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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222012X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402220128
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are into zombies, Zombies for Zombies is a great addition to your collection. And if zombies are not your thing, then this is still a great piece of humor that effectively parodies our modern world. And if you are one of the recently bitten, "read this book like there's no tomorrow, because in your case tomorrow isn't what it used to be."" - Grasping for the Wind

"Murphy simply takes the niceties of modern life (and occasionally the lack thereof), throws in the added dimension of recent zombification, and presto: instant cultural mishmash, suitable for snorting coffee all over." - Sacramento News and Review

"Once bitten it is vital to be familiar with the impending challenges and how to deal with them swiftly and appropriately. For the infected, Z4Z is a must have." - The UnClean

"I love that zombies are making the trasition for horror to humor - this book is perfect for those who agree! " - The Hiding Spot

About the Author

David P. Murphy is a living, breathing guy, and a songwriter who, inexplicably, spends an excessive amount of quality time thinking and writing about zombies. Murphy and zombies go way back. He saw Invisible Invaders as a child and it scared the bejeepers out of him. However, he quickly moved past the nightmares of his youth and began dreaming of visits to Caribbean jungles to experience his zombie friends firsthand. The realization of that dream, sadly, led to yet more nightmares and deeper issues. Gratefully, his fascination eventually evolved into a profession once he obtained his Ph.Z. from the prestigious Port-au-Prince Capon Academy.

Murphy currently can be seen shambling about the Omaha, Nebraska area where he closely guards his brains and those of his cat, Beany. He has no affiliation with QualiCorps™ although hes been known to enjoy a product of theirs every now and then. And one day, God willing, he hopes to retire to one those lovely Scarlet Shores facilities.

Daniel Heard is a living, breathing illustrator and graphic novelist. A graduate of the S.F. Academy of Arts, his artwork is featured on the cover and interior of Daniel H. Wilson and Anna Long's book, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame and the Tori Amos graphic novel, Comic Book Tattoo.


More About the Author

David P. Murphy is the author of the "The Doomsday Survival Handbook." This is his fourth book. He can also be held accountable for "Ace Your Zombie Exam! The Official Ph.Z. Study Guide," "Zombies for Zombies -- The Play & Werk Buk" and, of course, the one that started it all, "Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead."

In the autumn of 2012, he'll be self-publishing his first book of short stories, "Rapturella and Other Apocalyptic Tales."

Murphy is also a songwriter and producer of four CDs, "Shining in a Temporary Sun," Henry Perry's "Effortless," Camille Metoyer Moten's "A Simpler Christmas" and Beth Asbjornson's "Gratitude." His next solo album, "My Fraudulent Memoirs" will be released late in 2012. No, really.

He has been playing piano since he was a kid and is still trying to get it right.

Mr. Murphy currently resides in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska with his unusually large cat, Beany.

He has recently completed his newest musical, anotherwhere.

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Customer Reviews

This is, hands down, one of the funniest books I've read in a very long time.
Aaron S. Bush
Although I don't exactly have a taste (ahem) for zombies, I found this book very funny indeed.
Zootie
With it's prophetic advice, you'll soon be on your way to become the best zombie you can be.
Robert Wike

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carla ODonnell on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Z4Z. There were many times when I was laughing so hard that my roommate insisted that I read her the passage! David P. Murphy is creative and hilarious. His references to current cultural phenomena left me laughing and smiling for hours on end. Every time I thought that I had a favorite part of the book, Murphy made another reference that sent me into a laughing fit! I really loved reading Z4Z and hope David P. Murphy has many more hilarious books to come!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zootie on August 27, 2009
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Although I don't exactly have a taste (ahem) for zombies, I found this book very funny indeed. The writing is smart and snarky and the illustrations are imaginative to say the least. If you enjoy ridiculing self-help books, you'll get a big kick out of this one. Don't shy away just because you're repulsed by the living dead. If you have any sense of humor, you'll laugh out loud at Zombies for Zombies. If you don't laugh out loud . . . well, I guess you waited too long after being bitten. Zootie
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lemkau on October 20, 2009
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Zombie for Zombies is a how-to-book and advice book, to living as a Zombie. A must for anyone who has been recently bitten. I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge zombie fan. But if you add in a bit of snark, a little bit of humor then I'm good to go. Which is exactly what I found in Zombies for Zombies, I thought it was hilarious! This book holds all sorts of information that is vital to a zombie. From behavior, to grooming, stories of success and even tips to spice up your zombie sex life. Not to be missed! With the popularity of the paranormal I wonder if this book will spawn other books such as Vampires for Vampires or Werewolves for Werewolves?? ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Teach Typing on March 31, 2010
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Based on the other reviews I was expecting this to be a fun read but I was really surprised at the creativity. The bottom line is that the author does more than tell you about how to integrate with society (in the scarlet shores nursing homes) and not be part of the Horde after being bitten. He actually does a great job of describing life post zombie disaster. Some of the early sections are a bit dry but once things get going (starting with the chapter on fashion) the juicy sections are REALLY funny. There is actually very little gore for a book on zombies but the recipes are (VERY funny and) totally gross. So, if you were hoping for lots of guts or horror don't bother with this one but if you like zombies and if you need a laugh pick it up.

