Once a fringe genre,
From the classic slow-moving, shambling
The genre can be light-hearted and fun as in Edgar Wright's
One series that has quickly taken off is
"World War Z" by Max Brooks is another genre favorite, soon to be a motion picture. The storytelling is done in a narrative format — a collection of personal accounts from survivors from the epidemic. The action seems closer and more realistic, with a fair amount of political and social commentary mixed in.
The series of books "Monster Nation," "Monster Island," and "Monster Planet" by David Wellington introduce many new and different elements to the zombie genre. Under specific circumstances in this world, consciousness can be retained even while the body decays giving birth to the thinking zombie. Some characters also exhibit supernatural powers. The world portrayed by Wellington is bleak, grim and terrifying but also filled with detail, friendships and the need to survive.
Another new direction for zombie fiction is the reimagining of literature classics … but with zombies. A prime example would be Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (or, the graphic novel adapted by Tony Lee). Not only does the Regency-era populace have to contend with the living dead, but with pirates and ninjas as well! Similarly, with "Zombie Notes," author Laurie Rozakis presents a parody study guide to many world classics such as "Romeo and Juliet and Zombies," and "A Tale of Two Cities Overrun with Zombies."
In any good post-apocalyptic scenario, you have to have a plan for survival. Try Max Brooks' "Zombie Survival Guide." Brooks maps out every element of how to survive in a doom-filled world overflowing with zombies. From weapons and combat to home defense and fortifying public places, Brooks seems to have thought of everything.
A similar book is "The Zombie Combat Manual" by Roger Ma. Ma not only evaluates weapons, but discusses their uses, and need for maintenance. Ma also painstakingly instructs in strategy and technique in combat methods against the living dead!
All of these books and more are available at the