The Walking Dead Compendium by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore & others (book):  The Walking Dead saga is a compilation of comic book stories that tell the tale that is well known to any zombie movie fan. The one started in earnest by George Romero in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead.  

This Walking Dead "Compendium" assembles Volumes 1 through 8 (or call it Books 1 through 4, or call it issues 1 through 48), and it follows the story of (former) Police Officer Rick Grimes and his band of normal-world-refugees across a world suddenly infected by a Walking Dead sickness. It's a very well done zombie comic that has  been made into an awesome ongoing television series. Neither the comic nor the show pull their punches. Unfathomable chaos and horror abound.  It's filled with hordes of the undead, along with other survivors caught in desperate situations that force them to do the unthinkable to stay alive.

As the story matures, it is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios.




The Howling by Gary Brandner (book): This book has a lot of suspense and mystery. The way the secrets are managed is incredible. This is one rare opportunity to get an entirely different approach to the werewolf myth, not a cursed nature but a wild and extremely unpredictable one. Also, as an adult horror story, there is sensuality, fear and attraction at the same time.




The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler (book): The Writer's Journey is a guide to the patterns of mythology that lie nestled in all narrative writing. Based upon the work of Joseph Campbell, it offers the reader a set of useful myth-inspired storytelling paradigms and step-by-step guidelines to plot and character development.



Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner (book): "Comics & Sequential Art" is based on a course Will Eisner taught at New York's School of Visual Art, although originally this work was written as a series of essays that appeared in "The Spirit" magazine. Eisner provides a guide book to the principles & practice of the world's most popular art form, and while it is of interest to those of us who read comic books it is clearly intended to be of use to aspiring comic book artists (and writers, albeit to a lesser degree).