Book Chat: Legion of the Dead
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
Today’s post brings a Horror novel with a demonic monster, zombies & archaeology; a combo that was right up my alley!
Legion of the Dead, 1992
A sacred crypt, buried centuries ago, is discovered under the surface of Manhattan. Buried with it is a diabolical creature spreading a strange contagion, claiming its victims by the thousands. But the dead aren’t staying dead for long…and only one man is qualified to brave the unstoppable army of zombie madmen…
Abraham Stroud, archeologist, is involved in a dig in Egypt, the discovery of Cheop’s tomb and various crystal skulls. The Egyptian museum doesn’t want him there any longer and tells him to leave. Stroud is surprised when his layover in NY is interrupted by the Commissioner of Police.
Construction workers have partially unearthed an ancient ship and they want his expertise. The few people exposed to the ship have become unresponsive; basically zombies. Commissioner Nathan wants to know if a curse like the one that affected the archeologists who worked on King Tut’s tomb, is loose in NY?
As more and more New Yorker’s succumb to the “curse”, Stroud, two scientist and a female doctor, race to find the answer. What they discover in the Etruscan writings aboard the ship, are more terrifying than the horrible reality of people slipping into unexplained comas.
Stroud has a powerful secret; ESP abilities that could prove to be the key that unlocks the secrets of the crystal skull. As those taken over by the zombie curse begin to drag victims to the ship to be sacrificed to the creature inside, Abraham struggles to connect with the skull in overcoming the ancient evil enshrouded in the ship. Can the pair save humanity before millions are thrown to the demonic beast that demands human souls?
Although not typical zombies, the affected people were violent and slaughter innocents. The real monster in this story was the ancient creature, which was sapient and influenced peoples’ minds. An enjoyable horror read.