Over the past couple of weeks, I have been getting asked frequently what someone that is a zombie fan would like for Christmas. I have several suggestions, but when it comes to movies, there are only a few that I would recommend for The Walking Dead fans out there. But I have found that it is harder to find a good zombie novel out there that can capture someone’s imagination. So, without further ado, here are my top books for the zombie fans out there for the holidays, in no particular order.
The Ex Series from Peter Clines. Superhero’s vs. Zombies in no better place than Hollywood. Overall, the idea is fantastic, you get introduced to new superhero’s with different powers and the only thing that are trying to do is keep the remaining survivors during the zombie outbreak safe from what should surely be the end of humanity. With four current books in the series, I know that there is at least one more scheduled to come out in 2015. The paperback editions of these books cap out at $15.99 and prices for the eBooks are $7.99-$9.99.
If you are in to a little bit more history and would like to see it rewritten, I would suggest Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead. Finding out what really happened on the Titanic on its deadly maiden voyage may for a better term float your boat. Exploring the depths of the ship and finding that there is a secret behind the sinking of the massive boat and it may have been the only way to stop the zombie outbreak of hitting America. With a paperback listing price of $15 and an eBook listing price of $11.99, it is a fun read for anyone wanting to give another theory of why the Titanic sank.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there is no escaping the zombie outbreak with these books, but there is one that has stuck with me for a while that makes me feel very bad for the main characters. Jonathan Mayberry’s, Dead of Night. With more of a real life feel to it, it takes place while a hurricane hits the town. Without knowing what is happening, officers are being pitted against each other as the infection moves from person to person. With no lights, no way of contacting outside help, this is one of my favorite stories to date. With a paperback list price of $15.99 and an eBook listing of 9.99, it is hard to go wrong.
If the person you are buying for likes a little bit more scientific explanations, why not get Cryonic from Travis Bradberry. When your main character has been cryogenically frozen for twenty odd years and awakens in a country that has been taken over by the Chinese, he also finds out that he is the only one that has been revived successfully, without the need to feed like the others. As the scientists believe they have uncovered the secret to unfreezing their patents, their cockiness leads to their demise as their next attempts fall short on bringing back humanity, but bring back flesh eaters that only want to feed on the warm bodies of their doctors. With a paperback list price of $13.95 and an eBook price of $.99, it should add a smile to any zombie lover’s face.
I cannot forget to mention Brian Keene’s, Rising series. Keene is one of my favorite zombie writers at this time, and it started with his book, The Rising. When and priest and a prostitute walk into a bar…sounds like a joke, right? But it is not. It is a fine novel about what a band of survivors that have nothing in common are able to do to survive, even when they are more focused on killing each other than trying to kill the zombie threat. This was the closest type of zombie book that I could find that was the closest in rules to the Romero stories, it still has its differences and it should not be any other way. With a paperback list price of $13.95 and eBook price of $7.95, it is easy to add this to your shopping list.
Well, there you have it. My Zombie book list for anyone having problems finding something for their zombie loving loved ones. I know there are many more books out there by other great authors and I recommend you check them out, but I cannot vouch for them at this point as I have not had a chance to read them. I hope this helps lesson the stress of shopping this holiday season, and please comment about any other zombie book ideas that I might have missed. Thanks and as always, Stay Scared.