I don't think I ever thanked Annette in public for the fine ZOMBIE DESK CALENDAR she sent to me. Annette, I have it taped to the inside of my locker door at work at head height - every time I go into work, I unlock the locker and read that days marvelous insight to the Walking Dead. Needless to say, I think of you often when looking at this great present. Thanks so much again, very cool.
Noticed I didn't vote for Zombie either, it's just as I write my novelette here, I can't help but feel the Main Character Zombie is who tells the story in his mind both before and after death - I see the world he now lives in, one with few living, always detoxin from fresh flesh (he was a drug addict prior, and drug withdraw is nothing like seeing and smelling living flesh - it is the Zombies only drug of choice, but as much for survival (or longevity) cause of slight restorative powers in fresh flesh.
I wrote one scene where pheromones, something the zombies themselves produce iiin groups which create pack movement. As a pack, they hunt better and are both better defensively and offensively. In this scene, Brian is walking and feels urgency as he gets cattle-run into a pack of nearly a thousand zombies who can see 20 humans just off shore half a mile on a small island. I''m not giving my plot away, but the group mentality, shows that even in death, the desire to exist is strong and there is strength in numbers.
I feel for my character, detoxes heroin just in time to barely get bit by a walker, the next nearly 2 weeks is his story - told from his thoughts as all humanity seeps away and primal urges are all that is left. Coming out here in mid to late March.
So, Zombie is not my first choice by far, I have empathy for them.