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Title of the Dead
"Whoo! The dance of the living dead!"
Al Czervik, Caddyshack

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.


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.
  • Dance Hall of the Dead, a Joe Leaphorn mystery by Tony Hillerman
  • 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.
  • ''Junior High of the Dead' a tragedy/drama novella by Todd Dawson-Cooper.
  • 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 HP 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
  • Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead. The zombies don't show up until late, but it does take place on Necropolis.

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.
  • The Walking Dead

  • "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.
  • "City Of The Dead" by The Clash.

Radio Drama
  • The syndicated '40s mystery/horror program Adventures by Morse had the serialized multi-episode stories "City of the Dead" and "Land of the Living Dead".

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Western Animation

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

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alternative title(s): Title Of The Living Dead
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