Friday, September 30, 2011

Blogger Zombie Walk 2011

Hey Pretty Readers,

This year we've joined the Blogger Zombie Walk hosted by Ghost Hunting Theories! We've posted an excerpt from an original short zombie story, written by a few of the Pretty Staffers!

Click the Teaser link below for the short. Or skip right to our YA Zombie book list down below for some awesome zombie mayhem!

Carriers Teaser

The wind was blowing in my face and it smelled like rotting flesh. I heard the crackle of leaves behind me and jumped around instinctively.

There, in the middle of the yard, less than 20 feet away from me, stood the hunter.

It must have been his house that I'd broken into. I thought that it had been abandoned...

I guess I was wrong.

I stood there, frozen, staring into the monsters eyes... And he stared right back. I knew I had only seconds to act.

I made a move for the gun tucked into the back of my jeans.

But before I had time to pull the cold steel from my waistline, the zombie pounced.

I crashed backwards into the leaves, my right hand pinned behind me. My left forearm across his throat and collarbone as I desperately tried to hold back his snapping jaw.

With all the power I could muster, I pushed with my left arm and rolled my body viciously to the left.

It had the effect I wanted.

The zombie was on his back and I was on top of him. Once again, I reached back and pulled the gun from my jeans. I pressed the barrel to his forehead. His eyes didn't even so much as widen. He just kept trying to buck me off of his chest.

Just as I was about to pull the trigger something slammed into my right side with the force of a speeding train. I looked around. I was lying on my stomach. Shambling forward, I tried to get to my feet but I something grabbed my ankle.  I was being dragged backward across the lawn by another zombie.

I rolled onto my back and tried to kick at the second zombie,  but the first one grabbed a fistful of my hair and brought my face up to meet his.

My scalp burned and his hot breath stung my nose. He smelled like death. His snarling lips pulled back to reveal yellow, plaque stained teeth with rotting flesh stuck in the crevices.

I grimaced. This is it, I thought. It's all over. I couldn't believe I had gotten trapped like this. Had the hunters purposely ambushed me? They couldn't be smart enough to orchestrate that sort of plan.

I braced myself for the bite, the feel of his rotten, scraggly teeth sinking into my flesh. There was a loud cracking sound. Something warm exploded on my face, spraying into my eyes. I snapped them shut instinctively.

Another loud crack.

The creature on top of me slumped down, a dead weight across my chest. I wasn't sure what was happening, but those cracks were definitely gunshots. I pushed the first zombie off of me and was able to wrench my leg free of the second zombie's dead grasp. I scrambled back, trying to put some distance between me and the monsters.

I wiped my eyes of the warm blood that had sprayed my face with the sleeve of my jacket. Squinting, I saw the zombies bodies lying limp in the trampled leaves. I whipped my head back and forth, trying to see what had killed the hunters that had been attacking me.

What I saw was shocking.

There was a man. An actual uninfected human. Someone else who had survived.

Two whole years I had gone without seeing a single person. For two years I had only managed to find monsters, no matter how desperately I searched. And now standing there with my gun aimed at the dead bodies was a tall man with messy brown hair and fair skin. And no blisters...

Not one.

"Are you okay?" the man asked. There was a look of concern in his eyes.

"I...I..." I choked. I hadn't spoken to another person in so long. "You're human?"


YA Zombie Book List

We've also decided to post a list of some young adult books that contain zombies. It's a month until Halloween so maybe these books could help get you in the spirit.

For those of you who may not read YA books, but are die hard zombie fans, know that these books don't skimp on the zombie gore to sell to the younger crowd.