While the book is listed at 240+ pages it is small and really a fast read with lots of art. So, it is ideal for a cross country flight or a rainy day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Goble on February 23, 2011
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Ha! Awesome! My husband is thoroughly convinced that the humans demise will be by Zombie hands. He and I both enjoy good zombie movies and games and we are very gently conditioning our 4 youngsters into the world of Horror. I dont want our kids to be afraid of the things we enjoy. Anyways the the book is great and I am enjoying it very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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So you've just been bitten by a zombie and are about to change into one yourself? Well, fear not, you don't have to go all horde-y and go on a brain munchin' spree. Instead, you can read this detailed how-to book for the recently bitten as they prepare for their transition into post-life.
David Murphy has created a zombieverse where most of the undead go all runny in the head and turn into the horde, which are your traditional flesh and brain eaters. But I believe the percentage is around 18% that work hard to retain at least some of their humanity...at least enough that they are elligible to live in one of the Scarlet Shores facilities that have been built near the barricaded areas where the horde resides. There, these post-lifers get the opportunity to socialize with others of their kind, get quality meds that keep them happy with their diminished abilities, and overall, a chance to un-live as much of a normal un-life as possible.
This book was funny and a highly detailed step by step program to adjust to your new rotting existence by the author. The illustrations were top-notch and the book was pretty entertaining overall. I think I liked the two interludes that consisted of short stories even better than the chapter by chapter overview on how to prepare for your transition. I am not sure if David has done other short stories but I think if he compiles some more involving the horde I would like to check them out.
The author keeps a snarky edge through out this book and while I have to admit that not all of his humor hit the mark, overall Z4Z was quite entertaining. If you can appreciate zombie humor or plan on getting bitten by the living dead any time soon, this is probably not a bad book to add to your collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wike on December 1, 2009
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Been bitten by the undead? Unable to curb the never ending hunger for the flesh of the living? Then You need Zombies For Zombies. With it's prophetic advice, you'll soon be on your way to become the best zombie you can be. And with only three small payments I'll even throw in some recipes that'll keep your decaying taste buds buzzing. here's how to order
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Little Nipper on November 17, 2009
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I admit to being a stranger to the zombie genre. I've never been attracted to the back story or lore, so claiming an attachment to the genre and therefore unimpeachable standing to contribute a review of Zombies for Zombies, I cannot. (True, I did see "Shaun of the Dead" a few years ago, a colleague insisting, and found it both arch and engaging, but it didn't convert me.) So I come to Zombies for Zombies as a living-dead ignoramus. So be it. However, I was given Zombies for Zombies as a gift, and out of obligation to the giver, started to read. And what happened? This book made me laugh. And on that singular level (laughing is something we can all claim to be an expert on, right?) Zombies for Zombies succeeded. _It made me laugh_ -- over and over and over, with each page I turned and with each chapter I read.

I suppose it shouldn't have surprised me. I devour Woody Allen, reach for Mel Brooks DVDs repeatedly, snuggle up to Jon Stewart, and TIVO Conan. I appreciate humor of a subversive kind and this is where Zombies succeeds. Its humor is stylized and drawn from the masters of triple-edged story-telling. Think Monty Python, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart.

So. True. I can't tell you if it qualifies as a success when parsing the Zombie question, but it leads with a strong story line, leans on the forever crying-to-be-parodied 'For Dummies' format, and then delivers non-stop innuendo, slapstick, and laughs.

Bottom line: if you have a brother, sister, friend, child, or neighbor who _is_ wrapped up in the dead/undead/living dead conversation, you can't go wrong with this book.

(I said devour Woody Allen....too funny.)
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