Balladeer’s Blog’s Eleventh Annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon continues! Early in December is the ideal time to look at this dark-humored version of A Christmas Carol that was done in the style of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

I Am ScroogeI AM SCROOGE – A ZOMBIE STORY FOR CHRISTMAS (2009) – Written by Adam Roberts. This book was a gift from a friend a few years ago and it’s pretty entertaining. Think of The Dead Next Door set at Christmas.

Roberts plays with various aspects of the narrative, even joking about superogatory “o’s” in Marley’s moan of “Scrooooge.” He peppers in a lot of similar jokes all the way through the book. The schtick is exactly what you would expect – the title is a joking reference to I Am Legend followed by Dickens’ qualification of A Christmas Carol as “A Ghost Story For Christmas.”

From there the beats of the tale follow their familiar – well, familiar-ISH – path. Scrooge’s nephew welcomes him with a cry of “Scary Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas” and all of London is subjected to zombie attacks with all the expected zombie set pieces.

Marley’s Ghost is instead Marley’s Zombie and the Christmas Spirits are Christmas Zombies and so on. Needless to say Scrooge was turned off by Christmas long ago because of attacks by the undead around the holiday season.

Even Tiny Tim appears as a decomposing – but hungry – animated corpse. By story’s end Ebenezer Scrooge is filled with a new sense of purpose as he rallies his fellow Londoners to follow his lead in slaughtering the zombie hordes.

Or, as Scrooge beseeches his hastily-assembled army “Go bash ’em, every one!” I got a lot of laughs out of the book but there’s no denying that Adam Roberts should have cut it down by half at LEAST.

A one-joke premise needs to be over and done with before the reader has a chance to let themselves feel their eyes start to roll at the 9,795th variation of the same gag. +++

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Filed under A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Halloween Season


  1. Uh-oh. Cut by half? 9795th variation? Hmm, unh, okay. Don’t read any more of my stuff. Among my faults are verbosity, cliche, redundancy, and I’m told I’m obtuse and obscure at the same time. I think that’s what they said. You obviously are not working on commission on this one, huh?

  2. That certainly sounds a different take on the story but I kinda like the crazy notion of it haha

  3. OH MY GOD!!! You brilliant man! You just gave me another Christmas gift for my beautiful man! He’s going to LOVE this! Looking for it right after I leave blogland today! HOW FUNNY! Thank You a million trillion! Cheers!!! 😃💕🤗

  4. Out of the whole story, pyro was my fav.

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