The World is Dead was published September 15, 2009. It was edited by Kim Paffenroth. Cover art by Christian Dovel.


Back cover synopsis:

"The end of the world has come and gone. The dead have risen, and they've won. No more rallying of the troops. No miracle cure or weapon. Just lots of dead people walking around. If the living dead won, what would the world be like? This collection of eighteen tales-including entries from David Wellington, Jack Ketchum, and Gary A. Braunbeck-take up the call to answer that question. People go to work. Have sex. Get drunk. Fall in love. Take revenge. Raise families. Watch TV. Laugh. Mourn. Murder. Pray. The world is dead, but life goes on."


The contents are:

  • "Dead Men Can't Complain" by Peter Clines
  • "The Office Party" by Walter Jarvis
  • "Gather Round, Gather Round" by Dave MacPherson
  • "Working Man's Burden" by David C. Pinnt
  • "Bridge over the Cundene" by Gustavo Bondini
  • "Glorietta" by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • "The Blue Word" by Carole Lanham
  • "Fleeing, on a Bicycle With Your Father, From the Living Dead" by Ralph Robert Moore
  • "December Warming" by William Bolen
  • "A Bite to Remember" by Jennifer Brozek
  • "The Visitor" by Jack Ketchum
  • "The Song of Absent Birds" by Mark Onspaugh
  • "The Lonliest Man in the World" by Bobbie Metevier
  • "Genuflect" by William D. Carl
  • "What Comes After" by Kris Dikeman
  • "The New Dumb" by Kyle S. Johnson
  • "Cured Meat" by Christine Morgan
  • "Dead Man's Island" by David Wellington