The Spectre of Undeath by Peter Welmerink (GUEST POST)

The Spectre of Undeath
by Peter Welmerink

Why does this whole zombie apocalypse thing appeal to us while often times scaring the beejeezuz out of us?

I was recently playing a 1-day video game demo of DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE, a zombie FPS (first-person shooter). I won’t go into the whole game setup or plot (because I just started it and am just going with the—blood—flow), but I started in the hold of a ship that is in peril. Klaxon alarms going off. Captain yelling over the intercom ABANDON SHIP. My character is by himself, only a crowbar in hand (that I found), and has to make his way up out of the hold and off the ship. The powers off except for the emergency lights and flashing red warning lights. All the big metal doors between rooms are sliding, grating on their hinges. Strange sounds are coming from the whole ship…though one cannot tell EXACTLY what they are.

I haven’t even run into one of the Undead, but I am biting my lip, palm sweaty on the mouse, fingers twitchy above the WASD keys.

I am buying this damn game because 1. It excites me, and 2. It is already scaring the shit out of me.

So what is the appeal of it all?

I think it is mainly about SURVIVAL.

Like any post-apoc or dystopian society storyline or situation, we want to see who survives, how the protagonist(s) survive, IF the protagonist survives. And definitely when you are up against the Undead, who are, well, pretty much dead already, how the hell do you survive that?

And you add that fear of being infected or afflicted or simply torn to shreds by sharp broken teeth and jagged broken fingernails…by a dozen or so pissed-off, flesh-hungry zombies…

Yeah, it’s damn unsettling.

And the bonus is, if you start searching through a lot of zombie-infested novels and movies, there is a slew to choose from and A LOT that ARE NOT the same take on the same old world-falls-zombie-eats-your-face-off.

You look at movies like I AM LEGEND and WORLD WAR Z. Different take on the Undead subject.

Books: Jack Wallen’s I ZOMBIE I, Armand Rosamalia’s DYING DAYS, Rob E Boley’s THAT RISEN SNOW…great writers, great experts on zombidom, all different takes on this whole Undeath subject. And those are just a few.

This crazy spectre of Undeath: it appeals to our need to see and read survival in a world populated by shambling, rotting horrors, to see how one survives and who will survive…while scaring the little brown pebbles out of us. Really, because one never knows if…

If we might just have to survive, some day, the Undead.

*evil laughter*


About the Author

Peter Welmerink was born and raised on the west side of pre-apocalyptic Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes Fantasy, Military SciFi, and other wanderings into action-adventure. His work has been published in ye olde wood pulp print and electronic-online publications. He is the co-author of the Viking berserker novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, written with Steven Shrewsbury. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel venture. He is married with a small barbarian tribe of three boys.


About the Book

Hunt for the Fallen
By Peter Welmerink

Captain Jacob Billet
Journal Entry - Sunday April 5, 2026

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the undead are roaring…

Amassed at the UCRA east end enclosure, the dead strain the fence line while soldiers keep watchful eyes, the survivors on the opposite side of the rising river about to lose their minds.

It’s a crazy time: nonstop precipitation; everyone's up in arms; paranoid city council members with an asshat City Treasurer. Water, water everywhere. Zees dropping into the churning drink. Troops afraid of being stitched up and thrown back into the fray as Zombie Troopers. Tank commanders getting itchy to head out on their own after drug-laden shamblers. Reganshire insurgents trying to extract our west side civvies for some unknown reason, possibly pushing the city into taking heavy-handed action against them.

Then there’s some black-haired dead dude staring at me through the fence, grinning like he’s off his meds.

And I thought Lettner was a headache.

All this sh*t might give me a heart attack.

Hunt for the Fallen is Transport Book Two.


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  1. Survival is a primal instinct, which is why zombie stories appeal.
    Congratulations on the release of your book, Peter!

    1. Thanks Alex! Luckily I don't fear what I write, or I wouldn't be able to write it...wait...there's something outside the window...IT'S A Z....*crash snarl munch slurp* ...Cthulhu monster. We're okay. :)


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