When the Zombies Attack

I was trying to come up with a Feminist Friday post, but drew a blank. So instead it’s time for this one.

While I don’t like scary movies (because seriously, what is the point with movies like Saw? I’m doing very well without being grossed out, freaked out, and turning (more) paranoid), scary books are mostly ok. But my favorites are the ones including zombies. Not scary zombies like in the remake of Dawn of the Dead, mind you, but slow zombies, like in the original.Basically, I guess I want the zombie books to have an ulterior theme, where it turns into criticism of how we live today. Examples from the movie world would be Shaun of the Dead* and Warm Bodies. In the book-world, I have clear favorites, as readers of this blog might know: the Newsflesh trilogy and.. *drumroll* David Moody’s Autumn series.

Actually, the alternative title for this post is “How the autumn series made me think unreasonably much about what I would do if everyone else turned into zombies.”

So this series consists of 6 books, that are more or less intertwined. Some characters appear later on, most do not. Some books contain short stories, some do not.

  • Autumn
  • Autumn: The City
  • Autumn: Purification
  • Autumn: The Human Condition
  • Autumn: Disintegration
  • Autumn: Aftermath

One day, most of civilization (we assume! – there is no electricity, so no contact with the “outside” world) dies. The survivors are surrounded by heaps and heaps of dead bodies, as they scramble to find other living humans.

Then the dead start walking (obviously, how else do you get zombies?). They aren’t malevolent per se, but when in groups they kind of attack (tear apart) the living. That’s pretty much all I’ll say about that, cause if this subject interests you the least, you should read the books.

Some of the survivors escape to a deserted island, some hide in a castle, some on the countryside. And so on.

So, inevitably, one starts thinking – what would I do? The castle isn’t a bad idea, but of course it’d have to be a large enough one to actually grow things inside, and have access to fresh water. (I assume any old wells have been dried out or filled so people won’t fall into them.) Ideally next to a waterway for easy escape. We had a company event at “Forteiland“; this old bunker/fort that was part of Amsterdam’s defence line could be a possible place for the first, shorter, period:


Something I feel they aren’t discussing at ALL in the books are the fucking nuclear power plants. What happens to those? If they aren’t maintained or shut off, they must lead to accidents? (Look, I’m guessing here. If you can reveal to me how this can be solved it’ll make my imaginary zombie-escape plan much easier to deal with. Maybe they have built in fail-safes that us laymen don’t know about?)

In addition to this – the weather! As much as I love Sweden, and that the lack of people is appealing (obvs. less zombies to fight), the weather is not great for surviving without the everyday amenities, nor is it great for growing food stuff. So we’d have to go south (but, again, not too south, because I hate when it’s too warm). Maybe France?

And what about supplies? Like, I know they have (canned/dried) food in France too, so you can pick that up on the way (btw, we’ll need like a small truck… will it be possible to drive? won’t all the dead people’s cars be stuck on the road? so… big truck! But I can’t drive one…). But for stuff like medications? Better bring that from a country where you can read the leaflet. And some books on useful things (like medicine? Growing stuff.. generally handy things) – so stop at a library. Probably those pills for cleaning/filtering water would be very handy. But where do you get those?

This is as far as my thoughts have gone (although, I just googled “remote castles France”). I do evaluate new environments for this though (tower of London? Possibly – but there’s so much people in London that I’m not sure the walls would be enough. Can the old moat be re-enabled for extra protection?). I assume this is perfectly normal.

*Seriously though, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – how great are their movies? If you haven’t already, you really should watch Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Paul. You can thank me later.