Friday, July 29, 2011

Quicklist: The Six Best Zombie Novels I've Ever Read

In alphabetical order...

*Cell by Stephen King.  Frighteningly relevant, it taps into our modern phobias concerning technology and terrorism.  The opening section dramatizing the "zombie" outbreak in Boston is as good a hook as King has ever written.
*Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard.  A lushly-detailed Southern Gothic/quasi-S.F. masterpiece.  One of the first books to transform the zombie figure into a sympathetic protagonist.

*Ladies Night by Jack Ketchum.  Hard-core homage to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, in which beleaguered males square off against legions of infected females in New York City.  The action here is fast-paced, but the reader will be slow to forget the various scenes of bloody mayhem.

*The Damnation Game by Clive Barker.  Not strictly a zombie novel, but the passages employing the unwittingly undead Anthony Breer as the viewpoint character are absolutely amazing.

*The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell.  Cormac McCarthy's The Road meets AMC's The Walking Dead.  A supreme work of post-apocalyptic fiction, filled with unforgettable characters.

*The Rising by Brian Keene.  The book that ostensibly launched the zombie renaissance in pop culture.  Features a terrific--and truly terrifying--premise: fugitive demons inhabiting and reani-mating human and animal corpses all across the globe.

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