Satisfy Your Hunger: Zombie Novels 101

Zombies…zombies…zombies…scared yet? Didn’t think so, but then again you obviously haven’t discovered some of the best zombie books to read in our generation.  With Halloween a little over a month away, now is the time to start reading all sorts of spooky and horrifying literature.  Sure, Stephen King novels are always popular in most respects, but there are countless other up-and-coming novelists and writers who offer incredible and gripping storylines.


What exactly makes a zombie novel so great? While some literary scholars seem to turn up their noses at the thought of placing stories about zombies on a high level, the reality is that this topic is more popular than ever.  Avid readers of all ages want to hear about the undead rising again; whether it is in book, television series or movie form, we can’t seem to get enough!

It isn’t enough to have just some action scenes, gory violence and frightening details; a well-thought out and captivating zombie book will be unique.  It will have a well-thought out plot line with some additional twists that will leave the reader captivated until the very end of the book.  There are varying degrees of increasing violence and gore that has progressed over the past decades, but one thing will never change: people love captivating storylines.

Even musicians sometimes touch on the topic of zombies, such as the singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens.  With an elaborately named song off his “Chicago” album entitled “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhhh!!”, Stevens has obviously been influenced by the tales of the undead.  If you are looking to either write a riveting zombie book, or are looking for the best zombie books to read, remember the three basics: storyline, plot twists and engaging characters.