Keep your werewolves and vampires. Tell your lagoon creatures to “take a dip”. The zombie has always been my favourite monster. Looking for versatility? Zombies can be scary, gross, silly, tragic, and even romantic. Any story can be made better by adding a zombie (because you only need one). If you like a moral lesson attached to your monsters, zombies have a cautionary tale for everyone from super scientists to randy teens. Go Team Zombie!
The back cornfield was already a scary place after dark, but with all the talk of folk disappearing farmer Jake felt uneasy. The old farmer had heard strange noises coming from the James place across the road last night. The noises must have really spooked his neighbours, because they were gone this morning. Jake figured the family packed up and got out of town like the others. The James family left in a real hurry. They didn’t even have the good sense to close the front door behind them when they left.
A noise caught Jake’s attention. The old farmer could hear scratching a few rows over, it was probably just those skunks again. He lifted his rifle up to his chest, almost like a child hugs a teddy bear. The old farmer felt silly, “nothing here but skunks and a scarecrow” he muttered to himself. He laughed nervously, and stopped to look up at the scarecrow hanging in front of him. “That’s the darnedest thing.. I don’t remember ever putting up a scarecrow.”
It has been a long time since I posted for Illustration Friday, and I just barely got this one together in time. My illustration for “lost” is of my fictional-fictional character Jacob Maps Boy Band Adventurer. Oh my the trouble he gets into…