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Zombie Story Part 1


For those of you who are not followers of my Instagram account, this will be unfamilliar to you. Something I have been doing for a while now is posting pictures on Instagram accompanied by a narrative comment. These brief stories pieces fit loosely together as a vaguely linear piece of fiction. Because of the extremely positive reaction I’ve gotten to this, I have started working on an eBook based on the story. I intend to keep most of that pretty close to the vest until it’s ready to publish. But for now I wanted to start posting the little vignettes I have posted on Instagram onto the blog to let my readers in on it!

Most of the pictures are photoshopped versions of pictures found on other sources, which I will credit when they come from other sources. Some are mine, and of course I’ll credit those, too.

Outbreak Day 30

scary monster hand on window

I’m holed up in the old cabin. When it started happening I knew it was best to leave the city. The TV went fuzzy so I don’t know what’s happening out there. But I do know this…they’re out there. Even all the way out here there’s no escape. I can hear them moaning and see the shapes through the dirty window. I just hope they don’t notice me.

Outbreak Day 33

scary window person monster


I couldn’t tell if it was one of the monsters or another survivor just looking for a safe place. I hid behind the couch and watched. It stood there for what must have been an hour, silently staring until it wandered away. I can’t risk opening that door for anyone


5 Scariest Zombie Movie Moments

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! Some of these scenes are completely inappropriate for children.

Too many zombie flicks these days rely on gore, or the action fantasy or endless shot-to-head action. Where’s the real terror? When Roger Ebert initially reviewed Night of the Living Dead in 1969, his review was mostly about how terrified the audience was. Other than some cheap jump startles and nasty special effects, there’s not much to scare audiences in a lot of zombie flicks. But check these out!

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This is known as the “finding the keys” scene. You can feel the panic as she ransacks the place looking for the damn things, and the moment when she gets out to the stairs again is the reason they probably handed out changes of pants at the door in the theater.

4. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

In the remake of Dawn of the Dead, a movie that grows on me with every subsequent viewing, one of the characters is pregnant. She ends up bitten, and in this scene, we see what she gives birth to.

3. Zombi 2 (1979)

Zombi was the Italian title for Dawn of the Dead, and this movie was titled entirely as a way to cash in on the success of what is still Romero’s most successful film. Despite somewhat shady origins, it’s actually a hell of a film, considered not only one of the best zombie movies ever, but one of the best horror movies period. This is an iconic scene that will really mess with your head. Watch how slowly it happens, building tension, making you wonder how far they’ll actually go! Spoiler: It’s an Italian horror movie, so pretty damn far.

2. Return of the Living Dead

One of my personal favorites, this scene is creepy for so many reasons. Return of the Living Dead did something few films have – gave zombies the power of speech. Their voices, in the few instances in the film when they speak, is suitably creepy, and the dialogue in this scene is especially unsettling.

1. Night of the Living Dead

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know by now that I hold Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead in the highest regard. So you shouldn’t be surprised to see it showing up at number 1. And of all the great scenes in that iconic film, by far the scariest is the basement scene with Karen Cooper and her mom. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Karen – played by Kyra Schon. She’s my Instagram profile picture. She’s the most unsettling zombie in the picture, and ultimately the one who does the most damage. And this is the penultimate scene with her. When Roger Ebert complained that this film was too scary, he was no doubt thinking about this scene.

And that’s it for my little list! What’s your favorite zombie movie moment? One of these, or a different one? Talk to me in the comments section!

Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Great Monster Zombies

If you’ve never seen the full version of Thriller, set aside 13 minutes and do it this evening. I’ve always been a massive fan of Michael Jackson (well, it tapered off at the end there when he started getting really weird). I remember watching this when I was little and being too scared to get all the way through it. And, I’m sorry? But it’s still terrifying as hell. Sure, we can get a little giggle out of the line-dancing zombies, but man, the makeup and costuming artists in this thing were genius. Those zombies are scary.

I love, too, how they’re the over-the-top, more “ghoul” sort of zombies. Today you see too many rotting corpse zombies, scary by their nature, but you feel like you could knock one over and run from it. Watch toawrd the end when one of the zombies pops out of the floor to attack Ola Ray. Look at that makeup. That’s not a modern zombie; that’s a damn monster!

I kinda miss monster zombies. Are there any modern movies with this more monstrous breed?