Book Review: The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geiller aka Garrison Keillor


For those of you unfamiliar with Garrison Keillor, he is a long-standing radio personality and radio actor on NPR, author, and humorist. He is best known for creating and hosting the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion which has aired since 1974.

Lake Wobegon is “a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor to provide the setting for long time running radio broadcast, Prairie Home Companion” as well as providing the setting for various stories and novels. In this instance, the title is changed to Lake Woebegotten,  is written under the pseudonym Harrison Geiller and is not listed on his current roster of work in print. However, this little gem is as good (if not better) than his other stories set in this tiny Minnesota town. It is a hilarious read, a very believable parody of how the zombie “apocalypse” would most likely unfold in some of the more, shall we say, backwaters of society. The townsfolk are simple people, hard-working and perseverant, and just as subject to manipulation and dubious intentions as anyone. There are bungling but well meaning citizens, consistently thwarted and manipulated unknowingly by an extremely elderly serial killer, who just also happens to be the only one who has the guts, ha, to kill the zombies….

This satirical novel is a joyful read, and a constant source of laughs, which he manages to pull out even during the midst of grisly scenes, (which are highly descriptive) and pulls out some very, ah, kinky surprises about the secret lives of some of the town inhabitants, including the religious leaders… there’s no wonder he wrote this book under a pseudonym, as it is much racier than any other written work by him so far… a hilarious book to read by the fire (of your town burning).

-jane says

Guy Evans Keiller, aka Garrison Keillor, aka Harrison Geiller

Guy Evans Keiller, aka Garrison Keillor, aka Harrison Geiller