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!

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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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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!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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