The Ultimate Undead Face-Off: The contenders

There are 12 contenders in the Ultimate Undead Face-Off and it's up to you to determine the most fearsome undead creature of all. Before you cast your vote (daily!), check out the background info on each contender below.

UPDATE: The apocalypse to end all apocalypses is over. The only monster to remain? Sheldon Funk from Husk. Thanks to everyone who voted!


From World War Z by Max Brooks: a zombie

Background: In this "oral history of the zombie war," a zombie pandemic of unknown origin spreads worldwide thanks to the illegal trade of organs, causing international social and political turmoil.

Pro tip: In World War Z zombies can freeze to death -- but their enemies might too.

Status: eliminated June 24


From Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: R

Background: In the middle of a zombie apocalypse, "R," a zombie (and narrator of the book) impulsively decides to save a human girl instead of eating her, which prompts his slow return to human-hood as he falls in love with her.

Pro tip: Romance might be the way to R's heart (and the end of his undead state), but it comes at a risk of getting up close and personal with a flesh-eating zombie.

Status: eliminated June 21


From The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore: a walker

Background: The zombie apocalypse has swept the globe and there are very few human survivors. Instead, the world is dominated by zombies known as "walkers." This comic book series follows one survivor Rick Grimes, a small town cop, on a mission to find his wife and son.

Pro tip: The only way to kill a "walker" is by destroying the brain. But if you sever the spine at the right point, they can be paralyzed.'

Status: eliminated June 24


From Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Frankenstein's Monster

Background: Was Frankenstein's monster the original literary zombie? Perhaps. Made in a lab and not by a virus or a curse, the monster is rejected by his creator, Victor Frankenstein, but learns to read write and longs for companionship.

Pro tip: More cunning and intelligent than the average zombie, Frankenstein's monster lacks several key attributes for surviving an apocalypse: the ability to kill needlessly and multiply. Defeating his self-confidence is the most direct way to destroy this lonely and depressed monster.

Status: eliminated June 25


From The Blondes by Emily Schultz: A blonde

Background: An unknown virus spreads like wildfire in this apocalypse, turning ordinary people into crazed killers, with one catch: only blondes (real and bottled) can catch it.

Pro tip: Blonde zombies are aggressive killers, but are easily shot or run over.

Status: eliminated June 17


From Husk by Corey Redekop: Sheldon Funk

Background: Sheldon Funk has an accident and realizes his life is completely different: he's a zombie. But instead of an apocalypse, Sheldon is faced with a bigger problem: being a zombie in an everyday world.

Pro tip: Sheldon is conflicted about killing and eating humans and is more aware of his zombie state than most other zombies. Without the instinct to kill and without apocalypse experience, he may be an easy target. But don't underestimate his skills: he is a zombie, after all.

Status: alive


From Cell by Stephen King: A phoner

Background: When a signal is sent through cellphone networks around the world, every cellphone user becomes a killer zombie, known as "phoners."

Pro tip: "Phoners" are psychic and can communicate with their minds. Avoid telepathic manipulation and aim for complete destruction, such as an explosion.

Status: eliminated June 17


From Monster Island by David Wellington: Gary Fleck

Background: New York is now literally the city that never sleeps: it's overrun by zombies, but one lucky(?) undead soul, medical student Gary Fleck, craftily succeeded in keeping his living brain inside his undead body.

Pro tip: Gary was smart enough to protect his brain, meaning he might be smart enough to get out of the zombie showdown alive. But being a little bit human might mean he'll be a little bit easier to destroy once and for all.

Status: eliminated June 12


From I Am Legend by Richard Matheson: a creature

Background: Robert Neville is the only survivor of a vicious pandemic that turned humans into aggressive, vampire-like zombies. He lives in Los Angeles and has two goals: to survive (he's immune to the disease, but not to dying) and to discover a cure.

Pro tip: These zombies are a lot like vampires, so turn to typical vampire stoppers -- garlic, mirrors, crosses and direct sunlight - to gain an advantage.

Status: eliminated June 21


From The Passage by Justin Cronin: a viral

Background: These vampire-like creatures, known as "virals," developed thanks to an aggressive and contagious virus, which was created by the U.S. government in an attempt to build super-soldiers. Ooops.

Pro tip: These creatures are strong, intelligent and aggressive. But, with the right ammunition, they can be taken down.

Status: eliminated June 19


From Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry: a terrorist zombie

Background: When a terrorist develops a zombie-creating virus, Baltimore police officer Joe Ledger is assigned to a secret team designed to take the undead down.

Pro tip: These aren't ordinary, everyday zombies: they are terrorist zombies, financially supported by an evil billionaire. So you might want to hunt him down first.

Status: eliminated June 13


From The Rising by Brian Keene: a supernatural zombie

Background: When a particle accelerator experiment goes wrong, space/time is shifted and, as a result, demons can inhabit the dead and a zombie plague ensues.

Pro tip: Thanks to their evil origins, these zombies can do a lot: set traps, drive cars and use weapons. Instead of fighting back, look to the source to defeat these zombies: with science and the space time-continuum.

Status: eliminated June 12