And if you’re a zombie fiction aficionado like myself—or especially if you’re new to the genre—this could be an unforgettable summer considering the abundance of exceptional zombie novels on and about to hit the shelves!
To make it easy for you, I’ve compiled a few lists: the best zombie novels (and series) that I’ve ever read, excellent new zombie fiction releases, and titles to look for later this summer!
I’ve called this trilogy “Stephen King’s The Stand in a bra and panties” and, in my mind, it’s one of the best post-apocalyptic sagas ever written.
A razor-sharp political thriller à la Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate, this Hugo Award-nominated series is transcendent.
I described the female duo in this outstanding trilogy as the “Thelma and Louise of the Apocalypse.” Enough said.
• The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater
This one is my favorite standalone zombie novel of all time. Set in a future where humanity is all but extinct, it is utterly unique and, ultimately, unforgettable.
• The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer
In Beamer’s brilliant debut novel, the zombie virus is transmitted through sexual content and those turned into zombies become “all id and no ego; entirely focused on pleasures of the flesh.” Yep. Horny zombies.
• Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
Zombies invade a Star Trek convention. This one is a classic.
These novels follow sociopath Cyrus V. Sinclair as he navigates the zombie apocalypse with his albino ferret Pickle. It’s downright cold-hearted and shockingly brutal—and virtually unputdownable.
• Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti
The sequel to Plague Town, this novel featuring featuring snarky heroine Ashley Parker is an appealing blend of paranormal fantasy and hardcore zombie horror.
• The Becoming: Revelations by Jessica Meigs
The third book in Meigs’ vastly underrated Becoming series continues the Atlanta-based apocalyptic saga featuring an ensemble cast of survivors.
• Fiend by Peter Stenson (July 9)
The buzz on this book—which deals with a meth addict and the apocalypse—is simply incredible, and if the early reviews are even halfway accurate, it’ll be the debut novel of the year.
• Deadman’s Road by Joe R. Lansdale (August 1)
This reissue of Lansdale’s stories featuring Reverend Jebediah Mercer includes the zombie cult classic Dead in the West. An audacious fusion of pulp western and zombie fiction!
• Zombelina by Kristyn Crow (July 9)
An illustrated kid’s book about a zombie ballerina. I’m buying it for my daughters.