May 15, 2007
Unofficial BDO zombie day
I've had a zombie day.
This morning I woke up after dreaming an extended dream about 28 Weeks Later. Well I assume it was that film, there were zombies (sort of) that could run and tried to bite you and even swim (no jumping into water to escape). I think I was Robert Carlyle. There was a small band of us left. We holed up in the Tower Of London but it was no good, they over ran us. We tried to secure a Welsh valley, but that was no use either. The dream even had a cinematic ending, I was the last normal person, so I was the weird one, very I Am Legend. I was holed away somewhere, avoiding everyone. But fortunately I had bred a Poppy that cured the zombie disease and there were whole fields of it (like the end of A Scanner Darkly) and airborne seeds, so I was going to be all right.
Over breakfast I began to read Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link (from her collection Magic For Beginners), because it felt right.
Then, over email I discussed a trip to the cinema to see 28 Weeks Later with some mates, and we discussed our own zombie contingency plans. The worst of which was not to worry about it and just become an infected zombie monster. There was also of course the obligatory vote for running to the pub Shaun Of The Dead style. My latest plan is to blow the stairs up and hide upstairs in my house, because zombies can't climb very well.
Then at lunchtime I finished reading Some Zombie Contingency Plans, which is truly excellent. Very funny, but with a weird abrupt ending. There were so many lines that I wanted to remember to quote at a later date. Wonderful writing.
Then, this evening, whilst reading the latest issue of Spacesuits And Sixguns, I read the story The Great Vudu Linux Teen Zombie Massacree. It's a very funny story by Lucy Snyder with zombies, iBooks, Linux, shotguns and a badger! Brilliant.
And so ends my zombie day.