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Julianne’s Monday Meeting: Fast or Slow?

My name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic.

(There is a pause as the rest of the group chants “Welcome Julianne.”)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about what’s better: fast zombies or slow zombies. It seems like an odd question because better is such a positive term. If I had the choice, I’d really rather never meet a zombie in real life and I’m pretty certain that would be the case with many of you. (Liking the genre doesn’t mean we literally have to sacrifice ourselves to it and I understand there will always be the exception to the rule. But even then, I think the novelty of the living dead would wear off pretty quickly in a survival situation.)

So what are the ‘benefits’ of both? Good question!

SLOW ZOMBIES: Many purists would argue slow moving zombies are really you’re only option. When thinking about physiology, a decomposing body just isn’t going to move quickly. And then you need to take into account the fact no oxygen would be getting to any of the muscular tissues to help break down lactic acid as it’s built up with muscle use. And it’s reasonable to expect that lactic acid will build up as the glucose already present in the muscle tissue is used up for energy production. It’s also reasonable to expect this will increase the rate of decomposition. Not great for individual zombie longevity, but great for your average survivor.

There’s also a sense of hope that exists when you’re dealing with the slow zombie. And hope is an important thing in terms of psychology. If you knew you’d never get away, why would you even try? At some point your psyche would kick in and you’d give up. But slower moving zombies, give you appearance of a chance and no one can tell you that’s not an important aspect.

FAST ZOMBIES: Sure the fast zombie makes movies more interesting if you’re looking for action and gore, but what if you want a story too? Yes, that’s a bold statement, but a true one if you really think about it. If everyone succumbs to the fast zombie, either by chance, getting caught out in the open, being too out of shape to escape, or because your mind gets too tired to fight and just stops.

In my opinion, the fast zombie shouldn’t really be able to exist, but different vectors of disease could cause a multitude of different ways zombification could occur. That being said, anything really is possible, and those possibilities scare me. Does the fast moving variety make for a better thriller? In some cases yes, but I have to say I’m not going to want to come up against a horde of them.

So fast or slow, they each have their ‘benefits’ but I’d rather stick with my slow ones, thank you very much! What about you?

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Wednesday Meeting: Julianne

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

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

Why do I write about Zombies? I get asked that question an awful lot, but there is a simple answer. I write about them because I love the genre. While many think it’s been done to death, the truth of the matter is, there’s a huge following of fans ravenous for new work. They want those stories of survival, they want to feel what it would be like to survive without actually having to experience it. And if I’m being honest, each story really is a new one, despite the fact it may see overlap in what the characters do and the fact they’re running from Zombies.

You can ask people if they have a Zombie plan and I’d say that about 65% of them would tell you they do. It might involve running, holing up in a centralized location or just laying down and joining the horde. I can’t say for certain what I would do until it actually happens but I think it’s safe to say I’d attempt to survive for as long as I could.

You’d likely find me studying them, trying to determine if there are any patterns that can be exploited. It’s just the way my mind works. But I find it interesting to consider if we’d really and truly lose all that was once us. Would we forget the quickest way to the store or the route home? Would we really not recognize our loved ones, and conversely those who we despised in life?

I wonder about things like this… What about you?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, 7DS Books, James Ward Kirk Publishing, Coffin Hop Press and Hazardous Press, and upcoming collections from May December Publications, 7DS Books, and Firbolg Publishing. The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead was released in October 2013. Her collection of zombie short fiction, Glimpses of the Undead is available online at all major retailers.

Monday Meeting with Julianne, Founder of Zombieholics Anonymous

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

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

It’s been way to long since I stood in front of you all and just talked. I’ll admit it, I love zombies. Everything about them. Admittedly, I wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley without some sort of weapon on me, but that’s for a different post.

So why did I start Zombieholics Anonymous? I wanted a place for others who can’t get enough of the genre to come together and share their experiences. If you’re a writer, it could be a place to share your work, and a place for the readers to connect with you. A place for everyone to discuss the different elements that exist within the genre and for you to declare, in front of the world what your favourites are.

Me? I love the original Night of the Living Dead. I think Romero had a lot to say with that film and while it was released 10 years before I was born, it speaks to me. I saw it when I was 6 and it opened up a whole new world – one that I am proud to call myself a part of. I write in the genre and currently have two books released with 2 more coming later this year. I run a very successful website that jump started my series and publish pieces of flash fiction each and every week. Zombies have been good to me and I’m not ashamed to say it.

