’s four-week lifespan using chemistry. The longer they live, the better the mark. Charles, her former boyfriend, is a pain and she wishes he would simply disappear. Not into bugs of any kind, she enlists Richard’s help, a nerdy student, for her assignment. To get even with Katherine for rejecting him, Charles sneaks into the chemistry lab and contaminates her experiment flies with a virus. The next morning, she finds all the flies in her glass tank dead. She suspects Charles had something to do with it, but cannot prove it. She accidentally nicks a finger on the edge of the tank and a drop of blood lands on the largest dead fly – and it begins to move...

Readers who don’t mind putting their thinking caps on the rack will find Zombie Fly an amusing, thoroughly entertaining read. Ray Cecire has made Katherine a totally believable and irreverent character that makes the story move and generates approving smiles as the story unfolds. Zombie Fly does not delve too much into characterization or profound intellectualization, relying on excellent dialogue to convey feelings and emotions. Even though Katherine does not indulge in introspection or soul gazing, her behavior, mannerisms, and dialogue tell readers everything about her. It was easy relating to her as a person. Ray Cecire does not forget his other characters, making them perfect counterparts for Katherine’s bubbling personality. It was a pleasure reading this book.