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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spotlight on: Zombies (Helluva Halloween)

So, to kick off the Helluva Halloween Challenge, I've decided to do my first monster spotlight. Since it's Zombie Week anyway, I figured I'd start there with a spotlight on Zombies.

So, zombies...

Zom-bie: [zom-bee] (n)

1. (in voodoo)
a. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
b. the supernatural force itself.
2. Informal.
a. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
b. an eccentric or peculiar person.
3. a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
4. a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
5. Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

from Wikipedia
There are several possible etymologies of the word zombie. One possible origin is jumbie, the West Indian term for "ghost".[2] Another is nzambi, the Kongo word meaning "spirit of a dead person."[2] According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word entered English circa 1871 and is derived from the Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, which in turn is of Bantu[3] A zonbi is a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will.[4] It is akin to the Kimbundu nzĂșmbe ghost. origin.
Sources seem to agree that the Zombie Apocalypse is coming; it's only a matter of time. Preparedness, therefore, is not an option, but a necessity. Thankfully, the folks over at the Zombie Preparedness Initiative have sussed out all of the particulars of the Zompocalypse to help give you the leg up in defeating hordes of the ravenous undead. If you are unsure how to make a fire or bow and arrow, or you just want to brush up on your survival techniques and hand-to-necrotized-flesh combat skills, I would suggest you go check out their site.

Also, remember that knowledge is power. Staying informed on the latest outbreaks, weapons, cure developments (if any), etc may just save your neck -- and the juicy juicy brain attached to it.

It is crucial to know that you can recognize a zombie when you see one. Now, I want you all to make it through the end of the world intact (and I want to save you the embarrassment of having your brains eaten by a former friend -- because, boy, wouldn't your face be red then!). So please, watch this brief informative video and learn to recognize the signs...

Do you know your odds of survival? Sadly, oftentimes they are drastically lower than we expect. You cannot get complacent about the zombie menace, people! Find out if you're at risk, and then do something about it. I myself had a scare when I found out that I have only a 37% likelihood of survival. I was despondent for awhile, but giving up is not the answer -- especially as that means becoming an undead dreadful yourself and adding to the problem.
So I went out and enrolled in intensive martial arts training, started canning food, and am looking into buying a house on a high hill with optional bomb shelter.


But there are always those unfortunates who don't make it. If you are afraid you will be one of those, er, people, then at least find out what kind of zombie you are most likely to become, that way your loved ones can better prepare themselves and learn how best to dispose of you.

You may want to check out:
Famous Zombies:

Best Friend Zombie (Ed)

Dead Resident Evil Zombie

Pop Zombie (MJ)

Now that all of the necessities of survival are out of the way, we'll get to the less crucial but equally as entertaining stuff. Below, I will periodically post my own zombie encounters, and I invite you all to do the same. Post your zombie related book and movie reviews, or zombie blog posts you've made. Spread the word about your encounters and let others learn from the experience.

Add your own zombie link:
Go to the Helluva Halloween main page to share yours now!

Now playing: Nellie McKay - Zombie
via FoxyTunes


  1. Apparently I'm a rage zombie. I'll bear that in mind tomorrow at work if anyone crosses me.

  2. ha ha awesome I have a 59%chance. Not bad at all. I'd save ya lol

  3. Good to know what we're dealing with. I am a resident evil zombie, apparently.
    And 59%? Did you volunteer to throw your family to the zombie hordes to save yourself?

  4. great video. it definitely helps in raising my zombie survival quiz score. ;-D

  5. Misty, you're tagged! http://iwasateenagebookgeek.blogspot.com/2009/09/my-abcs.html

  6. Um. Ouch. I'm at 28%. Wow. Maybe I should learn how to make homemade explosives?


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