The Monster Librarian Presents:. Reviews of Zombie Fiction. Some are slow, some are fast…. There has been a recent resurgence in zombie books, movies, and video games. A list of various zombie titles can be found here. A list of zombie graphic novels is here.
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The men are sent to Saigon on leave, where they witness a Buddhist monk immolate himself in protest of the war. After they return, the base comes under attack by something that is not alive, but not entirely dead. The young soldier races into the nearby village in hopes of stopping the attack, but can he?
Zombies lie at the supernatural heart of Buddha Hill, but it is so much more than a zombie story. Having served in Vietnam himself, Booth takes us through the difficulties of a green soldier arriving in a war zone for the first time. He does so in a way that allows the reader to almost feel the heat that our characters feel, and smell the same stench. Buddha Hill is a story about deep belief and what the peaceful Buddhist monks would do to try and stop a war that killed tens of thousands of people on both sides.
The scene involving the monk who immolates himself in protest is disturbing, but goes to the motivations of what happens later on. Buddha Hill is an excellent read that I highly recommend, with a fantastic introduction by Weston Ochse, who is also a member of the military serving overseas. Highly recommended. Contains: violence, gore, adult language, and sexual situations. Reviewed by Colleen Wanglund. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book. It's crowdfunded, self-published and a zombie book… a recipe for disaster? But this is exactly the kind of book crowdfunding is for.
Though short, this tale of one man's journey through both the Appalachian wilds and the zombie horde is poignant and soulful. It leaves a lot unsaid, and a lot of the gore and violence aside. I definitely recommend this one. It's a great read. Contains: violence, gore, language Reviewed by Michele Lee. Escape from Zombie City profiles the near minute by minute explosion of the zombie apocalypse.
Based mostly in a hospital in London, it features the typical flesh-eaters, dirty military people, and normal people just trying to survive and usually failing. The stand-out feature of this book is in the action-based pacing. The plot is straightforward, the characters not terribly inspired and the writing technique doesn't rise past decent.
But it's zombies eating people, which some audiences can't get enough of. Recommended for die-hard zombie fans. Lesser Creatures by Peter Giglio. Available: Limited hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition. Lesser Creatures is set 15 years after the dead started returning to life, but it is not a traditional zombie novel. While the returned dead share some traits with Romero zombies, in that they are mostly brain dead and slowly decaying, they are not hungry for brains or flesh: mostly they just hang around.
The returned dead, known as second-lifers, are gathered in group home environments that reminded me of the housing our society currently makes for the mentally ill. There are second-life rights advocates, and people who hate them. The main characters are a pastor from the Glory's Children church, who sees a divine purpose in the second-lifers, and Cric Cooper, whose ex-girlfriend, who tried to kill him, is now a member of the walking dead.
Lesser Creatures is a truly odd novel. I loved that it shared no tropes, no common structure, with any other horror novels or the zombie subgenre. This felt like a truly original novel. A reader looking for a paint-by-the-numbers zombie novel is going to be bummed.
Anyone looking for a challenging, weird, exploration of loss and love, however, will be stoked. Having just finished reading the book ten minutes ago, I am struggling with the many themes that Giglio explored, and I think the best thing I can say about this novel is that I think I might need to read it again. I have said a lot of nice things… is there anything I didn't like? The novel is marketed as being similar to the works of Phillip K.
Dick, and the author dedicates the work to him. However, while Giglio nails the weird concept feeling of Philp K. Dick with his descriptions of the odd nature of the second-lifers which reminded me of the android animals in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the end I thought this was a fantastic novel, and I am really excited to explore more of Giglio's work after reading this.
I suggest a paperback copy of Lesser Creatures for all library collections. Your patrons who happen upon this in a new release rack will thank you for finding this independently published gem. In this sequel to Rise Again , it has now been two years since the dead rose, hungry for human flesh. The survivors have evolved into stronger, battle-ready individuals, but the undead, too, have evolved, many retaining their memoires and ability to communicate. Sheriff Danielle Danny Adelman now leads a band of survivors through the decimated Midwest, heading for a small town rumored to be a safe haven.
Unfortunately, with this safety must come a price; Danny is forced to use every ounce of strength and determination to battle an evil so horrifying in the hope of preventing the deaths of more innocents. Watching Danny evolve from a small-town sheriff to the only individual able to withstand the grasp of the undead is incredibly rewarding. She withstands enough trials and tribulations to last a dozen lifetimes but rather than succumbing to the pain and loss, she uses it to fuel her fight against the undead.
Her character is one we would all want fighting alongside us in a zombie apocalypse! Perfect for fans of The Walking Dead. A must-read for any fan of zombie fiction. Contains: mild gore. Zombie Fever: Malaysia Outbreak by B. There are loads of zombie tales out there intricately or stodgily detailing what the uprising looks like in the States. But what about the other areas of the world? In this title, zombies take Asia. Did I mention it involves a reality show race with a million dollar prize? Absolutely charming and fun, zombie fans should really look for this one. Definitely recommended.
