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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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  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween

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