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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Geek Pride’s Pick of the Best in Zombie Novels – Part 1

Let’s face it, zombies are everywhere. From video games (Resident Evil and Dead Island for starters), television (The Walking Dead) and cinema ({insert time of day} of the Dead), Zeds have reached the status of ‘go to’ monster for many writers, along with vampires, werewolves and Christopher Lee. Now I love me some zombies; my last birthday was spent running around an abandoned factory shooting Zed-heads on a Zombie Survival boot camp (if you haven’t done this, do so, I must have geek-gasmed like twelve times that day!)

But with so much media coverage of the shuffling undead hordes, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of mindless drek where the opportunist and the schlock try to cash in. But never fear, Geek Pride is at the rescue! We here at GP HQ love a good book, especially if the theme is ‘undead flesh munchers’. In the interest of public service, we’ve gotten together and chosen our absolute favourites, then condensed them into bite size chunks just the right size for your brain holes. So with out further ado, lets get to the juicy bits!

marvel zombie



James Buckingham picks… Marvel Zombies – Written by Robert Kirkman and beautifully illustrated by Sean Phillips, the 2005-2006 Marvel Zombies comics snag it for me. Phillips’ artwork is stellar, and I loved the fact that although the infected Avengers have an underlying desire for devouring human flesh, their base personalities still remain intact.
Plus the alternate dimension thing has always floated my boat…which is why I like DC’s Infinite Crisis so much.


World War z



Daniel Delargy picks… World War Z – Written by Max Brooks, this novel is an ‘oral history’ of a war which almost devoured mankind. The book consists of interviews with survivors from across the globe as they give their account of their roles in the war, which allows the reader to create a mental timeline in their head. What strikes me about the format is that it defies the conventional format we are so used to seeing in graphic novel or films. The war is coming to a close, but the interviews take us back into the war to allow us to get a clearer picture of it.
This is much more than just a novel about zombies; it is a commentary on how society as a whole would react to such an incident.


Zombies! Feast


Mike Orvis picks… Zombies! Feast – You are both wrong. Zombies! Feast by IDQW is a realistic, stunning and valuable look at the intricate human drama of prisoners and civilians during the outbreak. The art is stunning and is only comparable to Dead Set in how the characters feel. A mix of Romero’s terror with an air of suspense not available in most Zombie fiction, this rare set of books is well worth a zombiephile’s time.

Tune in next week for more of GP HQs pick of the best in cannibal corpse fiction.

Any of these tickle your zombie interests? Got a favourite of your own? How about a zombie survival plan? We’d love to hear from you!

Bevan Clatworthy
Bevan Clatworthy
An avid board and card gamer, this displaced Cornishman has spent way too much time playing games and skulking around his local hobby shops. He later escaped to Swindon, the land of roundabouts, where he currently designs games whilst infecting those who stand still too long with his gaming lurgy.

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