Ken Strickland, high school teacher, is going about his normal routine when the world literally comes to an end. The students notice millions of bugs gathering on the classroom window, and then all Hell breaks loose. Planes fall from the sky, the students attack each other, cars are blowing up, and Ken has to find his family at the bank. The story follows Ken on his quest to find his family. As he searches, he meets a few other survivors, Dorcas and Aaron.
The three of them are chased by zombies, bees, and other bugs, all of whom seem to be zombie-like.
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These zombies aren't mindless, though. They react together to try and catch their human prey. Ken tells Dorcas and Aaron that he needs to get to the bank to rescue his wife and family, who were in the bank trying to get a loan.
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Ken is convinced they are still alive, and Dorcas and Aaron agree to help. Along the way they find that events happening are world-wide. Moscow and England have been overrun. Ken, Dorcas, and Aaron make their way to the bank, fighting zombies all the way. The first book ends with a cliffhanger as they reach the bank and see a note from Ken's wife in the elevator. If you like zombie apocalypse books, this book is the one for you. Michaelbrent Collings again hits it out of the park. I can't wait for the next book.
Gallery Books, Shattered Hourglass is the third installment of the Day by Day Armageddon series. As with almost all zombie novels it is the story of the end of the world. The military is fighting a losing battle, and the government is nearly non-existent, controlling things from a clandestine location. There are hordes of zombies, radioactive ruins, and the human race struggling to survive. Unfortunately, the latest installment of Day by Day Armageddon didn't live up to its predecessors.
There were many characters, but there is no main character that the reader can focus on, and though each character stands out a bit, it's like recognizing faces in a crowd—some familiarity, but no real attachments. There are several different story lines taking place, but some, such as one that takes place at a polar research station, seem lacking, and are hardly connected enough to be part of the novel. The research station would have made a good story on its own, but in this story it almost felt like filler. Finally, the ending felt rushed. As I approached the climax of the novel I guessed that there would be a fourth novel, as there was a lot of territory to cover, but not enough pages to cover it.
Unfortunately, the ending was abrupt, when it could have been much more. On a brighter note, there were some interesting concepts presented. Cities were nuked to kill the zombies, but that backfired, preserving them and making them stronger, smarter, and toxically radioactive. Also, an alien storyline was presented, although it fell flat with the abrupt ending. If you've read the other stories in the Day by Day Armageddon series then you might give this a shot to complete the series, but don't expect the same quality as the first two books.
Starers by Nathan Robinson. The Keene family is the classic dysfunctional crew that many of us can relate to. They wake up one morning to discover a few of their neighbors staring in their windows. Creepy, yes, but it gets worse. As the day progresses, more and more zombie-like creeps arrive and the family is literally trapped in their own home by the growing horde. Toward the middle of the novel, the action slows down considerably as the Keene family nightmare moves from hours to days. The characters themselves are not compelling, and by the midway point, I found myself struggling to find something to capture my attention.
This is definitely an adults-only novel for a general library collection. Rise of the Governor followed the pre-Woodbury experiences of Philip Blake, the infamous Governor of Woodbury, Georgia, in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. In The Road to Woodbury , the Governor tries to maintain control of his minions as he struggles with the duality of his personality.
This book follows the star-crossed adventures of a small group of survivors who start out in a doomed tent city and eventually make their way to Woodbury. If you're a fan of the comics, you will find discrepancies in the backstories of some of the characters in this book. The leading character is Lilly Caul, an insecure, fear-addled young woman who joined the tent city after the death of her father. She has found a protector in Josh Lee Hamilton, a giant of a man who was a well-known chef in pre-zombie times.
Josh portrays the stereotypical "magical Negro" character that has become a familiar horror-story trope for example, Duncan in Stephen King's Green Mile. After Lilly and Josh are forced to leave the camp under unfortunate circumstances, they hit the road accompanied by Bob, an alcoholic ex-military medic; Lilly's friend, Meghan, a druggie who has begun using her body as a means of income; and Scott, Meghan's stoner boyfriend.
We follow their short road trip as they meet up with a few zombies, confront the Governor's thugs, and arrive in Woodbury, where the find Governor in the early stages of his rule over the ragtag population. From their first moments in Woodbury, Lilly and Josh sense that bad things are happening behind the scenes, and of course they are absolutely correct. This book doesn't have the punch that Rise of the Governor had. That book was a grim but fascinating study of the development of a major Walking Dead character.
This book deals with supporting characters, and it doesn't provide many details about their pasts, so we don't always know what is driving them to do the things they do. Lilly's rebellious actions near the end of the book seem to come out of nowhere. All along, she's been a relatively passive creature, living most of the time in crippling fear. Then, all of a sudden, she dreams up a revolutionary plan and talks some relatively tough characters into following along with her—all of which comes across as highly improbable. I listened to the audiobook as well as reading the print version, and I highly recommend the audio version.
