7 Horrifying Magical Zombie Romance Books

Dystopian Horror Books

Hello, fellow adventurers and lovers of the undead! Welcome to a niche that combines the thrill of surviving a zombie apocalypse with the heart-fluttering excitement of romance – yes, you guessed it, zombie romance! This unique genre takes us on a journey where love not only survives but thrives in the most unlikely circumstances.

Imagine the world falling apart and society in shambles, and amidst the chaos, two hearts find each other, proving that love can blossom even when surrounded by zombies. If you’re intrigued by the idea of star-crossed lovers navigating their feelings in a world overrun by the undead, then you’re in for a treat. Let’s dive into a collection of zombie romance books that will give you an adrenaline rush while tugging at your heartstrings!

7 Zombie Romance Books (Dystopian Horror Stories)

Zombie romance challenges traditional notions of love and romance by exploring relationships between humans and the undead. The zombie apocalypse setting backdrops danger, suspense, and adrenaline-pumping action. The constant threat of danger adds tension and excitement to the romance, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Characters must confront difficult ethical dilemmas as they face the line between life and death, exploring what it means to be human in a world overrun by the undead. I’ll discuss my favorite zombie romance that shows humanity, compassion, and morality. Let’s begin!

NameKey FocusTropes
Warm Bodies by Isaac MarionA post-apocalyptic novel blending romance and horror through the perspective of a zombie who regains his humanity after falling in love with a human girl.Zombie Apocalypse, Star-Crossed Lovers, Unlikely Hero, Consciousness Awakening, Humanity’s Redemption, Love Redeems, Perspective Flip, Post-Apocalyptic Society, Interspecies Romance, Moral Ambiguity, Healing Power of Love, Character Evolution, Forbidden Love, Inner Monologue, Societal Commentary.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanA harrowing tale of survival and discovery set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, where a young woman challenges the oppressive society to find her own path and truths beyond the forest’s confines.Dystopian Society, Quest for Freedom, Coming of Age, Love Triangle, Strong Female Lead, Forbidden Knowledge, Isolation, Societal Control, Survival Against Odds, The Power of Choice, Secrets and Lies, Loss and Grief, Resistance Against Fate, Exploration of Humanity.
Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Jane AustenA mash-up novel that infuses the classic tale of manners, marriage, and social standing from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” with the thrill and horror of a zombie apocalypse, resulting in a unique blend of romance, action, and the undead.Alternate History, Genre Mashup, Strong Female Protagonist, Martial Arts, Social Commentary, Horror Comedy, Romantic Subplots, Aristocracy and Class, Survival Tactics, Feminist Undertones, Satire and Parody, Regency Era with a Twist, Family Dynamics, Battle-Ready Heroines.
Married with Zombies by Jesse PetersenA comedic horror novel exploring how a struggling married couple rekindles their relationship by surviving together in a zombie-infested world, showcasing love, humor, and gore amidst an apocalypse.Romantic Comedy, Survival Horror, Relationship Dynamics, Dark Humor, Couple Growth, Unlikely Alliances, Personal Development, Therapy through Adversity, Satirical Take on Marriage, Apocalyptic Road Trip, Battle of the Sexes, Social Commentary, Love in the Time of Zombies, Reinventing Romance.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena ShowalterA young girl named Alice battles zombies in a post-apocalyptic world while uncovering dark secrets about her family.Post-apocalyptic setting, Strong female protagonist, Family secrets, Survival thriller.
Dearly, Departed by Lia HabelIn a steampunk, zombie-infested world, a young woman falls in love with a charming and mysterious undead soldier amidst political intrigue and societal unrest.Steampunk aesthetic, Forbidden love, Political intrigue, Societal unrest.
Generation Dead by Daniel WatersIn a world where teenagers return from death as “living impaired,” a group of these undead individuals fights for acceptance and rights in a society plagued by discrimination and fear.Undead teenagers, Discrimination allegory, Social commentary, High school drama, Coming-of-age narrative.
Zombie Romance Books List

1. Warm Bodies (Series)

Warm Bodies is a debut novel and series with three books, and there is an interesting description of the author at the front of the book. The series is about a zombie called R. He lives in an airport with many other zombies and the boys, who are a couple of stages further in the decomposing process and seem to run the place. The story is about when he meets a real living girl and takes her home to his plane. I love the airport setting. One of our favorite hobbies is going a couple of rounds on the escalator. I enjoyed that mental image.

