Night of the Social Dead

SXSWi 2009 – Zombies ahead!, originally uploaded by indigoprime.

I saw The Social Network last night, so I would have expected to have dreamt afterwards about technology or Silicon Valley or Cambridge. Instead I had a dream about being in a large hotel/conference center with many people I knew when a zombie apocalypse broke out.

We — the people in the conference center — didn’t know what was wrong at first, just that there was something attacking people, so we spent a long time trying to hide and then to find weapons. I came across a box full of canes and other walking supports, and a choose one long one for attacking and a short one for parrying blows to my left.

Eventually the zombies started getting into the main room. These were unusual zombies — they moved at normal speed, and the only way I knew they were zombies was their eyes, plus the fact that they were trying to bite me. Maybe they were more akin to vampires, but they were not interested in blood, just flesh.

Also, the zombies would talk to me and try to convince me to give up and let them eat me. They also had to give me clues as to how to beat them, but I wasn’t able to figure it out.

Eventually I woke up, and I was both relieved because I hadn’t been eaten and disappointed because I hadn’t worked out how to defeat the zombies.

My last idea had been to throw NyQuil liquicaps to them, to distract them from me and to put them to sleep, and also maybe to start fights among them as they fought over the pills. I think it might have worked, but I’m not sure where I was going to find NyQuil liquicaps.

One reply on “Night of the Social Dead”

  1. I, too, have, vividly wacky-bizarre dreams like this one. (No offense, of course.) Your dream made me laugh because I just started reading Max Brooks’ World War Z and Joe recently got me the zombie survival handbook, also by Brooks. (He got me the books after I got roped into playing a zombie XBox game one night a year ago with his friends. And I kinda liked it. What can I say?)

    I’ll see if I can find the use of NyQuil liquicaps in the survival guide…

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