Fred Berman does a great job of telling the story—differentiating the voices and emphasizing the suspense, tension, and horror of the frequently graphic situations. Fans of Walking Dead will want to read the book just for the bits of back story on Lilly, the Governor, and others even though they frequently contradict the comics. As is always true in Walking Dead stories, this one overflows with seriously gory graphic violence and dark acts of brutality.
It's not for the faint of heart, but if you're at all squeamish, you wouldn't be reading Walking Dead books anyhow—right? Recommended for all libraries. The zombie apocalypse has come to Cairns, Australia—but instead of the truth, the government is telling the residents that there is an outbreak of encephalitis among miners. Lori Nelson is a nurse at the hospital, and sees firsthand what is really going on. A widow and mother of three, Lori is determined to protect her family at any cost and see them through this catastrophe.
In a desperate attempt to escape the area, Lori, her kids, and some other survivors try to flee, but are stopped at an Army checkpoint. A well-written novel, Dead Tropics is another viewpoint on the beginnings of a potential apocalypse. While Dead Tropics has a lot of the core pieces of any zombie story, I really like the main character, Lori. She is a strong female who will do whatever she can to save her children. She is like a lioness protecting her cubs. Dead Tropics is a really good zombie novel for fans of the genre.
The summer has just begun for the boys, who will begin high school in the fall, and life is good….. Waking in the hospital almost a month later, Toby finds out that his best friend is dead, and no one knows who attacked the boys. Toby also learns that his life was saved by Mr.
Joseph—a strange old man whom the neighborhood children have made fun of and tormented for years. Toby is lost, not understanding why his almost idyllic life has been shattered in such a brutal manner. He makes his way over to Mr. Toby begins spending time with Mr. Joseph, learning about his life in Haiti before coming to America. What Toby eventually discovers about Mr.
Joseph will shock Toby and test his loyalty to his new friend. The Awakening is a beautifully written story that involves Haitian zombies, racism and the ugliness of the human race. Toby and Mr. Joseph are deeply human and sympathetic characters that I really felt something for. I was fully invested in these people. Joseph is most disturbing. It includes an amazing introduction by author Ray Garton, beautiful interior artwork by Erin Wells, and a fantastic cover design by Deena Warner. I highly recommend you pick this one up. Contains: some adult language, violence and gore. Years into the zombie apocalypse, twelve-year-old Riley has just lost her father to the plague and she is now alone.
Trying to survive in a well-stocked cabin in the woods, she is soon found by a local militia and must leave before they kill her—or worse. Jack, a former militia member who wants to redeem himself, gets Riley away, but unfortunately, not without losing his life. Once again on her own, and sick, Riley is found by a family, the Milners, who take her in. Things seem to be going well for a while, but then the Milners receive some unwanted visitors who take them to Poughkeepsie, a city run by gangs.
Riley is taken to the Sisters of Life, a glorified breeding center, where the Hag who is in charge tells Riley she is special. With her new family, Riley leaves the city and makes her way to a settlement where she may finally get some answers about who she really is. David Bernstein has given the zombie apocalypse a neat twist with Amongst the Dead and his character Riley.
She is a strong female character, as is her adopted mother, Joanne ,which is nice to see in apocalyptic fiction. The story is solid and believable and characters are well-developed. I was kind of freaked out by the Sisters of Life and their disturbing ways. She is wise beyond her years but craving human contact and love. Samhain has a huge hit on their hands with Amongst the Dead and its refreshing and not-so-bleak take on the apocalypse. Contains: violence, gore, adult language and sexual situations.
The story begins six months after the end of the first book, in Seattle, now a walled city. Sadie finds herself responsible for raising her nephew when her sister is killed. When zombies breach the city wall, she is rescued by Andrea, a friend with access to a boat. Once the boat is out at sea, zombies attack and kill the captain of the boat, leaving Sadie, her nephew, Andrea, and the other passengers lost and, eventually, stranded on an island infested with zombies that is already home to another group of survivors.
The biggest problem with the book is Sadie, the point of view character. She constantly makes poor decisions and judgments, both in her actions and in how she deals with other characters. Shane, her nephew, is little more than a plot moppet, mainly useful for motivating her bizarre mood swings. Pop culture references and witty dialogue still pepper the story, but the book lacks the emotional depth and character development of Allison Hewitt is Trapped. Roux is a talented writer, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Contains: gore, torture, violence, cannibalism, sexual situations.
Permuted Press, Available: Kindle e-book. Something strange has happened in Nevada, but no one is talking. Deputy Sheriff Jubal Slate of Serenity, New Mexico has his hands full with a mysterious illness making its way through town. A woman drives into town with a strange story of a military weapons experiment that went horribly wrong. Now, the disease is spreading, the sunrise is an eerie green and the dead are coming back.
