Dec 9 2011 4:30pm

Love in the Time of Zombie Apocalypse

Rick, Lori, and Shane in The Walking DeadWith shows such as The Walking Dead drawing everyone’s attention, the most pressing question on everyone’s mind is “Will I be able to find love during the Zombie Apocalypse?”

I am here to assure you that it is absolutely possible to find your greatest love in the midst of the zombie terror.

In Bianca D’Arc’s Darker Shade of Dead, Dr. Sandra McCormick was part of the scientific team trying to create a formula to enhance the healing abilities of soldiers. When they test their formula on deceased soldiers they make an army of zombies. Now Sandy is working with a military task force to create a serum that will give people immunity to the zombie bite. Commander Matthew Sykes is the leader of the task force, and from the moment Sandy enters Fort Bragg sparks start to fly. Now Commander Sykes needs to fight off the zombies while wooing the beautiful doctor.

Beyond the Night by Joss WareThe first book in the Envy series by Joss Ware is Beyond the Night. Dr. Elliot Drake and his friends are on vacation spelunking in Arizona when an earthquake causes a cave in. They awake 50 years later with strange powers—which they are certainly going to need since the world has gone to hell in a handbasket while they were napping. Simultaneous natural disasters have caused the fall of mankind and the survivors have to avoid zombie-like creatures called the ganga. While attempting to get to the town of Envy (formerly Las Vegas), they fight off a horde of these creatures with the help of the beautiful Jade, and it is love at first sight over the mangled remains of zombies.

Cheyenne McCray writes the Night Trackers series; Zombies Sold Separately is the tale of Private Eye Nyx Cian, who is half-human, half-dark elf, and all around kick-ass. There is nothing that Nyx hates more than zombies. Well, maybe there is something worse than fighting a zombie horde, and that’s having to meet your lover’s family.

A new arrival to the zombie scene is Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. This zombie apocalypse takes place in the year 2195. New Victoria is a high-tech nation modeled on the manners and fashions of Regency England. Nora Dearly wants nothing to do with the social parlors that her aunt and guardian is forcing her into, but her aunt has squandered all her money and wants to marry off Nora for a tidy sum. Nora thinks this a fate worse then death—at least until she is kidnapped by a zombie army. Now she is fighting shoulder to (rotting) shoulder with Captain Bram Griswold. He is brave, handsome, charming…and dead (or is it undead?) Three out of four ain’t bad, right? Lia Habel proves it not only possible to find love, but you can even find love with the dead!

Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo by Angie FoxBut if zombies want to take over the spotlight from the vampires and the werewolves as the sexiest paranormal, they should all take a page from Angie Fox’s short story, “Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo.” What Voodoo Priestest Amie Baptiste wants most is to find her great love, but what she doesn’t realize when she casts her spell is that her great love died 200 years ago. When Dante Montenegro comes knocking on her door, gorgeous, naked, and ready for action (and no sign of graveyard breath), she can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or to send him back to his grave. Dante knows that this is his last chance at love, and he is not going back without a fight.

So not to worry all you lovely hearts, it appears that you don’t need internet dating, you just need to hold out until the Zombie Apocalypse comes around.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog  Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession.  When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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Christopher Morgan
1. cmorgan
Don't forget the zombies on the big screen. The shambling dead managed to save Sean's relationship in Sean of the Dead. AND created a whole neuclear family unit in Zombieland.

Another family was created in the awesome British 28 Days Later, not to be confused with the lamer American-made 28 Weeks Later

But Walking Dead...yeah that can't end well at all.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
I love apocalyptic romances (the stakes are so high, and the tension is too!), but typical Hollywood zombies are so gross. The Walking Dead feels gory for the sake of gory sometimes.

That said, I'm always up for new recs--thank you! And I did recently read a YA novel involving a zombie that I really liked: Amy Garvey's Cold Kiss.
3. wsl0612
I loved the story - Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo, that was a great zombie :-)
4. Pants
In my opinion, you've forgotten the best zombie love stories currerntly, Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hallow Places. Must reads for zombie lovers.
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