Best Zombie Book List

Apart from watching movies you can also get some zombie survival tips from zombie books. Included in our list are novels, shorts, anthology, romance, comedy, graphic novel, sci-fi, military, non-fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, zombie survival, dystopia, thriller, mystery, suspense, and the list goes on…

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Top 25 Greatest Zombie Books of All Time

Top 25 Zombie BooksBook DescriptionYearGenre

#1 World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Author: Max Brooks
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. World War Z is the result.

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2006Zombie Apocalypse

#2 Cell

Cell
Author: Stephen King
Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction. And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

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2006Zombie Apocalypse

#3 The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye
Author: Robert Kirkman
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.

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2006Zombie Apocalypse

#4 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield.

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2009Romance
Post-Apocalypse

#5 The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
Author: Max Brooks
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

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2003Zombie Survival

#6 The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Author: Carrie Ryan
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

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2009Dystopia

#7 Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
Author: Isaac Marion
R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl.

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2010Romance

#8 Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead... So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

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2011Novel

#9 Enclave (Razorland, #1)

Enclave (Razorland, #1)
Author: Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters--or Freaks--who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

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2011Dystopia

#10 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Author: Steve Hockensmith
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth—and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies?

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2010Romance
Post-Apocalypse

#11 My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)
Author: Diana Rowland
Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...

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2011Novel

#12 The Walking Dead, Book One

The Walking Dead, Book One
Author: Robert Kirkman
This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.

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2010Graphic Novel

#13 Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
Author: Mira Grant
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED... Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

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2010Zombie Apocalypse

#14 The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us
Author: Robert Kirkman
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead.

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2004Graphic Novel

#15 The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars

The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars
Author: Robert Kirkman
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: there is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors as they set up a permanent camp inside a prison. Relationships change, characters die, and our team of survivors learn there's something far more deadly than zombies out there: each other.

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2005Graphic Novel

#16 The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)

The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
Author: Carrie Ryan
There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.

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2011Romance
Post-Apocalypse

#17 The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire
Author: Robert Kirkman
The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. Life in the prison starts to get interesting for Rick Grimes and the rest of our survivors.

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2009Graphic Novel

#18 Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
Author: Jonathan Maberry

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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2010Zombie Survival
Post Apocalypse

#19 Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)

Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

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2010Young Adult
Dystopia

#20 Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

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2011Post Apocalypse

#21 Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)
Author: Jonathan Maberry
When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there's either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills... and there's nothing wrong with Joe Ledger's skills. And that's both a good, and a bad thing. It's good because he's a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can't handle...

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2009Zombie Apocalypse

#22 Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)

Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)
Author: Mira Grant
Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

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2011Novel

#23 Zone One

Zone One
Author: Colson Whitehead
A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong…

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2011Post-Apocalypse

#24 Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon,#1)

Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon,#1)
Author: 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 that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them.

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2004Zombie Apocalypse

#25 The Walking Dead, Book Two

The Walking Dead, Book Two
Author: Robert Kirkman
This hardcover features issues #13-24 of the hit series along with the covers for each of the issues, all in one oversized hardcover volume. Continuing the tale of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors from the zombie apocalypse that has ravaged the world.

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2007Graphic Novel

List of The Best Zombie Books Ever Written

We know for a fact that there are hundreds of good zombie books out there so we’ve compiled everything in one convenient comparison table. You can sort it according to author, genre, date published, popularity (number of votes), and rating.