I love zombies because they still truly scare me. What I loved about this particular zombie story is that it involves a government cover-up—which is doubly scary. What makes this zombie story different from others is that the zombies seem to have an otherworldly leader. The action is quick and the characters are well-written. The collaboration was seamless, and I look forward to reading book 2 in the series. Dead Earth is a great addition to the world of zombie lit. Contains: violence and gore.
Reviewed by: Colleen Wanglund.
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Available: Paperback and ebook. For the intelligent zombies that is. The problem is that the reader knows from the beginning that even the patrons are just zombies pretending to be newlyweds. The metafictional possibilities of zombies pretending to be humans pretending to be zombie victims could be very interesting. But the effort to cram in social commentary and zombie humor very little of which is biology based weighs the prose down badly. The comparison to Clerks is misleading because I struggled to find a moral or theme other than zombies that tied the story together.
Jokes didn't feed into each other, or tie together at the end. The potentially interesting psychology paled quickly under tired jokes and references to obscure B-movies. The idea was great, and could have been done well, but ultimately, the book was lackluster and frustrating. Recommended only for hard core zombie fans. As an addendum, I think the author has excellent potential and will be looking for future works, hopefully with more meat. Contains: violence, gore, sexual references, language. Dead Things by Matt Darst. Dead Things is a stand-alone novel by Matt Darst.
At the heart of this story are two young cadets, Ian and Van. When their airplane crashes in the middle of the deep southern backwoods, they begin a journey to escape the ravages of a zombie infested world. This book showed a lot of promise, but it also had problems. While the politically religious backdrop of the new American government is compelling, it also threatens to consume the story as a great evil onto itself. Also, the third person perspective for the narrator is incredibly creepy.
Some readers may like it, I did not. This book is ultimately a beautiful mess. If you like books that are very big on ideas, but might not hit the landing so effectively, this is a read for you. Otherwise, I cannot recommend this book. They stop back at the CDC to get Max, Cynthia and Taylor, who are running out of power and in danger of being overrun by zombies.
The ragtag group of survivors decides to make their way into Alabama, to a military facility where they might be able to get some help, and to give them any information Hemp has discovered through his experiments on the undead. In the first Dead Hunger , the virus attacked the living with symptoms of severe headaches prior to turning. Now the survivors have discovered that after prolonged heavy rains, the previously dead are making their way out of the cemeteries. The group finds an almost empty steel warehouse that proves to be perfect for their needs—a safe place to hide where Hemp, the scientist, can continue his research.
While out on various supply runs, the group discovers something strange occurring to poison ivy plants. They also discover something very odd in pools of standing water. After Hemp makes some very good progress, the group decides it is time to move on and possibly find other survivors and maybe help end the zombie scourge ravaging civilization. The continuing story and character development are very good and as strong as in Dead Hunger.
I have some issues where certain scenarios seem too-good-to-be-true and some incidents are a little too convenient, but there is plenty of gore and zombie action to make up for that. These are so far the ultimate survivors who just might end up saving the world. Dead Hunger II is a lot of fun and keeps a good pace. I will say that you must read the first book before reading this one so you are up on all that is happening.
Rotter World by Scott M. When a zombie virus was created in a government lab, vampires stole the virus and released it into the population, believing that humans would be so busy with the zombies they would stop hunting vampires. Eight months later, six people are rescued and brought to a compound of survivors. One of those rescued is Dr. Compton, who created the virus in the first place. Compton also created an antidote, and now must make his way, with some help, to the military bunker where his research and equipment is kept, to produce it.
Not only does the group have the zombies to deal with, but they also must contend with hatred and mistrust of the vampires and each other. Supernatural beings are on the same playing field as the humans they wanted to avoid, and now need them, just to survive. The setting and scenarios are believable for a zombie story and sufficiently bloody and violent. Baker keeps a good pace throughout and manages a less-than-predictable ending. I highly recommend Rotter World. Quirk Books, ISBN: Available: New box set-- 96 pages with 78 playing cards.
Obviously, those who can predict the future will survive the zombie apocalypse better than those who merely live moment to moment, trusting to luck. Clairvoyants, fortune-tellers, seers, and other prescience-abled folks definitely have an edge. It would make a really great gift, especially for collectors of the glut of zombie-based material currently available. For these fanatics, the set offers something unique. The box itself is artfully designed, hip, vintage, and sturdy enough for classroom use.
Inside are really gorgeous cards designed by Paul Kepple and Ralph Geroni. Purchase of the set is justifiable based on the cards alone. The instruction booklet, written by Stacey Graham, is witty, and well-worded, but reiterates the zombie warnings and information found in other literature, although it departs from the bulk of them by suggesting multiple routes to peaceful co-existence.
