Mad Like Alyce

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!


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!


Hi! I'm Alyce.
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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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