Horror Book Month


I am always talking about horror films or at least 3D films.  I love watching movies, I could watch them all the time – but I don’t.

So what do I do when I can’t get my horror movie fix?

I read.

Ok, normally, I don’t read horror books – I mean don’t get me wrong – I still remember when I read ‘The Hellbound Heart’ by Clive Barker back in ’89.  But the books I  normally read, were books like, “Power and Struggle (Politics of Nonviolent Action)” by  Gene Sharp.    – I should add, that if you want to include the ‘underground’ comics I collected as a kid then I could say I read a ton of horror books. Dead World was one of my fav. comics – outside of all the Clive Barker comics. [singlepic id=330 w=320 h=240 float=right]

Anyway, the point is my horror movie obsession and my books never saw eye-to-eye.  So to pay tribute to all the great horror writers out there (they did write the story to all the great films we watch) I am going to make July Horror Book Month.

So here is my reading list for the month of July.  If you want to read along and share your thoughts.   I have included links where you can pick up your copy.

I am starting off with,

  • Necronomicon The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft’s astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft’s harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were first released. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft’s fiction, as well as attract those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.


  • Major Tales and Poems by Edar Allan Poe  is the book I will be reading but I can not find it on Amazon or any other online book store so I have found a book that is the same but just different cover and publisher. The book is called, Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allen Poe


  • Zombie CSU: The Forensics by Jonathan Maberry

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth… And law enforcement is ready to take them down! Since Night of the Living Dead, zombies have been a frightening fixture on the pop culture landscape, lumbering after hapless humans, slurping up brains and veins and whatever warm, fleshy matter they can clench in their rotting limbs. But what if they were real? What would happen if, tomorrow, corpses across the nation began springing up out of their graves and terrorizing the living?

Employing hard science and solid police work not—to mention jaw-dropping (literally!) humor—Zombie CSU is the only guide you need to make it through alive—not undead. At last you can:

Investigate zombie crime scenes, collecting and analyzing evidence of zombie attacks, and create a “murder book”

Examine the psychology of the zombie and develop a perp profile.

Observe medical science pros as they probe felled zombies for forensic clues.

Devise a zombie apocalypse survival scorecard and more!

Complete with lists of must-see zombie flicks from around the globe and tons of tips for kicking undead butt, Zombie CSU features hundreds of interviews with real zombie experts, forensics experts, detectives, filmmakers, and more.


  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

“The Crisis” nearly wiped out humanity. Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and author of The Zombie Survival Guide, 2003) has taken it upon himself to document the “first hand” experiences and testimonies of those lucky to survive 10 years after the fictitious zombie war. Like a horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s The Good War (1984), the “historical account” format gives Brooks room to explore the zombie plague from numerous different views and characters. In a deadpan voice, Brooks exhaustively details zombie incidents from isolated attacks to full-scale military combat: “what if the enemy can’t be shocked and awed? Not just won’t, but biologically can’t!” With the exception of a weak BAT-21 story in the second act, the “interviews” and personal accounts capture the universal fear of the collapse of society–a living nightmare in which anyone can become a mindless, insatiable predator at a moment’s notice. Alas, Brad Pitt’s production company has purchased the film rights to the book–while it does have a chronological element, it’s more similar to a collection of short stories: it would make for an excellent 24-style TV series or an animated serial. Regardless, horror fans won’t be disappointed: like George Romero’s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos.


  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.


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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

  • Marty Scott1

    June 30, 2009

    Don’t forget PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry (a best-selling zombie techno-thriller, published this year by St Martins Griffin) and BREATHERS-A Zombie Lament by S. G. Browne (2009, Broadway Press).

    And in September Marvel Comics will release MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, with installments written by Seth Grahame-Jones and Jonathan Maberry as well as David Wellington (MONSTER ISLAND).

    Good times to be a zombie fan.

    • Jason Bayless2

      June 30, 2009

      Yes, of course Patient Zero! That was going to be on my next ‘Horror’ book month. So very excited about Marvel/zombies in Sept.!

      Thanks for recommending these books.


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