It ends with a cute page of old-timey ads for comfort products designed for the Z-age. The cool thing about the booklet is that it is an actual guide to Tarot, which means that you can learn to use the cards for readings. Recommended for ages 11 and up. Contains: Mild graphic artwork, based on reference to the occult! Reviewed by: Sheila Shedd.
Available: New. The Killing Floor picks up right where The Infection left off. Sarge, Wendy, Todd, and Anne, the survivors remaining after the events of the first book, split up and go off on separate missions. Ray Young, a survivor of the final bridge battle in The Infection thinks he has been given what should have been a fatal sting from one of the infected creatures.
Believing that Ray might be the source of a cure for the infection, the military sends a unit out to find him. In the case of Ray Young, DiLouie takes a step back and makes him a more complicated and compelling character. To appreciate The Killing Floor one really needs to read The Infection first, as that is where DiLouie does a great deal of his world building. Recommended for public library collections.
Highly Recommended. Survivors The Morningstar Strain by Z. The third book in the Morningstar Strain series follow various groups from the first two books, with the focus on the group with Anna Demilio and Francis Sherman. Anna and Francis have made a base in Omaha, where they attempt to survive as Anna tries to find a cure for the virus that turns people into zombies. The book also follows a group of sailors trying to reach Omaha with a man who has apparent immunity to the virus, and might just be the cure.
In the meantime, a separate military faction is looking to capture Anna, with hopes to control the cure and the power that would come with it. In this book, the true enemy is the rogue military faction and other survivor groups rather than the zombies. It should be noted that the author Z. Recht passed away before the book could be finished, and Thom Brannan stepped in to complete it. The book would have be well served by having a opening table of the characters so people can become reacquainted with them. The Morningstar Strain remains one of my favorite zombie titles, but I think that the sad passing of the author has taken its toll on this book.
Still, libraries will want to get a copy of The Survivors if for no other reason that it is the finishing book of the Morningstar Strain series. Contains: Violence, gore. Reviewed by: Dylan Kowalewski. Zombie Hospital by Angela Verdenius. Zombie Hospital is a snarky short story about a pair of nurses at a l ow-quality hospital struggling to deal with a zombie uprising.
It's a fun read, but abbreviated, like the opening chapter of a longer tale. Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen. Orbit, Available: new and used mass market paperback; e-book. Their goal is to deliver their tiny vial of zombie-cure vaccine to the authorities so that the plague can be stopped. Oh, and the rhythm of his breathing has become very weird. Sarah tries not to worry about all this, but Nicole—ever the sharp reporter—picks up on the situation and demands an explanation.
Their trip is interrupted early on by a cult that kidnaps them and steals their supplies, but they manage to escape due to some miraculous work by David. When the group finally reaches the Wall, the situation is not at all what they expected. Needless to say, there are lots of soldiers on the East side of the Wall and even more zombies on the West side. Petersen balances the blood-and-guts zombie battles with just the right amount of wisecracking humor. Contains: the usual zombie gore. Reviewed by: Patricia Mathews.
Frail by Joan Frances Turner. Avon, This is the second book in the zombie apocalypse series, The Resurgam Trilogy ; the first book was Dust. By the time the plague has run its course, each of the survivors belongs to one of these three groups:. They crave flesh, are extremely strong, heal from any injury, and are for the most part unkillable and immortal.
The heroine, Amy, is one of the rare pure humans, called frails because they are so much weaker than the exes. She soon meets up with Lisa, who is the ex-human sister of Jessie, the zombie heroine of the previous book. Lisa and Amy form a fragile partnership and travel on together, but are soon captured by a group of exes and humans, in which the exes are in charge and the humans are their slaves. Amy must deal with secrets from her past, hallucinations or maybe demonic spirits in her present, and total uncertainty in her future.
This book sheds light on the mysterious activities taking place at the labs on the shores of Lake Michigan that were also mentioned in the previous book. Those labs have a direct connection with Amy and her mother, Lisa and her sister, and several other characters in this book.
Maggie and Billy, characters from the previous book also show up: neither is friendly toward Lisa or Amy. The ending leaves Amy and her ragtag group on the road again, ready for their adventures in book three. This is an entirely different kind of story than the one told in Dust. Frail overflows with metaphorical language and mystical experiences, sometimes to the point of perplexity for the reader, whereas Dust was a novel of fairly straightforward, if strange, relationships.
Contains: graphic violence and zombie gore. Zombielicious by Timothy McGivney. MLR Press, Available: Trade paperback and Kindle ebook.
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Zombielicious is equal parts sex and zombie apocalypse, in a fast-paced, over-the-top tale of finding love in the middle of disaster. Twins Molly a spoiled brat whose greatest aspiration is to win a singing contest and have people do what she wants and Walt a perfectionist deeply ashamed of his sexuality who tries to make up for it by pleasing the people around him meet up with Jill an ex-porn star turned nurse who can't even use scientific terms for body parts , Ace the security guard who thinks Jill owes him sex because he's a fan and Joey a teen who is selling his body to science to get the money to run away from his hateful parents and have to support each other through the zombie uprising.
