October is a month for all sorts of monsters: vampires, werewolves, and our favorite, ZOMBIES! This month we’re hosting a workshop to help you survive the zombie apocalypse (any disaster, really) and a clinic for you to get your hair, makeup, and clothes zombified before heading out to Lawrence’s Zombie Walk. Get in the spirit by checking out one of these zombie books! Whether you like your horror with a dash of romance, a dose of horror, or just plain gore, we’ve got something for you.
Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne
An ongoing journal depicting one man’s personal struggle for survival, dealing with the trials of an undead world unfolding around him. An unknown plague sweeps the planet. The dead rise to claim the Earth as the new dominant species. Trapped in the midst of a global tragedy, he must make decisions … choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them.
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
Alex (a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor), Tom (who has left the war in Afghanistan), and Ellie (an angry eight-year-old) join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
When dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a “living impaired” boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city, until she too becomes an immortal vampire. Forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls, she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend — a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
In an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, Eleanor Fitt sets out to rescue her brother, who seems to have been captured by an evil necromancer in control of an army of Undead.