The eve of the end of the world. Time for some book promotion.
However, I want to sell you on Fearkiller through some insight that I learned from researching and writing the book.
Zombie lore and the workforce of 2000 through 2010: is there a connection?
Damn straight there is.
When the average person’s day consists of walking on eggshells due to the threat of layoffs, working overtime to prove their worth, self-censorship for fear of saying the wrong thing WHILE ALSO covertly putting the feelers out to other companies because the looks on the supervisors’ faces, WOW—all of this while at the same time noticing their dwindling retirement funds, think:
The zombie genre is a great escape at the end of the day, when it’s time to pour a glass of booze and self-medicate.
Feeling powerless and want to forget the places that made you feel powerless?
Let’s pretend it’s okay to light a bunch of our fellow humans up, action-movie style. Why not?
Someone who has been in Survival Mode all day, let’s let the mind continue in Survival Mode.
I just want to compare this form of escapism—and yes, I do dig Zombie escapism myself from time to time—with a thought that I’ve heard countless times over the last ten to twelve years.
Different people, different occupations, different life paths, different life goals—what do they all say upon hearing that their company is going to lay people off some time down the road?
“Now I’m going to see the evil sides of my coworkers.”
The threat of layoffs brings out the worst in people. Name the industry, or city or region of the country. When The Boss says that layoffs are imminent, some people have no problem mutating their soul into a disgusting mutation of being.
They allow “saving their job” to be the justification for cashing out decency and knifing others in the back while setting up others to fail and focusing blame for a communal error on one person.
Human nature, you’re beautiful. But under duress and immersed in fear and uncertainty, you possess the potential to become a panicky, immature, backstabbing, pathetic, oxygen-wasting bitch.
Quit using zombie stories to rationalize your behavior.
Compare zombie lore with the idea of living in “survival mode”, a term we all use too much to describe hanging on to our jobs, though the concept of “survival” probably isn’t entirely accurate.
I’m not knocking the genre, I’m just thinking for 2013—you know, after the world ends—maybe we discover some more empowering sources for stories, ones that don’t have to do with a bunch of us getting the shaft so a few can survive.
Zombie lore inspired a new concept, or way to look at how we are acting.
The opening chapters of Fearkiller introduce a phenomena called the Y2K-Infected Barbarian Sex Cannibal.