For zombie apocalypse fans, Zombielicious might be a good choice; this book has lots of fight scenes, some hot smut scenes, and lots of gore. But for those who want a little more, this may be unsatisfying. Public collections will find other books better suited to diversity of theme. Contains: Violence, gore, very crude language, explicit sex hetero and homosexual , rape. Reviewed by: Michele Lee. Carnage Road by Gregory Lamberson. Print is Dead an imprint of Creeping Hemlock Press , The zombie apocalypse has begun.
The Floating Dragons motorcycle gang has hung on as long as possible. Now Boone and Walker are the only ones left, and they have decided to hit the road and head to Hollywood. It is a long and dangerous road that takes them to an enclave of right-wing fascists, an abandoned movie theater where the zombies are also enjoying the film, and an eerily familiar last stand in Texas. Carnage Road holds up extremely well in the subgenre with a well-written and interesting story. Even though Boone and Walker are from an outlaw gang, they are very likable characters.
Hissers by Ryan C. They are preparing to attend a huge party when tragedy strikes. A plane crashes in their small town, obliterating the location of the party and everyone there. The four teens were in the local park before heading over and see the devastation. They rush to help but are told to back off by local police responding to the scene. The dead begin to rise and feed on the living. The kids attempt to get to their families, but it is too late.
The zombies are making their way through town and they are spreading…. In an attempt to get to safety the teens come across Lt. The teens spend the night hiding in the high school and baring their souls to each other. A very strong bond forms and now they are ready to try to get out of town before the military carries out its plans to contain what was unleashed by the plane crash. Yes, the main characters are teenagers but they are real and completely relatable, no matter how old you are. Their time in the school is heart-wrenching and cathartic, and makes them even more endearing.
The story flows smoothly and it held my interest throughout. Hissers is a great read. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry. A supposedly dead serial killer, Homer Gibbon has been transferred there so that he can be buried on his family plot. It turns out that Homer is not dead; he has been injected with a serum that makes him a carrier for the zombie plague. I highly recommend Dead of Night to both fans of zombie fiction and those new to the genre. In the past decade, horror fiction has been overrun with zombie books; they number as many as the teeming undead that are found within their pages.
Dead of Night is a step above the rest; it has excellent pacing and will keep you reading until you have finished the book. Revive by Thomas James Brown. It is Christmas time, and the holiday rush is on. Phil lost his construction job and is trying to support his wife and kids as a department store Santa.
He is miserable and worried. Looking for a quiet place to relax and have some coffee, Phil stumbles upon an out-of-the-way coffee shop called Revive. Phil has also recently been spooked by some very scary hallucinations while at work—those of an emaciated young girl. Tammy is hoping to help support her sick mother and two younger brothers as well as try to make a nice Christmas for them.
Getting a job at Revive, she is surprised the place can make any money. It seems as though the only people ever in the coffee shop are a handful of withered old regulars. Just hours before midnight on Christmas Eve, the regulars have gathered at Revive for their usual coffees and snacks. Something is not right with the newer coffee beans and tonight Tammy, Phil and the regulars of Revive will find out too late what drinking the coffee has done. At its core, Revive is a zombie story with a very unique means of infection. It is deliberately paced and subtle in its delivery but when the story reaches its climax it hits quick and hard.
Both Tammy and Phil are good people down on their luck and just trying to get through the holiday season. They each have their issues, but in the grand scheme of things, it all really just comes down to survival. All of the characters are well developed and most are likeable and sympathetic.
I loved how the story kept me reading and wondering what was going to finally happen. In the end, Revive delivers the goods with, while not a totally unexpected ending, certainly an interesting one. Thomas James Brown has added a subtlety to zombies that I really enjoyed. Contains violence, gore, and adult language. Dead Hunger by Eric A. Dolphin Moon Publishing, Available: New paperback. When the zombie apocalypse happened, Flex Sheridan was on the phone with his sister Jamie. Flex does find his niece Trina as well as his lost love, Gem.
A virus has attacked the living and turned them into zombies by destroying the brain. The main symptom is a migraine-like headache. Flex and Gem decide to make their way to the CDC in Atlanta to look for other survivors and hopefully find a cure so they can save Jamie.
Along the way they pick up Hemp, a scientist who is determined to find the cause of the apocalypse. What they ultimately discover about the zombies is truly frightening. The first in a planned series of zombie apocalypse novels, Dead Hunger reminds me of a pulp novel. Some of the scenarios are a little too-good-to-be-true, as were the main characters, but it is very entertaining. The novel is well-written, and a fast-paced read. Dead Hunger has some interesting twists and an unpredictable nail-biter of an ending, which is a great thing in my opinion.