If you're looking for full on zombie hordes and totally a gruesome gore-fest, look no further than:

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
~ courtesy of Goodreads
                                                        
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
~ courtesy of Goodreads

As the days pass, the situation has gone from frightening to terrifying. Kids are being picked off the streets; the barricaded teens are surrounded by flesh-eating zombie adults. When a mysterious traveler arrives with an offer of refuge in London's Buckingham Palace, they realize that they have no other option. What they can not yet understand is that their intense challenges will not end with their harrowing trip... Another hard-pulsing teen thriller by the author of the Young Bond series.
~ courtesy of Goodreads

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
~ courtesy of Goodreads
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?
~ courtesy of Goodreads
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.
~ courtesy of Goodreads

Blog Walk Links List
  1. Ghost Hunting Theories 
  2. Above the Norm: Bizarre Arizona  
  3. Zombies Everywhere  
  4. Holly's Horrorland 
  5. Little Gothic Horrors 
  6. Anything Horror  
  7. Katy Bennett Horror Writer and Poet  
  8. Bubba's Place 
  9. Horror Smorgasbord 
  10. Gnostalgia  
  11. Monkey Man  
  12. Words and Music  
  13. Red Shoes Chronicles  
  14. The Wolf's Eyes My Day in a Sentence 
  15. Pixie's Horror Galore 
  16. Strange State  
  17. The Misadventures of HalloweeNut  
  18. Halloween Blues  
  19. Kweeny Todd  
  20. The California Blogging Massacre 
  21. Horror Shock Lolipop  
  22. Vanessa Morgan  
  23. Improbable Frontiers  
  24. No Really, You Can Eat It 
  25. Art By Living Dead Girl Nicole  
  26. Two Gory Chicks 
  27. A Dust Bunny in the Wind 
  28. A Ghoul's Best Friend 
  29. Zombies Are Magic 
  30. Cherry Neko Saves the World  
  31. Tall Tales 
  32. At the Mansion of Madness 
  33. The Haunted Rose 
  34. The Rotting Zombie 
  35. Halloween Overkill  
  36. Out of the Shadows 
  37. Creepy Glow Keyhole Gallery 
  38. Creepy Glowbugg 
  39. Bifocal Univision 
  40. Haiku-Koo-Koo  
  41. Sherry Soule 
  42. Anchors and Roses 
  43. Paranormal Researchers Group 
  44. Whispering Pines History 
  45. Lovely Miss Megs 
  46. Sean Thomas Fisher's Blogwash 
  47. Rise and Fight 
  48. Stump Town Horror 
  49. LoliClown's Little Blog of Horror  
  50. Zombies Can't Love  
  51. Books and Beyond  
  52. The Grave Bandits  
  53. Screaming Goregasms 
  54. Lazy Daisy Life 
  55. Icky Monster  
  56. Ivy's Closet 
  57. Justine's Halloween 
  58. Annie Walls 
  59. Just Johnny

9 comments:

  1. I love your list of zombie books! I already have some of them because I also have a book review blog! hehe.

    Come check us out:
    http://twogorychicks.blogspot.com/

    Ginger

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  2. I didn't know what a YA book was at first. (Was it a Black-Eyed Peas reference? "Hey-ya! Hey-ya!" LOL!) But I see "YA" stands for Young Adult.

    It's good to start off kids right by letting them read zombie-themed books.

    Zombilicious!

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  3. Fabulous post! I loved the short story.

    I've read Amanda Hocking's "HOLLOWLAND" and loved it. I've read quite a few zombie-related YA books. Now, I'll have to check out the ones on your list, too.

    Thanks for sharing. Zombies ROCK!! :-D

    ~Sherry

    Check Out My Books!

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  4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (as well as its sequels) were already on my TBR list. The other books are knew to me. Here's my Blogger Zombie Walk post.

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  5. The walk sounds like a super fun time! Don;'t forget about You're So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Ashby, Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey and Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris. Those are also some great zombie reads!

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  6. Zombies v Unicorns sounds like a must read.

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  7. I'll be checking out the books on your list!

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  8. That teaser was amazing! I love short stories! Especially of the zombie kind. Keep it up! :-)

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  9. Now I know where to come for a zombie book idea.

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