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Need Some Help From the (Zombie) Hive Mind

Last night, I had a very strange dream from which I awakened shortly after 5:00 AM, and was then unable to go back to sleep.

Not because of the dream. Well, not per sé. The dream images spawned a story idea which I've been letting percolate all day, until I was sure there might actually be a story in it. I lay awake for over an hour going over it, then got up and went about my day.

This is where you guys come in. I know some of you are zombie fans. I don't mean the drink, and I don't mean The Zombies. Or Rob Zombie. I mean zombies. You know, the shambling, animated corpses of dead people. Those zombies.

I am not a big fan of—and I chuckle even to write this—"zombie fiction," but the story idea I had is sort of set in the aftermath of a zombie uprising, after it's gone through all the horror and shambling and death and mayhem and brain-eating and has been ended through whatever Heroic Means™ the good guys arrived at.

So, here's my question: can you suggest short stories, movies, or novels set in the aftermath of a zombie uprising? If I'm going to write this thing—and I might, if I can come up with some interesting characters other than the main guy, a plot, and a resolution (just little stuff like that!)—I'll need to know what's already out there so I don't reinvent the wheel.

I'm not talking about movies where 90 minutes of it are the uprising and then the last 15 are the dazed survivors walking out of their barricaded fortresses to the sunrise of a new day. I'm talking about the whole story being set after the zombie action has ended.

Anything like that out there? Help me out, Hive Mind!


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etherial
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Fido and World War Z come immediately to mind.
dorsai
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I second World War Z.

dorsai
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Which, incidentally, I own. You're welcome to borrow if you like.
kaasirpent
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. I might just take you up on that.
peteyfrogboy
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Impenetrable helmets and kevlar bodysuits become standard fashion accessories. Just in case.
kaasirpent
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
And the dead are immediately cremated.
marmota
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, not in Fido or not quite in the epilogue of Sean of the Dead.
ddreslough
Apr. 17th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest Sean of the Dead...
I think the epilogue is far enough out to have what Kaa needs to know... Plus, it's just a great movie. :)

(and, uh..it's the only zombie movie I've ever seen, really...unless Thriller counts.)
oxlahun
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated: I've never seen per se spelled with an accent mark on the e.
kaasirpent
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. You are correct, sir.

However, the company I used to work for (which was bought by the company I currently work for) spelled their name "Per-Sé Technologies."

So I got totally used to seeing spelled that way, and writing it that way.
happy_buddha
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
You would be ridiculed if you pursued this without looking at the series "The Walking Dead" from Image Comics. It's written by a guy named Robert Kirkman and is collected in trade paperbacks (so you can read 'em at Barnes and Noble! :P)

His whole point in doing an ongoing zombie series was that every movie only gets you through the first day, week or month- this goes far deeper.

Highest recommendation.
kaasirpent
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Comics! Of course. I knew I was leaving something out. Thank you.
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kaasirpent
Apr. 16th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
That'll do. :)
the_peej
Apr. 18th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
World War Z (also check out the Zombie Survival Guide by the same guy)

Cell by Stephen King. Not "Zombies" but close enough

I HATE zombies and loved World War Z. Great read.
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