A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
There are two types of Zombie Fiction that are defined by the cause of zombiism. The first, and most relevant to us, is the Science Fiction side that has a scientific explanation for zombies and often reflects environmental, political, or societal concerns. The second type has a supernatural or magical explanation for zombies.
- When zombies have a supernatural or magical explanation for their existence, the science is transparent.
- While zombies have become a cultural icon, they are rarely the focus of a Zombie story, just the propellants of the plot.
- The interesting aspect of Zombie fiction is what happens to humanity and relationships when loved ones are turned to zombies.
- Zombie stories focus on how characters react to an extreme, world-altering catastrophe.
- Zombie stories have a typical plot: a zombie outbreak occurs causing panic, response from authority figures is slow, zombiism spreads, society collapses, survivors try to stay alive on their own.
- Blood, guts, and brains are part of Zombie fiction’s scenery. Zombie stories are about death and surviving the zombie horde—expect guns, baseball bats, and anything else characters can get their hands on to be used as weapons to facilitate their own survival, not all of which may be directed at zombies.
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
- Autumn by David Moody
- Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
- The Rising by Brian Keene
- Cell by Stephen King
- Book of the Dead: A Zombie Anthology by Anthony Giangregorio
- The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
- Monster Island: A Zombie Novel by David Wellington
- I Zombie I by Jack Wallen
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.