Hello, my name is Christopher and I am a Zombieholic.

(Hears the chorus of other Zombieholics in the room chanting “Welcome Christopher”)

I might as well face it, I’m addicted to zombies! (If you haven’t already, re-read the last few lines of the previous sentence to the tune of Robert Palmer’s 80’s hit. Go ahead, I’ll wait.) I’m going to start from the beginning, to gain a better understanding of why I am here today, and how to cope with my affliction… or affection.

Although George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is the granddaddy of them all, in regards to the present day zombie, I’m more partial to Dan O’ Bannon’s “Return of the Living Dead”. It was around 1987, and I was roughly 14 years old when I had watched the film at my then best friend’s house. Now, let’s consider the O’ Bannon undead: Zombies that ate brains; that could, and did run fast; and a bullet to the head of these zombies did not get the job done…this absolutely blew my young mind, not to mention, create a new kind of fear. Oh! I failed to mention Tarman! Forget the “Thunder Gray” face make-up and “black circles around the eyes” zombies, Tarman was ooey-gooey and most of all S-P-O-O-K-Y! In the movie, the graveyard was “awakened” by the contaminated rain, which contained the resuscitating chemical “245 Trioxin”, that seeped into the ground. By the time the movie was over, I had to walk home, as it was a school night, and I, like most kids at the time, had a curfew. That night, I may have had the best form for speed walking ever, as it began to thunder, with streaks of lightning jutting across the night sky. All I could think of… storm, rain, zombies!!!! That is when my love for zombies was established.

Nearly 30 years later, I have watched numerous zombies appear in film, television, and books. A lot of the zombies featured in those works between then, and now, somehow reflect elements of those featured in “Return of the Living Dead”, especially when referring to eating brains. Others, obviously taking their cue from the “Romero” style zombie. Either way, anytime that I watch a zombie movie that I haven’t seen, some part of me, for a moment, hearkens back to when I was a kid, hurrying home to avoid the possibility of my cerebellum becoming a ghouls snack.

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photo (2)ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Working as a project engineer by day, Chris spends his time in the darkness of his dungeon, doing anything from watching horror movies, creating spooky illustrations, tinkering with music, catching episodes of “The Walking Dead”, “American Horror Story”, and “The Munsters”. He also enjoys reading anything from Poe to Brian Keene. Spending years submersed in the horror realm, he has recently taken up writing, and became a Supporting Member of the Horror Writers Association, in the hopes of advancing in membership.

Chris attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh receiving a degree in Industrial Design; The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division receiving a diploma in Digital (Graphic) Design earning a 4.0 GPA; and is currently taking additional classes online.

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