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Top 5 of the Best Zombie Books of Recent Years

Updated on January 31, 2011

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Your fully-illustrated, comprehensive guide to surviving the impending attack of the multitudes of zombies that is bound to happen in any minute now.

The Zombie Survival Guide covers everything from understanding zombie anatomy and psychology to the most efficient, life-saving defense tactics and weapons, to preparing your home for a long siege or surviving any type of terrain you may be forced to live in.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead is your ultimate resource and best friend in the future of mankind, giving you a tremendous edge over those uninitiated into the science of the living dead. It's not just a zombie book, it's a tool you will need.

Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

2011, a pervasive illness leads up to a zombie infestation that destroys the population of the world. Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection is not your average zombie book, but the actual fully-illustrated journal of a biologist uncovered in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.

It follows the narrator who flees from place to place north-bound to Canada, where he hopes the colder climate will slow down the inordinate armies of the living dead. Meeting fellow survivors and zounds of the infected along his path, he engineers his notebook into a graphic map of the world as he knows it after the undead, with observations of their behavior and stories of those who met them.

This zombie book is based on actual field research by someone who lived the hell he wrote about.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks, the author of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, utterly irritated by the abundance of cheap, unrealistic zombie books and made-up, untruthful stories that are presently in circulation and infect people's minds with lies about not just the undead, but the phenomenon of death itself, took it upon himself to preserve the authentic first-hand experiences of the survivors from the years of the Zombie War that came unimaginably close to devastating the entirety of humankind.

Journeying across the United States of America and then across the world, he recorded the testimony of men, women, and children who once had to feel the foul breath of the undead on their faces, trembling with fear in dark shadowy corners of ruined districts of cities, living the life of agony previously seen only in movies. None of them would have imagined that those movies will one day be our reality and World War Z was the result.

Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead

A anthology of 32 new and classic stories from both renowned writers and new-found talents. This extraordinary zombie book is set in a world where the dead had risen from the grave to consume the living.

None other than short-story masters such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Poppy Z. Brite; zombie scientists such as David J. Schow and Jack Ketchum; and popular rising stars such as Max Brooks and S.G. Browne deliver the best of the genre of zombie books in this rich compendium that has been designed to satisfy the unsated hunger of zombie fans around the world.

Captivating essays about zombie folklore and popular culture, award-winning zombie anthologies discuss the past, present, and future of the undead. As an added bonus zombie fans will find a resources section covering the best of fiction, movies, websites and games dealing with the living dead at the end of this book.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

"Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

From prehistory to the present, the hoards of the dead have threatened to engulf humankind in horror and the unbearable stench of rotting flesh. They invited you to join them in a manner that has become harder and harder to withstand over the years.

This graphic novel features the major zombie incidents from the dawn of history. This is not a zombie book, but an account of true events, long demanded by zombie fans across cultures and ages.

Every civilization in human history reported encounters with the living dead from African tribes practicing primordial beliefs, to the Mithraic legions of the Roman Empire, to the Christianity of modern man, no religious faith has protected man from the zombie threat.

Here are the heroic and ghastly stories, illustrated with artwork, based on authentic sources, depicting the hideous dead as they struggle involuntarily to devour the living.

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      Ruben Stanley 6 years ago

      Zombacter: Center City Contagion was just released by Severed Press in Kindle Format. It should be out in paperback this November.

      It's worth reading.

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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      I wish I had more time to read too. Thanks for stopping by, Mentalist. :)

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      My limited research into the Zombie reality is facinating,I'll put The Zombie Survival Guide on my Audible wishlist.;)

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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      Thanks, Mike. Definitely, check it out. I have started reading zombie book only recently, a move that I don't regret. They are more interesting than the movies. At least to me. :)

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      Mike's Corner 7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for the recommendations, Haunty. I read World War Z and loved it -- great, original take on the zombie genre. Encounters With the Hungry Dead looks really interesting -- I'll definitely check it out!