zombie hand rising from groundZombies are turning up everywhere. They’re walking our streets. They’re showing up on our TVs and our movie screens. They’re popping up in books and graphic novels. So naturally, they’re in our libraries. They’re coming to get us, so now is the time to learn all you can about them in order to save yourself from the upcoming zombie apocalypse.

World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war. Max Brooks’ popular novel is an account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead, told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival. Watch for the film, staring Brad Pitt, to be released on December 12, 2012.

Raising Stony Mayhall. Driving home in a winter snowstorm, Wanda Mayhall and her three daughters come upon the corpses of a young woman and her infant, frozen by the side of the road. When the infant opens its eyes, Wanda realizes the child is one of the living dead. In spite of everything they know about the zombie outbreak and the ruthless measures taken to prevent its spread, the Mayhalls keep the child, naming him Stony. In doing so, they cross a line that has repercussions encompassing a new vision of what it means to be alive.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie. Meet Angel Crawford, a high school dropout on probation for possession of a stolen car, who wakes up in a hospital with a confused memory of horrible injuries now mysteriously vanished and an anonymous benefactor setting her up with a job at the local morgue. Angel’s problems with her alcoholic father, petty-criminal boyfriend Randy, handsome cop Marcus, and obnoxious co-worker Nick are overshadowed by her new appetite for the brains of the corpses she handles. Then Angel encounters a trio of odd deaths and starts tracking a serial killer with a habit of beheading his victims.

Allison Hewitt is Trapped. The worst has happened—Allison and her coworkers are trapped at Brooks and Peabody Bookstore. Outside their safe haven is a crowd of the infected—zombies. No one knows what has happened, but luckily the WiFi still works. Somehow the government has enabled a backup Internet system that allows communication. In a series of blog posts, Allison records her experiences and communicates with other survivors to help her small village fend off the dreaded infected.

Warm Bodies. A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Zombies vs. Nazis: a long history of the walking dead. Zombie expert Scott Kenemore unearths a collection of top-secret lost documents from WWII (originally intercepted by the U.S. Signal Corps in 1941 and presented to Franklin Roosevelt in a confidential memorandum), describing efforts of the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst (or SD) to harness and weaponize Haitian Voodoo and zombie-creating technologies for military purposes. While the Nazis initially dream of creating an army of bloodthirsty, automaton super-zombies to march across Europe, they soon learn that the walking dead are not as obedient and malleable as they’ve been led to believe. Faced with Voodoo spells, dangerous flora and fauna, and their own naive assumptions about the dark forces with which they’re tangling, these Nazi SD agents learn the hard way that nobody bosses around a zombie.

If, even after all your reading, you don’t survive a zombie attack, relax. Take comfort in the knowledge that all your reading fed your brain, making for a much tastier snacking experience for the zombies.


3 responses to “Brrrraaaaiiiiinnnnnsssss…

  1. Great post! I will be adding some of these to my long list of books to read, along with Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry – another example of zombie fiction.

  2. Hi Christy! I just picked up “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead — so far it’s excellent — and I’ve also heard good things about “Dust” by Joan Frances Turner. Booklist magazine suggests a few more zombie titles here:
    – Danielle

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