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Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion

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For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombi
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Gallery Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Jun 24, 2010 Zetta rated it it was amazing
This is one of the funniest books I've read this year.

I have written a review of this book for The New York Journal of Books, but here's a wee teaser:

Take every bit of fact, fiction, or myth uttered about The Beatles as a group or as individuals and throw it aside. Paul Is Undead has rewritten history in such a way that is almost convincing enough to be gospel.

Unfortunately, working with or being a fan of The Beatles can be deadly as documented in the events that happened in The Cavern Club, She
Richard Gazala
Aug 01, 2010 Richard Gazala rated it liked it
The Fall of the House of BeatleZ

It's easy to shrug off this novel as a funny book about the most famous and influential rock band of all time. Look deeper. You'll see scribe Alan Goldsher veils stunning truth behind humorous fiction in his tome, "Paul Is Undead."

Were three of the Beatles really zombies? Before shaking your head no, examine the connection between the band and author Edgar Allan Poe. In his immortal 1967 song "I Am the Walrus," John Lennon cries out, "Man you should have seen them
Feb 05, 2011 Sterling rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beatles fans, zombie fans, anyone who likes silly alternate history
Imagine, if you will, a world where zombies and humans live together in if not perfect harmony, at least a sort of balance. A world where, in fact, zombies are considered a racial minority. Now imagine what would happen if certain celebrities and media icons were zombies? Football players, sprinters, Olympic athletes. What about movie stars? Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jeff Bridges. How about musicians? Green Day, Pink, Madonna.

What about the Beatles?

This is exactly the question that Paul Is Und
Jun 24, 2010 Cinnamon rated it really liked it
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Anyone that knows me knows that I find great humor in these little mashup stories. Combining Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte with Zombies and other fun creatures just makes for one hilarious story. The newest mashup to cross my path is PAUL IS UNDEAD by Alan Goldsher, the story of The Beatles...with zombies!

Paul is the fabulous leader of this foursome, turning people into zombies right and left. He recruits his band members, including the ninja warrior, Ringo, to cause mass chaos and play aweso
Sep 23, 2010 AudioBookFans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review refers to audiobook version

Paul Is Undead is exactly what a musical biography zombie mashup should be… HILARIOUS! How can you go wrong with a story about three undead zombie rockers and their Seventh Level Ninja Lord bodyguard?

These are not the typical mindless, moaning (“Brains.. brains.. “) zombies that I’ve become accustomed to. The Beatles are the result of the “Liverpool Process” that develops zombies with heightened artistic talents and exaggerated zombie powers. They are also virtu
Gala Ostlund
May 30, 2012 Gala Ostlund rated it it was amazing
If you are a Beatles and or a zombie fan, this book is one for you! Alan Goldsher, reporter and Beatles maniac creates a mock version of the biographies of each of the Beatles. He begins with John Lennon, who was turned into a zombie on the day he was born. John met Paul McCartney and George Harrison in his teens. All three had a knack for rock and roll and thus the Beatles were officially a band. John, who was brain-hungry turned Paul into a zombie during a band practice. Then Paul turned Georg ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Kelley rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. You see, I really dislike zombies, but I really love The Beatles... and, by love, I mean worship, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm really glad I did. The main problem I have with zombie literature is that every "zombie" author seems to fall into one or two pitfalls: they either try to make the zombies too human and make the whole story sappy (zombies are still monsters for crying out loud and can't be completely "normal" yet undead or--God forbi ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
Whether or not you love The Beatles and zombies- this brilliant rendition of what music and history would be IF The Beatles were brain junkies will have you rolling.

I don't even have much to say about this book, I simply loved it- don't want to spoil anything for readers. I really went into this book rolling my eyes, but I'm glad I read it anyway! Hilarious. Ninjas! Zombies! Rock 'n Roll! This is the best mockumentary I have experienced since watching "Best in Show" back in 2000. We have all th
Elijah  S
Nov 05, 2013 Elijah S rated it really liked it
"Paul is Undead" by Alan Goldsher is a interesting twist on the tale of the famous band The Beetles. The author sets up an alternate reality in which zombie, vampires and other creatures are real. He writes the book as if he was a journalist interviewing the different Beetles and others who were around the events that took place during their steak. At times there would also be short narrative exports talking about what happened in general and what this journalist had to do in order to talk to c ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
What do a famous music band, The Beatles and zombies have to do with each other…a lot when Paul is Undead! Yep, you read this right. The Beatles may have come from England and but they were they were not of this world.

