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21 Best Zombie Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Zombie books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Zombie books" and study the top 16 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 5 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    Zone One

    A Novel

    Colson Whitehead

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8

    The Rising

    Brian Keene

    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10

    Rot & Ruin

    Jonathan Maberry

    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 12

    Handling the Undead

    John Ajvide Lindqvist

    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13

    Cell

    Stephen King

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21

    The End Games

    T. Michael Martin

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • 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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