I’m sharing a guest post today by Alex Laybourne, author of zombie horror novel “Diaries of the Damned”. He talks about how the undead are more than monsters. He has an interesting POV on the matter. Enjoy!
The Undead are More than Just Monsters
The walking dead, zombies, undead, call them what you will, have long been a popular figure among the monsters of both written and visual media tales. The concept of the zombie apocalypse would seem to be one that not only intrigues a large number or us, but ever has a lot of people making their plans for what they would do should the day ever come that the zombies will rise.
Personally, I see zombies as a wonderful tool for telling a good story, and nothing more than that. If you look beyond the basic level monster, you see that you have access to a fantastic story generating concept that just keeps giving.
You can write zombie fiction from several angels. You have the military horror approach, specially trained units, or a group of survivors with military / weapons experience. Here you can use the zombies to talk about survival, and the skills needed to do so.
You would look at it from a flat level horror point of view. A group of people picked off slowly but the swelling numbers of dead. Throw around the brains and the body parts, and just go all out to create a fun filled ride.
Another option would be to use the zombies as an allegory, of man a, our nature, of life itself. You can tall a range of stories involving the undead, without them having to be some two-dimensional monster, and yet at the same time, leave them as just that. It may sound confusing I grant you, but what I mean to say is that more often the story your write around the zombies themselves, will heavily impact their character in the book.
The versatility of the zombie as a character is what makes it such a popular genre for writers and readers alike. Because you just never know what direction the story will take until you start reading, and by that point, invariably the writer has pulled you into their world and shown you something from yet another unique angle or perspective.
Thank you all for stopping by to read my thoughts, and I would love to hear your opinions on what I have written. Nothing beats a good discussion.
I would also like to take a moment to thank my host for having me today, I am truly grateful.
About The Book
Author: Alex Laybourne
Genre: Zombie Horror
The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal some answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.
Nine survivors have banded together, determined to tell their tale of survival. None of them realized that as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.
From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.
I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue everything basically, and when the time is right, I can simply pluck them from the allotment of my mind serve them up on the pages of whatever work is to be their home.
I am married and have four children and my biggest dream for them is that they grow up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.
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