I’m not putting a picture on this one. Odd that I’m writing about a zombie story idea and I get creeped out by them.
Some people have pointed out that I use zombies in my fantasy books, which is uncommon. I come from the land of D&D where zombies are one of the monsters you use when the heroes are wandering around. So, they’re in Windemere and I decided to focus on them at one point. I came up with this while buying the Marvel Zombies hardcover with a zombie Mary Jane Parker-Watson on the cover. That’s Spider-Man’s wife and a pox on Joe Quesada for screwing that up.
I created a society where everyone was a necromancer. This society holds a hidden city on each continent. Zombies weren’t bloodthirsty monsters that would turn on their masters. They were used as servants, weapons, and an essential part of the world. Zombies also had abilities based on how the person died. For example, dying by fire can give a zombie fire abilities when it’s raised. There are also those that can alter and enhance zombies. The goal of the main character is to become one of the thirteen Decayers (elite warriors and nobles) when she graduated school.
Unfortunately, she tried to use a dangerous magic item in school and the guy who couldn’t raise a zombie interrupted her. Big explosion and she’s dead . . . until she wakes up as a zombie bonded to the useless guy. Unlike the other zombies, this girl can still think and talk. The only way to tell she’s a zombie is the gaping hole in her chest, crushed left arm, and a chunk of right leg missing. So, she sets out to finish her dream of becoming a Decayer and dragging her new master along with her. There’s high school rivals, best friends, Dark Gods, family intrigue, and various other challenges. Oh and people have their zombies fight in arenas at times, so that will come up with her.
So far, I haven’t figure out the powers to give her. She died by her heart getting ripped out by a mysterious creature that came out of the magic item. I’ve been keeping her at enhanced strength, speed, durability, and her ability to think. I think I need a special power to give her, but I want to avoid energy attacks and body weapons. She’s definitely an in your face fighter.
I also haven’t figured out the exact benefit of zombie and zombie master. Do the zombies gain strength from the confidence or focus of their master? Sounds a little lame, but I can’t think of anything else.
The final problem is story and scale. This used to be 5 books, but now I’m wondering if I can tell the story in one or three. There’s the initial event of her dying and getting used to it. Some other people want her as their zombie. Then there’s the secret behind her family and finally the big secret behind what happened to her. All of those could make great stories, but I wonder if I could stick them into one book instead. It might only be a question of format.
Anyway, that’s another Work In Progress that I think about at times. Final note: Zombie Girl is a redhead.