Which car do I want to escape the Zombie Apocalypse?
The zombies are coming, sooner or later. And that got us wondering what car we’d want to escape the zombie apocalypse…
Hundreds of horror movies can’t be wrong, so it must only be a matter of time before we have to deal with those who should be dead – but how? We asked zombie expert and horror writer Narrelle M Harris to set the scene…
“If I had time, I’d wonder how everything fell apart so quickly, and why. But I don’t have time. I’m busy running for my life from the zombie hordes.
Speed. I will need a car that can go from zero to the hell out of here in nothing flat, and keep on going, because the zombie horde will only give up if they can’t see me any more.
Toughness: I might have to do some rough driving to escape – through fences, over kerbs or the debris of civilisation. I don’t want the axle breaking on the first rough patch.
Manoeuvrability: I’ll need to be able to drive around obstacles quickly to get out of trouble. I don’t want to be wrenching the bloody thing around abandoned motor bikes or having to slow down too much, because once those drooling monsters are on the car, I’m pretty much just tinned tuna.
Fuel economy: I want to get a lot of kays for a litre here. The less often I have to stop to refuel, the safer I’ll be. And that assumes fuel is available where I’m going. And I don’t know where I’m going!
Storage space: I might find other survivors on the way, so I want some space to pack ‘em in. I’ll also need room to store weapons: rifles, flame throwers, whatever I can get. I’ll want weapons with reach so I can stay as far away from their gruesome gnashers as possible – one bite and I join the brain-slurping masses – so I’ll need plenty of length to stow the gear. If I live past the week, I’ll also want lots of space to store food and supplies that I scavenge along the way.
If I can get a car that can handle deep water, that would help. Zombies tend to lose their footing and get washed away in a high river. If I can cross without getting bogged down, that’s one more barrier against something nasty gnawing through my skull.
A sun roof could be a vulnerable point if the car gets overrun, but if I can find someone to ride shotgun, they’ll get clearer shots through the top than out the side windows, which is also asking for trouble if a zombie blindsides us.
So, Which vehicle is it to be?
About NarRelle M HarriS
Narrelle is an award-nominated Melbourne-based writer of crime, horror, fantasy, erotica, romance and non-fiction. Her books include Fly By Night, Witch Honour and Witch Faith, The Opposite of Life and Walking Shadows, and the series Talbott and Burns, Hammer and Tongue and Secret Agents, Secret Lives. Her zombie story, The Truth About Brains, was published in Showtime and Best New Zombie Tales Volume 2. Find out more at www.mortalwords.com.au and www.narrellemharris.com or follow her on Facebook.