During the throngs of the working week, admist deadlines and relentless quality assurance tasks, something amazing happened. A singular activity of such magnitude that it proves The Dead Times has been accepted into the undead world of Zombiism, a reputable online chronicle of all things Zombie. What was this biblical event you ask: Living proof of Zombies? A revelatory new weapon to dispatch the living dead? News that Zombies do not actually want to eat my brain? No (Zombies most definitely want to eat my brain). The event was the receipt of a humble message informing my unaware mind of the efforts of one star of the undead community - Mr. Zom B. Horde.
Zombies are maligned as mindless killers, shamed as inconsequential hunters of the living, often feared, loathed and gunned-down without question. Hollywood has made us think in this blinkered way - the media throwing a stereotypical view of the living dead down our throats. However, not all Zombies are the product of evil, not all have a hankering for human flesh. Just look at the Zombie R in the film Warm Bodies; he ate some people sure, but that doesn't mean he is a villainous cretin who must be removed from society. What about the PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) suffers seen in the BAFTA-winning TV miniseries In The Flesh? Are they to be treated as any less than human beings, to be laughed at and forced into appalling conditions? Just because they are dead doesn't mean they don't care.
Granted, there are few Zombies that exist right now in our pre-apocalypse world, but, as the received message brought starkly to my attention, for eleven months of the year what few re-animated dead there are feel separated from society, seeking a forced solitude from the prejudice of man. Only the month of October, the time of Halloween, of scares, Ghouls and Goblins, allows the Zombies to mingle among us, free from ridicule. Quite why this would be the case is not immediately obvious as Zombies have absolutely nothing to do with the merry frights of Halloween - a fact I wrote at length about in a previous article. Perhaps they just feel safer, less "out of place", wandering amongst people dressed as monsters.
Whatever the reason, Zombies who are more socially-oriented than the textbook flesh-eaters of Hollywood deserve to able to walk among the living unabashed, without shame and free from guilt.
Mr. Horde (who may or may not be French) is just such a Zombie - the punchline of jokes, the subject of disgust, the outcast of society. This is a crime that must not continue. We modern humans pride ourselves on equality, disregarding race, gender and disability. Why should the living dead be treated so differently from the rest of us? Why should those with that most fatal of all disabilities be frowned upon? Should they not be treated as friends, other humans fallen on difficult times? After all, when you think about it, in a world where Zombies are physical beings; living, dead - what's the difference?
As the above video shows, Zom is one Zombie who is not taking this lying down. There was a reason he rose from the grave; to unite Zombies and Zombie followers together, to stop this hatred and often complete negligence of the undead. Zombie's deserve equal rights to any other citizen of this supposedly fair world and, with your help, we can get them those rights. Spread word of the Zombie Revolution, follow the movement on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ZombieProtest), visit Mr. Horde's website (http://www.fancydressball.co.uk/zombies) to sign the petition or shamble on down to the protest in London on the 23rd of October 2014. Together, the living and the living dead can make this world a better place.
Not all Zombies are evil mutants that want to eat your face. Some are caring, deceased human beings, resurrected from the grave with no ill-intent, thrust into an unjust world that tars them with the same brush as their rabid flesh-craving brothers. This must end and there is a movement amongst the living and the living dead that seek equal rights for all inhabitants of this world, deceased or not. You can be part of this movement. You can join… The Zombie Revolution.