M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: I Just Created Scary Zombies! 02/15/15

I just created the scariest zombies ever!

:::throwing up hands in innocence:::

It’s not my fault. When I was writing my scene. And they just crawled out of the mirror, I didn’t know what they were… Dude, these things are bad! Like, they totally could explain stigmata…

But enough on that… The more important thing is why they are so scary. First, I’m not familiar with all the types of zombies, so I’m going with the common stuff we see on TV, such as Walking Dead. (I also hate to say that Sean of the Dead and Zombieland make up a large fraction of the zombie movies I’ve seen.

That being said, I actually didn’t make these things up from any kind of zombie movie.

I went to the source.

I pulled the idea for these puppies from the zombie stories in Haiti where the witch doctor would poison someone with pufferfish poison–I believe. They would get sick and appear dead, get buried alive, and then the witch doctor would dig them up. The oxygen deprivation would have cause them brain damage, and they were completely under the witch doctor’s control…

These things are kind of like that… But they are under someone else’s control.

And quick as lightning…

This is the part of writing it love: discovering their are new creatures in your story and figuring out how they work.

How about you? What kinds of creatures have you either created or messes with to make your own?


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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