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Wednesday Meeting: Leaving People Behind…

Hello my name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic!

(There’s a pause as the rest of the Zombieholics chant “Welcome Julianne.”)

So I have been pondering this question for quite some time and I’d like to take a few moments and talk about it.

Could you leave someone you loved behind?

What if there were hordes of Zombies coming your way and it meant the survival of more than just yourself?

I get wanting to be loyal and protective where your family and friends are concerned, but what if they were a liability? What if they put the whole group at risk?

The action is a little extreme, but you get what I’m going for here…

I’d like to think that I would do what was best for the greater good. If it was the difference in many surviving over the one lost, I would have to part ways with the one. I’d take into consideration things like age and mental status of course, but it would come down to survival. And sometimes it’s us or them. Plus I just know I’d get saddled with dead weight in terms of their inability to comprehend what was going on around us and not understanding that it’s never far or fast enough.

But what would you do? Would you leave your loved ones behind?

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Meeting: What Would You Do?

Hello, my name is Julianne and I’m a Zombieholic.

(There’s a pause as all the other Zombieholics in the room chant “Welcome Julianne”.)

So what would you do if the dead rose? Would you be paralyzed by fear or do you think your survival instincts would kick in? It’s an interesting question and one I’m sure many of you have asked yourselves.

What would I do? Well, I’d like to think I’d attempt to survive. I do have a plan that involves packing up and going north into the relatively uncivilized wilds of Northern Ontario. Let’s face it, the cities are going to become death traps fairly quickly as the epidemic takes hold and people to try to escape. Utter, freaking chaos will rule the streets. Sure, some will be able to get out, but many will not, That’s just fact. And it’s fact that I will be avoiding areas like that.

While my plan is simply to head north, I honestly have to wonder if I’d be able to survive. I do have some skills: I can fish, collect wood, start a fire, be observant of my surroundings; but how would I truly last out there? Would I get bored too quickly? Scare the crap out of myself? All of these things are highly possible…

At the moment, my supply of weapons is limited, though I do have a few connections on my survival team – provided I can get to them or they can get to me after it all goes down. While I’m not worried, I guess I am a little. I have a few items that I feel are important and if push came to shove, I’m relatively certain I’d be able to kill a zombie (I’d give it a good go, that’s for sure), but could I kill lots of them? They make it look so easy on television and in movies, but getting through a cranium isn’t actually all that easy…

So tell me, what would you do? Would what you be willing to do if it meant survival? Let me know if the comments section—there’s strength in numbers, but that’s something they’ll have too!

Meeting with Christopher J. Starr

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.

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.

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