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As a huge reader, you can bet I spend just as much time reading about zombies than I do making them (actually, I read a lot more, no surprises there). If you are in the market for some Halloween Zombie reading, then you will love these!

Top 10 Zombie Books

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1. The Girl With All the Gifts, M. R Carey

When this book was gifted to me last year by my good friend Sarah, I trusted her choice implicitly and dove in without even reading the back cover. Little did I know that I was in for one of the most surprising and wonderful Zombie novels I have ever read. I don’t even want to begin to describe it in the hopes you will pick it up and be just as pleasantly surprised. Worth every read and re-read so far!

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2. World War Z, Max Brooks

A common selection on zombie book lists, but Brooks has more than earned this position. Told from the perspective of a historian recording world accounts of the Zombie War after the fact, it is a great look at how zombies would effect the world on a global scale, and so many human survival perspectives from many different cultures.

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3. The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks

A companion to World War Z covering all of your zombie survival basics. A well written and fun read!

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4. Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, Seth-Grahame Smith

A parody novel that incorporates the original story line of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Grahame-Smith brings a fantastic chaos to a set of strong heroines.

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5. The Stand, Stephen King

Ok, cheating a little here as it is post-apocolypse and not actual zombies… but it does incorporate all aspects of a virus wiping out humanity as we know it, literally encapsulating the spirit of zombie novels with everything except, you know, zombies. As my first love in the dystopian novel category, it had to make the list.

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6. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?, Max Brallier

OMG do you remember the “Create Your Own Nightmare” series? I used to keep myself up super late at night reading these, bookmarking every possible choice so I could go back and try again… and sometimes terrifying myself into the wee hours of the morning. This book brings the same concept to life in the zombie apocalypse!

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7. Origin Z, Tony Hartzell

Would you take a vaccine that would cure you of all diseases, including cancer, and slows aging if it made you a target… to the undead? Hartzell takes a fascinating look at how the creation of this medical holy grail causes the collapse of society and creates a whole new problem for those fighting for survival.

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8. The Zombie Combat Manual, Roger Ma

Can you tell I am a bit of a planner? I just love these manuals! If the Zombie Survival Guide doesn’t give you enough battle ready instruction, then this manual will help you finish your apocalypse preparations.

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9. The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse, Lauren Wilson

All it took was the title for me to immediately fall for this book. I love recipes, and always thought one of the essential survival tools was a can opener. With wonderful tongue-in-cheek humor, Wilson adds the Savory Survival Tin to the survival essentials such as the Bug-Out-Bag (BOB) or Get-Out-Of-Dodge (GOOD) Bag. A great read with good information for “cooking on the go.”

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10. Feed, by Mira Grant

I love the media component of this novel, as it is bloggers that disseminate the truth to the masses about zombies that share group consciousness and get smarter as the hoards grow. Book one in her “Newsflesh” series, I am excited to read the next two!

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Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
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  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
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  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown

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