Human versus Animal: From the purist standpoint, a credible zombie was once human. Sure, animals may be infinitely creepy, but it the breakdown and takeover of humanity that speaks the most. In Days with the Undead: Book One, I do break this rule slightly but when you read it, you can certainly see how effective that can be. The psychology of this can be demonstrated by the fact that as we stare into the faces of the Undead, all we see is ourselves reflected back at us. A bloated, putrefied and decomposing version, but it’s a reflection of our faces all the same. Part of the thing that makes the Zombie such a formidable enemy is that reflection of humanity. It’s not recognizable in intent but it is in form. Someone famous once said that our greatest enemy will be ourselves…
Mobility, Speed and the Effects of Decomposition: This next aspect is one that many factions debate intently. My knowledge of how the human body works and what happens after death makes it impossible to believe that there is no way a credible Zombie could move quickly or in a coordinated manner. That’s just fact. Dead tissues are meant to decompose; that is the natural order of life. Even in the unnatural order of the Undead, decomposition is still something that has to occur. As the tissues, tendons and muscles start to break down, it’s going to have a direct effect on how easily a body can move. Once tissue dies, there is nothing that can halt the natural process of decomposition forever. The process of embalming can certainly slow it down via the act of preservation, but nothing can halt it all together. The longer the living dead walk the earth, the greater the extent of decomposition that one would expect to see. Without the natural order in an unnatural situation, nothing is going to make much sense. There are certain things we have to bank on and this is one of them.
Press Release - Days with the Undead: Book One by Julianne Snow
Days with the Undead: Book One Synopsis:
It’s a journal of survival.
Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home. Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist.
Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass. Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.
About the Author - Julianne Snow
It was while watching Romero's Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead.
As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own. The horror and forensic/crime thriller genres top her list of favourites, but she can never turn down a good science fiction, fantasy or mystery read.
Julianne appears in the anthology Women of the Living Dead with a story entitled The Living Dead at Penderghast Manor. Look for her short stories in future anthologies. Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name.Date Released - February 29th, 2012