Not Your Mama's Zombies

Zombies used to be boring. Slow. Shambling. Easy to escape simply by running away.

Then came the new wave of zombies!

They were fast, so you couldn’t escape so easily. And some of them were just like you and me, aside from the whole being dead thing of course.

That’s what I love about the new urban fantasy zombie! They’re funny and snarky and just like us!

Here are a few of my favorite urban fantasy zombie books, some I’ve already read and some on my TBR pile.

Hope you enjoy (but maybe leave the lights on).

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Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie PI by Kevin J Anderson

Dan Chambeaux (aka Dan Shamble) is a PI who won’t let a little thing like being dead stop him! Like he always says, the cases don’t solve themselves. Really like Dan and his partner, lawyer Robin Deyer (a human who fights for the non-humans). Dan’s cases are usually interesting, and he has just the right amount of snark to keep me reading. Love this series!

Death Warmed Over: Dan Shamble, Zombie PI by Kevin J AndersonEver since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective – especially for zombie PI Dan Chambeaux.

Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.”

But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.

Now he’s back from the dead and back in business – with a caseload that’s downright unnatural. (Amazon)


My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

I received book one as part of a Secret Santa gift, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Not sure why, as I love Diana Rowland and this series sounds right up my alley!

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue – and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey–just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. Literally. (Amazon)

Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen

This is a fun twist on your usual zombie story! David and Sarah are a couple in therapy, trying to save their marriage. Who knew that fighting zombies together would work even better than counseling? Love Sarah and David! They’re funny and snarky and know how to go all kung fu on a zombie when needed!

Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1)  by Jesse PetersenA heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling.

On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other. (Amazon)

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Have to admit that this is a reverse for me, as I usually read the book before seeing the movie. But this time, I saw the movie first. Liked it so much that now I want to read the book! Because you know (in your heart of hearts) that the book is always better.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

“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. (Amazon)

Rise Again by Ben Tripp

I received a review copy of this one awhile back and put it aside because I just wasn’t in the zombie frame of mind. Now that I’m in the mood, need to set up a Zombie Read-a-thon and tackle all of these awesome books!

Rise Again by Ben TrippA mysterious contagion. Mass hysteria. Sudden death. And a warning that would come all too late…

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home.

But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun – starting with what might very well be the end of the world.

Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .(Amazon)

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

This one is described as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, so how could I not add it to my list? Read a sample and it sounds right up my alley! Really do need to schedule that Zombie Read-a-thon!

Plague Town by Dana FredstiAshley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse.

Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ – immune to the virus – and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.

It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure! (Amazon)


I’m about halfway through the Dan Shamble: Zombie PI series, which is the one that got me interested in urban fantasy zombies.

After that, I think I’ll dive into the White Trash Zombie books. I probably just forgot I had them, as I can’t think of any other reason why I haven’t already read them. I know that Diana Rowland is good, so looking forward to sinking my teeth into this series! (ha! see what I did there?)

I don’t usually do read-a-thons, but seriously considering one so I can binge all these awesome zombie books!

Please let me know if you have any snarky, urban fantasy zombie reads I should add to my list!



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