When it comes to zombies, one can get lost in the esoteric considerations–what zombies symbolize (death) and whether or not they shamble or run (perhaps indicating how close one is to death). But when it gets right down to a zombie apocalypse, one may find a need for more pragmatic solutions.
Since most readers have not as yet found themselves put upon by scourge of the reanimated, they can make up for lack of field experience by illuminating themselves via the printed word. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks boasts Complete Protection From the Living Dead. Inside the pages, the eager reader realizes the superiority of the bicycle over the automobile, and the trench spike over a trident, and even the benefits of a fitness regime. The Zombie Survival Guide also features strategies for long-term apocalypse survival, including salient tips on gardening–because any intrepid zombie escapee knows the secret to defying the zombie invasion is simply to outlast the buggers. Plus, most leafy greens thrive in the rich compost of decomposing flesh.
After one has pored over the helpful hints and tips for survival, perhaps one has begun to actually desire the hastening of the zombie apocalypse in order to employ the new skills learned. You fool. Had you had any notion of the true rigors of survival, you would quickly apply your trench spike to your own head. In order to get a glimpse of the hellish aspect of living through a zombie invasion, turn your attention to Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. This diary of raw survival, MREs, control towers, CB radios, and underwater zombies, will chill the blood and fire sweat-soaked nightmares for a long time to come.
After all, you might not have it in you to shoot your flatmate, mum, and girlfriend all in the same evening. But at least you’d have the skillz.
Bella Street is currently working on a novel series, Apocalypse Babes, wherein zombies and disco enmesh. Until its release, readers must content themselves with time-travel and pixie dust in her latest paranormal romance novel, Kiss Me, I’m Irish.
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