Also, I enjoyed the girl in the story who’s called Julie. She’s not frightened but still a normal girl, as you can be during a zombie apocalypse. I was impressed with the writing. It’s borderline, but there’s some cursing in it. More effort was put into the writing than in general. Another exciting thing I thought about while reading the book is what happens when you punch a zombie.

There are descriptions of R getting punched in the face and his jaw breaking. The bone can’t fix itself. Apparently, out of habit, they still try to have romance, standing there naked, trying to rub their bodies together. So, in conclusion, the story starts with a good beginning and an exciting premise, but a bit weak toward the end. If you want to read the book before you see the movie or you want the zombie genre, then pick it. Let me know if you’ve read the books or plan to see the movie.

”Warm Bodies” books in order:

  1. Warm Bodies (2010): A zombie (R) falls in love with a human survivor. You get to see the power of love to overcome obstacles.
  2. The Burning World (2017): The zombie R and Julie try to navigate the challenges of their post-apocalyptic world to find hope.
  3. The Living (2018): R and Julie try to build a new world from the ruins of the old one.
Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books, Media Tie-In edition
Tropes: Espionage Thrillers, Suspense, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic
Number Of Pages: 256
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Series)

This series is post-apocalyptic slash dystopian. The books occur in a medieval village that The Forest of Hands and Teeth encloses. Within that forest are consecrated, and that’s what they call the zombies. They are trying to rebuild the village and make things as before the zombie apocalypse. Our main character, Mary, feels very trapped within the village. She hopes that there is a life outside of the place untouched by the consecrated, that she can be free of this horrible situation.

All the books have YA mystery romances. The writing was beautifully done, and the zombies were epic. I have some problems with the characters. Mary was annoying and selfish, and the other characters fell flat for me. Mary is childhood friends with Cass, Travis, and Harry. They’re having kids earlier while they’re still healthy and young.

So Harry has a thing for Mary. But Mary has something for Travis. Travis has already proposed to Cass, who is Mary’s best friend. Through events and circumstances, Mary spends more time with Travis, who starts to fall for her. In doing so, Cass begins to hang out with Harry Moore, and they both fall for each other. There’s a lot of back and forth when Mary wants to be with either Travis or Harry.

”The Forest of Hands and Teeth” series books in order:

  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth: The main characters are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies.
  2. The Dead-Tossed Waves: The main characters struggle to find a place to belong and the tension between safety in a world overrun by zombies.
  3. The Dark and Hollow Places: The book’s main theme explores hope, sacrifice, and the power of human connections in the face of adversity in an apocalyptic world.

Each book follows a different protagonist and explores various themes related to survival, love, loss, and the human condition in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. There were a lot of holes in the plot, and the genre leaned a lot toward the mystery because there were many secretive, mysterious things going on. Overall, you can enjoy the adventure and twist.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Ember
Tropes: Insta-love, Angst, Arc
Number Of Pages: 336
Grade level: 9 – 12
Book Weight: 9.1 ounces
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Library-Binding | Kindle | Audio CD

3. Pride Prejudice and Zombies

Pride Prejudice and Zombies is a retelling of the classic ”Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, including zombies. Elizabeth Bennet, her sisters, and everyone else are trained in martial arts to defeat the unmentionables. The plot generally moves along as we know it, with a few twists here. Their reasons for leaving or abandoning others slightly change, and some characters’ outcomes are somewhat different. There were a lot of things that didn’t sit right with me because they weren’t very logical. It’s not very realistic, to begin with, but zombie stories or fantasy stories still have to adhere to realism.

Some characters’ twists weren’t logical, and you could tell they were arranged to fit the zombie narrative. Darcy wanted to protect Bingley because when Jane got sick and had to stay at Netherfield, Darcy thought she was bitten, which was not true. Then there was Darcy doubting the whole honesty of her affection as well. If you have read Pride and Prejudice, you will know that after Lady Catherine Berg has learned of the supposed engagement between Darcy and Elizabeth, Mr. Collins sends a letter to Darcy telling him that it’s a bad idea to marry below status.

In the zombified version, Charlie turns into a zombie. Mr. Collins, out of grief and shame, kills himself. There is no one to send the letter to. Another storyline change was the one between Darcy and Wickham, namely. Darcy beat up Wickham but for a good reason. If you like zombies in medieval times, then you must read it.

