The Allure of Zombies and Apocalyptic Fiction
By David P. Forsyth
Why do some people find stories depicting the horrific end of civilization appealing? I can't speak for everyone, but as the author of apocalyptic novels, I have given that question some serious thought. Having grown up with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, I was always attracted to doomsday books featuring various post-apocalypse survival scenarios.
One of the most popular type of apocalyptic themes these days features zombies. Zombies engender feelings of fear and revulsion. A well told zombie tale is full of tension, suspense, and the expectation of violent conflict. Most importantly, zombies are the perfect villains because it is cool to kill them!
The audience doesn't feel sorry for them, at least not after they become zombies. So the reader, or viewer, wants to see them cut to pieces. They want to be exposed to vivid and gratuitous violence inflicted on the undead hordes threatening the vestiges of humanity. Why?
We live in a day and age when the impossible has become common place. Technology has changed our lives in ways that we are only beginning to appreciate, making life both easier and more complex. Things like cell phones and cloning were only science fiction when I was a boy. So who's to say that zombies are impossible? Apocalyptic stories showing how bad life could become also remind us of how far we have come and that the farther our civilization advances, the farther it has to fall in the event of an apocalyptic event.
Even those who feel that life has treated them unfairly can relate to a fictional world where their destiny is suddenly up to their own survival drive and ingenuity. Where good and evil are truly black and white. Imagine a world where simply staying alive places you in the top 1%! If that idea is at all appealing to you, then you are a potential fan of apocalyptic fiction and might enjoy the books I write.
I started writing my zombie series, the “Sovereign Spirit Saga,” in 2011 and have released three novels and a collection of three novella length prequels since then. My first book, “Voyage of the Dead,” is now offered for FREE on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006Y3XF4A) and other ebook platforms. A 788 page trilogy edition of the first three books is offered in “Sovereign Spirit Saga: Volume One” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMNJUD4) and is the best deal on the series, even if you get the first book for free. “Interludes in Hell” is the prequel collection that can be read as an introduction or companion to the series (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FPNUI1I). Volume Two of the Sovereign Spirit Saga is a work in progress, as there more of this story to tell.
Although I enjoy writing about zombies and think my series offers something new and exciting in the genre, my true passion is for apocalyptic science fiction in general. This is reflected in my new release, “Sedulity (Book One) Impact” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IVE3IUQ). The story is still apocalyptic in nature, still focused on characters aboard a ship, but the threat of zombies is replaced by the cruel science of Mother Nature. Sedulity is inspired by the science fiction classic “Lucifer’s Hammer” and features the passengers and crew of cruise ship en route to Australia when an asteroid strikes the Pacific Ocean. It’s quite an exciting adventure based on a plausible apocalyptic scenario. When introducing new to either of my series I like to say, “Welcome aboard and bon voyage!”
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