Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Those in the know are already aware of this, but zombies are the new vampires. Goodbye Edward and Angel, hello brain-munchers. With Halloween just around the corner, it is the perfect time to catch up and check out some zombie books and movies.

In Marvel Zombies, all of the Earth’s superpowered beings are infected with a virus that changes them into flesh-eating zombies. Captain America, Spiderman, the Hulk, Wolverine – all out for brains.

The acclaimed graphic novel series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, stars Rick, a police officer from Kentucky who bands together with others to find a secure home in a world newly overrun by zombies.

You may be a Pride and Prejudice devotee, but have you ever stopped and thought that maybe it would be improved upon by the addition of some zombies? Maybe it would be a better story if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were brought together because they were both highly skilled killers? If so, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the book for you.

When it comes to zombies, you can’t overlook movies. Night of the Living Dead (1968) changed horror movies forever and was the first major zombie movie. Its sequel, Dawn of the Dead (1978) might be even better; many zombie aficionados consider it the best zombie flick ever. For something more recent, try the darkly funny Shaun of the Dead or perhaps 28 Days later - a personal favorite of mine, directed by Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle (who said zombies move slow?)

What to do if a zombie uprising starts here in the Flathead? Try The Zombie Survival Guide series, by Max Brooks. It gives plans for defense and attacks against zombies, and tells what to consider when on the run. Brooks also wrote the popular novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which tells the history of zombie wars through interviews with those who lived through them.

This is all good and fine for those uninfected, but if the worst case scenario happens, you’ll surely need Zombies for Zombies: advice and etiquette for the living dead. Chapters like “The 14 Habits of Highly Effective Zombies” and “You Are Who You Eat” will prevent you from committing any embarrassing faux pas.

All of these (and more!) available from FCLS.

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