MY Favorite Zombie Books #SummerZombie

Do you have a favorite zombie book or three, the stories that hooked you as a reader or perhaps made you want to write zombie fiction? 

I do and since this post is about me and not you, I’ll list my top five Zombie stories that got me started on this crazy career path. These are the stories that influenced me and also showed me (and hopefully everyone else) how you could write a different zombie story and not just use the Romero tropes and settings to do the same thing over and over. This list is far from exhaustive. Hell, I could list ten times as many zombie books I loved but these are the ones that still have a hold on me, some after many years. 

Let’s dig in… shall we?

World War Z

5. WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks reads like a nonfiction, dry case study for after the zombpoc. And it is brilliant. Forget the movie. Read the book and see another take on zombie fiction and another way I saw you could do something different. 


4. BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest was another influence. It’s an awesome steampunk novel with zombies and showed me another way to make zombies relevant without dominating the story. To me it’s always about the characters dealing with the zombies and not the other way around. 


3.  Adam-Troy Castro wrote a short story, “Dead Like Me,” which I read in the zombie collection THE LIVING DEAD. Despite the many, many solid stories in the anthology this is still the one that I think about. I’ve talked to other authors and they often cite it as an influence as well. Seriously, you need to read it. The perfect zombie story to me. 


2. Joe McKinney was an author I knew nothing about. I was going through the local Barnes & Noble looking for a new book to read and came upon DEAD CITY and had to have it. I’m glad I did because it kicked off a bunch of really solid books by Joe and I always look forward to the next one, be it zombie or horror. 


  1. I always say I’m a horror author because of Dean Koontz but a zombie author because of Brian Keene. His novel THE RISING was the first zombie fiction I ever read and I’m glad I started with the top guy. When people say ‘The Rising’ you know who wrote it and the significance, too. It’s like saying ‘The Stand’ or ‘Gone With The Wind’… there doesn’t ever need to be another book titled The Rising as far as I’m concerned. This one is perfect.

Don’t agree with my list? Think you can do better? I really don’t care, to be honest… we all have an opinion. Seriously… what are some of the zombie books that influenced you as a reader and/or writer?

Armand Rosamilia

Spotlight On: Joe McKinney #SummerofZombie

Summer of Zombie 2015 SPOTLIGHT ON: Joe McKinney

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What is your latest zombie release? 

THE DEAD WON’T DIE: Book 2 in my Deadlands Series, which started with last year’s PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD

 The Dead Won't Die

Quick description of it (no spoilers): 

Jacob Carlton, Kelly Banis and Chelsea Walker are all that’s left of the slaves who escaped the Caravan at the end of Plague of the Undead.  Now, rescued by the Templenauts, they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy they don’t understand, and are powerless to resist.  But Jacob is best with his back up against the wall, and with his options dwindling fast, he leads his friends into heart of Temple’s society, where he confronts not only a world of corruption and greed, but a zombie army one hundred million strong.  In order to survive, the trio will have to do what they do best: fight!

Something unique about it.

The Dead Won’t Die takes place thirty years after the initial zombie apocalypse, and combines elements of Huxley’s Brave New World and Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines.  It’s high adventure, with a peppering of social commentary about the policing in modern day America.


Links for people to purchase it. 

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Your short Bio. 

Joe McKinney has his feet in several different worlds.  In his day job, he has worked as a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a DWI Enforcement officer, a disaster mitigation specialist, a homicide detective, the director of the City of San Antonio’s 911 Call Center, and a patrol supervisor.  He played college baseball for Trinity University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in American History, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He was the manager of a Barnes & Noble for a while, where he indulged a lifelong obsession with books.  He published his first novel, Dead City, in 2006, a book that has since been recognized as a seminal work in the Horror genre, and one of the cornerstones of zombie literature.  Since then, he has gone on to win two Bram Stoker Awards and expanded his oeuvre to cover everything from true crime and writings on police procedure to science fiction to cooking and Texas history.  The author of more than twenty books, he is a frequent guest at horror and mystery conventions.  Joe and his wife Tina have two lovely daughters and make their home in a little town just outside of San Antonio, where he indulges his passion for cooking and makes what he considers to be the finest batch of chili in Texas.  You can keep up with all of Joe’s latest releases by friending him on Facebook.

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2015, with 30+ of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser…and pick up some great swag as well!

Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them!

#SummerofZombie is the hashtag for Twitter, too!

Advance Praise for “Dying Days 4”

Dying Days 4 will be officially released on Tuesday, June 24th in eBook and print.

Here is the cover art as well as some great praise from three zombie authors that have raised the bar with each new release and forced me to write the best book I can. Keep that bar high for the rest of us, guys!

Dying Days 4 Cover with Blurbs

“Level up with Rosamilia’s take on smarter, scarier zombies! They don’t sleep and neither will you. Read this now!” ~ Robert Chazz Chute, author of This Plague of Days


“Armand Rosamilia has masterly crafted a unique zombie book with many moving parts. Dying Days 4 should be on every zombie fanatics TBR list” ~ Mark Tufo, author of the Zombie Fallout series


“With Dying Days 4, Armand Rosamilia continues to carve his own glorious path through the zombie apocalypse.  His unique blend of sex and violence, well-rendered melancholy and tough as nails, pedal to the metal can do attitude makes for a story that gets it all just right.  Rosamilia is a bright light for a dark country, and one of a handful of writers I know I can turn to when I want to have the crap scared out of me.  He’s that good.” ~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DeadCity and Plague of the Undead