Countless authors are choosing the self-publishing route these days for several reasons. The best reason, in my opinion, is that no one can tell them what to write. No one f*cking censors them! This is why I love Indie zombie books so much. The authors have the freedom to write what they want without any restrictions. I’ve read countless zombie books in my day, and these are five of my favorites (all independently published) in no particular order.
One: Zombie/Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story by Ian McClellan. This book had me laughing out loud. I wasn’t just chuckling; I was laughing until my sides hurt. McClellan has such a witty writing style, and the main character in his book is hilarious. The story follows an unemployed factory worker who struggles to survive the wrath of the zombies. As McClellan describes the book, “It may not be too late to save humanity, but any progress that is made gets sidetracked by the failings of the media and politicians, religious fanatics, left-wing zealots, right-wing zealots, political correctness, and bureaucracy. Will divisiveness and the failed policies of our past doom us in the future? Yes, but at least there will be some laughs along the way.”
Two: Deadlocked by A.R. Wise. This is one of the first zombie books that I ever read. I was dipping my toe into the zombie genre, and I decided to download this book on my Kindle because it was free (and it’s still free!!). Deadlocked did not disappoint. It’s about a regular guy named David, who fights through a city of zombies to get back to his wife and two little girls. The story is told in first person, as most zombie books are, and it really worked well with this book. I was rooting for David the whole time, and I really cared about what happened to him. I also really enjoy reading A.R. Wise’s Author’s Notes after all of his books because he provides details about what inspired him to write his stories. I liked this book so much that I immediately downloaded the second book in the series after I finished the first one. There are currently seven books in the Deadlocked series, and I recommend all of them!
Three: Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo. This story is told in journal format by a character named Michael Talbot, a former Marine and a self-proclaimed survivalist. Lucky for Talbot and his family, he is prepared for the end of the world. I enjoyed Tufo’s style of writing, and I liked that the main character stepped aside to address the reader throughout the book. It really pulled me into the story. There are seven books in the Zombie Fallout series, and I’m currently reading the second book. So far, so great!
Four: LZR-1143: Infection by Bryan James. Mike McKnight, a former movie star, is committed to an insane asylum after being convicted of murdering a loved one. McKnight is stuck in said psychiatric prison until zombies invade, and he is able to flee with a few other survivors. The action is almost non-stop, and there is a good amount of character development. There’s even some humor mixed in throughout the story (pancake!), which makes this book a triple threat. I recommend this book to any zombie-lover. There is also a sequel available on Kindle: LZR:1143: Evolution. Bonus: Bryan James has two novellas that are part of the LZR-1143 story, which you can download on the Kindle for free: LZR-1143: Perspectives and LZR-1143: Within.
Five: Dead City: Book One of the Zombie D.O.A. Series by JJ Zep. I’m a huge fan of this book because it brings a new twist to the zombie apocalypse, but I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll let you see for yourself. Dead City follows the story of Chris Collins, an up-and-coming boxer who just wants to save his family. I found Collins very likeable, and I appreciated the fact that he seemed to be good at making wise decisions, which is not typical in zombie stories. I’m very glad I stumbled upon this series, and I highly recommend JJ Zep’s books to any zombie fanatic.
All of these books are excellent, and I suggest adding them to your reading list. If you download all five books on your Kindle today, it’ll only cost you $9.96 (a bargain – another reason to love Indie books!!). It’ll be a good way to keep zombies in your life until The Walking Dead returns in October.