The list author says: "The Zombie hits just keep on coming! There are far too many books to list them all with only 40 slots, so I have consolidated series, books by the same author, similar styles (example: all graphic novels are lumped together), etc. So please read the descriptions to see all the different titles listed under each heading. Bon apetite! For a more complete list of zombie books out in the world, go to www.zombiebooklist.com which is a great compendium of all written works zombie."
"Most fans have a pretty good fix on what a zombie is. Read these stories to get a different take on the traditional. Xombies, The Dead, Deathbringer, The Autumn series, To Wake the Dead, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and many other novels give us some unique zombie examples...more than just a contrast between slow and fast zombies."
"Self-published works are a staple of the genre. There are too many too list but here are a few: The Dead Shall Inherit the Earth, Aftermath of the Dead, Afterlife, Rise and Walk, Phoenix Gene, Eve of the Dead, Song of the Living Dead, Walkers, Oasis, Sunset, Cluck, The Breathing Dead, One More Day, Dead America, Fried Green Zombies, The Resurrection Game, and (d)Evolution."
"This and its two sequels, Monster Nation and Monster Planet, make up a pretty interesting zombie trilogy. Some of the traditional dead folk but also thinking zombies and zombies with magical powers...as well as some regular humans. Crosses over into fantasy from horror a few times."
"Eric Brown has produced a very large amount of undead tales...in short story, novella, and full novel form. Besides his compendiums of short stories there is Cobble, Season of Rot, War of the Worlds with Zombies, Barren Earth, and World War of the Dead. Eric is considered to be the Zombie "King" by many, but also writes a lot of superhero stuff as well."
"An interesting post-nuclear devastated world is introduced here, along with a new zombie variation...the "evolution" of the species. Note: A new version from the Library of the Living Dead has come out and adds more to the story."
"Max Brooks has written probably two of the most widely recognized zombie books out there. The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. One is a manual on how to make it through the zombie apocalypse, with weapons, tactics, etc. while the other tells us all the stories of the folks who actually survived the apocalyptic zombie world war."
"A "Dear Diary" approach from a survivor of the apocalypse. This, its sequel, "The Dead Walk Diaries: Night", "Z Day is Here", "Kings of the Dead" "Zombie-Wilson Diaries" and "Zomblog" are other tales told in the same or similar, blog-like formats."
"This book and its two sequels very much adhere to the classic Romero zombie setup. The government and military are domineering overlords who use the zombie apocalypse as an excuse to suppress the surviving populous, giving the reader ample reason to believe that humans are far worse than the undead."
"Keene has written this book and its sequel (City of the Dead), which many consider to be the ultimate in zombie fiction. He has also written Ghoul and Dead Sea, two more zombie variations. You can always tell if the particular Keene book you are looking at has zombies in them: there are hands reaching out to grab you!"
"Anthologies/short stories abound in the zombieverse. 'The Undead' (4 installments), 'Book of All Flesh' (3), and 'Book of the Dead'(2) are just a few. Library of the Living Dead, Permuted Press, Coscom, and Living Dead Press are a few of the companies that put out a wide array of anthologies...far too many to mention here."
"This work, along with other works such as 'Book of the Dead', 'Eaten Alive', 'Zombiemania', 'Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide', 'Zombie Holocaust', and 'Introducing Zombies' examine all the different cinematic achievements with zombies. From the American originators to the Italians who turned it all into high art (gruesome high art, that is), these books cover it all."
"Plague of the Dead and its sequel, Thunder and Ashes, deal with the zombie virus on two levels: before you die, when the victims are fast moving, and after they die, when they return to life as slow walkers. Tragically, the author passed away recently and I'm not sure if the final book in the trilogy will ever be published."
"The Granddaddy of Zombie Graphic Novel series. Others series and stand alone's include: Zombie Highway, Marvel Zombies, Zombies!, Zombie TPD, Zombie Tales, Deadworld, Remains, Recess Pieces, Zombee, Zombieworld, The Goon, Dead West, Zombie Factory, Zombies vs. Robots, Xombie, Escape of the Living Dead, Tales of the Zombie, Raise the Dead, and the Night of the Living Dead."
