Z is for Zombie
I know, zombies are everywhere these days. They are the cool supernatural creature, giving serious competition to vampires in the pop culture world.
I’m talking about Romero zombies here, which I think are technically ghouls. ‘Classical’ zombies are people enslaved by a combination of drugs and psychological conditioning. Romero style zombies are brain eating undead creatures.
There have been lots of models for making zombies science fiction creatures rather than beings of supernatural horror. There are often analogues cited in the animal world, viral, parasitic and fungal infections which can have strange effects, causing the infected to behave in programmed, bizarre, and gory ways. All of these make for wonderful horror fiction fodder.
I must admit, to some extent I have been infected.
I’m not too much of a fan of the primary media sources. I’ve only seen Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead once each. I don’t particularly avoid zombie flicks, but I don’t seek them out either. I’ve never actually watched Walking Dead. I do, however, watch iZombie, the series about a zombie intern medical examiner and the the rookie homicide cop (they fight crime!) It’s light and silly and I really enjoy it.
That’s it, of course. It’s the ‘lighter’ zombie fare which gets me. It started out with Plants vs Zombies. What could be better than planting flowers to protect your vulnerable skull? There are a number of other silly zombie games out there, including a remake of Lemmings with a zombie theme.
As I mentioned in my previous post, Bohemia Fibers puts out a line of yarn where each skein has a unique color scheme characterized by “blood spatter”. It comes complete with toe- tag. A brief search on Ravelry gives over 200 zombie patterns.
Don’t be surprised if some of them pass through this blog some day…