The best Monster movie books

2 authors have picked their favorite books about Monster movies and why they recommend each book.

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Dead Hunger

By Eric A. Shelman, Jeffrey Kosh (illustrator),

Book cover of Dead Hunger

Shelman is one of the Godfathers of indie zompoc. He was an early adaptor to the Amazon self-publishing model and his series, Dead Hunger, was one of the first I read. It starts at the beginning of the outbreak and covers the ups and downs over decades in the 10-book series. Great characters, compelling science, and heartfelt situations kept me reading. The villains were unique, the heroes were likable and funny and the story moves along quickly. There is lots of action and some over-the-top situations as the band of survivors try to stay alive and rebuild a life for themselves. Shelman narrates his own books (and many others) and is one of the absolute best voice actors I’ve listened to.

Who am I?

I’ve been an avid horror fan since staying up late and watching old monster movies on the television when I was a kid. Zombies were always my favorite and after reading hundreds of zombie books I thought I could write with a unique perspective. Drawing from years of military, trucking, and prepping experience, I wrote the Zombie Road series as a tale that offered more hope than doom and gloom. Most of the characters are based on real people so they have real personalities, real hopes and dreams, and real flaws. If you decide to read the series and want to be surprised by the story arc, don’t read too many reviews, just dive right in. 


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Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

By David A. Simpson,

Book cover of Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

What is my book about?

They weren’t heroes, they were everyday people. Gunny, a truck driver and veteran, is minding his own business over a cup of coffee at the Three Flags Truck Stop when all hell breaks loose.

Trapped inside the building with dwindling supplies and surrounded by the undead, he and his fellow survivors have a choice to make: Stay and die or leave and probably die. With two thousand miles between them and the nearest safe zone, they know their chances of making it are slim.

Urban Gridlock

By Jaime Hernandez,

Book cover of Urban Gridlock: Chronicles of the Undead: Book 1

Jaime is a newcomer in the writing world but you wouldn’t know that by reading her books. Her Chronicles of the Undead series starts out on day one and captures all of the chaos and uncertainty and violence of a zombie outbreak. The book centers on two men caught up in the chaos at their construction jobs in downtown Cleveland. It’s a classic tale of finding safety, finding their families, and doing what needs to be done. As of summer 2020, there are two books in the series but she is writing more and I can’t wait to read the next one.


Who am I?

I’ve been an avid horror fan since staying up late and watching old monster movies on the television when I was a kid. Zombies were always my favorite and after reading hundreds of zombie books I thought I could write with a unique perspective. Drawing from years of military, trucking, and prepping experience, I wrote the Zombie Road series as a tale that offered more hope than doom and gloom. Most of the characters are based on real people so they have real personalities, real hopes and dreams, and real flaws. If you decide to read the series and want to be surprised by the story arc, don’t read too many reviews, just dive right in. 


I wrote...

Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

By David A. Simpson,

Book cover of Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

What is my book about?

They weren’t heroes, they were everyday people. Gunny, a truck driver and veteran, is minding his own business over a cup of coffee at the Three Flags Truck Stop when all hell breaks loose.

Trapped inside the building with dwindling supplies and surrounded by the undead, he and his fellow survivors have a choice to make: Stay and die or leave and probably die. With two thousand miles between them and the nearest safe zone, they know their chances of making it are slim.

Dweller

By Jeff Strand,

Book cover of Dweller

I’m a big fan of Horror Comedy, and one name I kept seeing over and over in that category was Jeff Strand. I saw that he had a Bigfoot book and I grabbed it. It wasn’t at all what I expected! Strand’s books are often filled with zany humor, but this story was something quite different.

Dweller follows the friendship between a boy… and a monster. There are plenty of thrills and chills, but if you don’t come away from this novel with a tear in your eye, you’re made of sturdier stuff than I. Poignant and powerful, this book has a lot of heart.


Who am I?

My writer’s journey has been circuitous. Originally, I’d intended to become a screenwriter, until I was bitten by the acting bug. Appearing often in film, television, and on Broadway, I found myself drawn to audiobook narration. After so much exposure to so many genres from so many authors, I decided to return to writing. Zombie Bigfoot is a novelization of a screenplay of mine, inspired by SkyMall magazine I read during a scuba diving trip. One page had a Bigfoot garden statue… the adjacent page had a garden flagstone with a zombie coming up out of the ground. I looked at those two images and thought: “How has nobody done this?”


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Zombie Bigfoot

By Nick Sullivan,

Book cover of Zombie Bigfoot

What is my book about?

The truth is out there... and it will eat your face. "Bigfoot is real." That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death. Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Combining Crichton-esque action-adventure with creature feature horror, outlandish characters, and a healthy dose of humor, Zombie Bigfoot will leave you panting for more.

Zombie Fallout

By Mark Tufo,

Book cover of Zombie Fallout

You can’t compile a list like this without including Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series. At least in sheer volume, this is as epic as it gets. Tufo has now published the 20th book of this series. 20 books! Tufo's series is built on a solid core of family survival. The books' dry humor and the wit of the main character, Mike Talbot—this is what really sells these books. This isn't pure zombie, mind you (or should I say "brainnssss you"). There is also an evil vampire queen and other monsters to spice things up. 


Who am I?

