Killer Thursdays

How Sympathetic Can a Zombie Be?

Zombies Were People Too

Flesh and Bone, Rot and Ruin Book 3, by Jonathan Mayberry
The 3rd Rot & Ruin Book

I recently read Jonathan Maberry‘s Rot and Ruin series, the story of four friends who’ve grown up in a zombie devastated world. As they try to find their place in this world, they have to choose between safety, an illusion crafted from stagnation and denial for many of the survivors, and freedom in a land where everything wants to kill them.

While the novels deliver all the shambling, flesh-hungry zombie terror you’d expect, it also packs a huge emotional punch. Good horror makes you care about the characters but Jonathan Maberry makes you care about the monster too. Continue reading “How Sympathetic Can a Zombie Be?”

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Pick Your Apocalypse

Abandoned City, ApocalypticThe end is nigh.

Or maybe it’s not. I mean, what is “nigh” anyway? Is it tomorrow? Next week? A billion years from now?

Anyway, we all know the world will end. Someday. The only question is how and when.

But the “when” is not really important for the purposes of this post. Just the “how.”

So, how will the the world end?

That’s up to you. Continue reading “Pick Your Apocalypse”

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Out in the Garden

Look Out! Zombie Garden Gnomes on the Loose.

Zombie Garden GnomesYou saunter outside in your People of Walmart sweats pajamas, eyes still bleary from sleep, hair sticking up, trying to wash the morning breath away with coffee and whiskey. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. There’s a rustling in the bushes.

A rustling in the bushes?!

You turn to see what it is and come face to face with… Continue reading “Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Out in the Garden”

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How To Build A Zombie

Zombies. What are they really? Magically animated corpses or victims of a mutated virus that reanimates the dead or drives the living to become monsters.

 Zombie Pose Spidey…spidey-senses…mrmph…brainz…

In a recent post, Rafael of Neither Here nor There pointed out that zombies just don’t work, as least not from a “realistic” explanation point of view. There’s too much suspension of disbelief required to buy the virus-infection origin of the zombie. A supernatural origin, on the other hand, would be believable. Continue reading “How To Build A Zombie”

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Ants in the Mailbox – Postcards from Hell, Part 2 (a 500-word story)

My friend, the lovely historical fiction writer Haley Whitehall, issued a flash fiction challenge in the horror genre and this time it involves a prize! The contest runs until 10/31/11, so there’s still time to enter. My entry is Part 2 of a story I wrote for BeKindRewrite’s Inspiration Monday IX. You can find Part 1, Postcards from Hell here.

And now…

Ants in the Mailbox

US Mail
They stood at the edge of the front lawn gone almost knee-high with weeds. The figure in the filthy postal uniform lay still on sidewalk.

Steve looked right. Left. Nothing else moved anywhere on the street.

Deanna squeezed the stock of her crossbow. “He really dead? Dead-dead?” Continue reading “Ants in the Mailbox – Postcards from Hell, Part 2 (a 500-word story)”

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The Zombies are Coming!

It’s that time of year again.

That’s right. The season 2 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead is just around the corner. From the gut-wrenching opening scene to the explosive finale, the first season sank its rotting teeth into us and held on tight. And, on October 16, they’re baaaaaack.

Are you ready for the zombie-love? To get in the undead spirit, here are some bits and pieces of zombie fun. Continue reading “The Zombies are Coming!”