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In your hands is a poetry journal written by an undead poet, recounting his firsthand experience during the zombie plague. Little is known about the author before he turned into a zombie, but thanks to his continued writings in this journal - even after his death - you can accompany him from infection to demise. Through the intimate poetry of haiku, the zombie chronicles h ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by Northlight (first published June 30th 2008)
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Dec 22, 2015 karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: greg even though he didnt "believe" in go ask alice but this has zombies
like chocolate and peanut butter.

or peanut butter zombies:

Apr 27, 2016 TK421 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-drama

For the past five years or so, I have been fighting the zombie urge. Yes, I do love me a good zombie flick, but they started to appear everywhere: books and mash-ups and movies and music, heck I would not be surprised if McDonald’s had a special Happy Meal that came with a blunt instrument for the little ones at home so they could begin practicing their defense skills.

Ian GalaDali
Mar 01, 2012 Ian GalaDali rated it liked it
Child's Haiku in Wales

Why am I unwed
When my Dad's a zombie and
His best mate's undead?
Oct 13, 2008 Shae rated it it was amazing
This book wins at life
It was so funny I lol'd
brains brains brains brains brains
Felicia A
Apr 18, 2009 Felicia A rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zombie lovers and non-freaked out poetry lovers
Recommended to Felicia A by: my daughter
Shelves: zombies
Outstanding little book. I received this from my daughter as a birthday gift. It's a journal written all in Haiku (17 syllables for each stanza, written in 5-7-5) by a person as he was turning after he was bitten. My favorite he comes to a nursing home full of the elderly:

Little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs
frightened meals on wheels.

and this one:

He tends not to flinch
though I am yelling in his ear
which is in my hand.

and this:

blood is really warm
it's like drinking hot choc
I reviewed this in full on my blog, but since it was a somewhat non-traditional review, I will include a snippet here. If you want the full thing, along with some bonus material, head over here...

The "story" unfolds via a man's poetry journal. Intending to document the glory of life, it ends up recording the downfall of civilization as he:
runs from zombies,
is bitten by zombies,
becomes a zombie,
bites and creates more zombies,
and embarks on the never-ending quest for fresh flesh and the all import
Aug 14, 2013 Brad rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brad by: Ceridwen
Zombies do not write
That is just idiotic
But they think haikus.

Haikus of big brains
Of squishy, squidgy entrails
That little boys love.

My girls hide their eyes,
While I develop a taste
For yummy brain spag.

Zombie Haiku good.
Zombie Haiku amazing.
Zombie Haiku great.
Haiku is harder to write than one would think, but here's an entire book of them that tell the story of a man's death and reanimation into a zombie, and his neverending quest for braaaaaains. A lot of the haiku contained herein move the story along, but there are a number of gems, too:

Brains brains brains brains brains
Brains brains brains brains brains brains brains
Brains brains brains brains brains.

A man starts yelling
'When there's no more room in Hell...'
But then we eat him.

The crying baby
Sep 29, 2009 Shanon rated it it was amazing
"Blood is really warm.
It's like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming."

Coolest. Book. Ever. I mean, in the history of ever, with awesome little books, this is the King, even perhaps the god of all awesome little books... that is how completely made of squee this book is. Seriously.

This book is currently living in my purse and I take it everywhere I go, finding excuses to bring it out and show it to people and tell them how inexpressibly shiny it is, and recommending it as a gift for anyo
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Well this was different: a story told in the form of a journal written in haiku. A plague causes people to turn into zombies, who, when they bite others, turn them into zombies as well. Then all the zombies walk around in search of food...namely, people! Pretty simple story line, but cleverly done. It gets a bit tiresome halfway through, however, after reading about the same thing over and over. The repeated gruesome scenes become mind-numbing after a bit. Still, not bad. I wonder if this could ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie fans
Shelves: poetry, zombie-love
This book made my commute to work this morning so much more entertaining!

This is a diary from the early days of the zombie plague. Not much is known about the author before his "infection" turns him into a zombie. All is written in haiku format which is highly entertaining, gross, and hilarious, all at the same time.

Some keepers from the book itself are:

Brains are less squishy
and a tad bit more squeaky
than someone might guess.

Little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs,
frightened meals on
Mar 21, 2009 Hayden rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, adult, humor, horror
A guy begins filling a journal with insipid haikus. He keeps at it even after he finds himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse--and then even after he becomes a zombie himself. The zombie-written haikus are hilarious and disgusting; here's one from inside a nursing home:

little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs,
frightened meals on wheels.


biting into heads
is much harder than it looks.
the skull is feisty.

Donald Armfield
Nov 04, 2013 Donald Armfield rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, poetry, zombies
The book is put together well. I don't mean the actual writing part. But the pages have blood droplets, dirty finger prints, cut outs tapped with electric tape and of course pictures of zombies.

