Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trauma
Even those of us who do manage to survive a ways into the zombie apocalypse won’t do so without significant cost. People are pretty durable, but surviving day after day in constant danger, while hordes of terrifying walking corpses hunt you, is extremely psychologically scarring. People will come up with all sorts of different ways to cope with the zombie trauma. Some will self-medicate with drugs, sex, and who knows what else. Others might focus on the task at hand to keep themselves from thinking about things too much. Very few will deal with this trauma in any meaningful or healthy way.
The problem is, unless you’re dealing with your trauma in healthy ways, all you’re doing is delaying the inevitable. At least in fiction; I’m certainly no psychologist. Self-medicate all you want, but sooner or later, you’re going to have to face up to the facts. The bad part is, you don’t get to choose the time when your trauma catches up with you. In fiction, these things tend to come up in ways that move the story forward, put characters in danger, or introduce new elements to the narrative.
About this Episode:
It was recently pointed out in the comments that Sam seems to have quite the talent for running into beautiful women in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. I figured it was time for a callback to his deceased wife, Sarah.
Apologies again for the unscheduled hiatus last week. By way of apologies, I’m going to have a comic this Friday, which I would normally be taking off for Independence Day. I know it’s not exactly a one-to-one exchange, but there it is.
I’m also going to be taking a vacation in early July, but don’t worry, I’ve got an absolutely awesome guest event schedule for it. You guys are going to love it.
Discussion Question: Bad Dreams
I have bad dreams pretty regularly. It surprises me. I’m almost 35, and I never would have thought I’d have as many bad dreams as I do. How many of you guys are the same way? Do you have bad dreams? About what? And how often?