Zombies and literature don’t really mix and match and the truth is that there are very, very few outstandingly good zombie books out there.
UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom of this article to find the link to my list of the best new zombie novels for 2016! Hunter already has enough horrors in his head after suffering years of combat in the Airborne Infantry.
An apocalyptic tale that surprises you with humor when it’s not terrifying you with horror, Those Who Are Left follows Derrick as he and two strangers venture through the major cities of the South in search of family and safety. The nations of the world already in serious economic decline must turn to heavy police and military deployment to protect civilian lives and maintain law and order.
This is book 3 in the Longest Road series, following the survival adventures of a group of friends in a world plagued by the zombie apocalypse. What starts off as a fun day at the zoo for John and his young daughter Fi quickly turns into a waking nightmare. Lost World, the fourth book in the Broken World series, continues following a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own… You do have to read the first books in the series, but it’s well worth it! With millions of people being wiped out by a modern plague, the Government secretly creates a cure. After a contagion engulfs humanity, zombies rise to feast on the few survivors that are left. Two years after the New York outbreak in Medora, masked terrorists unleash the undead at a mall in Mexico City. Chaos breaks out when a virulent new strain of biological warfare is unwittingly released into the general population, causing all who are infected with it to turn into flesh hungry monsters driven by a hive mind that yearns to feed. New World, the next in the series, should launch this year, so we’ll surely get to taste a bit more of the great writing and adventure!
When rural Ohio college professor Peter Mellor dies in an automobile accident during a zombie outbreak, he is reborn as a highly intelligent (yet somewhat amnesiac) member of the living dead. Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence? Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world.
With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse. Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions protect a last few thousand survivors in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount.
But the hungry ex-humans aren’t the only threats the heroes face. Former allies, their powers and psyches hideously twisted, lurk in the city’s ruins. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and for Michael Talbot that step is taken at Indian Hill with his best friend Paul Ginson by his side.  Together they grow up, meet girls, and go off to college. This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression.
A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. This is a realistic story of how an average, middle class couple survives the cascading events brought on by international politics, high tech military actions and the eventual downfall of society.
All of their survival skills are tested during the action packed expedition in a world that resembles the American West of 200 years past.
Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.
An epidemic has killed off most humans, turning the rest into beasts with sharp nails, keen senses and an insatiable hunger. Collected here for the first time, The Mountain and The City is a post-apocalyptic serial that has kept its faithful readers on the edge of their seats time and time again.
And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. Some mysteries should stay buried. Archaeologists Pippa Quinn and Charlie Jackson find advanced technology in undisturbed 16th Century graves. As the survivors try to make new lives in the wasteland, an evil army forms, intent on murdering all those tainted with the diseases brought by fallout. When Swan finds a mysterious amulet that could hold the key to humankind’s salvation, she draws the attention of a man more dangerous than any nuclear bomb.


In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze.
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. Adrian Ring’s simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. And since they are getting better and better, we have decided to choose for you 15 new zombie books to read in 2015.
At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. But not all the human factions can be trusted, and if the trio can’t figure out what’s driving the different groups they could end up with enemies on all sides. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. A drug is designed and distributed to save lives and causes the near destruction of the human race.
Now they and a small group of survivors are fighting for their lives against a pack of animals that seem somehow altered.
Together with his wife Abby and little girl Katie, they begin a dangerous trek across the wintery Midwest in hopes to reconnect with his brother in the heartland of Wisconsin.
But there was no way he could have known that one day zombies would gather into groups big enough to knock down walls and take out entire buildings full of people. Steven Jenkins, bestselling author of Fourteen Days and Burn The Dead, shares six zombie tales that are rotten for all the right reasons. Some great books that should quench your thirst for zombies and the end of the world as we know it! With society crumbling around him and violence escalating into daily life, Peter quickly learns that being a zombie isn’t all fun and brains.
Marty Slack, a TV network executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the location for a new TV show.
Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Billions died, civilization fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland. Scarred and traumatized by the horrors they’ve endured, the heroes fight the armies of ravenous ex-humans at their citadel’s gates, lead teams out to scavenge for supplies—and struggle to be the symbols of strength and hope the survivors so desperately need.
The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.
It’s a meeting that leads to a fateful decision, and a sacrifice that will change everything. With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. A portent, the discovery precedes thousands of giant sinkholes opening up across the globe as extreme weather threatens the population. Maybe it’s her mother, fed up with her current boyfriend and ready to abandon their dismal trailer park and seek a new home.
He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: Subvenire refectus. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.


Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. Journal,” and through short stories that entwine with his tales that bring forth dark visions of a world being eaten alive by an unimaginable evil. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. After seeing a gruesome zombie attack on TV, he quickly discovers that the danger lurks right outside his front door. Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation. This book focuses on the actions of Eddie, his family, and his friends during and after the collapse of society and the people they encounter that have either nothing or everything left to lose. The risks are grave, and the price of failure may be worse than death, but together they fight, facing the daunting task of preventing a catastrophic future of irreversible repercussions. Dan soon discovers the ravenous hordes of undead are not the only things out there that threaten the lives of his family. A terrorist leader, known only as The Sirr, claims responsibility as he rises up with his brotherhood to cleanse mankind with the nanovirus scourge. Fingers crossed that they do because the narrator, Hillary Huber, did such an amazing job with it and I know she’s also hoping to keep it going.
Humans—unsympathetic, generally, to his new proclivities—try to kill him at nearly every opportunity. His dangerous, unpredictable journey home will take him through the different worlds of what was once Los Angeles. Nothing can prepare him for this ordeal, a quest for his family and for his soul, a journey that will test the limits of his endurance and his humanity, a trek from the man he was to the man he can be … if he can survive The Walk. This is life with the door and windows taped shut, where survival comes down to two, simple rules: stay quiet, and protect the air.
He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. Now Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. So let’s not waste time and let’s feed our brains with some high quality zombie literature! While the daring epic comes to an explosive end, find out what happens on… The Other Side. Can he stay the man he is, or will he need to become something more dangerous in order to protect the ones he loves? Two unlikely heroes find themselves in the beginning of a zombie apocalypse, where the dead are feeding, and the living are collecting the weaker for their torturous pleasure. But reader beware: as the groans get louder and the twitching starts, you’ll be dying to reach the final page. The fate of the world depends on an elite infectious operations team and one CIA operative whose loyalties have blurred. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Even that might not be enough as this new enemy exacts a plan that will change the course of humankind forever. He must now struggle to make sense of everything that has happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him constantly. But will the scientists and soldiers find the answer before it’s too late and the infection spreads to Man? With our heroes battling on two different fronts, and hope for mankind rapidly diminishing, this may truly be the beginning of the end. As the military defends the world with electromagnetic weapons, they soon discover the enemy’s secret: the undead have evolved. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. He must, because perhaps there is nothing else human left. I Am Legend was a major influence in horror and brought a whole new thematic concept to apocalyptic literature.
Several humanistic and emotional themes in this book blend the horror genre with traditional fiction: we see Neville as an emotional person, and observe as he suffers bouts of depression, dips into alcoholism and picks up his strength again to fight the vampiric bacteria that has infected (and killed off) most of humankind.
Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane.
Neville soon meets a woman, Ruth, (after three years alone), who seems to be uninfected and a lone survivor. The two become close and he learns from Ruth that the infected have learned to fight the disease and can spend short amounts of time in the daylight, slowly rebuilding strength and society as it was. The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, as Omega Man in 1971 and finally as I am Legend in 2007, starring Will Smith. Followers of detective and horror fiction alike will find something to love about Zombie, Ohio—a tale of murder, mystery, and the walking dead.




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