Lately I can’t seem to pick up a book without finding a zombie or two lurching between the covers. Through no desire of my own, the undead keep turning up at the drop of a … limb.

This proliferation of the living-challenged made me wonder just how deeply zombies had penetrated the library’s collections. And I found that, while they had not yet gained the same foothold in popular literature as vampires, zombies’ status was inexorably on the upswing. To learn more, read on … if you dare! 

A Zombie’s History of the United States: From the Massacre at Plymouth Rock to the CIA’s Secret War on the Undead by Worm Miller
Everyone knows that zombies, who peacefully co-existed with Native Americans long before the arrival of Europeans, have played a vital role in the history of the United States. Yet textbook after textbook has attempted to erase this ostracized minority from our collective memory.  Finally, courageous author Worm Miller tells it like it was. Learn the truth about the lost colony at Roanoke, the zombie-proofing precautions taken by Lewis and Clark, and the undead’s interactions with Teddy Roosevelt. Howard Zinn only told half the story; now you can read the rest.

Flip this Zombie by Jesse Petersen
Nothing can ruin your day quite like a zombie apocalypse. When hungry undead fiends spread from Seattle to other major cities, the military tries to firebomb them into the Stone Age. As a result food production, infrastructure, and strawberry bubble bath go the way of the dinosaur. The few people who remain scrape by in small survivor camps. It is not a happy time for most folk.

Success stories do still exist, however. Sarah and David, owners and proprietors of Zombiebusters Extermination, Inc have found a way to make a living, gain celebrity, and experience the joys of zombie killing. But just when things are looking up, super-zombies arrive and spoil all the fun. Now the destructive duo must find new methods of extermination to keep the planet safe for humans.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith
Before reading an entire book, I usually ask a series of rigorous questions:

  • Is there blood splattering?
  • Do knife-wielding ladies of good breeding behead and slay zombies?
  • Are necks chomped?
  • How many explosions occur per page?
  • Do burning zombies scream?

After carefully answering each question, I apply a complex series of algorithms to ascertain whether the book is worth reading. Suffice to say, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen did not pass the mustard. However, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith was found worthy of my attentions.

Grahame-Smith’s tale follows the general plot of Pride and Prejudice, but in his world cultured young women are trained in the fine arts of zombie slaying. Hence, our heroine Elizabeth Bennet has to deal not only with the affections of the arrogant Mr. Darcy but also with constant attacks by the hungry zombie hordes. This superior zombified version of Austen’s novel is also available as text-only, but the graphic version brings the wall-splattering blood and gore into your very own den.

Still not satisfied? Here are some more zombies to tickle your brain.








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About Ron

Surf guitarist, writer, library technician, Ron fills the daylight hours with dreams of reading, well-behaved pets and the perfect dark beer. Reading interests range from humor to mystery, steampunk to travel writing, historical fiction to surrealism.

2 thoughts on “Zombies

  1. I much prefer zombies to vampires. Probably it’s because they are the perfect butt for jokes: you can mimic them, make fun of them, dress them up in funny clothes, etc. Plus, zombies are plodding dolts that are easy to evade. Properly controlled, they can wash the car and mow the lawn.

    Vampires are none of these things.


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