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Best Zombie Books

Updated on September 21, 2014

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>If you're looking for some of the best zombie books, you've come to the right place! I'm a big fan of zombie books, zombie movies, zombie games and everything related to zombies (I even have zombie fridge magnets!). I think I've read all books on zombies that were published the last few years and some even from many years ago.

If you don't like zombies, I hope with these books I can transfer my passion for these lifeless and otherworldly creatures and the heroes that raise them, slain them and save the world from them.

Zombies have appeared in quite a lot of different fictional genres: from your typical horror novel, to some of the best post-apocalyptic novels, to paranormal romance and mysteries, zombies are everywhere. Let's face it, they have ingrained themelves in our lives, so all we can do now is learn about them and have fun with them.

Enjoy these books (the best and the newest) and if you know some novels that I haven't mentioned here, please add it to the list below, or let me know about it it in the Comments section at the bottom.

Also keep coming back as I'll constantly add and review newly published books.

Khost by Vincent Hobbes
Khost by Vincent Hobbes

Recent Zombie Book I've Read: Khost by Vincent Hobbes

Khost by Vincent Hobbes is one of those books that you'll be thinking about long after finishing it. It is so good that I can't even put it into words. It has monsters (zombie-like ones, of course), it has lots of action, great and likable characters, pretty much everything you need in a book to keep you engaged flipping the pages until the very last one.

The book is very now still, only been published this year and I only came across completely by chance. But I'm glad I did!

So what exactly is Khost? It is a place in Afghanistan where US Special Forces are sent to a cave filled with strange enemies that they have to fight off. Little do they know before entering the cave what exactly they are dealing with.

The actual story goes back to 1984 to a time when Russians did some experiments on the enemy forces with some truly dire and horrifying results. That part already was captivating enough that kept me going to see what happens next.

Fast forward to today when a Delta force team goes missing with only one person coming back from pure hell, who keeps telling his horror story about meeting monsters in a cave.

I won't give away more of the plot, but suffice to say, if you like books with monsters, if you like military thrillers with Delta Forces and Navy Seals, then this will be right up your alley. It will be a book that you won't forget any time soon, that I can promise.

World War Z
World War Z

World War Z by Max Brooks

I've already reviewed World War Z here in relation to post-apocalyptic novel themes, but I have to mention this book again because it's simply one of my favorite zombie novel of all times (and I've read quite a few so far).

This book has become a true classic both in the post-apocalyptic and the zombie novels genre. The story is quite interesting in that it's written in a rather journalistic style (that is truly engaging) in that if follows and talks to people who have survived the zombie war. The world has been overtaken by zombies, and but merely a handful of people have survived.

If you're scared of zombies per se, don't worry as this book doesn't really features them. They are instead mentioned by the interviewee so that the horrors of what zombies inflicted to humanity are given to you second hand.

It is such a wonderful book that I can only warmly recommend it, it's seriously good!

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - by Max Brooks

Written by the same author who also wrote World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide is another awesome books on .. you guessed: zombies. Specifically about the zombie apocalypse. If the zombies took over the world, how prepared are you to survive?

Written in a rather humorous tone, this book makes many people think: oh boy, I'm not so prepared for a zombie attack as I thought I were!. It is funny, entertaining and left me really chuckling a few times. Some readers discarded the book because it scares people into believing zombies really exist.

What I say instead is just forget about the reality for a few hours, immerse yourself in the book and enjoy it for what it is: a highly entertaining, funny look at an alternate world where zombies could indeed, take over the world. What would YOU do to protect yourself?

Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.

— ~Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

If you're a zombie fan, you must have seen The Walking Dead TV show (it's already on Season 2). As with any good Tv series, the graphic novels have already been written and they can be bought online. Being a zombie fanatic, of course I had to buy them (all 15 of them and the Survivors' Guide), and let me tell you, if you get them, you won't be disappointed.

Not only the books are fabulous, but the art is also excellent. Any comic book collector is proud to own this entire series. If you get it, I suggest you get the whole series in one go, else you'll be left salivating for the rest of the books while waiting impatiently for them to some point (like me - big mistake!)

Monster Island: A Zombie Novel - by David Wellington

Manhattan is taken over by zombies after an epidemic has all but killed the human population. The story takes place 6 weeks after the epidemic.

The book is highly original (which is refreshing, considering the many books on zombies that have popped up recently) and I think you'll really enjoy it. While I don't want to give the plot away, let's just say that not all zombies are alike. Some can think and even speak.

This is the very first book in his zombie series, followed by Monster Nation and Monster Planet, each of them worthwhile reading, especially if you're fan of the new emerging Zompocalyptic genre.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

If you think that zombie novels should be all grim, full of horror and bad tension, you're way behind the times. Fact is, zombies can be fun - and ARE fun in this truly hilarious book.

