I don’t know about you, but the idea of being quarantined for a few days sounded like a great idea with all the books and movies I have on my list. Now that I am stir crazy and want to get out of the house that is highly inadvisable, so I decided to put together a list of books and movies that will scare you into staying home. All of these items are available through Overdrive, Hoopla, or Kanopy.
Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts From the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History by Catharine Arnold: A well researched book told through personal essays and medical journals about the last time we went through a pandemic.
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen: A fictional account of a small town in the Pacific Northwest that has decided to quarantine itself during the Spanish Flu.
Severance by Ling Ma: Candace is one of the few people in the world that is immune to Shen Fever. She has a photo blog of the empty streets of New York eerily familiar to our own; The Great Empty Photographs by The New York Times Introduction by Michael Kimmelman March 23, 2020, which you can access for free with your library card through New York Times Digital.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: We never find out what happens to wipe out the population of the world in this classic novel, but it shows a very stark reality that we might not want to risk!
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston: A fictional account, with strong scientific facts, of a virus that is killing off the world. A SWAT team of soldiers and medical providers attempt to stop the spread.
Feed by Mira Grant: You can’t talk about a list of books and movies about a pandemic without talking about zombies. This book not only includes horror but political intrigue.
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman: You can get the complete series of the graphic novels on Hoopla!
If you just can’t focus on books right now, the library also has movies that you can stream to scare yourself indoors. Of course, just like the books, you can’t compile an apocalyptic list without zombie movies.
Night of the Living Dead: George Romero’s movie that started the whole zombie genre of horror films.
Train to Busan: This Korean film is centered around passengers stuck on a train during a zombie invasion.
The Last Man on Earth: This movie made in 1964, with Vincent Price, is about a guy who thinks he is the last person on earth after a virus has wiped out the world.
It Comes at Night: In this 2017 film, two families that don’t know each other are quarantined together after the apocalypse. Could you imagine being cooped up with strangers right now?
Pandemic: Hallmark Channel made this miniseries in 2007. Who knew that they were going to be able to predict where we are at today.
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~posted by Pam H.