John Lennon was already a zombie when he helped formed the Beatles. He was getting better at turning others into zombies without anyone suspecting anything was up. John later recruits Paul. They both go in search of Ninja warrior and talented drummer, Ringo. Eventually, the group o
Jul 19, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
This was my first Zombie book. Ever. I found it funny and charming at first, but I admit by the end the zombie stuff was getting old. I don't know if it was the fact that the Beatles were Zombies, or just the Zombie genre...but I don't think I could read too many zombie books. I found myself getting grossed out by the eating of brains, lol. This from a girl who lived on Stephen King through the 90's. He never did gross me out. But I digress. There was also an awful lot of sexual antics and detai ...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
Nov 03, 2010 Stacie (MagicOfBooks) rated it really liked it
Two words: "fooking crazy!" Haha! Goldsher's spelling, not mine! This book was something else. I'm actually not a Beatles person. I mean, I obviously know who they are and I've heard practically all of their songs, but I don't consider myself to be a Beatles enthusiast. So for some of the book I actually didn't get some of the inside jokes, but it was still a very good, fun, and crazy read. I do warn anyone that if you are in any way squeamish, or dislike vulgar material, this is totally not for ...more
Karl Drinkwater
I wanted to like this. I used to love that kind of humour (Pratchett et al). I'm a zombie fan and a northener. Music is an obsession of mine. Yet the test of a book is: do you want to pick it up and continue reading? With this, I didn't. I had to force myself to finish it.

Most of the things I like in a book were absent here, for me at least: interesting characters and development; an exciting and unpredictable plot; lovely writing. I made an effort to finish it. I never found anything amusing o
Mary (BookHounds)
Paul is Undead is a stroke of brilliance! This is such a clever take on the typical, bland rock biography that satires the linear style of those familiar magazine interviews of all parties involved. You truly believe that the Beatles could have been zombies but only needed small portions of brains to continue to exist. It also answers the question of: what if the Beatles had continued on. Yeah, sure John could have still been shot but would have survived. Well, unless they really do break apart- ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Bridget rated it really liked it
When you think about The Beatles, your mind may think heartthrob at first but in this book, you can see them in a whole new light. If you see them, you better run! John Lennon is a zombie who has a knack for turning others into zombies without anyone noticing. Oh and did I mention that he's forming a rock band? He and Paul are ready to find other members to complete their zombie band. They run into one slight problem. Mick is a zombie slayer making music with the undead. Can you think of anythin ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This may be the most ridiculous, goriest, and silliest book that I have read this year, but I enjoyed every page of it! The premise of re-writing Beatles-history with the premise of John, Paul and George as zombies (Ringo, as usual, gets a bit left out, but his Ninja Lord status doesn't completely sideline him) was definitely unique and I think that many Beatles fans (those with a sense of humour and a strong stomach) will get a kick out of reading this alternative oral history. The book doesn't ...more
Jan 11, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Imagine John's a zombie
It's easy if you try
Some hell around us
Since he will never die
Imagine all the zombies
Living for today
You may say that he's a dreamer
But he's not the only one
He hopes someday you'll join him
And the world will be as one

So John Lennon becomes a zombie. Then he meets McCartney and thinks Paul should be one, too. They start a band and soon find George Harrison and turn him into a zombie. But Ringo? Nope, he's a 7th Level Ninja Lord and is too valuable for his defensiv
Jul 10, 2010 Jane_doh rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-zombie
Yes, zombies are all the rage now. The simple truth is I can't say no to a zombie book. I totally went for this book based on its title and cover art. That and the fact that the author is a Chicagoan. I thought, worst case, there will be something worthwhile in it.

There was. This isn't high art, this is a revisionist tale of the British Invasion as a true invasion. Parts of it are funny and parts of it are stupid and parts of it try to be sly with varying rates of success.

Overall it's fun and
Teddy Harp
Oct 04, 2010 Teddy Harp rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this a lot. Had no desire to be a zombie before this, but as I listened and got into it, for a while, I really wanted to be a zombie! Well... a Liverpool Zombie, that is. And his characterization of George made me adore him so much more.

