Zombie Cliche Lookout: It’s Good to Have Friends
As I’ve mentioned countless times before, a zombie on its own really isn’t much of a threat (assuming slow zombies, of course), which is why you don’t tend to see zombie stories about a single zombie. The zombie’s strength lies in numbers, and when you see one, you might as well assume there are six more either just out of view, or on their way. That’s just how zombies work.
But of course characters in zombie stories are rarely aware of the rules, and thus frequently underestimate their undead opponents, often to their doom. When a character sees that there’s only a single zombie in their path, they might start feeling a tab over-confident, and press the attack without making sure that no others will show up before the first one can be dispatched.
About this Episode:
I don’t know why, but I really struggle with the concept of showing something – generally a zombie – shambling in from off screen. Maybe it’s just the comic format, but whenever I script a zombie suddenly appearing, it always comes out looking like they’ve just sort of been there and the characters somehow didn’t notice them before. It’s frustrating.
On the other hand, I’m quite happy with how the douchey, blond spikey-haired zombie came out. So at least I have that going for me.
Shameless Self Promotion:
In completely self-serving news, I recently got a short story published in an anthology. The anthology is called Zombies Gone Wild and is out now for Kindle, and I believe will be released soon in paperback as well.
My story is called “The Horrors of Trench Warfare”, and features a zombie attack during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. I haven’t had a chance to read all the other stories yet, but what I have gotten to has been pretty damn interesting.
If you’re into zombies, and I certainly hope you are in you’re hanging out here, then I really hope you check this out. It’s my first time being published in a real book that’s actually being sold to real people, so I’m pretty excited about it.
Discussion Question: Zombie Survival Theme Song
We talk about a lot about surviving the apocalypse and killing zombies, but what’s the point of all that not-getting-eaten-by-undead-cannibals if you can’t do it in style? There is no point.
So, in order to assure that you survive the zombie apocalypse with some class, what’s your zombie-killin’, end-of-the-world survivin’ theme song going to be? And none of this “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” nonsense.