I love zombie novels, they’re not so much scare as they are horrid. Yet the fear in them is real.
Why though, because I think we as humans fear the possibility to be forced to kill the ones we love.
We have a higher intellect and understanding then most animals, we perceive our emotions different, we understand them dissimilar. I’m taking an example of a T-Rex. For instance the female Tyrannosaurs Rex instinct is to protect its young, most of the time starving itself for that purpose when the young dies the mother thinks nothing of it to eat its own young, as a meal … survival. Yes it comes down to survival.
But it is present in today’s animal kingdom, now though we have a name for it: filial cannibalism.
There are reasons for this listed on Wikipedia but getting back to this post.
We as humans spend most of our time raising our young intern this creates a bond as well with other humans, it’s a desire in us to have that, I’m revering here to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Once we have established safety and nutrition leading into the third; love and belonging.
We as humans are social mammals it’s in our blood, in our DNA. Isolation would drive us insane eventually, and we be starting to talk to people long gone or imaginary.
I can go on about this and really get into, not only the chemical, but also the psychological aspects of parenthood and relationships.
Today I just wanted to touch briefly on those subjects, it’s all good and well to read about the stuff in novels, and see it on TV and film but to face the reality of it, to actually stand and come face to face with it. I don’t think most humans would survive. We are too fragile, we rely too strong on our feelings and our emotions, and it’s not that it’s wrong, it just what makes us human.
If a zombie apocalypse would happen it would not be the zombies that wipe us out or the starvation and all the other stuff, like disease and fatigue but more the emotional and psychological effects their of. A majority would commit suicide and it’s not that they are weak or giving up its just deep down no one wants to be faced with their own loved one having to decide; do I kill this person I’m willing to die for or do I let them rip into me.
So coming back to zombies if you really want something brilliantly zombies wise take a look at Claire C Riley latest novel Odium.
Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.
An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.
Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgement begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.
Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.
You’re welcome to (and please do) read the first chapter on her web page.
I met Claire on authonomy before Limerence was published (which is one of the best Vampire novels like ever!!!) And might I just say Girl has mad skills, I sat during the night contemplating sleep or finish reading Limerence, it’s that good! (and just so you know I finished reading it first.)
Odium, OMG I’ve been waiting for it and now that I have it I cherish it, I read a chapter a week because I don’t want it to end!
Its old school slow brain eating zombies with humor and terror, you see zombie books can only be one of two things either its frightening or its comedy. Claire mange to combine that though the horror takes over more than most and I freaking love it.
Claire writes not only luminously but she draws you in and your trapped till the end, I’ve said it before and I will say it again; she is one of those writers that, it doesn’t matter what she writes you know its good and you know you want to read it.
So before the Zombies get you, go get a copy Of Odium.
More about Claire;
Claire C Riley, is a mother first, a wife second, but a writer at heart.
Claire likes to break boundaries with her writing, incorporating an old school style of horror and romance. Sexy and dark. (Think Bram Stokers Dracula, but for the 21st century!)
Claire is a mother to three amazing little girls who hold her heart. She hopes to make them proud, and show them that if you work hard and believe in yourself… then, as Cinderella once said… dreams really do come true.
She is an avid book collector and has a great zombie apocalypse plan in place thanks to a questionnaire she asked her readers to fill in for on her blog!
Claire is currently working on the sequel to Limerence and also a dystopian post-apocalyptic zombie novel called- Odium.
She actively encourages reader participation on her blog and author Facebook page, with questionnaires, quizzes, and fan art. So get in touch!
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