Z is for Zombies

Today is the final post in the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’ and what better way to end it than with the shuffling, brain-craving, walking dead?

Stories of reanimated corpses and undead creatures appear in folklore and mythology, as with most supernatural, fantasy and horror creatures, in particular in Norse mythology with a ‘draugr’ – a reanimated corpse that was said to roam outside its grave and would attack, eat and infect the living.
By the 1930s, zombie-like beings were starting to show up in the works of fiction and film. H.G. Wells’ screenplay ‘Things to Come’ which featured an apocalyptic world with ‘the wandering sickness’ a contagious viral plague that caused the infected to wander slowly and insensibly, (zombie-like) infecting others on contact. A scenario that has been used several times to varying degrees in modern entertainment such as ’28 Days Later’ and the hit TV series ‘The Walking Dead’.

As the majority of our posts are linked to our own writing, then yes, we do have some zombie fiction in the works. We have two major outbreak fictions, one that sees a couple, separated by distance and both thinking the other is dead, trying to find closure. The other is the work of a group of people, trying to rebuild a secure society, while the rest of society are trying to eat them.

As was said at the beginning of the post, this is the last of the A-Z posts, but we are hoping to keep up with at least one blog post per week, appraising our lovely followers of our ongoing progress with Emissaries and generally being sarcastic writer wenches, so here’s hoping. Wish us luck

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