Questions 3: Zombies . . . Because They’re Required by Law

Walking Dead/Shaun of the Dead

Some people must have known this was coming.  Although, zombies don’t seem to be as prevalent as they once were.  I’m out of the loop, so I don’t know what horror monster has risen to take their place.  Feel free to let me know even though this isn’t the genre I really indulge in.

Now, the zombie apocalypse is still a popular online topic because people enjoy talking about how they would survive it.  In fact, most people I’ve seen talk about it are pretty sure that they would make it.  Seems every human is a Rambo waiting to happen or lives in the perfect place to hunker down for a few years.  We tend to be more concerned with our fellow humans too.  Fiction has taught as that the zombies may be flesh-eating monsters, but other survivors are where the danger really lies.  We truly are a ridiculous species in the face of societal collapse and crisis.  Anyhoo, let’s see what people say about their zombie apocalypse survival skills.

  1. What would be your weapon of choice?  Why and how would you get it if you don’t already have it?
  2. How would you treat your fellow survivors if you meet them?
  3. How do you think you would get taken out during this event?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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30 Responses to Questions 3: Zombies . . . Because They’re Required by Law

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    I HATE zombies. I would not read a zombie book or watch a zombie movie, so I doubt if I’d survive. I’d have absolutely no idea how to go about it.
    Weapon of choice? My legs. Zombies appear to move very slowly from what I’ve seen, unlike vampires and werewolves, so I think even I could outrun them.

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  2. 1. A decent knife. I know it means getting relatively close, but it also means I’ll know for sure if I hit my target. Plus, no need to get replacement ammo or anything. I’ve got plenty of knives, so I’m all set.
    2. I’ll view them as potential allies, but keep my guard up until I know for sure if they’re trustworthy, because I know not everyone will feel that way. I’ll be friendly though, share supplies, and hope for the best. But I’ll also keep my weapons close, and keep my share of supplies where I can keep an eye on it. I want to trust people, but I’ve read too many zombie apocalypse stories to be able to fully trust strangers, even if they might be potential allies.
    3. I’m not a very fast runner, and have a dodgy ankle. As soon as there’s a need for speed, I’m going to end up either with my ankle refusing to take my weight, lagging behind, or tripping over something, so unless those potential allies worked out and can watch my back while I scramble to safety, I’m going to have zombies all over me when that happens.

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    • 1. Interesting choice, but I’m curious about it. Blunt objects tend to work better. Stabbing kills through bleeding and piercing needed organs, which don’t affect zombies. Unless you cut pieces off.

      2. Very wise tactics.

      3. Sounds like you need to focus on hiding and holding your ground.

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      • True about blunt objects. However, stab something enough and even a zombie won’t be getting back up. Plus, blunt objects only work if you hit it in the head. A knife could potentially cut me free from a grabbing hand that’s attempting to bring me close enough to bite. Plus, bear in mind that a knife with a sturdy handle can be turned around and used as a blunt object too if needed. A knife would also be something I could keep on my person and get ready to use quickly in case of other humans proving hostile. Now, if I can have a variety of weapons, that’s different. But if I have to just pick one thing, a knife is a good all purpose weapon I can easily get hold of.

        Oh, and hunkering down is my plan. I’m only going outside when absolutely essential for supply runs, and you can bet I’ll be making as little noise as possible both inside and out. It won’t guarantee my safety, but I’m hoping it will increase my chances of survival.

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      • You could bash the legs too. Though zombies still crawl. Variety definitely works best. Blunt, sharp, and range covers everything. Agree totally on hunkering down.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    1. I’m really not good with weapons. But if I had to choose, I would go with a machete or a blowtorch. Where would I get it? Good question. The tiny throwing knife I have just won’t cut it. Hopefully a Home Depot is in the area so I can conveniently break in and pick up something to fashion a weapon. How would I break in, you ask? Another good question.
    2. Cautiously. One of them could be a betrayer in league with the zombies. But I would at least be polite, since we need each other.
    3. It’s hard to say. I have a tendency to run without looking first. So I would probably stumble across a nest of zombies and get eaten.

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    • 1. Machete is easy. They’re in the garden departments of places like Home Depot and Lowes. Walmart would have something like it as well. Pretty sure the places wouldn’t be locked up unless a group is in there with fortifications.

      2. Caution leads to survival.

      3. A cat knocks over a trashcan and you run in the wrong direction. Thinking that would take most people out. 😀

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  4. Adele Marie says:

    Over the last twenty years or so I’ve put a lot of thought into this. Seriously zombies freak me out. so weapon of choice a tank which I would have procured from the local RAF base.
    I would be nice to other survivors and take them in until we had an army on the march.
    I wouldn’t go down, I would survive. lol

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  5. In that situation, weapons have to be an evolutionary process. I’d prefer a gun until the ammo ran out. I have a really nice tomahawk at home for later on. Survivors could be allies or enemies. I’d have to deal with them cautiously until I knew which they were. I don’t shuffle along very fast, so I expect to get caught out in the open eventually.

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  6. C.E.Robinson says:

    Fun blog topic, Charles. I love Zombie movies. The slower ones are easier to run from. The fast ones not so.1. I’d have a sharp knife taped onto the end of a long pole. A little distance and jab it into the zombie’s heard. 2. Fellow survivors –treat them with suspicion. Every man for himself in an apocalyptic world. I’d ask–Let’s see what you have in your backpack. Where did you come from? Where are you going? How many zombie’s have you killed? And how? Do you have family that survived, and how did you survive thus far? Have you met survivors on the way? 3. Hiding is the best strategy to not be taken out or down by zombies. If I had the chance, I’d smear my cloths, face and head with zombie blood and shuffle away from them. I’m just not going to die in a zombie apocalypse. If you are tired of zombies and zombie movies, watch Love and Monsters-2020 on SOAP2DAY. Or maybe other streaming apps. It’s a Monsterpocolypse. Giant creatures took control of the land. It’s a comedic adventure and very entertaining. 📚Christine

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  7. My weapon of choice would be 50 mm chain gun. I need something that explodes on impact. I would have to break into an armory and steel one since I don’t currently have it on hand.
    I would treat my fellow survivors with caution. I know someone would want my chain gun and they would need to come through me to get it.
    I would be taken out by sheer numbers coupled with running out of ammunition. (I did give it a good fight though)

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  8. You’ll appreciate the irony in this, Charles. I would gather a small group of friends and hide out in the school where I work. We would fortify the fence line and turn the field into a corn or wheat patch. The classrooms would make reasonably good apartments. There are plenty of heavy objects, like desks and those big printers, to block off doorways and barricade windows.

    My weapon of choice would be heavy gardening shears or hedge trimmers, something like that.

    If the survivors were all school staff, we would at least start off with a cooperative attitude.

    How would I die? If the power goes out, we might all freeze to death.

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    • My only worry about a school would be bad ventilation and ways to sneak insure. Feels like schools and malls are hard to fortify and guard without a large group. Nice idea with farming.

      I remember that weapon from Zombieland. 😁

      Freezing to death. Never thought of that issue. Would being inside and having layers help?

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