Jagger was a wonderful touch, by the way, and I'm impressed with how he handled the Yoko Ono situation. I was personally hoping for a more brutal treatment of her, but some people do like her, and I've no real reason to dislike her. In the end, I t
This was hilarious! The Beatles as zombies - I loved, loved, loved it! I happen to be somewhat of a Beatlemaniac since I was six, and you have to really know a lot about the Beatles to appreciate this. Yes, the language is off color and somewhat offensive, but you have to take it in stride, this book can't be taken seriously, though it was entirely clever and entertaining. On audio, which is the only way to read this book. A Simon Vance tour de force. 4.5/5
Sep 18, 2010 Reneek rated it it was amazing
Woven dramatically into the real life biography of The Beatles is an over the top story of three Zombies and their Ninja bandmate who eventually see their dream of reaching the Poppermost come true. In between there is enough zany action and goofy scenes to put a smile on anyone's face. The book is heavy on comical zombification and death scenes--like a B Horror Movie printed in a book. Overall, an enjoyable little mindless zombie read.
Aug 16, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
This book was something I had to pick up because I loved the concept of the Beatles as zombies. The beginning rocked, it did get a little slow but the ending made up for it. I think however if you don't have a lot of background knowledge of the Beatles early career and recording info, you may not like it as much as I did because you may not know much about the other characters. A fun read overall though. Stuart Sutcliffe was my favorite, even though he was a brief appearance. ;)
Jul 02, 2010 Peacegal rated it liked it
The rock world's most famous story is given the zombie treatment in this very silly send-up. Beatles and Sixties rock fans will find plenty to giggle over, as there are plenty of in-jokes peppered throughout. (My favorite was a subplot involving Rod Argent.)

Although the gross-out zombie gags can get worn thin, the author wisely keeps up the pace and doesn't wear out his welcome. The Monty Python-style wordplay and one-liner jokes had me grinning.
Nov 20, 2010 Reena rated it really liked it
as a beatles enthusiast, i found this book compelling and funny. i appreciated how goldscher kept the formation of the band as true to life. the whole chronology was extremely accurate and almost exact with the exception of them being zombies. it was hard to put down and a pretty fast read. the only thing i had to work on is the slang and spelling of various words with the liverpudlian accent. but other than that, i enjoyed it immensely.
Tom Mcclure
Mar 24, 2014 Tom Mcclure rated it it was amazing
If you can disengage the part of your brain that yearns for the truth, you'll see the hilarity in this book. It's not the best thing I've ever read but I was chuckling most of the way through. Definitely good for a laugh. The story of the Beatles set against the zombie apocalypse. It's told through a series of interviews with people (names not changed) affiliated with the Beatles rise to fame...including at least one conversation with Jesus. Funny if you know it's supposed to be ridiculous.
Jess B
Jul 27, 2012 Jess B rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read! If you're a Beatles fan who thinks they might enjoy a re-imagining of the Beatles lives if they were zombies then it's worth picking up. It's so ridiculous,it's highly entertaining. I could hear each of the Fabs' voices in my head as I read their quotes. The writer captured each of their individual personalities well I think.
Jan 04, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely fun book. I am a big fan of The Beatles and the entire time that I read the book I could hear the voices of the Beatles actually speaking the parts..LOL. The book is set up where the paragraphs tell who the statements are coming from. This is a great read for a Beatles fan with a warped sense of humor.
Nov 21, 2012 Dy-an rated it really liked it
A retelling of the Beatles' history based on the premise that they were zombies. It's a pretty messed up book but if you have a big imagination, it's a fun ride. I would recommend the audiobook to enjoy the accents, especially John's. The f-word sounds so much better with a Liverpudlian-Zombie accent. Hot.
Jun 04, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I never was a Beatles fan but a book about the Beatles being zombies? Well hells, how can anyone pass that up?! This book was funny and fun to read...John is the ultimate bad a** zombie and the tales of the Beatles wreaking havoc throughout their tours will have you rolling. A must read for zombie fans.
Jul 12, 2012 Roseann rated it liked it
I expected to like this book much more that I actually did. I was surprised to find it was a good historical look at the rise of the Beatles (if you take out all the Zombie and Ninja elements), but it often dragged and I found myself wanting to skip ahead more than once. If you are looking for either a really good Beatles story, or a bloody Zombie story, you may want to look elsewhere.
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Alan Goldsher is the author of the acclaimed Beatles/horror remix novel, "Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion" and the forthcoming "The Sound of Music" mash-up "My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires."

He has written nine other books, including "Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" and "Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read." Written as A.M.
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“I said to him, "State your business, mortal!" There was no need for me to call him "mortal" or to speak like a sixteenth-century knight. It just sounded cool.” 21 likes
“George had taken off all ten of his fingers and tied them into a bundle with what appeared to be either his own small intestines, or a guitar string; as I walked into the room, he lovingly placed the bundle on his head.” 10 likes
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