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Oct 20

Zombies and Parasites, Oh My!

Posted on October 20, 2021 at 9:39 AM by Maggie Witte

Urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire writes horror novels under the name Mira Grant. Books in her series, Newsflesh, have been nominated for Hugo Awards, as have some of her other works. Grant has a love of horror movies and has made a lifelong study of horrible viruses, which she fulfills by auditing college virology courses and reading books about horrifying diseases, when she is not writing, traveling, or watching horror movies. (Adapted from author’s website

We’ve provided the following selections as a starting point for readers to get acquainted with Mira Grant’s work. Find the complete list through our online catalog.

DB 77374 Feed: Newsflesh series, book 1

2014. Humanity has cured cancer and viruses, but unleashed a worldwide zombie pandemic. Twenty years later, twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

DB 85773 Feedback: Newsflesh series

Overlapping with the events of Feed (DB 77374), an infection has spread, leaving the afflicted with only the uncontrollable impulse to feed. Twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters pursues the truth, while competing with the Masons and surrounded by the infected. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB 85083 Rise: the complete Newsflesh collection

A collection of all the short fiction in the Newsflesh series, which began with Feed (DB 77374). Contains two novellas not published elsewhere and six shorter works, including "Countdown" and "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell." Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB 77689 Parasite: Parasitology, book 1

2027. When Sally Mitchell awoke from a coma after a horrific car accident, her survival was attributed to her genetically engineered, disease-fighting tapeworm. Now six years later, Sally and her boyfriend Nathan are discovering that the parasites might have a more sinister purpose. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

DB 89730 Into the drowning deep

Seven years after the disappearance of an entire ship and its crew while seeking to film a "mockumentary" about legendary sea creatures, a new crew has been assembled. Among them is Victoria Stewart, who hopes to discover the fate of her sister, lost on the earlier voyage. Strong language and violence. Commercial audiobook. 2017.