The apocalyptic-zombie-monster film trend is still going strong. However, the next film to contribute to the genre will be from the mastermind behind The Walking Dead.
Coming Soon reports that comic book superstar Robert Kirkman is adapting his Oblivion Song series for the big screen. The adaptation will be produced by Universal Pictures and Kirkman’s own Skybound Entertainment company, and will be written by Sean O’Keefe (Wonderland).
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Kirkman’s adaptation projects continue to successfully stack up one after the other. On top of multiple Walking Dead TV shows, his comics Invincible and 5-Year are on their way to screens as well.
Oblivion Song follows Nathan Cole, who embarks on daily rescue missions to recover the 300,000 citizens that went missing during a decade-prior apocalypse in Philadelphia. The government has made every attempt to search for them in the hellscape referred to as Oblivion, but has given up after years of fruitless effort. Cole is now the only hope for those missing, but something else in the ruins calls to him as well.
We love Halloween- it’s scary, campy, and you can be whatever you want to be (which you can mostly do all the time, unless what you want to be is a ghoul or a sexier version of something decidedly unsexy). Unfortunately, getting down to the last episode of your favorite show is not the fun kind of scary. But if your show is on this list, here are some spooky, whacky, and genuinely frightening reads to tide you over.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Those of us with Buffy nostalgia face a challenge that can be scarier than the show itself- the fact that the show’s been finished since 2003. But if you can’t live without the misadventures of the teens quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) defending Sunnydale from monsters, why not explore an untold part of that story?
Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Hereexplores the lives of background characters in a nondescript town like Sunnydale for those of us who have never fought a vampire with our bare hands (or, you know, with anything else). Teenagers beset with their own slew of issues try to exist as the Chosen Ones deal with their zombie cops and spooky blue lights from outer space. This genre-bending book merges fantasy with reality as Ness explores how ordinary human lives fit in with the high stakes of genre fiction.
Unlike with Buffy, anyone who watches Supernatural knows there’s no shortage of content. Now entering its fourteenth season, the cult classic has thrilled viewers since 2005 with its story of two inseparable brothers who save lives, hunt monsters, make questionable choices, and fight with each other nonstop.
V.E. Schwab’s Viciousis a twist on the typical superhero story, following two former classmates who were once as close as brothers. When a string of bad decisions puts the friends in uncomfortably close contact with the world of the supernatural, some lives are saved- and others are lost. The mercurial relationship between Schwab’s protagonists may remind you of Supernatural‘s infamous brothers, and the hunting definitely will.
This hit TV show taps into 80s nostalgia in a serious way, and so modern books just won’t always sate your craving. You can take the edge off this with a book with the story that inspired last fall’s pop culture phenomenon: Stephen King’s IT.
Written in 1990 and set in the mid 80s, the story also focuses on a gang of kids taking on a threat that adults in town don’t understand. Featuring a familiar camaraderie, the Losers try to stop the entity that they have discovered, attempting to save both their town and themselves. And is there collateral damage? Well, isn’t there always?
The Walking Dead
Zombies might seem to be the territory of genre fiction and pop culture, but that isn’t always the case. Literary superstar Colson Whitehead’sZone Oneblends genre and literary fiction as it explores not the zombie apocalypse exactly, but what happens after.
With the mixture of tenderness and violence that viewers expect from The Walking Dead, Whitehead explicitly wanders into the thematic landscape of zombies, discussing at length the kind of moral and existential questions that many zombie stories only hint at.
American Horror Story
It might be hard to decide what will get you your AHS fix, given the wide range of premises the show offers. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circusshares a similar versatility, blending elements of magic and witchcraft (like AHS season 3) with the creepy aesthetic of a sinister traveling circus (season 4). With a flair for the strange, cruel, and dramatic, The Night Circus’ range of amoral characters and tragically doomed human connections are reminiscent of all seasons of AHS.
While not explicitly a horror show, Black Mirror’s one-off dystopian plot lines terrify audiences with their creativity… and plausibility. Often focusing on motifs of alienation and technology, the show provides us with a horrifying reality that we both can and cannot imagine. A YA classic, Scott Westerfeld’s Ugliesdepicts a dystopian world in which, on their sixteenth birthday, teenagers undergo surgery to become Pretties- artificially enhanced beautiful people with equally beautiful lives (sounds exactly like being sixteen, right?). Unfortunately, life is not quite as beautiful as it appears. And unfortunately, that’s not all the surgery does.
