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ORIGINAL FICTION

UNDERSTANDING THE ZOMBIE


By David "Creepy D" Diaz



Next we shall discuss understanding the zombie. What is a zombie? There are substantial psychological accretions in regards to the term "zombie," however; a zombie is simply the reanimated corpse of a recently deceased human being. Once the corpse becomes ambulatory it invariably seeks to consume human flesh. This is its sole reason for existence. This should not be difficult to understand.

There are several theories as to why the dead reanimate. Brooks, for one, believes that the living dead are produced by a viral infection called Solanum, although this has never been proven conclusively.

Incredibly, an exhaustive body of research into the nature of zombie morphology has been altogether ignored by elitist scientific academia and establishment, as well as Brooks. The work of Cornelio Trevino, a self taught scientist and researcher, is largely dismissed due to his lack of credentials, as he is a layperson, and most likely because of his unsound research methods as they pertain to human test subjects. Nevertheless, if one disregards such prejudices and actually takes time to understand his work, a totally separate apprehension of the zombie phenomenon can be understood. This is not to say that Trevino's research is unique and disproves the widely held opinions of scientific academicians. On the contrary; Trevino's work is in almost total parity and only differs on a few key points.

The first key difference that Trevino's work has observed, is that the Solanum virus has very little to do with the reanimation process or "transmortem mutagenesis," as he calls it. According to Trevino, elevated Solanum levels are simply the by product of the transmortem processes at work in the risen corpse. His research claims to have observed a freshly deceased human, completely free of any Solanum contamination, undergo transmortem mutagenesis. That is to say, that whatever is the cause of this phenomenon has very little to do with the presence of Solanum in the victim's body. A corpse will reanimate regardless. Additionally, Trevino has found that the "incubation" period between the time of death and reanimation is highly variable. It can take as little as seven minutes to possibly several days.

The other controversial finding of Trevino's research is his claim of isolating a never before seen filovirus, which he named the "cruz" or "cross" virus--ostensibly due to the fact that under the microscope its appearance resembles a "+" sign structure. The origin of this cruciform filovirus remains a mystery as it has never been detected in a living human--Trevino admits as much. His research suggests that latent nucleotides, or other unknown microscopic agents, become active at the moment of the host's death and begin to gestate the tell-tale cruciform viral structures. He claims to have observed this filovirus, on a cellular level, appear at the moment of clinical death of test subjects. The virus then attaches itself to the freshly deceased tissues. He called this process a "transmortem reaction," which occurs en masse throughout the corpse tissue-this is the initial stage of transmortem mutagenesis. He later refers to the condition of living death as a state of "necronucleosis." As the virus replicates it assimilates itself to the surrounding host cellular tissues. At this time, it must be noted that this virus, according to Trevino, behaves differently than the common virus. For example; the influenza virus will begin to replicate itself using host ribonucleic tissues and will continue to do so until it kills the host or the host immune system terminates its replicating processes. In the case of the extremely virulent filovirus, Ebola, the replication, or amplification rate, is so rapid and aggressive, that it can actually liquefy its host tissues in a matter of days as it consumes its necessary cellular materials.

Trevino asserts that his observed "cross" virus regulates its amplification as if it is aware of its host's structural limitations. The virus is, in effect, hijacking the host musculoskeletal and nervous system--which leads to the next key difference: It is widely believed that the digestive system of a zombie is inoperative and that its drive to consume human flesh is merely some diabolical proclivity of the necrotic reanimated brain. Trevino observed that the zombies need for human flesh, above all else, is based on nutritional imperative. It was his opinion that the virally possessed host needed the specific nutrients, amino acids/proteins, contained within human flesh and blood to continue to replicate itself and to sustain the host tissues. He theorized that host body's digestive system was functional on some rudimentary level--just enough sustain the host tissues, maintain ambulatory and gross motor skill functionality and in turn support the viral network, the nexus of which is, of course, seated in the host's brain--but we will discuss that later. He however could not explain exactly how the zombified corpse absorbed nutrition from its ingested flesh. Even exhaustive examinations of matter "defecated" from zombie fundaments yielded no discernable evidence of digestion.


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This story also appears on the website Zombiezine.org.
You can e-mail David Diaz at creepy-d@verizon.net.



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