Overall, I enjoyed Dead Hunger. Shelman has penned a cool addition to zombie apocalypse lit. Contains: violence, gore and adult language. Holiday of the Dead : A Zombie Anthology. Available: new paperback and kindle edition. A vacation cruise, a family gathering for Thanksgiving, a fishing trip, and the Fourth of July are just a few of the events interrupted by zombie uprisings in Holiday of the Dead.
As a lover of all things zombie this anthology is right up my alley and for the most part, I enjoyed it. There are many other really good stories in Holiday of the Dead, but as with any anthology there are a few misses. Contains: violence, gore, sex and adult language. Maxwell Lazlow is a private investigator in the corrupt town of Beat City. He is looking for a missing woman named Ginger, who also happens to be his sister. He has followed Demetrius Sloan, the man Ginger worked for, to the docks late one night.
Sloan, the biggest crime lord in the city is waiting for a cargo ship from Thailand. Max discovers the cargo and is horrified by what he sees. What does Sloan have planned for his unique and deadly cargo? Will Max survive long enough to find out? The first in a planned series, Undead Nocturne is a well-written novella with engaging characters and a nicely paced story.
Max Lazlow is a likeable character and Sloan is a real bastard who you will love to hate. Even though Undead Nocturne is about the zombie apocalypse, it has a great noir feel to it. I love zombies and William Todd Rose always writes them very well. Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia. Darlene is trying to survive in a world ravaged by zombies. She has made her way to northern Florida in the hopes of finding other survivors. What she finds is an outpost of survivors, a kind of early warning system for the city of St.
While with this group of survivors, Darlene learns that there are cities all over the country—the world—that have managed to rebuild in the wake of the apocalypse, including her hometown, which she left after losing everything. Now she is helping to locate a large group of refugees from Orlando, which has not fared so well. Unfortunately, when Darlene and her fellow guides find the refugees, they get a lot more than they bargained for. Well-rounded characters and fast-paced action are abundant here. They really are more fun that way. Contains: gore, violence, adult language and sexual situations.
Breathers by S. Available: Print and multiformat ebook. Andy is at rock bottom. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, and has no social life other than weekly support group meeting and appointments with a therapist who can't be bothered to care. Worse, because he's dead, he has no rights to reclaim any semblance of a life. While it has threads of zombie apocalypse, Breathers is remarkably different because of the main character. First, Andy spends most of the book mute. Breathers is a deeper read than your average zombie tale, but doesn't forget its genre roots.
Browne has written a book that is fun at times, terrifying at others and absolutely compelling. Highly recommended for public collections and an essential addition to modern zombie collections. Contains: Sex, gore, language. The Fields by Ty Schwamberger. The Zombie Feed, Available digital edition.
Unfortunately, Billy is failing miserably: he is barely able to earn a living to sustain himself through the coming winter. One day, Mr. Billy is unsure of Mr. Stratford returns the next morning, and Billy accepts his offer of help. The first thing Mr. The next morning, Billy finds Mr. Stratford with the reanimated corpses, ready to do the work they used to do while alive. Unfortunately for Billy, his good intentions go horribly awry. While I like the idea of The Fields, I was disappointed in its execution. There are far too many unnecessary details and ramblings.
The story is all over the place. There are a couple of weird dreams that Billy has that seem out of place in the story. This novella might have been better as a short story or chapbook. I recommend that you pass on this one. Contains violence, gore and adult language. Dead Tide Rising by Stephen A.
In Dead Tide, Stephen A. North introduced us to various people attempting to survive and escape the newly begun zombie apocalypse in Pinellas Park, Florida. Dead Tide Rising continues with those chaotic first few hours and days of the collapse of civilization. Petersburg when the apocalypse hit. A cruise ship was attacked by the military for violating the quarantine imposed on the city and surrounding suburbs. Two groups of people, including public servants, attempt to make it out of the station and get to one of the supposed safe evacuation zones.
Another group, who escaped the carnage at the harbor is assessing their situation in a boat on the bay. And one soldier has gone completely off the deep end. Not everyone will survive. The military initially issued a shoot to kill order for both infected and uninfected alike. The government is in shambles and dealing with mutiny in the ranks. Not even the president is safe in his hidden bunker. People are dying at the hands of the zombies and each other. Will anyone make it out alive? The book seamlessly continues the initial chaos from the first book and in the same tone.
No character is sacred. Stephen A. North once again does a great job with the zombie sub-genre. Contains violence, gore, adult language, sexual situations. Zone One by Colson Whitehead. When a plague hits the entire planet, Mark Spitz is just one of the few survivors. Mark is right there with the rest of them, and being part of the militia designated to clean-up duty, we see his PASD in all its destructive glory over the course of three days as he and his team set out to clean sweep portions of Manhattan, New York.
