Zombie Cliche Lookout: Stealth Mission
In most zombie fiction, zombies are attracted to their prey with the same senses that we have. They see us. They smell us. They hear us. Knowing this, survivors can come up with various strategies to avoid the zombies. In The Walking Dead, for instance, characters camouflage their smell by covering themselves in gore and rotten meat. There are simpler, less gross things people can do as well. Simply keeping out of sight and trying not to make noise is an excellent basic strategy that all survivors should try to master.
Like most things, that basic strategy can be expanded to fit various situations. People trying to cross a zombie filled metropolis, for instance, might wear all black, move only at night, and carefully scout areas where they’re less likely to be noticed. Or let’s say that a few people need to infiltrate a building with several zombies outside. They might try to sneak past, or perhaps it would be easier or safer to simply quietly kill them all and be able to explore the building at their leisure.
About this Episode:
This set is really, really long. It actually spans the full width of the table that I shoot on. Because of that, I’m fairly limited when it comes to the angles I can shoot at. This occasionally causes issues, such as in today’s episode, when I had originally written Murphy to say the first two panels. I shot it this way, but looking at the back of a speaker’s head for three-quarters of a comic is just weird, so I decided that Inez would inherit the dialog instead.
Discussion Question: First Person Horror
I read a lot of zombie fiction. A whole lot. Because of this, I notice a lot of trends, and pay a lot of attention to different choices that writers make. One thing that always interests me is the choice of point of view. It seems like most of the books I read are a pretty even split between a first and third-person perspective. I find it really interesting that so many writers chose a first-person perspective for two reasons. First, I think there are some problems with that perspective, because the audience can safely assume that in the vast majority of cases, that character is going to survive until the end. That said, first-person narratives also give an increased sense of immediacy to a story, which is especially effective in horror.
So the question is, what do you guys think of first-person perspectives in zombie and horror fiction? Does it work? Is it effective? Is it harder to get into knowing the character is likely to survive?