Zombies have been a scary part of our culture ever since the immortal phrase, "They are coming to get you, Barbara," was first uttered in Night of the Living Dead more than 40 years ago. What is it about these shambling disgusting corpses that draw us in? They are in our movies, TV shows, games and - yes, now more than ever - our books. New zombie books are flooding book stores and your Abilene Public Library for teens and adults, particularly, and they are incredibly popular.
Many people have heard of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and if you haven't, you soon will be hearing its name everywhere, as it is being turned into a major motion picture.
This adult novel by Max Brooks is about a survivor who takes it upon himself to travel the now wasteland of the United States to collect testimony of other survivors.
This interview-style novel will take you through men, women, and children who have managed to survive the zombie outbreak that has destroyed their world.
Another favorite adult novel of mine is Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. This tale takes you, along with Allison, who is your average bookstore worker, as she, her co-workers and friends try to find safety in this newly infected world. This book has a good amount of humor, as well as horror adventure and even a splash of romance.
Some other popular adult zombie novels are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, First Days: As the World Dies by Rhiannon Frater, and Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman.
Teen fiction is also picking up the pace with amazing books like Lone Star award winner Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. This novel follows Benny Imura and his brother as they live in a small settlement after the zombie apocalypse.
Benny has just turned the age where he must choose a profession so that he will continue to get rations, but he's not sure following in the family business of zombie hunting is the right choice. In a life that is surrounded but sheltered from the zombies that now fill the spaces between settlements, Benny will learn that zombies are more different than he ever could have imagines and humans are so much worse.
Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black, is an awesome short story collection that pits writers of both genres against each other to figure out which is superior between these two fabled creatures.
Other popular teen zombie fiction includes Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and Zombie Blondes by Brian James.
So, if you're looking for the latest craze in scary for Halloween, your Abilene Public Library has a full dose of zombie literature that ranges the spectrum. Remember, as the sheriff said, "Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy."