Zombies – Be Prepared

zombies from Shaun of the DeadIs there something we’re not being told?

I’ve been checking the straws in the wind and suspect that the zombie apocalypse may be imminent.

In May, the CDC issued some advice on what to do when the zombie attack comes. It includes some helpful information about what to include in our emergency kits (passports and driving licences. Why? Are the undead going to ID us before lunching on our brains?).

And last month, after a Freedom of Information request from a ‘concerned citizen’, Leicester City Council was forced to reveal that it was woefully unprepared for a zombie attack. Inevitably, once Leicester’s failings became known, a shambling pack of undead stumbled through the city a few days later, as they have several other major cities in the past.

And now, we can see what a zombie brain looks like. Neuroscientists Bradley Voytek and Timothy Verstynen have used their science backgrounds to produce a zombie guide that includes identifying the condition as Consciousness Deficit Hypoactivity Disorder (CDHD). (Must be careful not to confuse this with ADHD – not sure what effect Ritalin would have on a zombie; could make them worse?)

So what else can we do to prepare for the flesh-eaters? Well, there are a few books and movies that could help get us in the mood and I’ve selected a couple of my top picks.

I’ve read Max Brooks’ World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and I think that’s a pretty good place to start as it takes the form interviews with survivors. Also recommended is Isaac Marions’s Warm Bodies, a zombie love story or zom rom.

There are a couple of books I haven’t got around to reading yet – David Wellington’s series, starting with Monster Island and Max Brooks’ other zombie title, The Zombie Survival Guide, so I’ll give these a go over the next few months.

There are three types of zombie movie to choose from here:

  • The old school slow, groaning shuffles of the Night of the Living Dead the The Walking Dead type which are always worth a watch.
  • The must faster, more intelligent attackers of the 28 Days Later type (although these are the living infected rather than the reanimated dead).
  • And then there are the comedies like Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Zombieland (2009).

So there’s plenty of zombie information to keep me going until the apocalypse arrives.

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