In the mood for some futuristic thrills and chills? Jay Posey does zombies in a way you’ve never seen before. The only criteria they meet in the zombie checklist are they were once humans, and they were dead and have come back back….hey they could almost be vampires with that description? but yeah sorry they aren’t. They are violent and will rip you to shreds! Check out my review of THREE by Jay Posey – one of my favorite reads this year!
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I’m all ooegy gooey inside with joy to have Jay tell us today about
The Upside of Undeath!
For generations, vampires and zombies have provided us with stories covering the full range of emotion; terror and hope, love and loathing, desperation and triumph. But as exciting and terrible as they are, we really should be careful about how much stock we put in such tales. After all, most of the stories we read about regular old humans tend to make human life sound dramatic and exciting and maybe even occasionally heroic. Meanwhile, over in reality, our usual day-to-day lives tend to be filled with such dramatic moments as realizing we’re wearing navy blue socks with our black pants, and such heroic triumphs as ordering the medium fries instead of the large and not even eating them all.
Maybe vampires don’t get to transform into bats or have super strength or irresistible charm. Maybe zombies aren’t immune to pain and they can die again from asthma attacks or peanut allergies. But even if vampires and zombies don’t actually lead the horrifying and spectacular lives that they appear to in books and movies, being undead still might not be all that bad.
- Clarity of Purpose: How many of us can say we have single-minded focus towards one well-defined goal? Most of us face life as it comes flying at us, and we’re too busy juggling priorities to have time to sit down and consider if anything we’re doing is actually moving us forward to a place we want to go. Sometimes it’s hard to even remember what it was like to have a goal beyond “don’t scream and throw the chair through the window to escape even though this meeting was supposed to be over 45 minutes ago and Janice is STILL ON SLIDE FIVE OF TWELVE”. But whether it’s thirst for blood or hunger for flesh, it’s hard to deny that the undead know exactly what they want out of unlife.
- Endless “Fresh” Starts: Life is a series of learning experiences, and we’ve all probably wished at one time or another that we could just start over and do it better the second time around. When the clock’s not ticking on your mortality, it’s surely a lot easier to just shamble on over to a new part of the country and start again. And if undead you screws that up too, you can just wait for all of your acquaintances to die off and give it another go.
- Freedom from Petty Distractions: You’re a zombie. No one cares that you’re wearing the same shirt you had on yesterday. Or that those boot-cut jeans were so three-years-ago. Or that you haven’t showered since boot-cut jeans were fashionable.
- No More Deciding What to Make for Dinner: We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the day. We got home late again because all our meetings ran long (JANICE!!!). We’re hungry, but we’re not quite sure for what. Nothing easy sounds good and everything that sounds good requires effort. Your friend the zombie? Your neighbor the vampire? They can’t relate.
- No More Guilt Over Procrastination: You forgot to take your cape to the dry cleaner. You promised the wife last week that you’d put the headstone back up and it’s still lying face down next to your churned up burial plot. Your just-plain-normal-people romance novel still isn’t finished. In a world of endless tomorrows, putting things off one more day just isn’t that big a deal.
Not that I’m saying I’d rather be undead, of course, but it’s nice to know that the whole “zombie apocalypse” thing might not be all bad. Particularly since I really did just realize I’ve been wearing navy blue socks with my black pants all day
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Check out Jay’s other post: Apocalyptic Bounty Hunting
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.
But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.
Jay Posey is a narrative designer, author, and screenwriter. Currently employed as Senior Narrative Designer at Red Storm Entertainment, he’s spent about 8 years writing and designing for Tom Clancy’s award-winning Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises. He started in the video game industry in 1998, and has been writing professionally for over a decade.WEBSITE | TWITTER