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Everybody’s favorite bat-wielding, profanity-spewing villain from The Walking Dead is getting his own book. Skybound Books, the publisher of The Walking Dead comic book series, is releasing The Quotable Negan this summer, a 128-page book full of some of the character’s best one-liners from the comic books.
In addition to Negan’s most memorable quotes, the book will feature the standalone story Here’s Negan!, which was previously released last fall and provides insight into Negan’s life before the apocalypse, as well as a bunch of fun facts about the character’s reign of terror. It will also include an introduction written by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.
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Kirkman himself has described the book as both hilarious and disturbing. In a press release from Skybound, Kirkman said, “[E]ven with all the awful stuff [Negan has] said and done, there are some unexpected nuggets of wisdom and humanity in there…. My only hope is that fans have just as much fun reading him as I have writing him!”
The book is slated for release on July 3 and is available for pre-order here from Amazon.
Zombies and wizards sound like a pretty cool combo. Powerful magic and the undead could wreak some serious havoc, but thankfully these worlds colliding is actually pretty great.
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Best known for his character Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln is done chasing zombies and is now chasing… a golden snitch? His latest project is to narrate the quirky audiobook version of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages. It’s a book often mentioned as being part of the Hogwarts library as well as a documentation of the sport’s development from early medieval times to the modern day. So of course we’ll say it’s nonfiction. Although used to gore and apocalyptic settings, Lincoln seems to fit in rather well with the Potterheads, according to The Telegraph. He says:
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is one that I always wanted to get the chance to step into. What makes this project so special, is not only that it allowed me the opportunity to create something my kids love and enjoy, but it also supports great causes, like Comic Relief.
It was released in 2001 for the charity Comic relief to help those in need, but this new version has all new content that we haven’t seen (or heard) before, meaning it’s going to feel and sound like you’re at a heated Quidditch game or in the middle of a practice.
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Since it was written under the pseudonym ‘Kennilworthy Whisp’ Lincoln must put himself in the student’s shoes. “His narration brings out both the charming humour in J.K. Rowling’s writing, and the vibrant characters that have inhabited the world of Quidditch throughout time,” says Ravina Bajwa, Pottermore’s audio editor.
It’s planned to be released in March this year; our ears will be waiting.
The Walking Dead is the definitive daydream scenario for any doomsday preppers out there. Not necessarily a nice day dream, but still, if you were Rick Grimes would you really be picking a fight with Negan? Would you try to tough it out on your own or would you find a group? Almost any decision the group on The Walking Dead makes, I get anxiety.
There’s a big world of post-apocalyptic literature out there, as you know, but there’s so much more that fans of The Walking Dead need to be reading. Fantasy, crime, nonfiction. There are just so many books that cover the interests of zombie obsessives. Here are a few recommendations.
Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
“R” is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
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Set in the smoking ashes of a postapocalyptic America, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road tells the story of a man and his son’s journey toward the sea and an uncertain salvation. The world they pass through is a ghastly vision of scorched countryside and blasted cities “held by cores of blackened looters who tunneled among the ruins and crawled from the rubble white of tooth and eye carrying charred and anonymous tins of food in nylon nets like shoppers in the commissaries of hell” [p. 181]. It is a starved world, all plant and animal life dead or dying, some of the few human survivors even eating each other alive.
The father and son move through the ruins searching for food and shelter, trying to keep safe from murderous, roving bands. They have only a pistol to defend themselves, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food–and each other.
“With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction” (Omnivoracious), Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University. A group of young scientists, under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time, works to make fantasy reality by sequencing the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth harvested from above the Arctic circle, and splicing elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world?
Along with Church and his team of Harvard scientists, a world-famous conservationist and a genius Russian scientist plan to turn a tract of the Siberian tundra into Pleistocene Park, populating the permafrost with ancient herbivores as a hedge against an environmental ticking time bomb. More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the race against global warming, the incredible power of modern technology, the brave fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme weather conditions, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. Can we right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction—and at what cost?
A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (and fascinating) details of her curious profession.
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.