Your 3rd Helping of Brains

Shaun of the Dead

[Shaun leads the zombies away from the pub to create a diversion]
Shaun: Come and get it! It’s a running buffet!
[shouts]
Shaun: All you can eat!
Shaun of the Dead, 2004

Hallowe’en is fast approaching. Whether you’ll be out with your kids trick-or-treating, or enjoying yourself at a party or social, ask yourself this: “Am I prepared for the zombie apocalypse?” If not, no need to worry. We’ve got you covered. Study these books and movies, and you’ll be fine. Probably.

PlaugePlague World, by Dana Fredsti, is the 3rd and final book of the Ashley Parker series that began with Plague Town and continued in Plague Nation. The zombie plague has gone airborne, and the conspiracy that began it all reaches the boiling point. Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a splinter of their own organization, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús, which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn’t the worst news. The plague has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contract. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States – and across the world.

GraveIn book one of Joan Frances Turner’s The Resurgam Trilogy, Dust, the world is tenuously shared by man and zombie until an artificial plague rids the world of zombies but kills most of the human population as well. Survivors riddled with mutations caused by the plague (called ‘exes’) terrorize the world in book two, Frail, where we meet one of the last surviving humans as she discovers the secrets of the laboratory where the plague originated. Grave is the culmination of this epic tale—the characters must set their differences aside for the survival of their world; Grave promises to end with a bang.

Fall of NIghtFall of Night, by Jonathan Maberry, is the sequel to Dead of Night, bringing back beloved characters Desdamona Fox and Billy Trout as they race against time to quarantine a zombie epidemic while caught in a military strike. Continuing right where the first novel left off, Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against…what? The undead?

Girl with all the giftsMelanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. You’ll learn in M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts that not every gift is a blessing.

Death Warmed OverIf mysteries and bad puns are more you style, check out Kevin J. Anderson’s Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. It all starts with Death Warmed Over, where we meet zombie P.I. Dan Chambeau, who works with a human lawyer as his partner. Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell for him. His cases now include a resurrected mummy that is suing the museum that put him on display, two witches that were victims of a curse gone terribly wrong seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And Dan must also find out who caused his own death. The 4th book in the series, Slimy Underbelly, was released earlier this year.

FatimaFrom Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez comes Fatima: The blood spinners. A drug called “spin” offers the wildest trip imaginable, followed by its users’ inevitable, rapid deterioration into undead flesh eaters. Despite the side effect, the drug is so popular that the human population is dying out. With no cure to be found, the beautiful, lovesick Fatima may be the only thing standing between the survivors and the apocalypse. Get ready for zombies, mutants, drug lords, and gorgeous women!

Toe tagsCult movie writer/director George Romero, best known for his work on the horror classic Night of the Living Dead,  writes an original horror tale in Toe Tags. Overnight, the world has been turned upside down, and zombies rule the day! It’s up to a college professor named Hoffman, his assistant Damien Cross and his girlfriend to find out  how and why the undead have taken over. But even if they do get to the bottom of the plague, is it too late to save the world?

Looking for a good zombie movie when you’re on the go (from the shambling horde)? Stream something from our hoopla digital service. Choose from many titles, including Cowboys vs. zombies, A zombie invasion, Battle of the undead, Zombies: When the dead walk, and Zombie girl.

— Barbara

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