Friday, October 10, 2014

Why are zombies so scary? Guest Post by Nicky Peacock

Why are zombies so scary?

There are obvious answers to this question - however, as it's the season to delve deeper into horror and all it's gory glory, let's examine the reasons a little more closely...

They are dangerous - goes without saying really, apart from the odd zombie with a heart (their own, not one they've ripped out from the rib cage of an unfortunate victim) they are going to kill you. They have to, to survive. Their hunger is constant and well there's a lot of them and not many of you to go round! They'll fight to get their jaws wrapped around your sweet bones. Then of course, if you survive such an attack, odds on you'll end up just like them.
They hunt in packs - one zombie is bad enough, but hundreds? Slow or fast that's going to a be a nasty thing to see; a wave of undead clawing their way toward you, the sheer body weight could cripple your car, break down your doors, smash your windows and envelope you before you can even count them.

You can't reason with them - they are kind of one track - they only want your flesh or brains - that's it, they won't take a bribe, or be seduced into submission. Violence is all this monster knows - either you kill it, or it will kill you.

They are us - they are not from another planet - they are already here, because they are us. There are billions of people in the world - how long would it take for the majority to be infected once an infection starts? The Black Death killed over 4 million people in 2 years and that had an incubation period of 2-6 days. By the Spring 1349 it had killed six out of every ten people living in London! If a zombie bite turns a victim in less than 60 seconds, well that could be some truly terrifying math!

It's a nasty way to die - being eaten alive. Forgetting the Hollywood scenes of undead feasts, you only have to read the harrowing stories of of people who have survived animal attacks to imagine what it would be like, and to make you wonder what you would do yourself, in such a situation.

They could really happen - bath salts drugs, zombie ant fungus, Voodoo rituals, Rabies - the list is becoming worrisome. I've always believed that somewhere, there's a foolish scientist creating a zombie virus - think of how much this would sell for on the bio-weapon market, then think of how difficult it would be to control... if armies are willing to bomb each other, it's a not a leap to add in some undead warfare.

How prepared are you? Preppers all over the world are storing food and weapons and devising plans to ensure they survive the zombie uprising - so maybe this Halloween, instead of eating all that candy, it could be worth storing it? You might need the sugar energy to escape from the mass of undead hands reaching toward you, groaning to taste your flesh...

Happy Halloween Everybody!




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Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock - OUT NOW!

“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”

A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.




About Nicky Peacock
 

I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?

Writing was really a natural progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!

I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.

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