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ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Underwhelmed | #TWD

I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead since the show premièred on AMC in 2010. Heck, I didn’t even complain when we spent an entire season stuck on Hershel’s farm seemingly doing nothing…

But this season, with the introductions of new groups and the challenges that come with that, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. Maybe it’s the way that the story is unfolding—like we don’t really get a moment to develop a connection, either good or bad, with the new characters because the episodes are presented in such a way to keep us slightly in the dark.

How are you finding this season?

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ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Why ZA? | #Zombieholics

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. 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!

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Where It All Began… | #Genesis #Zombieholic

Today I’m going to take you back to the beginning… To the beginning of Zombieholics Anonymous and to the beginning of my love of the genre. Consider this my confession and testimonial to all of the other Zombieholics out there…

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.

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Open or Closed? | #WhatDoYouShare

How open are you when it comes to your love of the zombie genre? Do you openly share or choose only to admit it when asked?

I’m an open person – I will tell anyone and everyone how much I love the genre. I have open and frank discussions on different topics with other lovers of the genre and those who think it’s lifespan has reach its limit. I actively try to find new ways to add a little zombie to my day whenever I can.

But that’s me…

What about you? Are you out in the open with your love of zombies, or still quiet about your desire for some undead media?

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: What’s Your Poison?

When we consider the breadth of zombie media, I’m continually interested in discovering which form lovers of the genre prefer?

hqdefaultAs a rule, I don’t discount anything but I have found that lately my fix has been more often tempered by the visual. Movies and television have been feeding my need but I’m always on the hunt for a good book or series to sink my teeth into.

What are your favourite forms of zombie media?

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Intolerance | #TWD #Horror

I’ve titled this post ‘Intolerance’ which may get me into some hot water but to be honest, I think the word truly fits and when I come to the end of this post, I hope you’ll come to understand where I’m coming from. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with me in the slightest, I’d just be happy you’ve read the post and considered the point of view I’ve presented.

The Walking Dead premiered last night for its 7th season if you haven’t seen it yet, and have managed to avoid all of the internet talk surrounding it, consider yourself warned because I will be talking about a major aspect of it and how it resonated with some fans.

Before we begin, I want to give my opinion of the episode first. I thought it was very well done. Keep in mind I haven’t read the comics so as not to pollute my overall enjoyment of the show but I do know from different media outlets that Negan is a very nefarious character – something I think the show did a great job last season building up. While I was devastated to see certain characters die, I understood there was a reason for it – whether it was to drive growth in another character, to give the group a reason to figure out a way from under Negan’s thumb, or to make it that much harder for certain characters to find a reason to survive a day longer than they already have.

What I don’t understand is the backlash from a section of the fandom that have decided they’re not going to watch the show because they felt it was too much violence for the sake of violence. Some even compared it to torture porn which is something I admit to being wholly unfamiliar with.

Let’s get real for a moment…

The show is not strictly ‘entertainment’. It’s a gritty, dark look into the possibility of what the world could become should it end — either at the hands of a zombie apocalypse or another devastating catastrophe. We share in the triumphs of the characters but alternately, we mourn the pitfalls too. Is the world they’ve created too dark? Too gritty? Too violent?

There’s definitely a case for that. If someone can’t handle watching the show, it;s their own prerogative as to whether or not they continue to tune in. Only they can decide what is too much for them.

If you turn on the news you’ll learn that there are worse things taking place all over the world. I’m not saying that makes what it going on in The Walking Dead any easier to watch, but if the case can be made that what is presented helps to progress a character or lead to the resolution of a story arc, doesn’t it have a right to be honestly depicted in a story that involves the end of the world as we’d come to know it?

What are your thoughts?

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Season 7 Première of The Walking Dead | #SpoilerAlert

If you haven’t watched the Season 7 première of The Walking Dead yet, stop reading. If you continue to read and something is spoiled for you, you’ve done so at your own peril and I accept no responsibility for it. Consider yourself warned…

watch-walking-dead-season-6-860x450So last night saw the première of the long awaited 7th season of The Walking Dead on AMC. For the past 10 months, there’s been lots of discussion and supposition on the inter-webs about who was going to get the business end of Lucille.

From the end of the last season, I’d always expected it was going to be Abraham and Glenn, with possibly a third person meeting a horrific end. God, do I ever hate being right!!

It was a hard episode to watch because we lost such colourful and ultimately likeable characters. While they may be gone, they never will be forgotten.

Now that we look forward to the rest of the season, is there anyone else you think may not make it to see the start of Season 8?

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Excitement and Dread | #TWD #LucillesJustice

Good morning fellow Zombieholics!

This Monday morning I’m filled with a level of excitement tinged with dread. In less then a week, we find out who Negan kills on The Walking Dead when it returns for its seventh season on AMC.

I have my theories as to who it is, but that doesn’t make the trepidation any easier to manage. I’m not going to lie – the characters on TWD have managed to weedle their way into my heart and mind, and I while I don’t want any of them to die, I know it’s a necessity.

Bad things happen after the end and no one can escape that, even in fiction.

The worse thing is that I believe 2 characters will be leaving us this coming Sunday at the end of Lucille—Abraham and Glenn.

I’ve gone back and forth over the summer, read many articles, pondered it over discussions with other fans – but those are the people who I think will bite it in the end.

Here’s to hoping I’m wrong and that Negan’s just playing with us…

It could happen right?

Who do you think gets it?

ZTATE OF THE UNDEAD ADDRESS: Where Do We Go From Here?

It’s funny when you consider the question because, where do you go? Do you have a plan in place for any catastrophic eventuality? Would you survive?

Each Wednesday I plan on giving a little insight into some of things I think about when my mind ponders events that really could mean the end of our comfortable lifestyles. There will be times you won’t agree with me, and that’s cool – you have a right to your own opinion and a right to survive any which way you can. Ideally, these are going to be the types of things I’m thinking about on a sub-conscious level and since I like to share sometimes, I’m going to share it with you all.

I hope you come back to read my tips and heck, if you want to know my thoughts on something, get in touch and let me know. It might be the topic of an upcoming tip!

—Julie

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