You might recall that back in June, I launched a contest for The Accidental Zombie. The structure was simple: you’d tell me what you would do if you accidentally created a zombie, and at the end of summer, I’d look at all the entries and choose a winner based on creativity and clarity. The prizes? A PDF copy of The Accidental Zombie so you could see how my hapless scientists handle such a situation, and your choice of a name to appear in one of my future works.
Well, the contest is over! I selected a winner, sent out the novella, and wrote down the name for a future story.
It wasn’t an easy choice to make. All of the entries had something special about them, and a few were funny enough that I laughed out loud. In the end, however, I had to narrow it down to just one.
And since the winner wanted the entry shared, let me present to you the winning answer!
My knee-jerk reaction would be to kill it. Kill it with fire. But….if I were in a malicious, world-destroying mood I would try to somehow wrangle the zombie into the back of a van and release it in a populated area. Say, at a mall when a major superhero movie is releasing so you have this zombie chowing down on people with survivors running around screaming “Where’s Superman?!?!” and then getting nommed on. Or releasing it during when a high profile zombie movie comes out; people will think its just creative advertisement and hype building, or a really enthusiastic cosplayer until arterial blood starts spraying and they realize that….its not a cosplayer.”
Malicious, world-destroying mad scientists are taking notes right now.
Congratulations to our winner! To the winner, everyone else who participated, everyone who didn’t participate but wish you had, and everyone else lurking around, thank you for your interest!---
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