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21 Best Zombie Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Zombie books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best zombie books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! ­čśŐ
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2
  2. 3
  3. 5
  4. 6
  5. 8
  6. 9

    The Rising

    Brian Keene

  7. 10
  8. 11

    Handling the Undead

    John Ajvide Lindqvist

  9. 12

    Zone One

    A Novel

    Colson Whitehead

  10. 13
  11. 14


    Stephen King

  12. 15
  13. 16
  14. 17
  15. 18
  16. 20

    The End Games

    T. Michael Martin

  17. 21


  • How was this best zombie books list created?

    We searched for "best Zombie books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • Does Stephen King have any zombie books?

    Yes! Stephen King wrote "Cell" (which unsurprisingly made it to this list on #14!). The great horror genre author's book had a published date of January 2006 (and also had a film release in June 2016).

  • How do you make a good zombie book?

    This answer could be an entire blog post in itself, but we'll keep it short. Some key elements of best zombie books in the genre include first having believable and relatable characters, plenty of suspense/ horror and action, and a well-thought-out plot. Additionally, it's helpful to set the story in a unique or interesting location (as many of the best books are). With so many zombie book series out there, it can be tough to stand out from the crowd - but nailing these key elements is a start.

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