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Zombie apocalypse reading list 


A zombie. Check out our list of recommended reads so you can be fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse!

We've broken up the list into seven helpful categories - everything from how to survive the zombpocalypse to the heart-breaking, brain-munching world of zombie romance.



Mini morsels (short stories)

Zombies vs unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
A collection of short stories that will decide the eternal question: which is better – zombies or unicorns?

Z: Zombie stories edited by JM Lassen
Fun, short stories in a one-volume collection. A good introduction to the zombie genre without having to read an entire book.

Mega morsels

Ashes by Ilsa Bick
Peril, mystery and the zombie apocalypse. Something changed the world six months ago, most people are gone and the teenagers have become "Changed" or "Chuckies". They are driven by a disease that makes them cannibals, eating those that have been spared... are you one of them?

The enemy (series) by Charlie Higson
Takes the zombie fear and ramps it up into a horrific adventure story in which every adult is out to eat you.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Deuce has just become an adult in her tribe and now she is a hunter, it is her job to find food for her family and fight off the Freaks that patrol the tunnels, killing and eating anyone they can find. When the Freaks become more organised and dangerous, Deuce learns that there is more to her world than she ever dreamed.

The forest of hands and teeth (series) by Carrie Ryan
Mary and her village are kept safe from the Unconsecrated by a fence, but when that fence is breached and the village is overrun, Mary and her companions must risk everything if they hope to survive.

Rot and ruin by Jonathan Maberry (series)
Mankind survived the zombie apocalypse, but only in small isolated communities where rules are strictly enforced and everyone has to pull their own weight. When Benny becomes an adult, he joins his older brother Tom in the zombie-hunting business, and discovers that zombies are not the only danger in his world.

Reel fiction (books into film)

The walking dead (graphic novel series) by Robert Kirkman
The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

Warm bodies by Isaac Marion
R is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Among the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

World war Z: An oral history of the zombie war by Matt Brooks
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, travelled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.


Zombie love

Generation dead by Daniel Waters
Phoebe falls for a guy who is "living impaired" and has to face prejudice and fear.

My boyfriend is a monster (graphic novel series) by Evonne Tsang, illustrated by Janina Gomissen
Just when you find Mr Right, along comes the zombie acopalypse!

Pride and prejudice and zombies: The classic regency romance – now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton - and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr Darcy.

Zombie survival guides

The boys’ book of survival by Guy Campbell
When everyone around you is panicking, it's time to take control and be a hero. This book explains all the skills you'll need to get through even the toughest day.

How to speak zombie: A guide for the living by Steve Mockus
Zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls - no matter what kind of monster, be assured someone is talking about it. This book is a humourous and exciting book to satisfy the needs of all those mad-for-monsters people out there. Just like the bestselling Farts: a spotter's guide in size and format, this is a sound book. Through hilarious sounds, descriptions and pictures you can be fluent in Zombie in no time. This book is designed to help you navigate everyday life now that the world has been overrun by zombies. Your best hope in this regard is to learn how to speak their language.

The zombie survival guide: Complete protection from the living dead by Max Brooks
This book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behaviour, the most effective defence tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Getting crafty

Knit your own zombie: Over 100 combinations to rip ‘n’ reassemble for horrifying results by Fiona Goble
This book is seriously adorable with more than 100 patterns ranging from a zombie grave digger to zombie rock star, there is something for everybody!

Zombigami: paper folding for the living dead by Duy Nguyen
Have gruesome fun creating 13 ghoulish origami zombies. Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to fold simple origami paper into some of the most revolting creatures of the night.


Zombies hate stuff by Greg Stones
Zombies hate clowns. They also hate hippies, not to mention zip-lines, penguins, moon penguins, nudists, weddings, sharing and kittens. They really hate unicorns, and strangely don't mind Canadians. Each ghoulishly colourful painting in this book reveals a funny and unexpected scene of zombie disgruntlement, cataloguing the stuff that really riles up the walking dead (astronauts, rain, bagpipes, re-gifting and more) with wit, humour, and of course, brains.  

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