Monday, October 21, 2013

13 Days of Halloween: Zombies


Zombies... The Legend

Zombies seem to be the latest craze in movies and books but what is the history of zombies? Well surprisingly it dates to the 8th century. Here are some interesting facts about the origin of the zombie myth.

History shows that this idea dates back to the 8th century. The word ‘zombie’ is said to have come from nzambi, which in Kongo means ‘spirit of a dead person’, or zonbi, used in the Louisiana Creole or the Haitian Creole that represents a person who died and was then brought to life without speech or free will.

Some people even have said that the Mayans were destroyed by zombies. Reports of widespread cannibalism at the end of the Mayan civilization suggests something much more sinister than a simple drought or cross-tribal dispute.  Bones found in and around Mayan cities show signs of being violently ripped from their sockets, and chewed to bits on the spot.  Evidence has even been found of children eating their parents, and entire villages devouring themselves within a matter of days.

The act of putting gravestones on top of had apparently come from the fear that the dead might come back to life. It started by placing rocks over a fresh graves, keeping the dead from coming back out of the ground.

What we know as zombies today is largely a myth, but there is a small amount of truth. Voodoo and witchcraft were a huge part of the Haitian culture, which produced ‘zombies’. Whether or not it actually works doesn’t matter, here is where the saying ‘mind over matter’ comes into play. People were given the terotoxin and soon believed themselves into becoming a zombie. From there, the rest of the story comes together, with money as a motivation, stories were changed for the people’s pleasure.


Zombies in Books

I love reading books about the zombie apocalypse! Lately some really good books have been released and I get to share some of them with you. 

You already learned about the legends of Zombies, Hopefully you read the Zombie survival guide and for those of you not quite on the living side, I hope you read the Human Survival guide.  

Remember go to the rednecks they have the weapons lol!


I went to Indie Bookfest in Orlando a few months back and ran into Annie Walls.  I loved the look of her book cover so I bought it.  I am so glad I did. Its an awesome series and the next book is due out very, very soon.
~Book one is Taking on the Dead.
Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*


~another book I loved was Zombie Games orgins by Kristen Middleton, again this is a series but a really good one.
Seventeen year old Cassandra Wild thought living in the chaos of her mother’s home daycare and dealing with her developing feelings for Bryce, her new Martial Arts’ instructor, was a struggle, until the night her world turned upside down.

When an untested vaccine kills more than just a rampant flu virus, Cassie learns how to survive in a world where the dead walk, and the living…run!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087385BS/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title


~Try State of Decay by Peggy Martinez

Despite what you’ve been told, the Apocalypse doesn’t begin with fire raining down from the heavens, nor does it begin with the human race falling down on their faces in supplication before a triumphant god. No, the sounds of the Apocalypse are much more terrifying than that, and I should know … I’ve heard them, and hearing the world tumble into chaos around me is not something I’ll ever forget.
My name is Melody Carter.
A Boeing 767 fell from the sky and wiped out most of my neighborhood.
But, that's the least of my worries.
My list of "Things I'm Most Worried About" shifted dramatically when my dad told me that charred corpses tried to make a meal out of their rescuers ... I'm thinking yours would too.
This is the beginning of my story.
It's not for the faint of heart.

http://www.amazon.com/State-Decay-Part-Peggy-Martinez-ebook/dp/B00EX5ZLES/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382358724&sr=8-3&keywords=peggy+martinez

~Of course there is Warm Bodies which has a much different take on zombie, but one I really enjoyed.

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his
fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

http://www.amazon.com/Warm-Bodies-Novel-Isaac-Marion-ebook/dp/B0043RSK3U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382359329&sr=1-1&keywords=Warm+Bodies


My last offer is Until the End by Tracey Ward I loved the first chapter, the college students are asking each other about their zombie survival guide and one says, Everyone should have one. It was a light-hearted start to a wonderfully written story.

An outbreak of what is dubbed The Fever has taken hold of Portland, Oregon, bringing the population to its
knees. The Fever spreads and kills quickly, but the dead aren't staying dead.

When her college classmate Jordan saves her from one of the infected, Alissa joins him in his plan to escape the city, the disease and the threat of a quarantine that will lock the living in with the undead.

What she doesn't tell him is that she has an illness of her own, one that plays tricks with her mind and makes her a dangerous companion. But Jordan has a secret as well, one that compels him to keep Alissa, a veritable stranger, safe at all costs.

As they fight for their lives and race for their freedom, they'll discover that what they truly need in order to survive is to stay together until the end.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DXPNUM4/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

~Last but not least: Darlings of Decay by Several Authors  It contains 32, yes 32 stories for you to read!  Even better its currently prices at $0.00!!!!!
 Zombie stories from thirty-two of your favorite female authors in this Bestselling Zombie Anthology

Featuring stories and excerpts from -

Tamara Rose Blodgett
Vanessa Booke
Chantal Boudreau
Laura Bretz
Tonia Brown
Catt Dahman
Mia Darien
CM Doporto
Jacqueline Druga
Dana Fredsti
Belinda Frisch
April Grey
Michelle Kilmer
Rebecca Hansen
Lori R. Lopez
Suzi M.
Tara Maya
Shannon Mayer
Lyra McKen
Cynthia Melton
Kristen Middleton
Chrissy Peebles
Jeannie Rae
Suzanne Robb
Julianne Snow
Rebecca Snow
Anna Taborska
Ally Thomas
C,A, Verstraete
A.R. Von
Annie Walls
Jen Wilde

With over 325,000 words and featuring some of Amazon's Best Selling Female Authors of Horror, this is certainly not your typical anthology book!

Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless. Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse.


 http://www.amazon.com/Darlings-Of-Decay-Shannon-Mayer-ebook/dp/B00DQ1P3S4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382371143&sr=8-1&keywords=darlings+of+decay

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