Hey guys. Today is Once Upon A Time’s stop for Rhiannon Frater’s Untold Tales book tour and we have a real treat for you. Rhiannon has compiled a list of must read zombie fiction for the beginner zombie reader, or anybody else for that matter.
Recommended Zombie Reads by Rhiannon Frater
I’ve been asked over and over again by fans of the AS THE WORLD DIES trilogy (THE FIRST DAYS, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, SIEGE) to recommend another zombie series just like mine. Honestly, I don’t know of any zombie novels that are in the same vein as ATWD. I suspect that is why it’s popular, but I do have a list of books I can recommend for the zombie fan.
IF YOU LIKE A DASH OF HUMOR
BREATHERS from S.G. Brown was not only funny, but a story with a great plot, sympathetic characters, and a nice dose of social commentary. It was so clever and well-written.
THE ZOMBIE-WILSON DIARIES by Timothy W. Long is just all sorts of wrong. It’s just wrong! When I read the original online serial, I busted out laughing too many times to count. Timothy Long does a great job making the obscene, macabre, and profane incredibly funny.
IF YOU LIKE NONSTOP ACTION
DEAD CITY by Joe McKinney is non-stop action. Literally. I remember staying up all night flipping pages as fast as I could. Our poor hero didn’t get a break to take a breath, and neither did I. I plowed through to the end of the book in record time. Seriously, the book never lets up.
LAKEWOOD MEMORIAL by Robert R. Best is a return to the slow shambling zombies of the Romero films, but it is fast-paced and full of action. The story revolves around a single mother, a nurse at the local hospital, and her two kids on the night the zombies rise from their graves. The kids are home with the sitter since their mom is at work and a good chunk of the story is about the children trying to reach their mother. I stayed up a good chunk of the night reading this book in one fell swoop. I could not put it down.
HOLLOWLAND & HOLLOWMEN by Amanda Hocking have some really great action sequences. I would say they are the highlight of the books. Remy, the lead character, is a rather unlikable and a bit too much of a badass to be realistic, but the books are a fun read.
IF YOU LIKE DYSTOPIAN FUTURISTIC NOVELS
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan is a unique take on the zombie genre. It takes place a hundred years after the dead took over the world and our young heroine Mary, lives in a fenced in village controlled by a religious order. The world building in this novel is incredible and I loved the fenced in pathways and villages that inhabit it. The idea of walking down a long path with zombies on either side of the fence trying to get to you is just terrifying. The prose is lyrically beautiful at times, but the zombie action is excellent. The two sequels are also very good reads, building on the foundation of the first. The third book in the series, THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, is my favorite of the three.
ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre takes place long after the zombies have risen after some sort of terrible event and humans have retreated to the world below. A good chunk of the beginning of the book takes place in the tunnels under a major city as pockets of humans struggle to survive against very fast, very scary zombies. This is the first book in Aguirre’s RAZORLAND series, so it does have that cliffhanger feel to it, but it was definitely a good solid read with lots of action.
Both of these books are Young Adult, but it’s definitely fare adults can enjoy.
IF YOU LIKE SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS
EMPIRE is a very different read, but awesome in every way. Born online (just like my series) Empire was later acquired by Permuted Press (and later reissued by Simon and Schuster). The character of Death is a major character in the novel and it’s full of truly terrifying sequences. I’m not going to lie. David Dunwoody is one of my absolute favorite authors. He’s amazing. Every time I read his work, I wish I had written it. He’s just so good.
IF YOU LIKE STEAMPUNK
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest is a fun read. The strange thing about this novel is that you don’t even need the zombies to make this a great book. They end up like a bonus to an already awesome premise. Just the idea of a toxic gas rising up out of the ground and killing people is terrifying. So is the concept of the city being encircled by a wall to keep that gas contained. Add in a woman looking for her teenage son who has gone into that contaminated city to discover the truth about his father, and you have a killer plot to being with. Add in zombies and the story just gets epic. Cherie Priest does a killer job with this novel and I loved the entire premise. I’m not a big steampunk person, but she really sold me on this world.
IF YOU LIKE NON-TRADITIONAL ZOMBIES
AUTMN the CITY by David Moody is definitely a different take on the zombie apocalypse. This is the second book in the AUTUMN series, but my favorite so far. The tension, action, and character development are better than the first book. There are some genuinely unique scenes in this book that gave me the shivers. The zombies in David Moody’s novels are not traditional Romero zombies. In fact, they don’t even eat their victims. They just really, really, really hate the living. I like how the humans’ greatest enemy is any sound they make, because it will inevitably bring the zombies down on them.
Since I’ve been working on my zombie novels for almost 7 years on and off, I haven’t read as many zombie books as people might assume. I tend not to read in the genre in which I am writing at the moment. I usually cram my zombie reading into time periods when I’m writing about other kinds of monsters. I have a stack of probably twenty or more zombie novels just waiting for me to read them once I’m done with my latest zombie novel.
AT THE TOP OF MY TO READ LIST
ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry
ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED by Madeline Roux
SUNRISE by Kody Boye
THE BECOMING by Jessica Meigs
MY OWN ZOMBIE NOVELS
THE FIRST DAYS (AS THE WORLD DIES BOOK ONE)
FIGHTING TO SURVIVE (AS THE WORLD DIES BOOK TWO)
SIEGE (AS THE WORLD DIES BOOK THREE) publication date April 24, 2012
AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES VOLUME 1
AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES VOLUME 2
THE LIVING DEAD BOY AND THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other books: the vampire novels PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. The first two books in her zombie trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS and FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, are available now in bookstores. SIEGE will be in bookstores on April 24, 2012.
As The World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 2 is out now! And if you haven’t got hold of volume 1 yet, what are you waiting for? They don’t cost much at all. The details for both are listed below.
THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country.
But theirs is not the only tale to be told.
In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…
On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…
And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…
In the second volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
In a nearby town Ken and Lenore have started their regular routine at Ken’s Beauty Salon. A terrible accident brings the undead plague to their front door and soon the best friends are scrambling to escape their overrun town…
Katarina is just finishing her shift at a roadside café when a badly injured man stumbles through the front door. She quickly realizes that to survive she must learn to kill…
And finally, a trapped family must face the fearsome truth that sometimes zombies are not the worst monster they have to fear as the world dies…
Don’t miss your chance to win signed copies of both of these books from Rhiannon. Click here for that particular giveaway!