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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Quiet Zombie

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.

This genre:

Quiet Zombie


subgenre of Zombie that offers a subtler form of fear, rather than explicit gore or violence. Also known as soft Zombie

Tipsa to z

When you write in this genre, follow usual Zombie genre tips (see the examples below under ‘More Z Genres’) except they will be more subtle than in-your-face

I don’t know anything else about ‘quiet zombie’! And I apologize for rushing this Z genre. Truth, I’m preparing for my next list which will launch April 1, 2023.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024


66 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Quiet Zombie

  1. Hi Jacqui – quiet Zombie … if it was caring too … it’d be good?! Zine is a good one – fan-zines are definitely a thing – cheers Hilary

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        • Aw, that’s very kind of you to say, Diana! The great thing about folkloric monsters — vampires, zombies, demons, werewolves, etc. — is that they are durable and flexible metaphors for all manner of human anxieties; the authors and filmmakers that use those metaphors artfully hold a mirror up and reflect the times in which a given novel or film is produced. Bram Stoker used vampires at the turn of the century to comment on Victorian sexual repression; Joss Whedon used them in the 1990s to stand in for the horrors of adolescence. In the ’60s and ’70s, George Romero used zombies as metaphors for racism and consumerism. In the ’90s, The X-Files invoked all of those monsters (and aliens, too) to explore the post-Vietnam cynicism of the Baby boomers. There is no limit to the variations that can be spun on these archetypes.

          The problem now, however, is that most TV shows and novel series that employ these literary archetypes are more interested in creating a self-expanding and self-serving mythology around them than they are with saying something meaningful about the human condition. A Discovery of Witches is a prime example of this sort of meaningless self-indulgence. And The Walking Dead was never about exploring what it might mean if civilization were to fall; on the contrary, it was a puerile celebration of never again having to live by the “rules” of civilized society — a world in which it’s every man for himself, there’s no problem that can’t be resolved with a firearm, and you never have to pay taxes again.

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          • After watching the Walking Dead for years, I lost interest and couldn’t finish the last season. It seemed devoid of meaning with nothing of value as a take away. However, solving problems with violence seems to be a real thing these days for one political party.

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    • I have another list I’ll publish March 15th, but after that, I think I’m running out! We’ll see. A lot can happen in two years (how long it takes me to get through a list).


  2. Zombies have never interested me, but something zombie-adjacent is The Last of Us, a video game adaptation on HBO. I wasn’t going to watch, but I heard good things. It’s an excellent character study. I really love it.

    Still not interested in zombies, quiet or otherwise. Loved this series, Jacqui.

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