Question Wednesday: Fast or Slow Zombies

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I’ll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I’ll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here.

Terry says: As my favorite zombie author, I respect your opinion on zombie speed and endurance. So, do you like fast zombies ( as in 28 Days Later sprint) or the traditional slow and plodding that you can run away from but that eventually get you and slowly use you like a buffet-zombie?

This is one of the most contentous topics in the zombie-sphere. You want to cause a fight? Talk about fast-movers in a room of zombie fans and you’ll get one. However, I am the rare person who actually likes both. Slow movers, the traditional zombies, have their own fearful qualities. Like Terry said in the question, you can get away from the slow movers in an individual situation… but when you get into the longer tail of an outbreak, eventually you will mess up and they will get you. Think of the fear you would live in, think of the despair knowing that eventually all the escapes won’t matter. It is bleak!

But fast movers have that instant, horrifying, animal quality. They are zombie predators and their speed is something that makes every encounter utterly terrifying and life threatening.

My zombies in the Living With the Dead series are a combination of both kinds of zombies. They are slow movers until they get close to their prey and then something primal in what is left of their minds is triggered so they get fast. I liked being able to use both, to be able to tip my hat to both fan bases and hopefully create a new topic of debate between them.

So what about all of you? Are you a slow moving or fast movie zombie fan?

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