Ok, it’s October and it just wouldn’t be right for me not to talk about Zombies. I know, I know lots of folks don’t get it but for some reason I am fascinated by this particular horror genre. Now while I didn’t jump on board with the old classic Romero versions (radiation re-animating the dead) I came on board more recently with what can best be described as the “viral” zombie. I was traveling quite a bit for sales several years back and got hooked on audiobooks. Somehow I came across, “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks. I became really enthralled by his excellent writing and how he wove the fiction into fact, using actual historical events within the context of zombie outbreaks. I went on to read his other, and much better, book, “World War Z.” Without question he is the genesis of this new found fascination with zombies. He takes a whole new look at how they came about and what they can do and how people deal with them. This is clearly reflected in some of the modern zombie films such as the remake of Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Now no good Z discussion is complete without the true masterpiece, The Walkind Dead, and I mean both the comic and the AMC TV series. Fantastic!
Now you may be asking, “Why the heck does he like this crap so much?” Well, if you want to know, read on!
I find the genre fascinating because of the characters are typically thrown together from different social strata, professions, and so on. I like to see how they deal with the stress of this unrelenting enemy, how they work together to solve their problems both Z related and personal. The authors (the good ones anyway) create characters that are real, and put real human emotion and reaction into the situation. Rhiannon Frater is truly one of the best at this in her trilogy. No doubt one of my primary attractions to this Z thing is the firearms, and survivalist aspect to the genre. I love the fact that suddenly the gun becomes a day to day survival tool. We are immersed in a world where everyday survival is common, and the rule for carrying weapons is that they are mandatory! Which then brings up another of m y favorite topics, “What should I carry and why?” Oh sure we’ve all talked CC and what is best there but this is a fun new way to look at the discussion. It gives it a different take. What might be good for EDC CC may not be the best Zombie slayer you can get your hands on!
Anyway, below is a list of some of my favorite authors in the genre as well as some of the best movies. Check them out if you like, or not…….. But if you don’t and this Halloween turns into the zombie apocalypse and you’re not ready, don’t come to my house! I’ll tell you I warned you and send you back out to be eaten! 😉
Authors: Max Brooks, Rhiannon Frater, Z.A. Recht, Mira Grant, Ben Tripp
Films: Dawn of the Dead (2004), 28 Weeks Later, Shaun of the Dead (for a little humor), Zombieland