Before I begin I just want to thank our kind host for having me here
today. For those who don't know me, my name is Jaime Johnesee and I am a zombie
fan. A friend of mine recently asked me if I thought "this whole zombie thing"
was going to die down (pun intended). They wondered if the love for zombies had
reached its peak and, if so, would it flatline or begin to die out?
I told them I'd have to get back to them, then I dug out my notes on
zombies throughout history and reread everything I had. It was a massive but
enjoyable read and it hit me that we, as a species, have been telling tales
about the undead from before we even had written language. These stories span
all of recorded history, and, what I found to be more interesting they are told
in almost every culture as well.
Sure, zombies may have gone in and out of vogue throughout the centuries
but they were never in any danger of going away permanently, and they still
aren't. At least, not that I can see, thankfully. I think we'd have a lot of
forlorn zombie fans throughout the world if they did. In truth, there are so
many variations of zombie, and so many ways to tell those tales, that they seem
a very integral part of the horror genre.
My friend asked if I thought the zombie would go the way of the vampire;
becoming tired and played out and they inquired as to whether I thought zom-coms
(zombie comedies) were bringing down the genre. As an author of a zom-com series
myself I felt somewhat well equipped to speak on this subject. I told him that I
didn't think zombies would become too predictable because of the fact that there
are so many ways to write a zombie story. As for zom-coms, I think it is its own
separate animal. Remember "Dracula: Dead and Loving It", I think Leslie Nielsen
rocked that role and it definitely wasn't responsible for killing off vampire
fiction. No, I believe we owe that death to the sparkly crybabies masquerading
as vampires that came decades later.
Zom-coms are merely a different lane of the zombie fiction highway. There
are several subgenres of zombie fiction --with the standard zom-poc being the
most popular currently-- and there's more than enough room for
everyone in the horde to do what they want to do. Readers enjoy both the zom-poc
and the zom-coms because they present two very different types of stories, two
very different style of zombies. Heck, even in zom-com the style of zombies
Zom-poc is all about survival and life, zom-com is about finding the
humor in the worst situations imaginable. Two very different subgenres with the
same sort of theme; be grateful for what you have today for tomorrow you might
die... and be reborn. It's an effective and accurate theme. With the spread of
disease becoming more and more prevalent and far reaching, and those bugs
becoming more and more drug resistant, the possibility of a zom-poc isn't as
unlikely as it once was.
I think that very likelihood also plays a big part in the popularity of
zombies; the story is quite plausible. As diseases ravage entire villages and
spread throughout the world, faster than ever before, one is left to wonder if
the idea of a zombie apocalypse is entirely ridiculous after all. Imminent or
not, we do know that it's no longer impossible. As more drug companies
experiment with unstable drugs (with unknown side effects), and as viruses like
Ebola continue to hold the world hostage with the fear of a global contagion,
the absurdity of the zom-poc no longer seems so absurd.
As for the zom-com, well, if you laugh at what you're afraid of,
sometimes it can make it seem less scary. I know some folks who take this whole
zombie apocalypse thing very seriously, they are actually stockpiling weapons,
food, water, and other supplies. With the way the world is today, I don't blame
them. I can't say I am one of them, however. My zombie preparedness plan is
pretty simple actually; get bit and start chomping.
The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air!
Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie
authors spreading the disease in the month of November.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don't
miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well!
Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them!
AND so you don't miss any of the posts in
November, here's the complete list, updated daily: