The best funny (drop dead hilarious) zombie books

The Books I Picked & Why

Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your ... Brains

By Ryan Mecum

Book cover of Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your ... Brains

Why this book?

You’d probably be forgiven if when you think of poetry you think of love, natural beauty, or at worst, melancholic sadness. But with just 17 syllables, the author manages to bring all the grit, gore, and mayhem of the zombie apocalypse into pleasant verse. Haiku is a popular, easily approachable form of poetry (i.e. not pretentious), which makes this book a fun, light read despite its blood-spattered pages.


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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

By Max Brooks

Book cover of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Why this book?

Part of what makes this survival guide so delightful is that it’s presented as practical knowledge, and not as any sort of hypothetical. This book is given the same way that a Boy Scout troop might read up on how to tie certain knots or start a fire with flint. And, if you end up in a survival situation (or reading a different book where you’re making choices in a zombie apocalypse survival situation!) this highly researched book could provide real helpful hints.


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Zombocalypse Now

By Matt Youngmark

Book cover of Zombocalypse Now

Why this book?

This is another interactive, choose-your-path zombie book that I discovered after I’d published Infected. It’s off-the-wall zany. You play as a stuffed bunny who wields a chainsaw in the apocalypse. If most zombie stories are caused by viral pandemics these days, then Zombocalypse Now must be the resultant lucid fever dream. If you like nonsequiturs, this is the zombie book for you. 


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

Book cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Why this book?

Few books can make you laugh just from the title alone, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was just one such book. Before the book blew up, became a movie, and spawned its own subgenre of fantastical reimaginings of classical literature, I remember seeing it on display at a Barnes and Nobles and laughing just at the title alone. The good news is that, much like a zombie who just ate a clown, the book continues to be funny on the inside.


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Ex-Heroes

By Peter Clines

Book cover of Ex-Heroes

Why this book?

Zombies plus superheroes. ‘Nuff said, right? It’s like figuring out that peanut butter and chocolate are really, really good together. The humor comes from the author’s snark and wit, and the whole book series is just a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it looks like the continued adventures are on an indefinite hold, but I’m still keeping hope alive that this will one day be a big-budget TV show.


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