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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (July 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simply one of the best zombie reads of the year... If you have a taste for horror, this quirky little book is for you. But if you're a zombie fiend like myself, you should make it your single minded goal to seek out this book and digest then savor it." -- Mark. L Miller, Ain't It Cool News

"Ryan Mecum obviously knows his zombie films well, and his book tells a gory, violent story that will warm the veins of Romero fans." -- Rue Morgue Magazine

"A thoroughly unique and entertaining experience. Ryan Mecum has quite possibly found the only corner of entertainment not yet infected by the zombie plague--haiku--and made me wonder why it took this long, as the two seem to go together like zombies and brains. I highly recommend it to fans of all things zombie." -- Robert Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies

"The most inventive zombie book in years!" -- David Wellington, author of Monster Island

About the Author

Ryan Mecum is the author of the adorably disgusting Horror Haiku series that includes Zombie Haiku, Vampire Haiku, Werewolf Haiku, and Dawn Of Zombie Haiku. He can be found on Twitter at @MecumHaiku. He lives in Cincinnati, OH, and is constantly thinking in a 5-7-5 haiku syllable structure.

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Ryan Mecum (www.ryanmecum.com) is the author of the adorably disgusting Horror Haiku series that includes Zombie Haiku, Vampire Haiku, Werewolf Haiku, and Dawn Of Zombie Haiku. He can be found on Twitter at @MecumHaiku. He lives in Cincinnati, OH, and is constantly thinking in a 5-7-5 haiku syllable structure.

Customer Reviews

This book details one zombie's journey in the form of haiku.
JoshuaS
Zombie Haiku is unfortunately just a poorly written first person zombie narrative told in seventeen syllable sentences.
Scofflaw
It's witty, it's funny, it was just very well done and an entertaining read.
KMMR

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The below review was taken from Aint It Cool News. I loved what they said about the book, and thought it was worth repeating it here.

Zombie this, zombie that. Everything and anything has had a zombie version of it as of late. But none fit together better than zombies and poetry. Haiku poetry that is. Known as a meditative form of linking words to find meaning and peace in a 5-7-5 word per line structure, the art of Haiku has been cannibalized by Ryan Mecum in his original graphic novel ZOMBIE HAIKU and the result is simply one of the best zombie reads of the year.

A man starts yelling
"When there's no more room in hell..."
but then we eat him.

Although a series of non-connected poems would be kind of fun, this book is so much more than that. The book tells a narrative of one man's attempt to survive during a zombie holocaust, but doesn't stop there. Like Romero's zombies in his later films, after the narrator/poet succumbs to the zombie infestation, he continues to write Haikus and that's when the real poetry starts.

Always be careful
when you're biting teeth with teeth.
Dead teeth tend to lose.

With nods to just about every zombie film you can imagine (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, Romero's films, even obscure zombie fare like ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST and Bianchi's incestuous BURIAL GROUND) and reminiscent of high concept stories like Stephen King's SKELETON KEY story "Survivor Type" and "trapped in a dead body" episodes of TWILIGHT ZONE and JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN AKA the Metallica "One" video, ZOMBIE HAIKU takes the reader on a journey through the zombie holocaust on a personal level and makes the journey a fascinating, often hilarious, and most assuredly horrifying trip to take.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
It never occurred to me to look for a zombie story in something other than novel form; this book was on display by a register when I purchasing some other books. I figured since The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead (guide form, obviously) and Day by Day Armageddon (A Zombie Novel) (journal form) worked for me, I would give zombie haikus a chance.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the haikus formed an actual story, instead of just being random haikus. Another bonus was the size of the book makes it easy to carry with me in my purse (gotta have zombie literature on me at all times).

I was very impressed with the author's creativity. I look forward to more from this author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patto on July 29, 2008
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"All of us searching, / all of us with fat stomachs, / still hungry for more." Ryan Mecum has managed to capture the essence of modern American consumer culture with this witty and hilarious allegory. This is great haiku--Like a feast of fresh brains, I didn't want it to end: "Its over too fast. / I hunger, longing for more / while I'm still eating."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerusha VINE VOICE on January 1, 2010
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I'm a certified zombie fan, thank you Left 4 Dead (and yes I know that's not a true zombie game as the hoarde is infected with a rabies-like virus and are not actually the walking undead) and I just happened to stumble onto this book. After flipping through and randomly reading only a few selections, I was hooked. The haikus span a broad range, from the hilarious to the morbid to the downright disgusting. It's a fantastic, brainless, certainly a guilty pleasure if you choose to read it cover to cover. I ended up picking up a copy for all the zombie fanatics in my life and it was just as big a hit for them as it was for me.

The great thing about this book is that it's presented like an authors journal where the novice writer attempts to capture the "earthly beauty" that surrounds and overwhelms him. The book starts with, frankly, really lame and gushy notes about love and sunsets, then a haiku or two about a bad morning, people acting oddly, and how he'll be dead if he's late for work. Then after an encounter with a pasta eating (wait, is that pasta?) coworker, he becomes infected. From there he writes about his transition into the life of a zombie and all the fun that brings... And the haikus get progressively crazy and violent and the pages of his journal more and more spattered with blood, hair, and other bits of gore. As a very minor subplot, somebody gets ahold of his journal and also writes in the margins a letter about how he is attacked and transitions into a zombie which is also fairly amusing, though not as much fun as the main haikus.

The haikus were a lot of fun and continued to get more and more fun as he goes further and further into zombification.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginahmk VINE VOICE on May 3, 2009
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Folks, the world takes itself so seriously sometimes, you need to smile when someone smashes our expectation to pieces. Yes, this book is not the best poetry, nor is it the best horror, but rather an idiosyncratic mutation (much like the zombies). You get to go through the "mind" of a human going "zombie." The little snippets of verse are just right in capturing blinks of consciousness from the poor victim. Yes, sometimes repetitive and gory, with silly photos and no happy ending, nevertheless, a good addition to any haiku library. High marks for bravery and innovation.
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