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"Whoo! The dance of the living dead!"
Al CzervikCaddyshack

Titles including the phrase "of the [Living] Dead". You can almost always expect zombies to be involved.

A Sub-Trope of The X of Y. See also Tropes of the Living Dead.

Examples of Title of the Dead include:

Anime and Manga

Film - Live Action


  • The Book of the Dead, an ancient Egyptian funerary text.
  • "Dance of the Dead", a short story by Richard Matheson.
  • Dance of the Dead, a Ravenloft novel by Christie Golden.
  • Lucian's Dialogues of the Dead, making this Older Than Feudalism.
  • Eaters of the Dead, a novel by Michael Crichton, which was adapted into the film The 13th Warrior.
  • The Naming of the Dead, a crime novel by Ian Rankin.
  • The Necronomicon (Greek: "image of the law of the dead", sometimes translated "book of the names of the dead"), a fictional grimoire that appears in stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
    • Terry Pratchett's Discworld parodies this with the Necrotelecomnicon, or "phonebook of the dead".
  • Plague of the Dead, a novel by Z.A. Recht.
  • There's the Enderverse book Speaker for the Dead.
  • Fairly new is the mash-up A Christmas Carol of the Living Dead, which is just what you think it is: zombies vs. Scrooge (but done seriously).
  • Twilight of the Dead

Live Action TV

  • Doctor Who has the episodes "Forest of the Dead", which does kinda-sorta include zombies, and "Planet of the Dead", which doesn't at all.
  • Secrets of the Dead, a historical documentary series on PBS.


  • "Clothes of the Dead," a song by Bongo Bass & Bob (aka Penn & Teller and Steven Banks).
  • Horror Punk Rock band The Misfits have songs titled "Night of the Living Dead" and "Day of the Dead."
  • Metal band Lordi has a song called "Night of the Loving Dead."
  • Exciter song "Rising of the Dead".
  • Rage album Speak of the Dead.
  • Grave Digger song "Sorrow of the Dead".
  • The Doom Metal band Mistress of the Dead.
  • The Cirith Ungol album King of the Dead.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • Donald in Maui Mallard level "The Realm of the Dead".
  • The House of the Dead series.
    • Typing Of The Dead, a spin-off where words pop up, and if typed quickly, kill the approaching zombies.
    • English Of The Dead, another spin-off.
  • One area in the first Disgaea game is the Forest of the dead, home of zombies, pumpkins, and The first Defender of Earth's ghost.
  • Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green, based on the Romero movie above.
    • The cancelled George Romero's City of the Dead.
  • The obscure action-adventure/early survival horror War of the Dead.
  • Plants vs. Zombies was originally going to be called "Lawn of the Dead," but was changed for legal reasons.


Western Animation

  • El Tigre has a villain, the Big Bad, whose full name is Sartana of the Dead. Her grandson is Django of the Dead.

Real Life

  • Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos), a Mexican holiday.
  • Names of the Dead, a list published by the US Department of Defense following combat action.