By CM Doporto
It’s always fun when you get to take over someone’s blog, especially when it’s Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom. I love the title of this blog! I guess because it sounds like me. Anyhow, I thought it would be cool to talk about Zombies since today, Darlings of Decay, an anthology of zombie stories written my female authors is being released on Amazon, Smashwords and other eBook sites.
I absolutely love the cover Damon Za did for us. I am so grateful that authors Chrissy Peebles and Kristen L. Middleton asked me to contribute a piece from my Flesh Seekers Trilogy. I am in the process of writing the first book so I jumped ahead and wrote a prequel for the anthology.
So, where did zombies come from and when did they get started? We would have to look back to the film by George Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’. The original 1968 black and white film first introduced the man eating monsters or ghouls that were later coined as ‘zombies’. Romero’s film spun off five more versions of the ‘Living Dead’ movies since then, some of which he directed. In this film, the recently deceased are coming back to life and according to one scientist; the cause is from radioactive contamination caused by a probe returning from Venus to earth.
DC Comics may have been the first to introduce a zombie character, Solomon Grundy, in the October 1944 All-American Comic edition where the evil villain faced Green Lantern as seen below. Then in 1973, Marvel comics released, ‘Tales of the Zombie’, a black and white magazine series featuring Simon William Garth as the Zombie. Over the past years both DC and Marvel comics have featured their own zombie lines stories with their superheroes either turning into zombies or battling the flesh eating foes. The most popular zombie comic book to date, ‘The Walking Dead’, by Robert Kirkman, from Image Comics has spun off into a TV series with over 12.4 million viewers.
There are some cultures who actually believe zombies are real. According to the Voodoo religion in Africa, a zombie is an animated corpse, raised from the dead by means of witchcraft. Stories and folklore tell of these zombies used for slavery by means of a magical spells cast by bokors, also known as witch doctors. There are also beliefs within Haiti that tie back to Voodoo religion as well. There are even Chinese legends that describe a zombie or vampire like creature known as the jiangshi, which kills living creatures to absorb their ‘qi’ or life force.
Regardless of religious beliefs and folk tales, Hollywood has definitely caused a craze around the world where many people are preparing for a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. There are actually zombie preparing groups who are equipping themselves for the end of the world and the fight against the zombie invasion. The ‘Zombie Squad’, are task force consultants trained and skilled to come to your neighborhood and train everyone on how to deal with a deadly invasion.
There are many websites with information and advice to help you prepare in case of a zombie attack, such as http://www.zombieresearchsociety.com and http://zombieresponseteam.net/. Even The University of Chicago has its own Zombie Readiness Task Force http://zombies.uchicago.edu/. I think what surprised most people is when the Center for Disease Control actually put a posting on their site what to do in case of a zombie attack,Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. I have to admit that did cause my head to turn. They even have their own task force, CDC Zombie Task Force. Makes you wonder, huh?
It’s not a bad idea to be prepared just in case a zombie apacolypse does happen. What do you think?
Here's my bio:
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She briefly worked in the area of Public Relations and Advertising and then pursued a career in the field of Human Resources. CM considers herself a life-long learner and returned to school and earned her Master of Art's Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University.
She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way. CM is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Romance Writers of America and is associated with the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter.
Feel free to catch up with me at any of these places and maybe we can chat about books.. or zombies.
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