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Habeas Corpse

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"DEXTER meets Deadite... Nikki Hopeman's book just might be the most clever zombie story to hit the shelves in quite some time." Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Play Dead When a series of grisly murders terrorizes the Steel City, Theo-an undead "Riser" working as a forensic technician for the Pittsburgh police-decides to use his dark gift to hunt the ki ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 2nd 2013 by Blood Bound Books (first published October 18th 2013)
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Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time horror-minded folks get together, someone sparks a discussion about whether zombies, vampires and werewolves are headed the way of the dodo. Are the familiar tropes too tired, too used up? We’re pretty saturated on these monsters, but I have to say, it’s for a good reason. When handled well, they are unstoppable.

Nikki Hopeman’s first novel, Habeas Corpse, has been described by Michael Arnzen as “DEXTER meets Deadite”. Theo Walker isn’t your normal zombie, and Habeas Corpse isn’t your
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. By far the most unique zombie novel I've ever had the pleasure of reading. ...more
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Oh, this was lovely work. Absolutely disgusting at times and yet awesome, Nikki Hopeman did a fantastic job in bringing the reader a zombie novel which stands out from the masses of cliché works which are circulating among the masses. As someone who, pardon the pun, devours zombie-centric stories at racetrack worthy speeds, I’ve found myself lately bemoaning the absence of story-lines that don’t have me wishing the author had reach for some fresh brains themselves. I asked for a proper new zombi ...more
Maria Hrabric
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Horror isn't my typical genre, but I read this because a friend wrote it. Classifying it as a horror story alone is a disservice to this novel. It is a well written mystery with a great story line. Nikki takes on a popular topic of zombies in a new and refreshing way. I was not a fan of zombie books and wouldn't normally choose one to read. I will, however, be one of the first in line to read any sequels! I can't wait to see what Theo does next or what the future holds for him now. ...more
Meg Mims
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Pittsburgh, after massive radiation exposure, humans - both alive and dead - are trying to co-exist. What a great premise, and Hopeman brings her zombie hero Theo Walker (heh heh, nice twist there) to life (again) with a mix of sympathy and revulsion as he tries to solve a series of grisly murders. Not for the faint of heart, but a horror book with heart that makes for a suspenseful read.
Darcey Jacobs
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, when is the next Theo story? I can't wait!!!!! ...more
Nicholas Mccamant
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable book. Was not expecting the usage of zombies on how it was done. Easy and quick read but still a book that I could not put down once started.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Theo is a twenty-something burnout working for the forensics department. He lives in his parents’ basement and he’s never been in a real relationship. His best friend is his cat.

Theo is also a zombie.

But don’t worry, he’s not a “bad” zombie. And he’s not the only one.


In Nikki Hopeman’s debut novel, she has constructed a rather unique world where the dead and the living co-exist. Due to an “Event”, sometimes human beings reanimate once they’ve died. But it’s okay, because there’s med
Rena Mason
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
HABEAS CORPSE is a great debut novel from author, Nikki Hopeman. I'm not generally a big zombie book fan, but I enjoyed this author's fresh perspective. Theo, a forensics/crime scene technician, hired after the event that made him a zombie, is funny, clever, and has the typical angst of a young adult - especially after he gets a little taste of brains. In this novel about a serial killer choosing who should RISE, Theo must solve the crime before the human view turns against the "risers" once mor ...more
Diane Kowalyshyn
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Habeas Corpse

Zombie Food for Thought
A refreshing and unnervingly believable zombie tale that pulls on the heartstrings and makes the reader root for Theo, an undead forensic tech with special gifts. Nikki Hopeman creates a tolerant world where zombies and humans coexist as long as certain rules are followed—rules that Theo shatters. Well-written and pervasive.
Douglas Castagna
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A new and innovative take on the Zombie novel. Theo works with forensics, where he provides a new take on police work. There is a procedural wrapped up in a horror novel, with touches of humor and pathos from our undead protagonist. Look out for this author, as I am sure there is much more to come from her.
Kristin Perry Bowser
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love when I find a book with a story angle that surprises me! Theo is a very likable zombie, but that doesn't mean that the story is any less gory than you would expect for a zombie book! Great story, very well written! I look forward to reading more about Theo! ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't call this a zombie book so much as I would call it a murder mystery with a main character who happens to be a zombie. Very well written. My only complaint is that it ends on such a cliffhanger. I hope there is a sequel in the works!!!! ...more
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Nikki Hopeman loves the kind of horror that leaves her quaking in the back of the closet, the kind that won't let her close her eyes. Life before writing includes a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a few years as a veterinary technician, floral arranger, blueberry picker, babysitter, and VW Beetle mechanic. She holds an MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. When she’s not wr ...more

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