How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Or At Least What Not to Do…
Okay, you’ve made it. You’re still alive, at least for the moment. As you try to make your way through the newly undead landscape, what are the actions you should avoid? What activities are likely going to expedite your demise? There are six major things I believe won’t help you at all. Just six and if you can avoid them, you may just have a chance of surviving.
Don’t Underestimate Your Foe: Zombies are going to come at you in any which way they can. If you think they are going to act exactly like what you see in the movies, you’re going to have a problem. They’re not going to behave in a scripted way, moving ever closer in a prolonged sequence. They are not going to wait until the precise moment for the money shot. Instead they are going to pursue you relentlessly and they will catch up if you’re not careful. You’re going to need to take your mind out of the movies and live in the moment. No rules and definitely no apologies.
Don’t Drink The Water: Are you freaking kidding me? It could be contaminated! You have no way of knowing what is safe to drink and what isn’t. However, you’re going to need water. There is no question about that. Try to collect as much rainwater as you can, and if you can stock up on bottled water, you may just be in luck. But in the end, you need to drink so if you do as much as you can to purify your water before drinking it, you may get lucky. What does that mean? Boil the heck out of it prior to drinking anything you may believe to be questionable and if you find a rotting Zombie upstream as the water passes over your parched lips, start praying.
Don’t Trust Anyone That Stares At You And Licks Their Lips: One word – cannibalism. Need I say more?
Don’t Stay Put, Especially If You Live In A Big City: Higher population density will translate into larger hordes of the Undead. That’s a fact. If you can escape the city you live in before it becomes transformed into a seething mass of putrefying flesh, you will be far better off.
Don’t Stop To Have Sex: Okay, there are some who may not agree with this one, but I maintain that taking that moment to have a little fun may just be the death of you. You have to keep your eyes on the prize at all times and in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse, the prize is survival. Sure, there may come a time where you’re in a place where you can take the time to explore another body, and not from a clinical perspective while looking for bites. However, one also needs to think of the ramifications of the lack of hygiene. My advice is don’t do it – it’s better to be on your toes than to have a fleeting moment or two of stress relief.
Don’t Play With The Undead: If you come across a situation where you cannot avoid them, kill them. Don’t toy with them. Don’t play with them. The only thing worse than a Zombie is a pissed off one. Besides, one less Zombie in a world seemingly overrun with them, so much the better.
Keeping these six things in mind may not help you to stay alive but it couldn’t hurt. Ideally, the best protection from all things Undead is a clear head and a steady hand. And if it ever comes down to it, Godspeed.
Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Founder and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves. Be sure to check out The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead which was released in October 2013.
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