It is just so out there that there's no way that you wont' feel something very strong about it: either love it or hate it with a vengeance.

Basically the plot is pretty much the same as in the original Jane Austen book. With a couple of exceptions, of course. Afterall, it's a zombie novel. Many things that were kind of puzzling in the original novel make much more sense now.

The way people acted, the hidden agendas, all will be revealed in this truly enjoyable novel that doesn't take itself too seriously. And you shouldn't do it either.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.

— ~Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

by Stephen King

A true classic by now, this book by Stephen King really does his writing justice. I loved it (but then I love all Stephen King's books).

It is about a family moving to a small town, about dead children and a pet cemetery, and a scary atmosphere that will really give you sleepless nights unless you're already used to Stephen King's writing - and maybe even then. I can safely say that this is one of his scariest books to date. It's truly a horror book of the classic type.

If you own a cat, you might want to skip reading this book. You'll definitely never look at cats the same way again.

Oh and if you're a goth, as someone over at Goodreads so well said 'you'll become 5% gother'. Nuff said.

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Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) - by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
If you're read the first book in the series, here is Book 2 to keep you company. Don't pick up to read this book unless you've read the first, else a couple of things might not make sense, or you'll feel out of order with it all. The book follows the brother and sister Georgie and Shawn Mason a few months after the story in the first book ended. Book 3 in the trilogy, apparently called Blackout) is not published yet.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

This is the first book in a new zombie horror series, one that I really enjoyed reading. Mary is a teenager with her typical problems, down at the river, when the sirens go off. The zombies, also called the Unconsecrated, are kept outside of the village by a chain-link fence that keeps the last part of non-infected humanity still intact.

Unfortunately Mary doesn't want to live forever within the confinements of the fence in the village, so she and a few of her friends get out and...then the horrors start...

It's strange that this is one of those books that you either love or hate. It got lots of mixed reviews at Amazon and I had fun reading them all - because those who loved the book, were right. But also those who hated the book, were tight as well. Read it for yourself and see what I mean.

Blood is really warm,

it's like drinking hot chocolate

but with more screaming.

— ~Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your...Brains
Patient Zero
Patient Zero

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger #1)

by Jonathan Maberry

So far we've talked about post-apocalyptic books, about horror novels, even romantic novels. How about a police action thriller for a change?

When I read this book, I had a visual image in my mind of Jack Bauer playing this (Kiefer Sutherland from 24). The main role of this book fits the character of Joe Ledger perfectly, in my opinion. It's full of action and suspense, so the plot never gets boring. Joe Ledger is an ex-Baltimore detective, who now is fighting terrorists for Homeland Security. One of his latest jobs is to defeat the terrorist cell who threatens to release a powerful zombie bio-weapon.

There is everything in it: a global terrorist thread, zombies, bio weapons, a secret agency from the government, and of course the irresistible action hero who will kick some serious zombie butt, a bit of comedy that leaves you chuckling now and then. Recommended if you like this cookbook of plot and suspense.

I Zombie I
I Zombie I

I Zombie I

by Jack Wallen

I Zombie I is another great zombie apocalypse novel Relatively recently published (in 2011), it has quickly picked up in popularity as more and more people got to read it.

Jacob Plummer is a reporter who (I do have to give that much away) turns into a zombie. And he is the one to tell the story. It's an awesome one, let me tell you. The book genre is a thriller that never gets really boring. And this is why I urge you to buy the next two books in the series as well, as if you start reading this, you'll want to continue without even one day of delay in between.

I actually had a few giggles throughout as well, something that broke at times the suspense and let me breath out as well. Great read(s).

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament - by S. G. Browne

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
This book is a zombie story with a twist. It is fun, (hilarious at times) and if you like the dark comedy genre (and zombies of course), you'll be in great company! The story is about a newly created zombie who feels alienated in a world that don't consider zombies human (how dare they!). But it's not all comedy. You have romance, action, more action, gore, pretty much everything you want tin a good zombie read to keep you occupied for hours. It does have a new fresh look on zombies - fun and enjoyable instead of brain sucking monster. So if you don't like zombies, maybe this book will change your mind about them. Give it a go, you won't regret it.

Hollowland - by Amanda Hocking

This book is both a zombie novel and a dystopia novel. I have to warn you, this book is mostly for YA (young adults) who love romances, paranormal fun and stories with zombies. However that doesn't mean that you shouldn't read it. It's really a fun read, and while i haven't read the rest of the series yet, I will pick them up soon.
The first in The Hollows series, this book is about Remy, a young heroine who really kicks some butt. She is strong headed and determined to find her small brother, Max King.
If you've loved The Hunger Games (while that one is not about zombies), I have a feeling you will like this one as well.

This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.

— ~Amanda Hocking, Hollowland

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