Twelve stories. Twelve accounts of love and loss, of pain and acceptance. Of rejection and hope. Of mistakes and redemption. Of trying, failing, and mostly succeeding. Twelve tales. Twelve insights into the depths of minds changed utterly by unknown scientific processes, grappling to understand their new natures. Twelve. Of them. Of their struggles and hunger and sharp sense of smell. Of their desire to talk and sing and dance and race cars and hold guns and - Twelve stories. Of life, then death, then... uh... unlife? Twelve. Of them. Zombies. Their stories. Here. In this book. Right now. Twelve. (Again?) Well, it just seems appropriate to end that way. (Oh yeah, right. okay then.) Twelve. (Are we mentioning the RZA?) (Not yet.) Oh, er... oops. Can I finish? oh yeah, right. okay then.) Twelve - Ah, forget it. Twelve stories... zombies... yeah. You get it.
The following manuscript contains twelve interviews/written statements that have been transcribed/copied by members of the RZA. They are but a small sample of the dozens of success stories experienced through the efforts of the agency, and represent the attempts made to record the birth of a new era of society, one in which paranormal beings and homo sapiens might eventually live side by side in peaceful co-existence.
That does not mean, of course, that these pages are not full of blood, guts, and gore. They contain, after all, the individual experiences of zombies trying, and often failing, to
control their hunger. At the same time, these walking dead have struggled to understand both their new states of semi-consciousness and their places within the world. Are they, as they’ve wondered, citizens or corpses, sinners or saints, murderers or heroes, pessimists or dreamers?
I’d like to think the latter. For all of those things listed. I
ask, as a personal favor, that if you choose to read the following you do so with an open mind, for I tell you the truth: not all zombies are created equal (although technically they do all eat people, but just forget that part).
Dr. Bethany Rowle
Ph. D. Speech Pathology
Licensed Speech Therapist since 2005.