"A trilogy focused on humanity's battle not only with the living dead but also the realization that zombies are far less horrifying than the evil that lives in the hearts of humankind. Kim has also written several other zombie related books that explore the religious aspect of zombies in our society."
"Zombies have wiped out most of the human population. A tribe of vampires are holding on to the last of the humans so they can continue to feed on them. Creative and genre bending, this one is a wild ride."
"Zombie titles of the 80s and 90s were definitely diverse. This title takes us back to the wild west, while 'I,Zombie' takes us to the future. 'Wet Work' gives us a Black Ops type zombie story and 'Legion of the Dead' has an ancient god raising the dead."
"Tomes of the Dead is a British invasion of Zombie novels. There are several of these paperbacks out and more on the horizon...some with a historical bent but all of them definitively British in flavor."
"A totally different and worthwhile journey into the zombie universe. Ripe with controversy, conspiracy, and shadowy men doing diabolical things, this book gets you thinking...not just about the undead, but the living as well."
"Anthony Giangregorio not only is a prolific independent author but publisher of Living Dead Press. Far too many books to mention between his own stories and those of the authors under his nameplate. But just search in Amazon under his name and you will get a massive overview of all the zombie stuff he's involved with."
"A standout amongst self published zombie fiction tales that has been brought into the Permuted Press family. The author has some real chops when it comes to creating real people that lures you in. Plenty of gore but the author never forgets that its the human emotions that are the impetus behind his solid story. The sequel has now dropped."
"Women take the lead in this new and refreshing take on the zombie apocalypse. The two leads are females but there are plenty of strong characters, male and female, to go around. This is a trilogy, with each book getting better than the last. This independent series has now been acquired by Tor and will have a new look soon."
"This, Zombies 101, The Zombie Handbook, and Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead are tomes that focus on dealing with zombies, their history, why they exist, etc. Great guides for the zealous zombie fan. Jonathan Maberry also has written Patient Zero, a thriller where the undead are weapons of mass destruction."
"Dead Tide moves at a whip cracking pace, leading us through the first days of the zomb-pocalypse in the Tampa Bay area, from the perspective of numerous characters. A sequel, Dead Tide Rising, will be out soon, and the author also has Barren Earth, a combo sci-fi zombie tale out as well."
"It appears as if this is a start of an entirely new sub-genre, with War of the Worlds, Huckleberry Finn, Robin Hood, and several other classics being re-envisioned with zombies in the story. It will be interesting to see what other novels get this treatment."
"Romance and zombies...an odd combination, perhaps. But there are more than just this title out there. "Love in a Time of Zombies" is another (but the living fall in love in that one), Sunrise, which deals with hope and love in a time of the apocalypse, and there is another title about teenage zombie love...but the name escapes me."
"God of the Dead and Don of the Dead are both a mix of the Mafia and undead...God of the Dead is a actual movie script with WW3 happening in the background and Don of the Dead is more of a traditional novel with the mafia coping with the walking dead."
"Set just as the first zombie is revealed, Tim Long's first novel covers the introductory phases of the zomb-apocalypse with four main characters, each very unique, and how they try to cope with the horrid and unbelievable events unfolding before their very eyes. A sequel is in the works. He has also written "The Zombie-Wilson Diaries" A sequel entitled Among the Dead should be out in 2011."
"Outcast teens vs. Zombies. Not sure if this is for young adults or if it is as graphic as the normal zombie fare, but it sounds like the kids who were bullied in school are going to get their revenge against the in crowd...or die trying."
"Het Madden adds a story to the zombie genre from the zombie perspective. It also appears to be the first in a series of books, though I am not sure if all of them are going to be in the same vein or a diversity of story lines."
"The start of a new series by author T.W. Brown that deals with the zombie apocalypse of traditional Romero zombies. At least four sequels are in the works and present a saga, much like "The Walking Dead" that will deal with the ongoing stories of several characters."
"Jeff Blaine has lost everything of any meaning in his life as the world goes mad around him. So instead of hiding away and waiting his fate, he decides to venture beyond the barricaded doors of his house and out into the world of the dead, where he will have to choose between life and death, light and darkness."