Pride Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Quirk Books
Tropes: Classic Literature, Humor, Historical
Number Of Pages: 320
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD | Spiral-bound

4. Married with Zombies

Married with Zombies follows Sarah and David, fighting for survival during the zombie apocalypse. If the zombies don’t eat brains, they might kill each other. When they first realize something is happening, David wants to jump right off the bat and say they’re zombies. It’s hilarious that the characters in a zombie book are figuring out what they should do based on zombie movies. Every chapter has a little blurb about the chapter and also a slight zombie life lesson. So, I’m going to read this first one of the series.

All the zombie pictures are different, which is a nice little touch. This book only occurs in about a week, so you must move quickly. Some of their struggles with people becoming zombies were realistic, but I didn’t like the predictability of who would get bitten and who would die. Despite some of the little issues, the story and the characters were well-developed. I recommend it to you all, especially if you want to read something funny and quirky.

Married with Zombies

Author: Jesse Petersen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (UK edition)
Tropes: Monsters, Banter, Post-apocalyptic
Award: Goodreads Choice
Number Of Pages: 253
Available: Multimedia CD | Paperback | Mass Market Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

5. Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland is the first book of the White Rabbit Chronicles. The main character, Alice, is snarky and humorous, which I always love. She’s in a car accident with her family, and unfortunately, she’s the only one to survive before Alice loses consciousness right after the accident. She thinks she’s seeing these zombies diving into her father’s body. If you think it will be an ”Alice in Wonderland” retelling with zombies, it’s not. The only real correlation with Alice in Wonderland was the main character’s name and rabbit-shaped clouds.

The zombies in the book felt a little too weird for my taste. It seemed to be trying too hard to be unique and different. This book is also in a high school, which is very hit-or-miss for me. All that made it a very angsty atmosphere alongside Alice’s home life and the zombie threat. The book raised many questions that didn’t seem to be answered. Many of these will be answered in later books, but some didn’t make enough sense.

If you are a fan of books set in high school and all of that angst and tension that comes from that setting, you’ll have a much more positive experience. If you continue with the series, does it get any better, or do these things continue to be a problem in your eyes? I’m very curious to know.

Alice in Zombieland

Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (First Time Trade edition)
Tropes: Adventure, Mystery-thriller, Arc
Number Of Pages: 368
Available: Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | MP3 CD

6. Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration)

I was very excited to read ”Dearly, Departed” because it was steampunk and had Victorian values. So there was all technology but all of the cool fashion. Then there were zombies, and it sounded fantastic. I found all those reviews saying it’s riding on the wings of Twilight. Nothing new there, and it didn’t live up to its potential. However, it’s so complicated that it overwhelms me when I listen. I couldn’t envision the world, but it was still an enjoyable read. The book is told from five different perspectives, which doesn’t help make it easier to follow.

We have Bram and Nora, our little star-crossed lovers because he’s a zombie. She’s a girl from New London. How could they ever learn to love each other? Of course, they do, but he’s dangerous. What if he bites her? Well, she’s our typical Divergent Mockingjay because she’s immune to this zombie virus, and her father is trying to use her blood to create a vaccine.

So naturally, it’s okay if she wants to fall in love with a zombie. That whole aspect of the story is very dull because she gets kidnapped early on, and it’s tough to understand why. Then, she spends much time at the army base getting to know these zombies and falls in love with Bram.

Then we get some perspective from her friend Pamela, who is weathering this zombie apocalypse in New London. That part is steampunk to the max. It’s almost 500 pages, and a good two-thirds of the book is mainly dedicated to the author, who is trying to help you visualize the world and get into the minds of these characters.

Dearly Departed

Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey (1st Edition)
Tropes: Steampunk, Sci-fi, Morally-grey
Number Of Pages: 480
Available: Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

7. Generation Dead

Generation Dead is about Zombies, a topic I hold close to my heart. Teenagers across America start coming back to life after they die. This zombie or differently biotic is the politically correct reference to them. Teenagers have lost all of their rights as living citizens. Her school freaks out when the lovely and Gothic Phoebe falls for a zombie boy named Tommy Williams. Even her best friends, Adam and Margie, are apprehensive about it initially.

As their relationship develops, her peers and her community’s beliefs and tolerance are constantly challenged. It’s interesting not only to watch the relationship between Phoebe and Tommy but also the relationship between society and these new zombie teens develop as well.

