The 10 Best Zombie Books
This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in March of 2018. When the apocalypse comes, it will have teeth — and an insatiable appetite for your gray matter. If that sounds like fun to you, then you'll love the brilliant zombie books on our list. Our selections offer a mix of pulse-pounding action, macabre humor, and stomach-turning gore, ensuring that the dead won't be the only ones coming back for more. Be sure to dig out your nightlight before bedtime. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 26, 2019:
After much consideration, we have decided to replace The Last Bastion of the Living with Stephen King's Cell. Although neither is a literary tour de force for the ages, King is the better writer — and casual fans of horror books, King, and/or zombies might not realize he's dabbled in the genre. But when it comes to the top spot, we feel World War Z has not been dethroned yet. It's a must-read for anyone who enjoys the undead, in other words, and in fact, many return to it again and again for pleasurable re-reading.
And in a perhaps controversial move, we've opted to keep Zone One. It's not a light, enjoyable read for everyone, simply because it's on the more highbrow side, and that's not what many readers are looking for in this subgenre. On the other hand, fresh perspectives are welcome in an area where many novels are simply clichés strung together; this means for readers who are willing to do a little work, it can be quite refreshing.