Many thanks to the following:
Jeremy Lassen and Jason Williams at Night Shade Books, for giving me another shot at this anthology racket, and for taking a chance on me in the first place. Also, to Ross Lockhart at Night Shade, who probably never gets enough credit, and to Marty Halpern for making us all look better by catching all the pesky errors that crept into the manuscript.
David Palumbo, for quite possibly the best zombie cover art ever.
Gordon Van Gelder: I'll probably be thanking him in every anthology I edit from here until eternity. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: He gave me my start in this field and taught me everything I know. Thanks again, boss.
My agent Jenny Rappaport, who is helping me take over the world, one anthology at a time.
Kris Dikeman, for helping me sort through the vast hordes of zombie fiction and for providing me a highly valuable second opinion when needed. On the brainoriffic scale, she gets five-out-of-five brains.
My friends Jack Kincaid and Jeremy Tolbert, who both listened to me blather on about zombies and served as beta-readers for my writing contributions to the book. And, of course, for our continuing years of friendship. If I ever turn into a zombie, I'll eat you guys last.
My mom, for being my biggest cheerleader.
All of the other kindly folks who assisted me in some way during the editorial process: Mickey Choate, Douglas Cohen, Richard Curtis, Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, Andy Hine, Betty Russo, Bill Schafer, Claire Sclater, Nancy Stauffer, Kari Torson, Jeff VanderMeer, Renee Zuckerbrot, everyone who dropped suggestions into my zombie fiction database, and any others I may have forgotten.
The readers and reviewers who loved my first anthology, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse , making it possible for me to do another.
And last, but certainly not least: a big thanks to all of the authors who appear in this anthology.