The best zombie and monster books with alternate realities

C.A. Verstraete Author Of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter
By C.A. Verstraete

Who am I?

Growing up in Chicago, I’ve always had a fascination for history, (even if it was sometimes a bit gory!), from Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to reading about monsters and the unique worlds created by favorite author Stephen King. So, it’s probably not too surprising that I combined both interests and offered a new solution to the infamous Lizzie Borden axe murders of 1892 in my own book series. I enjoy reading, and writing, the serious to the not-so-serious, often incorporating touches of humor, or at least the absurd, where and whenever I can. 


I wrote...

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

By C.A. Verstraete,

Book cover of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

What is my book about?

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy, and greed. But what if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them. Read the continuation in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall!

The books I picked & why

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

By Seth Grahame-Smith,

Book cover of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Why this book?

One of my favorite “monster” books offers an unusual, but plausible, “unknown-until-now” history of one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. This is a gripping tale of intrigue, exposing an undercover world of vampires that I couldn’t stop reading about! This is definitely one of those books I (and you) also won’t hesitate to reread with pleasure. And you can’t beat being introduced to another character who knows how to use an axe!

Zombie-In-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election

By Scott Kenemore,

Book cover of Zombie-In-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election

Why this book?

Whatever your take on politics and elections, I thought this was a truly original addition to the zombie world. Funny, and often true-to-life in an alternate reality, this book offers another interesting and sometimes horrific view of the crazy world of politics in a year that was far from the norm.


The Love-Haight Case Files, Book 1: Seeking Supernatural Justice

By Jean Rabe, Donald J. Bingle,

Book cover of The Love-Haight Case Files, Book 1: Seeking Supernatural Justice

Why this book?

I can’t recommend a more fun and imaginative book than this one where lawyers Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love represent the new (and sometimes newly dead) supernatural residents of San Francisco’s famous Haight-Ashbury district. I love the touches of humor and the unique monsters, from ghouls to zombie-like creatures, ghosts, and even a talking gargoyle! Who’d think the law could be so interesting and even funny? But even the dead (or undead) deserve justice! Love these characters!


Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

By A.E. Moorat,

Book cover of Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

Why this book?

If you love reading about English royalty and history as I do, then it’s not too hard to let go of reality and let the legendary Queen of England, Queen Victoria, take on an even larger role in her vast empire. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see keep the kingdom free from zombies and demons than a strong-willed Queen willing to vanquish evil with her scepter.


The Vampire's Violin

By Michael Romkey,

Book cover of The Vampire's Violin

Why this book?

While there are better-known vampire novels from the classic Dracula by Bram Stoker, to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, this was a story that mesmerized me with a perfect combination of history, music, and vampires. In this story of one vampire’s unquenchable desire to possess a particular violin, I found the supernatural elements and historic details as riveting as the haunting music this priceless violin is said to make.


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