The author puts a new twist on traditional themes like hate crime, tolerance, pure acceptance, and civil rights. By using zombies to reexamine these themes, he lets the reader reexamine them in a modern light. It’s his first novel, which is surprising when you read it. If you want zombie romance and high school relationships, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

Generation Dead

Author: Daniel Waters
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Publisher: Audible Studios
Tropes: Death & Dying, Love-triangle, Suspense, Friends-to-lovers, Dark
Number Of Pages: 400
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

Here are more popular zombie apocalypse romance books:

The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer: A group of friends during a zombie outbreak in San Francisco. One of the characters falls in love with a zombie and must navigate the challenges of keeping their relationship alive.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland: A young woman wakes up in a morgue after a drug overdose and discovers she is a zombie. Angel tries to adjust to her new life but falls in love with another zombie.

Zombie, Ohio by Scott Kenemore: A zombie wakes up in a cemetery without a memory of his past life. He tries to uncover the truth about his identity and falls in love with a human woman.

5 Steamy Zombie Romance Books

“Married with Zombies” by Jesse Petersen

Part of the Living with the Dead series, this novel follows Sarah and David, a couple on the brink of divorce who find a new purpose and rekindle their love while fighting to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The mix of humor, relationship dynamics, and zombie action makes for a unique and engaging read, with the romance heating up as the stakes increase.

“My Life as a White Trash Zombie” by Diana Rowland

While not your typical romance, this novel offers a blend of steamy moments, dark humor, and zombie lore. Angel Crawford is turned into a zombie and must navigate her new undead life, including a complicated romance with a fellow zombie. The series is praised for its character development, unique perspective on zombie mythology, and the unexpected romantic elements that add depth to the story.

“Dearly, Departed” by Lia Habel

Set in a futuristic world where zombies exist, this novel combines steampunk, dystopia, and romance elements. Nora Dearly falls for Bram Griswold, a young man who is technically dead but still retains his humanity. Their forbidden love story is sweet and steamy, set against societal upheaval and zombie conflict.

“Aftertime” by Sophie Littlefield

This series opener introduces Cass Dollar, a woman who survives a zombie outbreak and must fight to reclaim her daughter from a cult. Along the way, she meets Smoke, a mysterious loner with whom she forms an intense, passionate connection. The romance develops amidst a gritty, terrifying post-apocalyptic world, making it all the more compelling.

“Love in the Time of the Dead” by Tera Shanley

In a world overrun by the undead, Laney Landry is caught between two men: Sean, her deceased fiancé who has returned as a sentient zombie, and Derek, a human survivor who offers her a chance at new love. The novel explores loss, loyalty, and desire, weaving steamy romantic elements into the fabric of a zombie apocalypse narrative.

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“Until the End of the World” by Sarah Lyons Fleming

This series starts with a group of friends facing the challenges of a zombie-infested New York City, trying to find safety. The book weaves in a touching romance among the survival storylines, adding emotional depth to the harrowing journey. Fleming’s ability to combine elements of horror, humor, and heart makes this a standout in the genre.

“White Trash Zombie Apocalypse” by Diana Rowland

Part of the White Trash Zombie series, this book continues the story of Angel Crawford, a zombie trying to maintain her humanity and face the complexities of undead life, including her romantic relationships. The series is famous for its unique perspective, blending mystery, humor, and steamy romance with the zombie apocalypse.

“Flesh” by Kylie Scott

Set in a world ravaged by a zombie virus, “Flesh” tells the story of Daniel, Ali, and Finn as they face the dangers of the apocalypse together. This tale stands out for its focus on relationships and the steamy dynamics between the characters, set against the backdrop of survival and the threat of zombies.

“Aftertime” by Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield’s series features Cass Dollar, a survivor fighting to reclaim her life and her daughter after a zombie apocalypse. The emotional depth of Cass’s journey, coupled with her complex relationship with Smoke, a fellow survivor, adds a rich layer of romance to the stark survival narrative.

“Contagious” by Emily Goodwin

The first book in the Contagium series follows Orissa Penwell as she struggles with a world overrun by the undead. Amidst the action and horror, Orissa’s relationships, including a budding romance with a fellow survivor, offer warmth and intimacy. Goodwin’s series is praised for its strong characters, emotional storytelling, and the seamless blend of romance and zombie apocalypse themes.

We’ve ventured together through desolate cities, dodged hordes of zombies, and witnessed love stories that defy the odds. These books show us that even in the darkest times, there’s a light of hope — and that light is love. Whether these tales have made you swoon, bite your nails in suspense, or both, we hope you’ve discovered your next apocalyptic love affair.

The best stories are those that make us feel alive, and what better way to feel alive than exploring love in a world filled with the undead? Keep your survival kits and your hearts ready for more adventures. Until our next escape, happy reading!

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