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What is it about supernatural creatures that draws us? I will pick a book about vampires, werewolves, fairies, unicorns, leprechauns, you name it, before just about anything else.  My current favorite supernatural creatures?– zombies.

Though I don’t think this information is proven, apparently zombies originated in Haiti with the use of voodoo. They believed that the bokor, or voodoo sorcerer, would steal a persons soul and leave them a shambling undead. Zombies have been found in movies and television shows since the early 1930’s. When you think about it, zombie applies to a really wide range of possibilities. Zombies can be the anything that resists death, people brainwashed to follow the orders of others, or people who have been infected with some rage virus, ala 28 Days Later.

Recently, zombies have moved far beyond the horror movie.  Zombies have become sources of comedy, video games, and even the odd teen romance novel.  I find myself being drawn to all things zombie related, so I’ll give you some of my favs and you can see if you love them too!

This is one of my current favorites. Benny Imura, a 15 year old living in a post-zombiepocalytpic world, needs to find a job. Unfortunately nothing is working out of him so he’s left to join the family business– zombie hunting. He apprentices with his older brother Tom, one of the most revered zombie hunters in all of Mountainside. Benny soon learns that the world he has lived in all his life is not what it seems.

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Max Brooks outlines all the precautions to take in order to suvive a zombie apocalypse. This parody on the survival guide covers topics such as weapons, surroundings, escape routes, etc.

In this companion to the above-mentioned Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks chronicles the zombie war from the perspective of some of the people who experienced it first hand. This book on audio is AMAZING. There is a full cast of speakers to encompass the different nationalities of the characters.

So, go enjoy some zombie books. Check out AMC’s The Walking Dead because its my favorite tv show– and enjoy this clip from the BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER MADE.

-Julie, CLP Beechview

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