I've been asked over and over again by fans of the AS THE WORLD DIES series to recommend another zombie series just like mine. Honestly, I don't know of any zombie novels that are in the same vein as ATWD. I suspect that is why it's popular.
The other common question I am asked is to recommend other zombie books that I like. Since I've been working on my zombie novels for almost 7 years on and off, I haven't read as many zombie books as people might assume. I tend not to read in the genre in which I am writing at the moment. I usually cram my zombie reading into time periods when I'm writing about other kinds of monsters. But I have read a few books in the genre that I'd like to recommend.
IF YOU LIKE A DASH OF HUMOR
BREATHERS from S.G. Brown was not only funny, but a story with a great plot, sympathetic characters, and a nice dose of social commentary. It was so clever and well-written, I could completely understand why Hollywood snapped it up so quickly.
I had the pleasure of meeting S.G. Browne at a convention we were both appearing at. He is a very nice guy and it was a pleasure meeting him. I was very excited when I got an autographed copy of his novel.
Timothy Long does a great job making the obscene, macabre, and profane incredibly funny.
IF YOU LIKE NONSTOP ACTION
I met Joe McKinney a few years ago at a local convention in Austin, TX. It was a great pleasure to meet him and chat about the zombie genre. He was very encouraging to talk to and he gave me some of the best advice on my writing career I have ever received.
Robert Best and I have a playfully adversarial relationship in real life. I mock his enormous head and he loves to proudly proclaim how much I suck. But I have to give him kudos for this book. I stayed up a good chunk of the night reading this book in one fell swoop while attending a convention where he was also appearing. I could not put it down.
IF YOU LIKE DYSTOPIAN FUTURISTIC NOVELS
The author, Carrie Ryan, is one of the first women to write in the genre and she's amazing.
Both of these books are Young Adult, but its definitely fare adults can enjoy.
IF YOU LIKE SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS
I'm not going to lie. David Dunwoody is one of my absolute favorite authors. He's amazing. Every time I read his work, I wish I had written it. He's just so good.
IF YOU LIKE STEAMPUNK
Cherie Priest does a killer job with this novel and I loved the entire premise. I'm not a big steampunk person, but she really sold me on this world.
IF YOU LIKE NON-TRADITIONAL ZOMBIES
If you don't mind your zombie fare with a twist of something different, this one is for you.
IF YOU LIKE SHORT STORIES
I have a ton of zombie novels still sitting in a huge stack in my bed room waiting to be read when I'm finally down with the AS THE WORLD DIES series. I plan to read Jonathan Maberry's DUST AND DECAY very soon.
What are your favorite zombie novels?