S. L. Smith is an author, attorney, and Catholic theologian with deep roots in southern Louisiana. Despite being better known for his work in Catholic theology and history, Smith has also published extensively in the Southern Gothic genre. This crucible of tastes, religion, and location resulted in the Cajun Zombie Chronicles. Beneath the oaks and moss, lie shadows that bite.      


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Cajun Zombie Chronicles, Book One: The River Dead

By Scott L. Smith,

Book cover of Cajun Zombie Chronicles, Book One: The River Dead

What is my book about?

Welcome to Cajun country, Louisiana. Home to gators and gumbo, mosquitos and Mardi Gras, zydeco and... zombies. This is zombie survival the Cajun way. Ancient gothic churches become citadels and swamp fortresses. The dead rise from the depths of the Mississippi River in The River Dead.

The Undead. The First Seven Days

By R.R. Haywood,

Book cover of The Undead. The First Seven Days

Haywood starts out on day one and the action rarely slows down. Howie and Dave are some of the best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and what sets this series apart is the location. Haywood is British and the series is set in England naturally. The challenges are different, the landscape is different and the undead are definitely different. Over the 25-book series, and still going strong, the undead evolve and change and it’s a fascinating tale to follow.

Who am I?

I’ve been an avid horror fan since staying up late and watching old monster movies on the television when I was a kid. Zombies were always my favorite and after reading hundreds of zombie books I thought I could write with a unique perspective. Drawing from years of military, trucking, and prepping experience, I wrote the Zombie Road series as a tale that offered more hope than doom and gloom. Most of the characters are based on real people so they have real personalities, real hopes and dreams, and real flaws. If you decide to read the series and want to be surprised by the story arc, don’t read too many reviews, just dive right in. 


I wrote...

Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

By David A. Simpson,

Book cover of Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

What is my book about?

They weren’t heroes, they were everyday people. Gunny, a truck driver and veteran, is minding his own business over a cup of coffee at the Three Flags Truck Stop when all hell breaks loose.

Trapped inside the building with dwindling supplies and surrounded by the undead, he and his fellow survivors have a choice to make: Stay and die or leave and probably die. With two thousand miles between them and the nearest safe zone, they know their chances of making it are slim.

Red Dirt Zombies 1

By Michael Peirce,

Book cover of Red Dirt Zombies 1: The Battle for Roswell Georgia

Pierce writes intelligent military zompoc because he’d been in the thick of things during the Rhodesian war. He knows a thing or two about writing battle scenes because he’s done a thing or two in real life. This story is different because it isn’t about a tiny group of survivors trying to make through the apocalypse. It’s bigger in scope and encompasses one governor and the national guard doing all they can to hold the line against the undead hordes. Intelligent writing and “believable” scenarios set this military thriller apart from many of the rest.

Who am I?

I’ve been an avid horror fan since staying up late and watching old monster movies on the television when I was a kid. Zombies were always my favorite and after reading hundreds of zombie books I thought I could write with a unique perspective. Drawing from years of military, trucking, and prepping experience, I wrote the Zombie Road series as a tale that offered more hope than doom and gloom. Most of the characters are based on real people so they have real personalities, real hopes and dreams, and real flaws. If you decide to read the series and want to be surprised by the story arc, don’t read too many reviews, just dive right in. 


I wrote...

Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

By David A. Simpson,

Book cover of Zombie Road: Convoy of Carnage

What is my book about?

They weren’t heroes, they were everyday people. Gunny, a truck driver and veteran, is minding his own business over a cup of coffee at the Three Flags Truck Stop when all hell breaks loose.

Trapped inside the building with dwindling supplies and surrounded by the undead, he and his fellow survivors have a choice to make: Stay and die or leave and probably die. With two thousand miles between them and the nearest safe zone, they know their chances of making it are slim.

Bigfoot Hunters

By Rick Gualtieri,

Book cover of Bigfoot Hunters

Another heavy hitter in the realm of Horror Comedy, Rick Gualtieri is a skillful wordsmith who knows how to build tension with chuckles sprinkled throughout. I met him recently at a book signing and we traded books. Naturally, I grabbed one of his with “Bigfoot” in the title.

Filled with action and humor, Bigfoot Hunters is a roller-coaster rampage when a troop of enraged Sasquatch cut loose, racking up an impressive body count. I don’t often laugh out loud when I read, but this one pulled quite a few giggles out of me.


Who am I?

My writer’s journey has been circuitous. Originally, I’d intended to become a screenwriter, until I was bitten by the acting bug. Appearing often in film, television, and on Broadway, I found myself drawn to audiobook narration. After so much exposure to so many genres from so many authors, I decided to return to writing. Zombie Bigfoot is a novelization of a screenplay of mine, inspired by SkyMall magazine I read during a scuba diving trip. One page had a Bigfoot garden statue… the adjacent page had a garden flagstone with a zombie coming up out of the ground. I looked at those two images and thought: “How has nobody done this?”


I wrote...

Zombie Bigfoot

By Nick Sullivan,

Book cover of Zombie Bigfoot

What is my book about?

The truth is out there... and it will eat your face. "Bigfoot is real." That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death. Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Combining Crichton-esque action-adventure with creature feature horror, outlandish characters, and a healthy dose of humor, Zombie Bigfoot will leave you panting for more.

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