He and his team go block by block, building by building, floor by floor, seeking out any remaining zombies to destroy them. Mark begins to question all their efforts as the hours and days pass. Zone One is a zombie post-apocalyptic novel that explores the possible devastating effects after a nearly complete annihilation of the human race. Asylum by Mark Allan Gunnells. Asylum is one of the first releases from a relatively new Apex imprint, The Zombie Feed. If this bold, but recognizable zombie apocalypse story is any indication of things to come, readers have a lot to look forward to.
Curtis is new to the gay nightclub scene, but he allows Jimmy to drag him along to a club called Asylum despite his discomfort. While in many ways a straightforward zombie uprising tale, it's nice to see a new range of stereotypes being pulled out and slapped around. Asylum also sneaks in a true barb or two about the relationship between gay and straight cultures, and the relationship gay culture has with itself. With a multitude of similar titles about zombies and zombie uprisings, Gunnells provides a breath of fresh air. Publishers take note: there need to be more books like this one, which focuses on the different kinds of people affected instead.
Definitely recommended as a horror tale, and as a savvy example of inclusive fiction. Available: Kindle edition. Harry Shannon is a talented writer. I have yet to read any of his novels, but I have always looked forward to his stories and their appearances in various magazines and anthologies. Pain is the first in a series of novellas published by Dark Regions Press. It is a zombie tale that, to me, shares much in common with The Crazies the Romero original more so than the excellent remake.
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It is the story of a small mountain town besieged by zombie-like folks infected by a chemical weapon. The book starts with an introduction by Jonathan Maberry, a bestselling author and past winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Nine times out of ten horror writers who grew up reading Stephen King, Peter Straub and Clive Barker have the problem of overwriting, exemplified by those masters, who sometimes could stand to be edited back. In Pain , I experienced the opposite. My biggest complaint with this novella is that I felt like I was just seeing the tip of the iceberg with this story.
Sometimes, we don't want the whole mystery revealed immediately, but I felt rushed through this story and the characters. There are lots of cool moments of suspense, and obviously cool storytelling, but I felt like a lot was missing. The word zombie itself entered the English lexicon in the 18th or 19th century, often attributed to British writer Robert Southey , although the idea of the walking dead had existed in various cultures for centuries.
The idea of zombism in fiction is widely believed to have been galvanized by the nonfiction book The Magic Island , a travelogue of Haiti by William Seabrook, first published in , which detailed his observations of Vodou zombi. In it a lovesick man conspires with a sorcerer played by Bela Lugosi to turn the object of his affections into a zombie just after she weds someone else, so that he may have control of her.
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As the United States entered the atomic age, zombie and alien stories began to merge, as in the infamous Ed Wood-directed cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space and Invisible Invaders , in which aliens attempt to enslave the dead. By the s zombies had also become a regular feature in comic books and pulp magazines, and it was in these media that they came to be depicted as rotting corpses rather than preserved ones. A major turning point in zombie lore came with American filmmaker George A.
This low-budget film—inspired in part by I Am Legend , a novel by Richard Matheson that depicts vampires driven solely by a desire for blood—solidified the zombie concept that would persist for decades. The film revolves around a farmhouse full of people under attack by the walking dead, risen by vague means involving radiation. Romero intended the film to be more of a social commentary than a monster movie, and the narrative centres on the inability of the living to cooperate to save themselves from the undead threat.
Romero revisited both his ghouls, now known as zombies thanks to fans, and his social commentary—this time about the ills of consumerism—with Dawn of the Dead , in which a handful of living people attempt to escape the undead by hiding in a shopping mall. He followed up with a number of related films over the next several decades: Day of the Dead , Land of the Dead , Diary of the Dead , and Survival of the Dead Night of the Living Dead opened the doors for hundreds of zombie appearances in the years that followed, especially in the s.
These included an unauthorized Italian sequel to Dawn of the Dead , Zombi 2 ; also released as Zombie , and many more Italian zombie films that followed in its wake. In the United States the popular film Friday the 13th , which featured the zombielike villain Jason Voorhees, hit screens in Zombie comedy began to gain steam, and humorous zombie films such as Night of the Comet followed.
In addition to being a popular zombie comedy, Return contributed the hunger for human brains to zombie lore. In the first game in the Resident Evil series also known as Biohazard debuted, in which protagonists attempt to navigate a zombie apocalypse caused by a virus. Several sequels were released for various game consoles, as well as a series of films based on the games.
The House of the Dead , a light-gun arcade game, was released the following year. It also spawned several sequels and a big-screen adaptation in About the turn of the 21st century, zombies experienced a boom in popularity. Horror icon Stephen King even published a zombie novel during this time, Cell In the 21st century zombies came alive off the big screen and off the page. With zombie entertainment spanning from plays to video games to screens big and small, it was clear by this point that the zombie menace was impossible to suppress.
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