Panty Raid @ Zombie High by Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla
Toby’s best friend, and unrequited love, Molly Harper has gone missing. Molly’s boyfriend, “Spud,” thinks he knows where she’s been taken: the mysterious Zombie High, where Spud’s father just happens to be in charge of the top-secret medical facility famous for its work rehabilitating teenage zombies.
Armed with blueprints, passwords, keys and codes, Spud and Toby are ready to make an all-out assault on Zombie High and rescue their fair Molly. There’s just one problem: Toby and Spud are the biggest wimps at Cypress Cove High and need some muscle along for the ride in case any of the zombies get loose.
That’s where Boner and Zack come in. Two of the football team’s biggest players, the jocks are easily conned into joining Spud and Toby on their fictional “panty raid” the minute Spud calls them “chicken” for not accepting his challenge to spend the night at Zombie High.
When Zack and Boner show up to accept the challenge, however, they don’t come alone; they bring their two girlfriends, Lilac and Haley, along for the ride. With events spiraling out of control and zombies lurking around every corner, will Toby and Spud even survive their night at Zombie High, let alone rescue Molly?
While Zombie High’s not quite the higher level of learning you might think, it is a zombie rehabilitation center which has, surprisingly enough, had some success by way of Zombie Panties. When Toby’s best friend – and secret crush – disappears, it’s up to him and her boyfriend, Spud, to find her. Trouble is, they kind of already know where she is… at Zombie High. Even with backup, things don’t go quite as planned as there is more than just one plot afoot. Will any of them make it out alive? Or even undead?
Toby is your typical geeky teen. He’s awkward, he’s clueless, and he’s a little bit oblivious. He’s also awfully endearing in an annoying, hormone-infused, kind of way the more time you spend with him. Toby is nothing you’d expect once you get to know him better. As his internal struggles surface while dealing with lies, betrayal, and zombies, you really start to like the guy because he has real heart. I love the fact that, just when you think you have him – and his friends – figured out, they throw you for a complete loop and do something unexpected.
Fighting alongside Toby are two jocks and their girlfriends who are hoodwinked into thinking they are just going for a late-night panty raid over at Zombie High. Joke’s on them when they run into more than some electronic cattle-prod underwear, however. It’s a lot of fun to watch the BMOC go from being the in-crowd to being reduced to a puddle of quivering boy-man when faced with their worst nightmares. These sidekicks are having their shining moment one minute and an epic ‘doh’ moment shortly after. The jock half of these sidekicks, especially, bring some added comic relief to the mix.
Panty Raid @ Zombie High reads a lot like one of those old horror B-movies, but in a good way. It’s silly, it’s campy, and it’s a whole lot of fun wrapped into one adventurous zombie story. It combines the horror and disgustingness of a zombie attack with high school drama and lots of humor. Highly entertaining and a little more than a tad gross in parts, Panty Raid @ Zombie High is an enlightening twist on the newest zombie craze for sure.