08 Oct Zombie Month: Meeting Zombies
Dead North is out this month! You can purchase it at Chapters and Amazon.com. To celebrate, several of the authors in the anthology are guest blogging about…zombies! Today, brings us Rhea Rose discussing her first encounters with zombies.
By Rhea Rose
I first ran into zombies in the movies (not the ones sitting in the very back row). I went with a friend to one of the zombie classics. I can’t remember which one it was, but I do remember people shooting from a building at zombies that seemed to be rising out of the ground. It was my first experience with exploding guts and hanging body parts and it was so gross, I think I left before the end of the movie.
I was very sensitive in those days. In fact, I remember walking out on American Werewolf in London due to hanging and dangling body bits. That was waaay back in the 70’s and I was very young then. In fact, I think I lied about my age to get in to the shows. I do remember my younger brother and I putting mascara on his upper lip hairs and pretending we were girlfriend and boyfriend to sneak into Young Frankenstein, 3D — more dangling guts, right in your lap!
I had some experience with voodoo zombies from scary Friday night movies, but other than that zombies never real registered on my radar until I happened across the show The Walking Dead. After that, the zombie paradigm seemed very ‘sexy’. I’ve religiously gone to every zombie movie ever made since discovering TWD. I even began to read zombie literature. And my dirty little secret is, I like it! Despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of hack and slash horror, yes, I like zombie bites.
I never imagined writing a zombie story until I heard about Silvia’s anthology and began to wonder what kind of spin I could put on a zombie tale that might seem different and fresh, if I can use the word ‘fresh’ in an article about zombies. I wanted to maintain the grossness of zombie lore and the scary, but I also wanted funny. That’s how I ended up writing the story, “The Adventures of Dorea Tress.” I see Dorea as a character who could show up in other stories, forever thinking she’s cured of her zombieness, only to learn , in more and more horrific ways, that she never will be.
Do you like zombies? Do you live in Vancouver? Then come to the launch of Dead North Thursday October 24, 7 pm, at the Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Drive (at Charles) Vancouver, BC and meet Rhea!