The list author says: "If you like your fiction dark, violent, thought-provoking and about the end of the world, you'll like the fantastic authors and books on this list, just a few of my favorites in the genre.
"In THE KILLING FLOOR, the sequel to the bestselling zombie novel THE INFECTION, a man survives Infection to learn he's not immune: Infection has turned him into a superweapon that can end the world ... or save it. This is the novel that caused Jonathan Maberry, author of DEAD OF NIGHT, to proclaim: "Craig DiLouie is one of the new masters of zombie fiction." Learn more at www.craigdilouie.com."
"Five ordinary people learn the price of survival at the end of the world. Described as 28 DAYS LATER meets THE MIST. David Moody, author of HATER, calls THE INFECTION "not just another zombie story ... Unflinching horror and surreal, almost dream-like imagery combine to make THE INFECTION a disturbing, nightmarish read.""
"To me, ONE is the perfect post apocalyptic novel, THE ROAD with zombies, the characters and post-apocalyptic world so richly drawn you can almost taste the ash while you read it. I particularly appreciated the realism that made this world come alive."
"Okay, this book reads like The Stand with vampires but I don't care as it works very well, and had me turning pages for hours. If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic books, this one's a must. It's also a great "door stopper" book for those of you who like long, epic reads."
"Brilliant novel about a plague that kills not people, but plants that sustain our very existence. Amazingly prescient considering the decline of the bees and continuing extinctions threatening the ecological systems that sustain human life."
"HATER is one of those rare novels that stand out as literature, not mere fiction. In HATER, David Moody plays to our deepest paranoia and fears by imagining a world in which people suddenly become haters and viciously attack non-haters, dividing the world into two warring factions. Contains one of the most cathartic and remarkable twists in apocalyptic fiction."
"Stephen Baxter is not known for writing apocalyptic fiction but he's very good at it. FLOOD is the story of the slow, gradual rising of the oceans due to massive leaking underwater aquifers, resulting in the elimination of dry land in a story that spans decades. Nobody does it like Baxter."
"In David Moody's AUTUMN, the shell-shocked survivors of a sudden worldwide plague struggle to overcome their daze and find a way to avoid the living dead that are soon everywhere, attracted to sound, and violent. The result is an entirely different kind of zombie story that is unusually gripping."
"John Brunners THE SHEEP LOOKS UP is an environmental apocalypse novel that is depressing in that those dying from the apocalypse don't seem to realize there's even a problem, and those causing it show no interest in stopping it."
"Jeff Carlson's PLAGUE YEAR is a novel about a nanotechnology plague that kills all people below a certain height above sea level, ending civilization in hours. As humanity struggles to survive on a series of mountain peaks, several survivors undergo a dangerous journey though the plague zone. An incredible trilogy: PLAGUE YEAR, PLAGUE WAR and PLAGUE ZONE."
"Powerful, depressing and oddly compelling, THE ROAD is one of those rare books that haunts you for days after you read it (and reread it). It's the end, and one man and his son hope for something better in a ruined world without hope."
"THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN by James Morrow is the concluding novel in a trilogy about a world in which God wills himself to die. In the last book, a plague of death awareness threatens to destroy the human race as people see no point to living if the end brings simple oblivion. Is the answer more gods, or a new religion of Man?"
"THIS IS THE WAY THE WORD ENDS: with a bang. A very big bang, in fact: nuclear war. Be warned: This novel about the absurdity of keeping weapons that can destroy the world is powerful and, ultimately, depressing."
"Rhys Thomas' ON THE THIRD DAY is a philosophical meditation on death wrapped in a viral apocalypse in which the victims suffer from existential dementia and often become violent, attacking others. I really enjoyed this one; it's not your average end of the world novel"
"In SPORE by John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow, fungal spores that infect and eventually devour the human brain are spreading across Los Angeles in a designer drug, turning its victims into a fanatical army dedicated solely to spreading its host. Skipp turned me into a diehard fan with his rich voice, engaging characters and paranoid and fresh storytelling."
"In THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS, Temple helps a mentally retarded man find his home, seeking redemption in the process, while a killer hunts her, seeking revenge. The setting is sometimes oddly unrealistic and the poetic voice at times a little overworked, but it is a beautiful book that questions whether one must choose between survival and morality during the apocalypse."
"Normally, reading a novel entirely from the zombie perspective would not be my thing–too hard to connect with, not enough actual horror–but Frances Turner pulls it off beautifully. I loved almost everything about her highly original book, with my only complaint being that I found the ending a bit long and unsatisfying."
"WHAT CAME AFTER is an apocalyptic dystopia set in a future America that has suffered an economic collapse resulting from corporations hijacking the government in service of the wealthy. I enjoyed the author's singular voice, and liked the protagonist–a committed father and brilliant engineer who gets through the worst by sheer stubborn will, his wits and some luck."