Zombie Anthology: The Living Dead

Edited by John Joseph Adams

NightShade Books, 2008.

 

This zombie anthology received a starred review from  Publishers Weekly. PW also named it one of the best books of 2008. HorrorScope called it "...absolutely the best zombie anthology" and a must read for anyone who has even a vague interest in zombie fiction.

Readers recommend getting the paperback version and NOT the Kindle version. Some readers note that stories may be missing from the Kindle version of this book. This may have been corrected since. You'll want to check the Kindle version's table of contents to be sure.

I can see why it had such a positive reception. Some of the top horror and fantasy writers contributed stories to the collection.
The collection includes stories that were previously published. The original publication dates go back as far as 1976 (for George R. R. Martin's "Meathouse Man").

There is a second volume called The Living Dead 2, which came out in 2010. It includes 500 more pages of zombie short stories.