Shamblers, Amblers, and Severed Heads: Zombies in Literature

Yeah, I like zombie books. Who doesn’t? Well, I used to be one of the zombie book haters. Or, rather, I just didn’t ‘get’ it. I stumbled through life, undereducated about the undead. Then, a co-worker gave me a stack of zombie books and told me to read them. So, I did.

As a fan of Jane Austen, I naturally gravitated toward Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (who transformed a classic into a gore-fest) and Jane Austen (who is dead and unaware of the collaboration). I loved it! If you’re looking for a book that combines satire, zombies, romance, and big words, this is the book for you.

Awash in romantic notions, I plunged into the stack of zombie books and delved into Dead City by Joe McKinney. It was a good book, full of action and shootings, but did little to stir my romantic imagination.

I asked my co-worker why there weren’t more zombie romance novels. He told me to shut up. But, then he gave me another book: Married with Zombies. It’s a goodie! Jesse Peterson has created an amazing, entertaining trilogy featuring a married couple who arrive at their marriage counseling session only to encounter their therapist eating a previous patient. “The family that slays together, stays together,” Peterson says on the cover of her first book. Isn’t that heartwarming?

Last, but not least, I have to give a shout-out to I’ve Been Deader by Adam Sifre. This one’s a little different—well, a lot different. It’s hilarious (which I love in a zombie book) and the main character is a zombie (which is brilliantly unique). Fred is a ‘thinker.’ He is so intelligent, in fact, that he’s able to control other zombies. It’s refreshing to read a book that explores the zombie’s point of view, so I would highly recommend this to hard-core zombie fans, or to those who are gently easing into zombie-lit.

So, if you haven’t read a zombie book, you really should give it a try. If you’re looking for fast-paced action (Dead City), classic literature (Price and Prejudice and Zombies), or intelligent humor (I’ve Been Deader), zombie-lit has something for you!

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