I feel it's important to take breaks from writing. It really clears your
brain. It really allows you to think.
During my break (really just a glorified bout of writer's block), I came up with a story that serves as an homage to the subgenre that got me interested in horror in the first place - the zombie movie. Ravenous, bloody, unapologetically brutal, the zombie movie is the charismatic rebel of the horror genre.
There has, quite inexplicably, been a recent mini-boom in the popularity of zombie movies. While George Romero may not exactly appreciate them, I fell in love with the fast-paced energy of "28 Days Later" and the "Dawn of the Dead" remake. Even "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" is kind of charming, in its own campy kind of way. And who doesn't love "Shaun of the Dead"?
That's not to say that the zombies movies of old have no merit - far from it. They rock. The 90s, while mostly bare from zombie movies, had one gem that has had the most profound effect on me: the Night of the Living Dead remake.
What you're about to read is intended to be my love letter to zombie movies. There are archetypes and lines that you may recognize - but they're there purely out of love and admiration. I intend to pay respect, not steal.
So now that I've got the I'm-really-not-a-thief-I-swear speech out of the way, all I can ask is for you to enjoy what you're about to read. It's not exactly wall to wall laughs. It's really just a melodramatic character piece set against the backdrop of an apocalyptic zombie film.
So, I hope it's at least engaging enough to hold your interest for (ahem) 140 pages. But, you know, take breaks! Read it in chunks! Far be it for me to eat up large amounts of your time. We're all busy people, right?
P.S. I should note that the story technically takes place in the same world as the "Dawn of the Dead" remake. It's not intended as a sequel at all, just a different set of events in another part of the world. So, what I'm trying to say is, if you're not in love with the concept of the running zombie, you're better off giving "Day of the Dead" another rent.