I deal with the supernatural every day, at least in my imagination. Several of my books, while romance, also revolve around a ghost--the spirit of a being who has passed away, yet can appear or communicate in ways similar to a living person. In essence, an incorporeal (without a physical body) version of the undead. But in fiction and legend, there are also many examples of physical manifestations of the undead: vampires, mummies, wights, and of course, zombies.
|These zombies want a piece of Rick Grimes|
The Walking Dead
I've been watching The Walking Dead since the very first episode aired on October 31, 2010 - Halloween. Fans of the show (or the comic series, on which the show is based) know the zombies on TWD are referred to as "walkers". There are also zombie-like creatures on another show I love, Game of Thrones. This show is of course based on the amazing novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. In Westeros, beyond the Wall, a zombie-like race known as wights wait to attack those with warm blood. The wights are dead humans or animals who have been raised back up by the Others, an inhuman race also lurking beyond the Wall. The Others, or White Walkers, are ancient humanoid beings associated with cold whose only weakness appears to be dragonglass.
|Wights in ASOIAF can be easily|
recognized by their bright blue eyes
Game of Thrones
|The book credited|
"zombi" into US speech
One of the most famous zombie movies, Night of the Living Dead (1968), did not even use the term zombie at all. The reanimated corpses were referred to as "ghouls" in the screenplay. One of the writers of this cult classic, George A. Romero, admits basing the screenplay on the novel I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson (a great book and a more recent movie) In I Am Legend, the infected beings lurking around the last human's house are referred to as vampires, not zombies. But the general idea of a battle for human survival in an apocalyptic scenario has become very popular, which brings us back to The Walking Dead. This group of survivors struggles daily not just to stay alive, but to maintain their humanity after society has crumbled.
There are too many novels and films featuring zombies to discuss here, but I hope you enjoyed a little history on the undead. If you'd like to try some undead suspense in the form of a spooky ghost story (mixed with steamy romance!), download a copy of #1 Kindle Bestsellers GULL HARBOR or SILVER LAKE. The characters face a haunted house, not a zombie apocalypse, but the plot twists, dangerous secrets, and chilling messages from desperate spirits should make your pulse pound a little faster ~ and October is the perfect month for that!
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