Halloween Fun from Kelly Shew & Chris Zombieking

Shuffling, moaning
This is taking forever
I wanna eat brains

I smell you hiding
I can’t wait to eat your brains
Dammit, where’s my foot?

The river runs red
The revolution begins!
The undead are here

They run for their lives
The trap ahead has been laid
Little do they know

Around the corner
With guns, chainsaws and knives
Silly, weak humans

Look at them cower
Little children in the night
This won’t hurt a bit

Oh, you are tasty!
Irish, with a hint of Thai?
Or is it Chinese?

Oh, I am so full
I can’t eat another bite
What is for dessert?

Thus starts Chapter Two
Full of misery and pain
Will the humans live?

A new day begins
The sun’s rays light the carnage
Of the night before

Bodies all around
Blood and guts and brains and goo
Littering the street

Survivors come out
Of their safe hiding places
In ones and in twos

Crying and confused
Looking around in a daze
What the hell happened?

We have to fight back
We must save our families
I don’t want to die!

The meeting is loud
Not a lot is getting done
No one can agree

Do we run away
Do we stay and kill them all
Who here has a gun

Finally, a plan
Move the children and old folks
Everyone else, fight

Night is coming soon
Say your goodbyes while you can
Tonight we fight back

Darkness has fallen
Moaning sounds are nearer now
The dead are hungry

A group of people
Fire bright against the dark
Will they live or die

It’s all they think of
The need to feast consumes them
They’re coming for you

They may not be fast
But there is no stopping them
They will hunt you down

Hear them shuffling
Dragging their feet on the ground
Running is futile

Everywhere you look
Everywhere you try to hide
You are not safe there

Your life is theirs now
Give up all your hopes and dreams
They no longer count

You can try to run
Tomorrow, you’ll be dinner
You cannot escape

Here come the live ones
Strong and proud and determined
With their eyes blazing

They carry weapons
Chainsaws, guns and machetes
Like those could stop us

We will have our feast
We cannot wait anymore!
Soon there will be blood

Fear is in their eyes
These silly, little humans
Why do they resist

This one is too scared
To put up much of a fight
She smells delicious

She struggles a bit
Blood moves faster in her veins
Oh, this will be good

Soft flesh of the neck
That tears apart so nicely
Fresh blood flows freely

Her struggles weaken
She collapses on the ground
Skin is in his teeth

He rips chunks of flesh
Off her now lifeless body
Others have her scent

The others have come
Clustered around her body
Fighting for the scraps

It’s time to move on
She has nothing left to give
Good thing there are more

Now the fear is real
And the humans start to run
They’ll die if they stay

The wave of zombies
Moves forward across the town
There are none left alive

Zombies multiply
Spreading across the country
Humans have no chance

A few hide away
Secret underground bunkers
But their time will come

Huddled together
They are few and far between
And we are hungry

We have caught your scent
You should come and play with us
We won’t hurt you…much

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little horror story, told in haiku style, by Kelly Shew, with illustrations by Chris Zombieking. See more of Chris’s fabulous work over on his blog, –-brainzzz or GTFO. All work is copyright protected, so if you’d like to permission to repost any of the material, please leave me a note in the comments and I’ll pass the word to the artists. Thanks!

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4 responses

  1. Yikes! This is evocative and chilling!

  2. Kelly will love hearing that. She’s a facebook friend and almost every day she writes something that makes me laugh. I am doing my best to corrupt, er, encourage her to write fiction. And then Chris Zombieking… oh my. I’m saving my pennies right now to see if I can lure him into doing the art for Dead Crazy’s book cover.

  3. i really enjoyed reading this. great work kelly! i think my favourite verses [if thats the term?] were the ones written from a specific perspective, rather than in the more general third person. cos you feel more empathy towards the humans or zombies hearing the story through their eyes.
    jaye, im pleased you didnt put the zombie cupcakes as the first image – otherwise i would have imagined the entire story as the humans trying to fight off little devils they’d created in the kitchen. lol
    and as for saving your pennies… well, we’ll have to talk about that eh? ;]

  4. I love those cupcakes, Chris. Those are my favorite cupcakes in all the world (except for a mocha caramel cupcake I had at a bridal fair not long ago, but that was eaten by me rather than trying to eat me…).

    Oh yes, indeed, I do hope you and I can come to some agreement eventually.

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