So join a meeting, tell the rest of the community about your addiction. We’re all in this together. One shambling step at a time!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, 7DS Books, James Ward Kirk Publishing, Coffin Hop Press and Hazardous Press, and upcoming collections from May December Publications, 7DS Books, and Firbolg Publishing. The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead was released in October 2013. Her collection of zombie short fiction, Glimpses of the Undead is available online at all major retailers.

Zombieholics Anonymous: New Release!

Glimpses of the Undead
Julianne Snow

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From the mind of Julianne Snow comes an undead collection of stories that feature the gamut of emotions and situations. Presented in flash fiction and short stories, the tales are sure to leave you wanting more and checking over your shoulder.

How would a group of children handle an uprising of the undead? What would you do to save a loved one only to find out that you’re facing a different threat altogether? How would a country react to a timely warning at the end of a war? What happens when a vampiric Romeo hits on an unsuspecting human? In a world where the undead are common place and protected, what happens when speed dating produces a love match?

Featuring:

The Treehouse

Kamikaze

Vanier’s Blueprint: A Zombie Tale

Must Love Zombies

Flash Fiction Duo: Fight and Hunger

EXIT

BITE

FLICKER

HORSE

BELOW

AGONY

BLOAT

ELBOW

Love Bites: A Valentine’s Day Misadventure

An Excerpt from Days with the Undead: Book One

Purchase Links:

Amazon: USUKCanadaGermanyItalyFranceSpainJapanMexicoBrazilIndia

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Zombieholics Anonymous: Julianne Snow (Coffin Hop on Days with the Undead)

My name is Julianne and I am a Zombieholic…

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

This time of year means three things: Halloween, the start of the new season of The Walking Dead and Coffin Hop. What’s the Coffin Hop you ask? Well… it’s a blog hop of horror writers that lasts 8 full days! I have to tell you that I’ve been getting my fix as of late – writing Zombie flash fiction! And you can read it all during the Coffin Hop at Days with the Undead. Heck, you can even win some prizes for stopping by and leaving a comment. Help me spread the sickness around!!

Zombieholics Anonymous: Julianne Snow

Hello, my name is Julianne and I am a Zombie-holic.

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

It’s been less than five minutes since I last thought about Zombies, or read something about them, or heck even wrote about them. It all started a very long time ago. I was six and home for the day. I had a fever and my mother hadn’t wanted to send me to school. Instead she bundled me up on the couch in front of the television with the remote control and told me to call her if I needed anything.

Unbeknownst to my mother, she was about to unleash more monsters upon me. My first ill-advised exposure to the horror genre occurred at the age of four when my parents let my two older brothers and myself watch Alien with them. All I can say is I lasted longer than to two of them combined before I ran screaming from the room. But I digress…

With remote control in hand, I flicked through the cartoons, not finding much of anything I hadn’t seen already and wanted to watch again. I became embroiled at one point within the jagged plotlines of a soap opera before stumbling upon a grainy black and white movie that had just started.

That movie was George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. And it scarred me for life – in a good way.

Have you ever watched something so profound in your formative years that you’ve never forgotten it? Both of the horror movies I watched at such an early age represent the beginning of my love for the feeling that fear can evoke. And Night of the Living Dead opened up a world larger than any I had ever imagined.

From that moment forward, I would do my best to watch (albeit secretly) any movie that contained the undead, and read anything that I could get my hands on that contained the subject matter. The librarian in my elementary school did his best at trying to satiate my hunger for books. To this day I can walk into that school and still find books that likely have no business being on the shelves where young children can find them.

Heck, I even started to write about them. Back in those days, I didn’t have any idea that I wanted to become a published author – I was just recording the types of stories that I wanted to read. They are rudimentary at best, but some of them contain quite a few twisted ideas I have already used in one tale or another.

Days with the Undead was born on an occasion when I needed to process a few demons. It’s a journal of survival told exclusively from the perspective of the main character. What better way to work out my own struggles than to place it against the backdrop of the undead? Zombies are the best reflection of what is wrong with ourselves. They show us the side of ourselves we’d rather not admit to having and that’s part of the reason I love them so much.

So you might ask why I’m here, standing in front of you and telling you my story. Well, I needed a place to share my own experiences and find a little common ground with other addicts out there. They are coming and when they do, I figured it was best to surround myself with others who understand and appreciate just what they are. Thank you.

**This post first appeared on Toni Lesatz’ My Book Addiction as a part of her zOctober 2013 event**

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