Zombie-powered storylines are in virtually every literary category – horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, children’s books, poetry, even erotica! To test your zombie fiction IQ, I compiled reviews that I’ve written for almost 100 various zombie novels and anthologies. Out of those, I randomly picked 13 reviews and wrote questions concerning those releases.
Think you know your literary undead? Let’s see how many of these you can correctly identify!
1. This iconic zombie novel begins with this sentence: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
3. In what steampunk series are zombies known as rotters?
4. This bestselling survival guide describes the flamethrower as “the ultimate zombie eliminator.”
5. In this unforgettable debut novel, zombieism is transmitted by sexual contact and turns people into the walking dead that are "all id and no ego; entirely focused on pleasures of the flesh.”
6. What recent debut novel is a hardcore homage to zombies in pop culture but yet doesn’t have one single zombie in the storyline?
7. This cult classic book includes the lines: “Six little zombies learning how to drive/then they found the gas pedal/now there are five.”
8. The zombie erotica anthology published by EDGE in 2010 was fittingly entitled…
9. What famous debut novel – and cult classic – began as a hugely popular online serialization?
10. What popular middle grade series features a fifth grader turned zombie secret agent who uses super glue to keep his rotting appendages from falling off?
11. Which recent zombie-powered apocalyptic series featured an iconic heroine and her young daughter trying to survive in a world inhabited by cannibalistic Beaters?
12. What critically acclaimed trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic world created after two revolutionary cures (for cancer and the common cold) were unleashed, mutated, and created a virus that reanimated dead flesh?
13. I called this anthology, which was released in 2008 and included stories by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Laurell K. Hamilton, George R. R. Martin, and Joe R.Lansdale, “the best collection of zombie fiction stories ever collected.”
3. Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century
10. Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie by David Lubar
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.
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