Zombies: 6 books to excite and delight you
While the Walking Dead recently popularized zombies, they’ve been a horror theme for decades. Shamble into your local library branch and checkout these living dead books.
“Alive or dead, the truth won’t rest. Rise up while you can.” ― Mira Grant, Feed
The Walking Dead originally sprang to life – okay – shuffled menacingly into being as comic books. Read the graphic novel collections. Start at the beginning with The Walking Dead. Volume 1, Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman.
First in a series, Autumn by David Moody. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by “phase two” of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise, quickly regaining their most basic senses and abilities, sight, hearing, locomotion, as well as the instinct toward aggression and violence.
Try Feed by Mira Grant. The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives–the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will come out, even if it kills them. This story well and truly sucked me in hard. And the ending sucker-punched me right in the feels.
Prefer a bit of steampunk mixed in with your zombies? Try Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Inventor Leviticus Blue creates a machine that accidentally decimates Seattle’s banking district and uncovers a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue’s widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that’s been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving–until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father’s name from the clutches of history.
“Real” Zombie Books
Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead by Bob Curran. In the myths, legends and folklore of many peoples, the returning physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave ? Does it come from within our psyche, or is there some truth to it ?
- How to Make a Zombie : The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control by Frank Swain. Discusses the scientific research into resurrection and mind control, including sleep-inducing honeycombs that brought down Pompey’s army, Haitian voodoo potions, and the resuscitation of a dog’s head.
The flesh-eating horror of zombies is a tried and true horror theme because it works. Shambling, rotting creatures in search of brains to feed on is a scary thing!