Books & Media

While my emphasis is on zombies, there are a lot of crossover links throughout the speculative fiction genres (and different types of zombies could be fantasy – Garth Nix, sci fi – Adam Baker, or just plain horror. As Pamela Freeman said at the 2011 Spec Fic festival for the NSW Writer’s Centre, ‘It’s mostly academics who argue about what speculative fiction is & isn’t. Readers know.’)



  • Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  • Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
  • Passing Strange by Daniel Waters
  • I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Zombie Apolcalypse ed by Stephen Jones
  • You are so undead to me by Stacey Jay
  • Die for me by Amy Plum
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  • Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha
  • The Cell by Stephen King
  • Outpost by Adam Baker
  • Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
  • Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Best New Zombie Tales vol 2 ed by James Roy Daley
  • After the World novellas
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graeme-Smith/Jane Austen, and Dawn of the Dreadfuls and Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
  • Zombie: An anthology of the undead ed by Christopher Golden
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  • Walking Dead comic series by Robert Kirkman
  • Herbert West -Re-animator by H P Lovecraft




  • Left for Dead 1 & 2 games
  • Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr Ned
  • World of Warcraft
  • Half-Life
  • Heroes of Might and Magic
  • Resident Evil game series
  • Dead Rising
  • Dead Island



– Horrorish

  • American Zombie Gothic by Kyle William Bishop
  • Men, Women and Chainsaws by Carol J Clover
  • Why Buffy Matters by Rhonda Wilcox
  • Sex and the Slayer by Lorna Jowett
  • Horror Fiction: An Introduction by Gina Wisker
  • Horror Genre: From Beezlebub to Blair Witch by Paul Wells
  • The Biology of horror: Gothic literature and Film by Jack Morgan
  • Gothic Passages: Racial ambiguity and the maerican Gothic by Justin D Edwards
  • Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan by Robin Wood
  • American Horror Film: the genre at the turn of the Millennium ed by Steffan Hantke
  • American Zombie Gothic by Kyle William Bishop
  • The Changing Vampire of Film and Television by Tim Kane
  • A Taste of True Blood ed by Leah Wilson
  • Encyclopedia of the Undead by Bob Curran
  • The Gothic by Fred Botting
  • Draculas, vampires and other undead forms: essays on gender, race and culture ed by John Edgar Browning
  • The lure of the vampire: Gender, fiction and fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy by Milly Williamson
  • Triumph of the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen by James Lowder
  • Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture by Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz
  • Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the living dead by Shawn McIntosh and Marc Leverette
  • White Zombie: Anatomy of a horror film by Gary Don Rhodes
  • Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy by Richard Greene, K SIlem Mohammad

– Scifi-ish

  • Science Fiction and Empire by Patricia Kerslake
  • The Gospel According to Sci Fi by Gabriel McKee
  • From Alien to the Matrix by Roz Kaveney
  • Edging into the future by Joan Gordon
  • Sci fi in the minds eye ed by Margret Grebowicz
  • Alien Zone by Annette Kuhn
  • Alien Woman: The Making of Lt Ellen Ripley by C. Jason Smith Ximena Gallardo C.

– Fantasyish

  • Alternative worlds in Fantasy Fiction by Peter Hunt and Millicent Lenz
  • Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination by Richard Mathews
  • Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien, myth and modernity by Patrick Curry
  • Fantasy, myth and measure of truth by William Gray
  • Impulse of Fantasy Fiction by C N Manlove
  • Impossibility Fiction by Derek Littlewood and Peter Stockwell
  • Fantasy:Literature of Subversion by Rosemary Jackson
  • Rhetoric of the Unreal by Christine Brooke-Rose

– Generalish

  • Beginning Theory by Peter Barry
  • Intro to the science of Mythology by C G Jung
  • Myth and Meaning by Claude Levi-Srauss
  • Sacred Nattative Readings in theory of myth by Alan Dundes
  • Structuralism in Myth by Robert Alan Segal
  • Modern Construction of Myth by Andrew Von Hendy
  • Theorizing Myth – narrative, ideology and scholarship by Bruce Lincoln


  • Undead America: Zombie films as metaphoric discourse of post-9/11 anxiety by M Soloff (Thesis for Master of Arts)
  • ‘The Monsters Next Door’: Representations of Whiteness and Monstrosity in Contemporary Culture by Kimberely Tyrrell (Thesis for Doctorate of Philosophy)
  • The Postmodern Sacred by Em McAvan (Thesis for Doctorate of Philosophy)
  • The Story of the Zombi in Haiti by Louis P Mars (in Man)
  • The Ways and Nature of the Zombi by Hans W Ackermann and Jeanine Gauthier (in The Journal of American Folklore)

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