Zombies Around Every Corner

In 1986 I was 16. I was reading The Stand by Steven King and fell asleep. The radio was on. When I woke up at about 3 am, the Doors song "L'America" was on, and the combination of the book and the song had created one of those brief mini-dreams that seems like it lasts two hours: I had a dream about zombies (or things) coming after me and I was TERRIFIED.

 

Over the years, I watched more and varied zombie stories. The cheesy ones, the funny ones, the fast ones, the not-dead-but-really-infected ones, the romzomcom ones... all good, and all causing serious nightmares.

Every time I walk past the cellar stairs I think I hear moaning. When I open the door to let the dog out, I'm sure I will be rushed. After  28 Days Later (which took me three days to watch because it made my stomach hurt so much), I crept around in my house while on the ground floor at night.

 

I can't figure out why I keep watching them even though they are so frightening.

DoyEnne4475 DoyEnne4475
36-40
2 Responses Mar 28, 2009

Ah, The Stand is one of my guiltiest pleasures. I practically have it memorized, but I could read it again another dozen times in my lifetime. I didn't often admit to liking it because it's not "serious" literature, but I've decided that if a person decides to avoid getting to know me based on what I choose to read, s/he might not be the kind of person I'd want to know anyway. <br />
<br />
Could you share some specific examples of what you mean by 'earth-based scifi'? Would this be not futuristic, but a more contemporary sort?<br />
<br />
Thanks for your comment!!

Ah, The Stand is one of my guiltiest pleasures. I practically have it memorized, but I could read it again another dozen times in my lifetime. I didn't often admit to liking it because it's not "serious" literature, but I've decided that if a person decides to avoid getting to know me based on what I choose to read, s/he might not be the kind of person I'd want to know anyway. <br />
<br />
Could you share some specific examples of what you mean by 'earth-based scifi'? Would this be not futuristic, but a more contemporary sort?<br />
<br />
Thanks for your comment!!