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Zombies continue to be a topic of interest in many areas. May is Zombie Awareness Month. Kansas has made October Zombie preparedness month for its state. The CDC has a zombie preparedness website that it uses to promote preparedness for emergencies. Zombie fiction has been a popular genre for a while. Many "classics" are being re-envisioned with Zombie characters. Here are a few zombie novels to enjoy.  

 21st century dead : a zombie anthology / edited by Christopher Golden

A collection of short stories about Zombies



 The adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim by W. Bill Czolgosz and Mark Twain.

A re-envisioning of the Mark Twain Classic.



 Alice in Zombieland by Nicholas Cook and Lewis Carroll.

When little Alice follows the Black Rat down into the gaping darkness of an open grave, she falls and falls. And soon finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Venturing further into this land of zombies and monsters, she encounters characters both creepy and madcap along the way. 

 Autumn by David Moody.

A hybrid of War of the worlds and Night of the living dead, chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease.


 Blackout by Mira Grant.

In 2041, Georgia Mason, held hostage by a team of CDC researchers, must find her way back to Shaun Mason, who is dealing with his own problems, such as zombie bears, mad scientists and rogue government agencies, before things get worse in her post-zombie, post-resurrection America.

 Brains: a Zombie memoir by Robin Becker.

After the zombie apocalypse, can zombies and humans live together in peace and harmony? College professor-cum-zombie Jack Barnes is determined to try.


Dead Mann Running by Stefan Petrucha.

Either I'm stubborn, or its rigor mortis, but being dead didn't stop me from being a detective or finding my wife's killer. But its tough out there for a zombie, and lately it's been getting tougher. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability.

  Dead of night by Jonathan Maberry.

"A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang...but a bite.

 Death Warmed over by Kevin Anderson.

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves and other undead denizens on the world, it's been hell for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeau who works with a human lawyer as his partner. 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.

 Paul is Undead by Alan Goldshar.

Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four "are" zombies, and zombies live forever ....


 Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland.

Will was not only one of the greatest writers in the English language, he was also a necromancer. In exchange for a front row seat to history, Will supplied zombie armies. Sure, he's sorry now. Hey, he's refused to raise a shuffling, shambling corpse for years.


 Warm bodies by Isaac Marion.

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.

 Zone one by Colson Whitehead.

Mark Spitz and his squad of three "sweepers" move through Zone One of lower Manhattan, a walled-off enclave scheduled for resettlement in the aftermath of a zombie plague. The great masses of the undead have been violently dispatched by a Marine detachment. It falls to Spitz and his fellows to take care of the handful that remain. 





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