A vibrant horror sub-genre, zombie fiction has been around for a long time. The recent comeback of the living dead has been credited to publishing hits such as Max Brook’s World War Z and Seth Grahame Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. And of course, there are movies, video-games, music… Some sociological observers see the zombie renaissance as a metaphor for our turbulent political and economical times, but regardless the reason, zombie horror fiction is a big deal now.
Try some zombie titles from Calgary Public Library collection.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson
Jim Pike was the world's biggest Star Trek fan-until two tours of duty in Afghanistan destroyed his faith in the human race. Now he sleepwalks through life as the assistant manager of a small hotel in downtown Houston. But when hundreds of Trekkies arrive in his lobby for a science-fiction convention, Jim finds himself surrounded by costumed Klingons, Vulcans, and Ferengi-plus a strange virus that transforms its carriers into savage, flesh-eating zombies! As bloody corpses stumble to life and the planet teeters on the brink of total apocalypse, Jim must deliver a ragtag crew of fanboys and fangirls to safety.
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
Zombies have infested a fallen America, and a young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, she moves back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond - seeking salvation and a place to make a home.
Also available also in MP3 format
Paul Is Undead by Alan Goldsher
In this hilarious chronicle of the zombified Liverpudlians' rise to fame, "bloody" is no longer just a four-letter word. It's a fookin' way of life for the undead moptops, whose arrival is heralded by the bloodcurdling screams of sanguine American girls who twitch, and writhe, and scratch their own eyes out in manic ecstasy. Come on, surely you've seen the footage from the Ed Sullivan Show! Through hidden messages in their songs, the Beatles mind-meld millions of delicious fans, and their infamous backstage door becomes a one-way ticket to a particularly gruesome session of sucking face. That is, until a notorious zombie hunter named Mick arrives, the fierce wiggle of his lithesome hips and shoulders his only defense against a seemingly impenetrable glut of reanimated corpses.
Also available in e-book format.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Classic Regency Romance Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton - and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennett is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan and overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you would actually want to read.
Check our catalogue for the graphic novel version.