Book TitleAuthorGenreYearPopularityRating
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarMax BrooksZombie Apocalypse2006116,7654.07
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Mira GrantZombie Apocalypse201015,7173.94
Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)Jonathan MaberryZombie Survival, Post Apocalypse201010,1644.16
Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Isaac MarionRomance201033,0493.98
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living DeadMax BrooksZombie Survival200347,0703.89
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)Mira GrantNovel20117,5854.16
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)Carrie RyanDystopia200942,5003.62
Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon,#1)J.L. BourneZombie Apocalypse20046,8194.06
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeRobert KirkmanZombie Apocalypse200654,7464.32
The First Days (As the World Dies, #1)Rhiannon FraterZombie Apocalypse20113,5243.91
WANTED: Dead or Undead (The Zombie West Series, #1)Angela ScottWestern, Zombie Apocalypes20121534.1
Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)Amanda HockingYoung Adult, Dystopia201010,1224.01
CellStephen KingZombie Apocalypse200673,2513.54
Zombie Fallout (Zombie Fallout, #1)Mark TufoPost-Apocalypse20102,3394.12
The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers, #1)Alden BellPost-Apocalypse, Paranormal20103,8793.92
Survivor Roundup (The Zombie West Series, #2)Angela ScottZombie Survival2012334.36
Siege (As The World Dies, #3)Rhiannon FraterZombie Survival, Post-Apocalypse20091,5654.29
Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon,# 2)J.L. BourneZombie Apocalypse20104,3454.1
Fighting to Survive (As The World Dies, #2)Rhiannon FraterZombie Survival, Post-Apocalypse20091,9714.19
The RisingBrian KeeneZombie Apocalypse20044,0033.75
Plague of the DeadZ.A. RechtZombie Apocalypse20063,0493.85
Breathers: A Zombie's LamentS.G. BrowneComedy, Romance20093,1593.82
Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)Mira GrantPost-Apocalypse20125,0834.19
The Walking Dead, Book OneRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel201015,9374.37
Enclave (Razorland, #1)Ann AguirreDystopia201122,6263.92
Married With Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Jesse PetersenRomance, Post-Apocalypse20102,7603.8
Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)Ilsa J. BickPost Apocalypse20119,1853.94
Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesJane AustenRomance, Post-Apocalypse200953,1953.25
ApocalypseRashad FreemanPost-Apocalypse2012524.27
Dead: The Ugly Beginning (Dead, #1)T.W. BrownPost-Apocalypse20101424.23
Raising Stony MayhallDaryl GregoryParanormal20119663.88
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (The Governor Trilogy, #1)Robert KirkmanGraphic Novel20115,1353.89
ZomblogT.W. BrownZombie Apocalypse20103833.74
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)Carrie RyanRomance, Post-Apocalypse20102,6153.95
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)Diana RowlandNovel201116,4773.88
Bunnypocalypse: Dead Reckoning (Bunnypocalypse, #1)Cain S. LatraniNovel20113,1845
Autumn (Autumn, #1)David MoodyApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse2005183.66
Monster Island (Zombies, #1)David WellingtonPost-Apocalypse, Zombie Survival20064,8263.54
Thunder and AshesZ.A. RechtApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse20081,9424.12
The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)Carrie RyanRomance, Post-Apocalypse201110,8634.09
Dead of Night: A Zombie NovelJonathan MaberryZombie Apocalypse20111,9183.93
Dead City (Dead World, #1)Joe McKinneyZombie Apocalypse20062,4653.74
Apocalypse of the Dead (Dead World, #2)Joe McKinneyPost-Apocalypse20101,2473.98
Zombie Fallout 3: The End (Zombie Fallout, #3)Mark TufoPost-Apocalypse20111,3274.35
Zombie Fallout 2: A Plague Upon Your Family (Zombie Fallout, #2)Mark TufoPost-Apocalypse20101,5984.32
The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind BarsRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel200512,6424.34
I Zombie I (I Zombie, #1)Jack WallenZombie Apocalypse20111443.65
The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind UsRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel200413,4284.27
Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)Lia HabelRomance20115,1473.89
Dead SeaBrian KeeneZombie Apocalypse20072,2953.82
City of the DeadBrian KeeneApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse20052,7333.79
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded AttacksMax BrooksGraphic Novel20093,3033.73
Autumn: The City (Autumn, #2)David MoodyApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse20051,3933.91
The Living DeadJohn Joseph AdamsAnthology, Short20084,6693.81
Flesh Eaters (Dead World, #3)Joe McKinneyApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse20117433.92
Hater (Hater, #1)David MoodyApocalypse, Post-Apocalypse20064,1533.65
Anti-SentientLinda J. ButlerZombie Apocalypse2012274.26
Emeline and the MutantsRachel TsoumbakosHorror2011364.11
Dead Nations' Army Book One: Code FleshAlan DaleDystopia2012294.1
The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's DesireRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel200910,6094.28
The Walking Dead, Book FourRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel20083,6964.47
Zone OneColson WhiteheadPost-Apocalypse20116,9673.26
Night of the Living TrekkiesKevin David AndersonComedy20101,4013.91
Sundered (The Nevermore Trilogy, #1)Shannon MayerPost Apocalypse, Romance20114833.82
The Walking Dead, Book TwoRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel20076,3164.4
The Remaining (Remaining, #1)D.J. MollesZombie Apocalypse20121,3234.07
The Night of the Living DeadJohn RussoGraphic Novel19801293.93
Voyage of the DeadDavid P. ForsythZombie Apocalypse20121513.86
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ZombiesMatt MogkNon-fiction20111474.16
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the DreadfulsSteve HockensmithPost-Apocalypse, Romance201017,9003.45
The Walking Dead, Book SixRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel20103,3344.45
This is Not a TestCourtney SummersPost-Apocalypse20124,2193.98
Rise Again: A Zombie ThrillerBen TrippThriller20101,5203.86
Tooth and NailCraig DiLouieZombie Apocalypse20108223.79
28 Days LaterAlex GarlandZombie Apocalypse20033133.97
Them Or UsDavid MoodyZombie Apocalypse20117543.84
Flotilla of the DeadDavid P. ForsythNovel2012644.39
The Gathering DeadStephen KnightZombie Apocalypse20114554.06
The Walking Dead, Book FiveRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel20103,6294.41
The Walking Dead, Book SevenRobert KirkmanGraphic Novel20112,6014.5
The New Dead: A Zombie AnthologyChristopher GoldenAnthology20102,0733.81
Wake the WickedChristian BalogaAnthology, Short2012304.4
Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the EndManel LoureiroZombie Apocalypse20122,6403.82
As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1Rhiannon FraterZombie Apocalypse20124204.23
FluWayne SimmonsZombie Apocalypse20104783.56
The InfectionCraig DiLouieZombie Apocalypse20111,0813.77
History Is Dead: A Zombie AnthologyKim PaffenrothAnthology20073953.73
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever AfterSteve HockensmithRomance, Post-Apocalypse20111,6883.73
Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)Jonathan MaberryZombie Apocalypse20098,5773.96
Alive InsideL.V. DunnNovel2012124
No Easy HopeJames N. CookZombie Apocalypse20112743.93
Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1Gena ShowalterParanormal Romance20126,2644.07
Aftertime (Aftertime, #1)Sophie LittlefieldZombie Survival, Post Apocalypse20111,5883.59
The Unwashed DeadIan WoodheadZombie Apocalypse20111073.83
Autumn: Purification (Autumn, #3)David MoodyZombie Survival, Post Apocalypse20051,0424.04
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Kendare BlakeNovel201125,8004.01
The FallenJack ZiebellZombie Survival, Post Apocalypse2012493.65
Days with the Undead: Book OneJulianne SnowZombie Survival2012174.71

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