It’s that time of year again: When zombiephiles barricade their doors and windows, stockpile non-perishable food items and ammunition, and settle down for a long winter of hibernation and zombie defense (What? You mean you don’t prepare for a zombie invasion during the holiday season?)
What better way to get through the long hours of winter hibernation and zombie vigilance than by getting caught up on your zombie literature? Here’s a list of some fine recent releases in the zombie genre to get you through the long winter months:
Zone One by Colson Whitehead: This novel is being heralded as the definitive zombie novel to end the entire genre. It’s that good.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: It’s Romeo and Juliet with zombies. What’s not to love? Beautifully written with more than a little quirky humor, you’ll enjoy this unique take on the zombiepocalypse story.
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts: One of the creepiest YA novels you will ever read, Dark Inside is a coming-of-age story set at the beginning of the end of the world. The zombies are sadistic and unpredictable, and the young protagonists quite flawed.
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga: For fans of The Walking Dead comic books, this is the first novel set in the same world. It fleshes out the back-story of TWD‘s most infamous villain: The Governor.
Ganymede by Cherie Priest: The fourth in Priest’s Clockwork Century Series, followingBoneshaker, Clementine, and Dreadnought. Taking place in Civil War era New Orleans,Ganymede has spies, zombies, voo-doo, steampunk machinery, ladies of ill repute, airships… and all the edge-of-your-seat excitement we’ve come to expect from Priest.
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan: The third installment in Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth YA zombie romance trilogy (you read that right), this one wraps up the tragic love story and brings our heroes to a dubious place of peace and safety.
Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith: (I promise this is the last book in a series I’ll recommend). The third and absolutely the best of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesnovels, this one takes place after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy has gone less than happily ever after.
The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman, MD: For the science nerd in every zombiephile, The Zombie Autopsies presents detailed scientific studies of the zombie anatomy from the trenches, so to speak.
Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist: The author of Let the Right One Inwrites of a strange case in Stockholm when everyone who died in the last two months rises from their graves and returns home, unaware and un-speaking.
Dead Beyond the Fence by Brian Kaufman: Local Colorado author Brian Kaufman has crafted a pitch-black tale of zombies and the lengths we will (or won’t) go to to survive the horrors of a post-apocalyptic world, as well as each other.
Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story by Andy Rash: A charming, rhyme-filled romance filled with horrific zombie deaths and fun for the whole family.
And if you get tired of reading and constant vigilance during the holiday season, check out my Zombie Lover’s Christmas List for some great zombie gift ideas for that special zombie lover in your life.
Stay informed, stay alive: Denver zombiephiles can find most of these fine zombie books and more at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Ask for Joyce. Tell her I sent you.
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