Listed below are some primary reading-materials regarding the undead (further titles will be added in due course):
The Serpent and the Rainbow – Wade Davis
Written by Canadian anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis, The Serpent and the Rainbow, takes zombies back to their Vodou roots – Davis analyses the pharmacological process in which ‘zombies’ are created. The novel has since been transformed into a successful motion picture of the same title (1988, director: Wes Craven).
BOOK OF THE DEAD: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema – Jamie Russell
A fantastic book – contains everything you need to know about zombies in film from 1932’s White Zombie up to recent releases such as Romero’s Land of the Dead, as well as a collection of stunning artwork and movie stills. This book is an essential purchase for zombie movie fans.
THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE – Max Brooks
The title says it all – for complete protection from the living dead, don’t leave home without it.
WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks
Includes numerous key interviews with survivors of “The Zombie War”, the ten-year long battle against the undead. Disturbingly realistic and very chilling in parts – a truly outstanding zombie novel.
ZOMBIES: A Record of the Year of Infection – Robert Twombly
An illustrated journal discovered after the zombie outbreak. Fantastic artwork right the way through.
ZOMBIE HAIKU – Ryan Mecum
The story of one man’s slow descent into zombiehood, told through the medium of poetry, with guts and gore in abundance. Unique. Creative. Disturbing. Brilliant.
Handling the Undead – John Ajvide Lindqvist
From the author of Let the Right One In, Handling the Undead is a very unique approach to this subject matter as it concentrates on the how the living respond to the dead rising, rather than the guts and gore that often come hand in hand with the walking dead. The novel reaches emotional heights as people deal with the return of their dead relatives and the death of death itself. A creepy, compelling read.
The Zombies that Ate Pittsburgh: The Films of George A. Romero
An excellent book dedicated to the works of George Romero, the man behind the legendary zombie trilogy: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, all of which are covered in extensive detail as well other less heard of titles such as Martin and Knightriders. A must have for Romero fans.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Austen’s classic tale of romance is knocked up a notch when the flesh-eating undead wreak havoc in Meryton.
The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye – JRobert Kirkman & Tony Moore
The first of a zombie comic series which follows the journey of a young cop named Rick Grimes who wakes from a coma in a hospital to find that the undead have virtually taken over. He must now find his family and do what it takes to survive. It’s got it all: great storyline, great characters and fantastic illustrations – collect them all!
The Living Dead – featuring stories by Clive Barker, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin and many more. Edited by John Joseph Adams.
More zombie short stories than you can shake a stick at!
Zombies for Zombies: Advice and Etiquette for the Living Dead – David P. Murphy. Illustrations by Daniel Heard.
Be the best zombie or ‘post-lifer’ you can be with this handy motivational guide.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols – Michael P. Spradlin. Illustrated by Christopher Moore.
Zombies and Christmas Carols – a winning combination.
Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary: The A-Z Guide to Staying Alive
‘As yet the undead have not risen from their graves and stared to devour the living – but there was a time when we said man would never walk on the moon and look what happened there, eh?
We must prepare for the inevitable and the Dictionary of the Dead is the ultimate alphabetical reference guide on how to survive when the zombies finally arrive and attempt to eat us all.
Written by Zombology self-help guru Dr Dale, the information in this book has been gathered using rigorous and reliable sources of zombie information such as Wikipedia and lots of films (hey! Don’t forget they haven’t risen yet – where else are we going to do the research!?) and may just save your life.
Full money back guarantee offered should you die in a zombie apocalypse within 30 days of purchase.’