You Like Zombies?! But You’re A Girl!

As far back as I can remember I have always loved horror. I remember many nights watching classic hammer house with my mum, scaring ourselves silly. Probably not the best thing to do with a ten year old, but I loved it.

I love all horror movies, whether cheesy, gory or psychological.

I love vampires, but they never get my skin to crawl, and most of the time I just end up fancying them (did anyone see Gary Oldman in Ford Cappola’s Dracula? Not normally I guy I would go for, but hey, as Dracula he oozed sex appeal. And Stefan? Damon? Edward? ‘Nuff said).

I love watching werewolf films too – An American Werewolf in London is in my top ten favourite horror movies of all time. It is such a classic, the combination of horror, gore and comedy, was, and still is in my opinion, fantastic. The change from man to beast is bone crackling good.

But the monster that scares me the most has to be the zombie. For they are neither sexy, nor beast. They are us. Just the undead version of us. Zombies make my skin crawl, they make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Zombies give me nightmares.

Zombies are also the symbolism for complete human annihilation. The virus spreads fast, without discrimination. The realisation that ANYONE can be infected, is terrifying. And although we complain about the police and the government, fundamentally they are what make us as a society feel safe – but then they’re infected too. Your family, your friends, where do you go? Where do you hide? You are totally, utterly alone…

The scene from Romero’s movie, Dawn of the Dead, captures this. The few remaining survivors trapped on the roof of the mall surrounded by the gathering zombies crashing and banging trying to get in, to get to them, to gorge on their flesh….

The opening scene of 28 Days Later also sums it up completely. The silence and desolation of London which is usually bustling with life, is now empty. Except for them. But, instead of the slow, stupid and cumbersome zombie that you always felt you could run from is gone. Zombies have evolved. They’re fast, they can run, and they can run as fast as you!

My husband will contest to the fact that night terrors get more intense if I’m reading zombie novels (which I do on a regular basis), play Resident Evil on the Wii, which I do with the curtains closed and all lights off. He continues to shake his head in wonderment at why I love putrefying, decaying, walking dead people so much – I’m not sure why either, I just do!

With so many of my girlfriends saying they are ‘too scared to watch scary movies’, or ‘you would never see them reading books like that’, I have often ask myself the question: is it rare for a girl to like blood and gore? To relish fear? To get excited over the knife wielding lunatic who’s escaped from an insane asylum?

For me it’s normal and I think it stems from watching monsters from an early age. Horror is a total escape from reality. I know that zombies don’t really exist and therefore can completely immerse myself in the safety of that fear, knowing that no real harm will ever come to me…

I am right aren’t I? They don’t really exist… right? ;)

Make sure you check back later today for my review of Z. A. Recht’s Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain…

**Originally written for the Living Dead blog from Headline Publishing**
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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

19 Comments


titania86 October 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

I am a fellow girl who loves horror and a lot of the girls I know say movies are too scary or zombies are too icky. Fools! They are awesome! I get excited over anything horror, so you're not alone. :)

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict October 27, 2010 at 6:55 am

Ah, yes…Gary Oldman as Dracula…magnifique! I'm in total agreement about zombies though. To me, these movies are the scariest. Even the spoofy ones, like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland have their scary moments. Zombies are just…scary! I mean who doesn't walk by a cemetery without imagining a zombie corpse clawing its way out of a grave? I know I do!

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FICTION STATE OF MIND October 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

Great Post! We are so alike! my monster love started at a youn age (ten as well) when I talked me dad into taking me to see Friday The 13th! I also adored Hammer horror films and Christopher Lee was the first vampire I found sexy. After viewing the original Night Of the living Dead Zombies completely eclipsed all other horror genres for me :)

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Ana C. Nunes October 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

O0m a girl and I've always loved horror movies. But on one thing I'm not like you. I don't like gore. It makes for a tasteless view, if it's too much. It's not that it disgusts me too much (it does, but that's not the point), it's just that I don't like gratitiuous gore.
But aside from that, I watch just about anything that's horror.

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Laura Summers October 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I love horror! Although I prefer the books to the films. I had an obsession with Point Horror books as a teen :D
28 Days Later totally terrified me lol!
Fantastic post

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Indigo October 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I love horror in any form, film, books, even writing it.

Thankfully so does my daughter. As a baby, I walked the floor with her many a night, because she was collicky.

The one and only thing that would calm her down – blood curdling screams from the horror fest they used to run all night long. She would hear that sound, giggle and fall asleep in my arms.
(Hugs)Indigo

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Cheshire-Cat October 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Another fellow girl who loves horror movies and books especially zombies. You are not alone! :)

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tamdoll October 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Love horror movies!! I love to read vampire stories, but not zombie books so much- don't know why. The first game my husband bought me for the Wii was Resident Evil and I love to play it, screaming the whole time.

