In Ireland's freshwater lies the potential for ruin. At least in shrimp anyway. Pleistophora mulleri, a parasite, is infecting them and turning them into slow-moving, cannibal shrimp. None of the science says it but I will, zombies.
No other monster can make me feel quite as spooked. Vampires? Probably not real. Werewolves? We’d have noticed by now. Aliens? Sure, but they might be nice. Zombies though, they’ve got no motivation, they can’t be reasoned with, it’s just wave after wave of the dead. Doors can’t stop them, walls can’t stop them, your only choice is to fight and let's face it- we’re not equipped to deal with monsters that don’t need to eat, sleep, rest. They just keep coming and that is what makes them terrifying. All the modern world advancements in the world won’t save you. Except for doomsday bunkers, but who has that kind of money laying around?
They’ve invaded popular culture over the past decade like… well, like zombies. But I want more zombie books. There just isn’t enough to satisfy my zombie hunger. I want more harrowing tales of survival against all odds, more realistic looks at just how the average person might survive, more looks at how the government and military might respond, more brains.
As for books to read right now, here are a few recommendations I think might fit any readers preferences:
If you live on your smartphone… I keep hearing how mobile phones turns people into mindless zombies, but just wait until it literally does. Nobody does horror quite like Stephen King and Cell is my absolute favourite of his books.
If you can’t get enough of The Walking Dead… There’s a whole book series about The Governor before the comics and the show meets him. Co-written with Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, and thriller writer Jay Bonansinga, Prepare to find out what drives a man to keep heads in an aquarium.
If you struggle with the classics…It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might make some classic readers shiver but it’s a tongue-in-cheek remix that keeps Austen’s storyline and just- adds zombies!
If you think you can survive… Put it to the test! Can you Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brailler has you in the middle of New York as infection spreads, and with 100 paths to choose from, you have the freedom to try and try again if you don’t like the outcome.
If you really believe… One of the reasons I love zombies is because I think there’s a potential for them to really happen. I like my zombie fiction to be smart and understand the realities of a full-blown infection. Max Brooks does this in World War Z. It reads like good non-fiction, interviewing people all over the world about their experience of The Zombie War. You can’t get better than this and the full-cast audiobook is a wonder.
‘There’s always something horror-related or –themed in the zeitgeist – serial killers or sexy vampires or just plain old zombie rampages - even if it doesn’t always get the specific ‘horror’ label.’ Meet author Bartholomew Bennett