paffenrothOne of the finest, most horrific books I read last year was Professor Kim Paffenroth’s Dying to Live: Life Among the Undead.  It was a wonderful experience reading that story, so I was excited to find Paffenroth has written a sequel to it, Dying to Live: Life Sentence.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but others have…

Dying to Live: Life Sentence is a satisfying read that you won’t be able to put down!  …Kim Paffenroth’s writing transports you to the desolate corner of the world where the book is set and really challenges you to contemplate more deeply on humanity. The message of hope is hard to miss here, but in a predictable pool of zombie novels that think gore is enough to entertain, Dying to Live: Life Sentence’s poignancy is more than welcome.  (

Kim Paffenroth writes as if he himself survived a zombie apocalypse, allowing genuine emotion and realistic reactions to pour through his characters creating a world that is extremely believable. Indeed, Dying to Live: A Novel of Life Among the Undead was the best zombie novel I had ever read…that was, until I read the sequel Dying to Live: Life Sentence(

We here at Ideology of Madness are thrilled to be giving away signed copies of Paffenroth’s Dying to Live: Life Sentence and Thin Them Out (with R.J. Sevin and Julia Sevin) to one lucky winner.  All you gotta do to win these two books is to describe your zombie apocalypse survival plan in the comments section.

One entry per person, please.

Winner will be chosen at random and must be 18 years or older to win.

Books will only be shipped within the continental United States.

Contest ends Monday, May 18  at 5:00 pm Central time.

By entering the contest, you attest that you are at least 18 years of age.

…and just today, Professor Paffenroth announced his newest book…

7 thoughts on “Zombie Novel Give-A-Way: The books of Kim Paffenroth

  1. Step One – Arm yourself. Naturally you need sharp edged or big blunt weapons. Cutting off or smashing heads is the way to go. Guns are great, but they only last for so long. Learn to rely on close quarters combat.

    Step two – People. You need to find as many people as possible that all share one key component – they must be slower than you. The phrase, “I don’t need to be faster than the zombies, I just need to be faster than you.” applies here Big Time. When the zombies do eventually find you, you need to have some red shirts to “pick up the slack.”

    Hopefully most of those people will be around long enough to help you meet Step Three – Supplies. You’ll need immediate provisions, and the ability to plant sustainable supplies (veggies, chickens, etc). You’ll want to hit up your Wal-Marts, but be carful, we know where zombies like to go.

    This leads us to Step Four – Someplace Safe. Get as far away from populated areas as possible and set up your compound. Live out the few months you’ll have in relative peace and security, at least until the zombies find you here – then it’s time to take your ready-made “escape kits” and begin the process all over again. Rise and Repeat until the military finds you – or until the zombies finally do.

    Good luck!

  2. I know I can’t qualify (family member and all) but I would like to glance at the book before you give it away. Maybe this Sunday during dinner?’
    Love, dad.

  3. I’ve read The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z extensively, so I know what to do and not to do in these kinds of situations.

    But then, I’ve also played Dead Rising extensively and I figure I’d end up dead anyway, so my zombie survival plan entails the following 6 steps:

    1 – Steal my neighbor’s John Deere riding lawnmower and do donuts in the nearby Walmart and mall parking lots.

    2 – Throw at least one bench at a group of no less than five zombies.

    3 – Experiment to see if spilling a gumball machine on the floor will indeed slow an approaching horde by making them slip in a comical manner.

    4 – Nab a fire axe from the Walmart hardware section, decapitate a zombie, set up a bunch of legs as pins, and go severed limb bowling. Probably shout “MARK IT ZERO” a few times as well.

    5 – Check IoM for any new contests, since I don’t think even the end of all times could stop you dudes.

    6 – Load up a backpack with water bottles and canned food, set my mp3 player to “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedance Clearwater Revival, and drive into the sunset on my lawnmower.

  4. Unfortunately, my wife works at a hospital so we’ll be at ground zero for the coming zom-pocalypse. I guess that makes my plan: If you can’t beat them, join them. 🙂


  5. The first, most important question to ask is: What kind of zombies? Necromantic undead, hoodoo zombies, rage or t-virus infected, or classic horror shamblers?

    In the first case, you need to take out the wizard/witch that raised them into their unlife, this situation calls for a small, stealthy and sleuthy group. Find the cause and take it out.

    If they are hoodoo zombie under the command of a vodoun loa channeling through a mortal vessel, you may as well just kill yourself, because most of these zombies are still intelligent, and therefore, will find you and kill you.

    In the case of disease you should find a vehicle and isolate yourself, far from the rest of humankind. As movies have taught us: zombies aren’t the last problem, the problem becomes sociopaths within the context of a zombie apocalypse. Don’t fight, just run. If they are fast, they are probably faster than you, this includes personal combat. If you cannot find a vehicle, (even a bike will do temporarily, and make sure to stock up on fuel in addition to food and water) you are probably fucked, because these zombies are faster than you.

    In the case of shamblers; find weapons and fight back. You will be able to stem the tide of chaos until a strong arm rises up and eliminates the threat of the end-times. If you have lasted a month and there is no glimmer of light, steel yourself. You need to become this savior and begin marshalling an army of able bodied peoples to wrest control of your community back from the claws of the dead. Tolerate no insubordination and kill any human who tries to work against you. When you have helped to regain control, step away. Let go of all this power you just took, because once the zombies are taken care of, the world doesn’t need that anymore. Do not let yourself remain a monster, though you may need to become one to fight them.

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