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Jo-Anne Kenrick October 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Zombies had better not be real! *looks over shoulder and shivers*

I LOVE horror — ghosts, vampires, monsters you name it. I love it…except for zombies. Yeah, they freak the heck out of me. They didn't used to. I remember watching 'Demons' as a teenager and loving it! And laughing at my older sister's fear-fest. hehe

I saw 'I am Legend' without knowing what it was about — had to walk out when they started day walking. eek! My twelve year old son saw it all the way through, and laughed at me.
I also (very stupid of me) saw 'Resident Evil' without knowing what it was — I had nightmares for weeks after!
But 'Shawn of the Dead' — funny as heck.
Yeah, so long as it's got some humor to it, I can handle it.

Give me a ghost story any day — that's my favorite genre for horror movies. I think they cause more atmosphere. 'The Grudge' scared me silly, and I loved it :)

GREAT POST!! Happy Halloween to all, hope you find the perfect scary movie to watch over the holiday xxx

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Book Chick City October 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

titania86 – Yay – I;m glad to see I'm not the only girl who loves horror! I agree – all the others are fools LOL ;)

Michelle – I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who wasn't adverse to Oldman in 'Dracula' LOL Zombies *are* the scariest thing and I agree I loved and laughed my way through Shaun on the Dead but it did have it's moments that were frightening. Great film! :)

Kai (FSOM) – Thanks! Hehe, it always makes me smile to find someone else who is just like me with regards to horror. People, esp girls are few and far between! :)

Ana – I don't mind any kind of horror but I do find the more phycological ones scare me the most or those films with zombies…

Laura – 28 Days Later is one of my favourite zombie films – it really is scary. The first film (that I can recall) that had zombies that were fast! Freaked me right out! LOL

Indigo – I have never tried to write horror but I definitely like reading it, but I have probably watched more than read, but I hope to change that one day :)

Cheshire-Cat – Yay! I'm so pleased that I'm not alone, I love it when other girls tell me they love horror, but we are a rare breed you know ;)

tamdoll – OMG – I love Resident Evil (as film too) – I played that from start to finish in a week with curtains closed (even in the day) and scared myself stupid. It really is scary and made me jump a lot (which doesn't usually happen now) – the tapping on the windows totally freaked me out! LOL

Jo-Anne – Hehe – I hope they're not real either! LOL The Grudge is a seriously creepy film, specially when the girl comes down the stairs!! Shaun of the Dead is really funny, totally British and I love it. I Am Legend is a fantastic book but I didn't really like the movie, they changed too much especially the ending. Also, it's about vampires not zombies although in the movie I can understand why you thought that I think a lot of people get confused. I love a good ghost story too – have you read 'The Woman in Black' by Susan Hill? If not would definitely recommend it :)

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Ms Ulat Buku October 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I love horror flicks & books- especially zombie movies… so no I don't think it weird for a girl to love horror flicks… btw, your zombie kitty pix is was too cute!

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Jo-Anne Kenrick October 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

@ Titiana

I am a nut about vampire movies, but there was something about that movie that just sent the nasty shivers up and down my spine — it felt like a zombie movie (maybe because of how they got that way). I've since seen it all the way through, from behind a cushion LOL, and loved the ending. I love a good, solid ending :)

Oh, thanks for the book recomendation — I'll totally check that out.

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Rachael October 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Great post! I love horror and can't get enough of it. I like monster movies but my heart will always belong to the slasher films. WHen I was younger my friends and I would play Nightmare On Elm Street. And no one is coming between me and my Stephen King :)

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Book Chick City October 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Ms Ulat Buku – Thanks! Hehe, glad you like my zombie kitty, I agree too cute!

Jo-Anne – The ending of the movie is very different to the book though, which is much, much better in my opinion. If you enjoyed the film then I would recommend the movie as it's just better all round :)

Rachael – Thanks! I love slasher films too – I love all the classics but when they released Scream I just loved it. The beginning was just so great! :)

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Fallon October 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love, love, love all things horror. I've been having fun going through all of your resent posts. It's like candy for me LOL.

I have a soft spot for zombies — books, movies, comics. If it's about zombies, I'm all over it. I loved 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead.

Have you seen Dead Set? I know it's a television series, but I was completely blindsided by how awesome it was. I'm actually really looking forward to AMC's The Walking Dead which will be airing on Halloween.

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Lily Child October 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I'm really into horror movies too! New, old, cheesy, frightening…they're all so good! Fun post! :)

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Book Chick City October 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Fallon – It's so great that I'm getting lots of comments from girls who also love horror – I can't find any in real life LOL 28 Days Later is one of my favourite zombie movies as is Dawn of the Dead – both great movies. I did see Dead Set – it was quite creepy wasn't it – I was surprised too how good it was considering it was TV, Davina was fab! And yes! Can't wait for The Walking Dead, looks SO good!!!

Lili Child – Hehe, you sound like me – I love horror whether new old or cheesy too! I just love it all :D

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GABY October 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You're not the only one!! I'm not so much into horror, but hey, one of my favorite movies is Kill Bill xD

Anyway, I also love Pride and Prejudice….so I guess some girls (like me) want to have a happily ever after with some action on it.

Zombies doesn't exist! Really, vampires ate them all.

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Book Chick City October 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Gaby – I really liked Kill Bill too, although it's not horror it had a lot of great action! I love pride & Prejudice too – I like a bit of everything really :)

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