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Halloween Spotlight: Zombies

fleshBy Rick Pipito

My fascination with zombies began a while back.  They are what made me decide to broaden my writing from just music to fiction.  In early 2010 I began writing my first novel, and that was the beginning of the sCrypt world.  Soon, fans began talking about my zombie stories, and they wanted more.  I, being part egotist, didn’t want just that.  As I moved onto the next topic for my novels, my brother, Dan, and I began writing and organizing our comic books.

Our horror world had been given birth.  So what makes our zombies so special?  Here’s a little insight into the Pipito mind.  “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel, as well as it’s comic book spinoff “Zombie Incidents” takes a look at how the undead can coexist through all sorts of lore.  Each incident describes a different cause/effect on humans.

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1) A mutated strain of rabies: Animals are just as susceptible as humans to the rabies virus.  A new strain that causes a very violent transformation within the brain, causes those infected to be extremely aggressive.  Biting, thrashing, and yes even running human and animals have lost all reasoning, and have one purpose… to spread the rabies further, and quell their foaming mouths.  Blunt trauma to the head is the best way to stop them, as their bodies do not feel the pain that a normal person would.  The adrenaline coursing through them acts as a narcotic of sorts making them extremely dangerous.

2) Viral (from the infected’s eyes):  Imagine having a sexual encounter and catching something; only the thing you catch is a virus that turns you into a flesh craving walker.  As the brain begins to lose primary function, the human thought process remains.  They can do little more than shuffle slowly after their prey.  From the moment one becomes infected, their view on the world begins to change.  All they desire is food.  Even decapitation of these zombies does not fully kill them.  They must have their brains destroyed.

3) Uber Dead: The demons of revelation possess four hosts.  These possessed become much larger and stronger than any human.  They think clearly about their purpose to end humanity, and can raise minions from graveyards or any other resting place.  Although the minions are extremely weak, the demons themselves can mend body damage.  For example… if an Uber dead were to lose a jaw, it could literally rip a healthy jaw from a living host and replace theirs like a twisted jigsaw.

4) Radioactive “Freaks”: A radioactive meteor decades ago infected one man’s blood.  When he dies of a heart attack, the green blood within him reanimates his corpse.  His rampage takes place in a special needs hospital, where the deformed patients become an even ghastlier site than he.  These are your standard shuffling zombies, enhanced or hindered by their deformities.

5) Cannibals: A tribe deep within the Himalayan Mountains worships their god Rakshasa.  None of them know who or what Rakshasa is, but they do his bidding.  Kidnapping wanderers or villagers nearby, they offer their sacrifice to their god.  Unable to see his face, they are then returned the corpse.  The victim’s blood has been drained, and the villagers use the body as food and more.  Their dissection and fileting tactics would make even Hannibal Lecter cringe.  These are not the dead.  They are humans with a different culture than what we see as standard.

6) Generation Z: Vaccines have been used for years, but every few years these shots that are designed to prevent sickness must be administered to children.  The combination of the various strains in them has changed those under the age of thirteen into the walking dead.  These dead devour living flesh.  The virus is transmitted however differently among adults.  A bitten adult will die within hours and never reanimate, while other youthful victims of a bite or fluid transmission, will become shufflers as well.

7) Drug induced: Although not a zombie, the victim of this drug hallucinates severely.  They believe the extreme as if zombies are conspiring against them.  All touch with reality will fade on a bad trip, and until the effects wear off, any person high on this drug will go as far to murder the healthy people around them, that they perceive as zombie threats.  Once the effects are gone, the drug abuser’s brain liquefies within hours bringing death.

8) Voodoo (Macumba): When a black magic powder is used on unexpecting victims, they become zombi.  While they remain alive, their comatose state makes them highly susceptible to suggestion.

9) Parasite: A tetrabite is a creature that originated from Martian soil.  When it is freed from status, it quickly leaps onto its victim.  After burying its tail into a human brain stem, it feeds off its host.  Once attached, the host strives to reproduce more tetrabite parasites.  The only way they can do this is through human saliva.  The host’s bite becomes deadly and within hours, the next victim joins the parasite ranks.

10) The original zombies: Vampires warred with humans long ago.  As the vampires turned new victims, and their offspring turned more, they began to change.  By the sixth generation, vampires had become extremely different from their predecessors.  These creatures no longer desired blood.  They no longer thought freely.  They no longer moved fluidly.  Instead, the craved flesh, and moved slow with only the impulse to continue feeding on flesh (human or vampire).

11) Frankenzombie: Various body parts of dead men, stitched together to form one grotesque creature, and attached to a battery are brought back to life.  But the already long dead parts have a mind of their own.  The dead jigsaw man sees only death as it reaches to murder those nearby.

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So there you have it folks.  Those are the zombies in our universe.  I have consulted Dan with his ideas to perfect the stories to his liking.  When discussing the spinoff comic, they enjoyed an appropriate wine, pictured above.  What makes us love zombies?  Well, here are some of our favorite zombie related things…

Rick’s favorite zombie book is the Deadworld series by Joe McKinney.  Always at the top of his zombie movie list (despite the low points) is the entire George A Romero Of The Dead series.  His love for the genre began and continues with his favorite video game series Resident Evil.  Solomon Grundy is his fan favorite pick for zombie of the year.

Dan’s favorite zombie book is World War Z by Max Brooks.  At the top of his zombie movie list is 28 Days Later.  His favorite video game in he series is Dead Island.  Tar-man is his zombie of the year pick.

What are your favorites?  Are you a zombie fan?  Of course you are; so go grab yourself a copy of “Flesh and Leftovers” the novel.  It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle.  Also, the spinoff comic book “Flesh and Leftovers: Zombie Incidents” is available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com.  Help support our flesh eating madness.

“Flesh and Leftovers” and its spinoff are (C) 2010 by Rick Pipito.  Stay tuned for our vampire breakdown…

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