The overall concept of the haiku thing kinda got tedious.
Jul 15, 2008 Jini rated it liked it
Interesting concept....who knew that zombies had the motor skills and brain function to actually write haiku? They also have remarkably good penmanship for the living dead.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Aug 26, 2008 Katharine (Ventureadlaxre) rated it it was amazing
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Mar 28, 2009 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I've read better.
Aug 29, 2009 dara rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: zombie fans
To be honest, I wouldn't have bought this book if I'd known of the existence of Vampire Haiku because it diminishes the novelty of Zombie Haiku, and really, that's the book's biggest appeal. I didn't buy Zombie Haiku because I was expecting amazing writing; I bought it because it took something I like (zombies) and placed it into a form of writing I never would have thought to use. Other than being taken by the idea of it, the book itself isn't all that extraordinary so seeing the same concept a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Melissapalmer404 rated it liked it
Book #1 Read in 2015
Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

This was a quick read, told in haiku format, about the zombie uprising. It is a bit gory in parts, which means boys will most likely love it. It shows the transition of a human who is becoming a zombie.
Benji Young
May 08, 2015 Benji Young rated it really liked it
I read this book while at the library one day. I don't remember what I was doing, but I was at the library and had time to kill. It was actually pretty clever and enjoyable. I'd write a witty haiku, but I was never any good at haikus.
Apr 26, 2014 Peta rated it really liked it
A very cleaver little book, easy enough to read in one sitting, and a very creative way to haiku. I liked it and would recommend it to those interested in zombies, appreciators of haikus or anyone else looking for a quick entertaining read
May 20, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, humor, horror, zombies
The story of an average guy and his zombie "life"--told in haiku. I'm using some examples to teach my students about haiku. Who says poetry has to be about rainbows and butterflies? A few of my favorites:

little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs,
frightened meals on wheels.

Biting into heads
is much harder than it looks.
His skull is feisty.

I lap around blocks.
The city, an empty plate,
has been licked clean.

Her tongue can't form words,
although it's still wiggling
when it's in my hand.

I need to
Mar 07, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. This is kind of like a short story from the perspective from a zombie.
Sterling Marte
Jun 05, 2012 Sterling Marte rated it it was amazing
Although I like almost every zombie book this one in particular was handed to me by a friend who said that it would be a quick read that is ultimately worth the read. The book like stated in the title is about a man becoming a zombie and writing haiku poems while running around eating others. This book is rather interesting because you get to learn what the zombie thinks about when walking around looking for survivors. If you are ever in the mood for a good but short zombies story you should rea ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Morgon rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jaffa Kintigh
May 22, 2015 Jaffa Kintigh rated it liked it
For a tongue-in-cheek spoof on both haiku and zombie-philia, this collection, which I've read twice, proves enjoyable enough to adorn one's guest bathroom.

There is a structure and plot to the collection which purports to be a haiku journal. It captures the start of the epidemic and even the writer's transformation to a zombie state. The start is rather like the oblivious start to the movie Shaun of the Dead.

My day starts off bad.
I'm running behind for work.
If I'm late, I'm dead.

Something on th
Deb Wilson
Jul 26, 2012 Deb Wilson rated it really liked it
Zombie Haiku is one of the fastest reads I have ever read. I finished it about an hour, and that was taking my time and reading some of the choicer haiku out loud to my boyfriend. The book is funny, as it tells the experience of a zombie in a most stereotypical Hollywood style, and while I wasn't crazy about the ending, it did tie in well with the prefacing notes.

If you want a quick and humorous read, and like zombies, give it a try. It was fun!
John Orman
Aug 02, 2012 John Orman rated it it was amazing
This is a journal for the early days of a zombie plague, documenting the journey of an undead poet through the deserted streets of a lost civilization.

Beth from accounting
Is just getting in her car--
eating spaghetti.

They are so lucky
that I cannot remember
how to use doorknobs.

Looking at my hand
Somehow I lost a finger
And gained some maggots.

He is screaming words,
But I don't understand him
Since I have his tongue.
Louise Bendall
Jun 14, 2012 Louise Bendall rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 16, 2014 Stanley rated it it was amazing
Zombie Haiku book review;
Ryan Mecum,
This book is in the format of a person’s diary and is set in a world that is changing into the apocalypse. The book is wrote by a man locked in a bathroom slow dying. This book was supposed to be full of haikus but the the plague hits and it turns less light and more brains. The book is full of story’s that a zombie went through. the change, the journey, hunger and the struggle. Its all one big poem. The setting is in a world that is been roamed by zombies, th
Henry S
Zombie Haiku Book Review
Henry Saleeby
Domuracki Period 6

Zombie Haiku is a journal written in a way that your mind creates the scene. Ryan Mecum approached the writing of this book with a whole new idea. It is not one of those “Dear Diary,” kind of journals, he was going to write the book in haiku’s. The book is about a man named Carl that is recording his life during the zombie apocalypse in a journal. Each page contains about 3 haiku’s describing the scene of the apocalypse. Throughout the first
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“Blood is really warm,
it's like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
“If the dawn should break
and take away this sunrise,
I hope I break, too.”
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