Zombie Haiku


Forty years after Night of the Living Dead, Zombie Haiku arrives in bookstores.


Ryan Mecum, a funny man and hero to teenagers across Greater Cincinnati, has written a book called Zombie Haiku, available in bookstores now. As the “About the Author” page of Zombie Haiku notes, Ryan was a youth pastor before the plague of zombies obliterated humankind as we know it. We defy you to find a funnier book about the end of the world that includes a graphic description of the main character eating his own mother.

We are here torn between two conflicting impulses:

  1. To quote this book in its entirety to you.
  2. Our abiding respect for strict copyright laws.

Because the fine print allows for “a reviewer” to “quote brief passages in a review,” we will devote the rest of this post to reviewing Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum.

If you need three reasons to buy this book, they would be these three haikus:

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


Blood is really warm.
It’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.

And finally:

The taste of liver
is hard to get off your tongue,
but spleen does the trick.

Walk Run Stumble and moan to your nearest bookstore today.

(Sidenote: When he lived in Pittsburgh, Ben walked past George Romero’s house on his way to work every day and attended the same church as him.)

(Sidenote #2:  Ben & Erin’s friend Sarah McWhorter appears on page 90 crouched in her basement in pre-eaten form!)


2 thoughts on “Zombie Haiku

  1. I’ve read an advance copy of Zombie Haiku (I confess that I work for the publisher) and it’s awesome. I’ve had a lot of fun working with Ryan and I love his book. In addition to the hilarious poems, it’s full of cinematic zombie photos that look like they came straight from a Romero film (I’m still trying to figure out how he created them). Very cool.

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