Vampires? Eh. Ghosts? Alright, I guess. Haunted Houses? Been there, done that. But, zombies? I LOVE THEM!
You may wonder how a person can love the undead. Zombies are soulless, slow-moving (for the most part), cannibalistic & gross with a capital G. The primary reason for my infatuation with zombies is that they are humans that have been stripped of their humanity. They provide a mirror for us to see what life would be like without empathy, conscience, & free will.
I think zombies get a bad wrap because we tend to romanticize our monsters (vampires being a prime example) and it is much more difficult to make a decaying corpse into a heartthrob. However, this doesn’t mean that zombie books can’t be as fun as books about vamps, so if you’ve never read a book about zombies here is a list of my favorites:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan Mary was raised in a walled village to protect against the “unconsecrated,” but she has always believed there is a world outside of the Forest of Hands and Teeth. After the unconsecrated breach the barrier Mary must find out if her dreams of another world are true. I LOVED this book!
The Goon by Eric Powell this is, hands down, my favorite comic series. It’s written in a self-aware and delightfully funny imitation of private eye pulp novels and has amazing artwork.
Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum a hysterical haiku collection that is written by a single person before, during and after he is bitten.
Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks the title tells you everything.
World War Z by Max Brooks is a journalistic account of the state of the world after the zombie plague. This is a wonderful, clever book that uses current events to extrapolate what will happen after World War Z.
Cell by Stephen King a “pulse” goes out over cell phones, causing everyone who was on their phone at that particular moment to turn into a zombie.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith is exactly what it sounds like.
~Tricia is so excited for tonight’s Spooky Story program. The stories she read as a judge were wonderful!!!