Friday, May 28, 2010

Favorite Zombie Books pt.2: Novels

In the second part of this series of posts, I want to cover three of my favorite novels that cover the story of the zombie apocalypse from varying view points.


Cell by Stephen King
Stephen King is the master of story telling, and the master doesn't disappointed. In this twisted tale of gore and phones, a pulse suddenly turns everyone who was talking on a cell at the time of the pulse into flesh eating zombies. It's one of the best written zombie books I've ever read, it pulls you in emotionally with the characters then grabs you with terror. It's a "Holy shit, I can't believe that happened!" kind of book that every fan should check out. P.S. I don't own a cell phone.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin & Seth Grahame-Smith
I remember having to read the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin for school and, although it's a fantastically well written classic, it just wasn't my style of book. But along comes Seth Grahame-Smith and all of a sudden, this story doesn't seem so bad to me. The difference? Zombies baby, zombies! How Seth could turn a story of love and heartache into an ass kicking zombie novel could only be described as genius and it is a must read for fans of zombies and the classic tale itself.


Het Madden: A Zombie Perspective by Cal Miller
I adore a good indie horror novel, but this one isn't just good, it's great! The story itself is so unique, a story of zombie abuse and a zombies revenge. I never thought I'd actually feel empathy and sorry for the flesh eating monsters, but hell I was rooting for them to eat the shit outta the assholes who did this to them! The book is so well written and I promise you, it will hook you in and keep you there till the end. The second novel is in the works and I for one can't fucking wait!

In the next post, I'll discus some of my favorite Journal/blog style zombie books!

***EDIT*** FROM THE AUTHOR OF HET MADDEN!!!
In recognition of the final days of Zombie Awareness Month, "Het Madden, A Zombie Perspective" is being offered at 50% off the $9.95 cover price through May 31st! Just go to "https://www.createspace.com/3408910" and use the discount code A62MM9WE. Read, and learn. It's only a matter of time...
-Cal

6 comments:

Rabid Fox said...

I concur with you on Cell, not only as a great zombie-esque novel, but horror novel, period. I've seen horror fans chide that book so often, I almost wonder if I'm wrong. Almost.

I was a bit apathetic towards the PPZ novels, but I didn't hate them.

Never heard of Het Madden, but it sure sounds interesting.

Brian Keene's The Rising is on my shelf waiting to be read, along with Bentley Little's The Walking, though I am unsure if Little's is a straight-up zombie novel.

I'd give an honorable mention to Max Brooks' World Wars Z, as that really surprised me in how in-depth and entertaining it was.

Rhonny Reaper said...

I adored Cell and I can't understand what people wouldn't like about it, but thats just me i guess.

I actually really enjoyed the PPZ book (still haven't read the second)

You MUST check out Het Madded, it's such a new twist to the whole zombie story in general!

Cal Miller said...

In recognition of the final days of Zombie Awareness Month, "Het Madden, A Zombie Perspective" is being offered at 50% off the $9.95 cover price through May 31st! Just go to "https://www.createspace.com/3408910" and use the discount code A62MM9WE. Read, and learn. It's only a matter of time...
-Cal

Superior Publishing said...

Het Madden is an awesome read. Highly recommended.

Aurora Hylton said...

I have Cell sitting around and keep intending to read it. I did read Duma Key and that was one of the best books I've read in a long time!

Stuart Bache said...

I agree totally. I got to meet Stephen King just after Cell was published in the UK (I design book covers for a living and my boss (at the time) designs King's UK covers.
I actually wrote a zombie-themed novella for a friend of mine recently (it was his 30th birthday) – if you get a chance, check it out: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1149714
All the best
Stu