Yesterday’s post Zombies Vs. Vampires caused quite the stir and resulted in tonnes of comments! Let’s see what you all have to think about Zombies Versus Werewolves…
In a war fought only by zombies and werewolves, who would win? Is there one monster that would reign supreme? In order to answer that question, we must first consider each of the creatures in turn.
The Zombie: As I stated in my Zombie versus Vampire argument, the modern archetype of the Zombie is rooted deep in the genre. Zombies are undead; that’s fairly simple to ascertain. They are plagued with a voracious hunger, they never stop to rest, and they move whether it’s night or day. They have no preference in whom they will kill and they can add to their ranks with a single, infected bite. The Zombie exists with no subtlety, no brains, and absolutely no subterfuge. That makes them pretty formidable, but how will they stack up against the Vampire or the Werewolf?
The Werewolf: Again, let’s consider the modern archetypes from literature and books. Werewolves are shape shifters; they do not remain in their wolven forms for the duration of their lifespan. Generally thought to be slaves to the lunar cycles, some werewolves change form at the most inopportune times while others can control when they shift. They are portrayed as supernaturally strong with a keen intelligence and highly developed senses. They have the ability to evade other predators or creatures but they do have their weaknesses; silver is thought to harm them, even kill them. In some cases the werewolf is invincible, proving to be a remarkable adversary, but the reality is that they can be killed. It is accepted in some circles that a bite form a werewolf can be enough to infect you with the “werewolf virus” while in others, it’s hereditary. The Werewolf is a worthy rival but how would they fare against the undead creatures known as Vampires and Zombies?
Given what we know about these supernatural creatures, it’s only safe to assume that the Werewolf would not be able to stand up against the Zombie. While they can evade and hunt during the day, they can be infected by the single bite of a Zombie. That is not to say that each and every time the Werewolf would lose the fight, it’s just more likely that they will join the ranks of the Zombie undead before eradicating their foe. It should be noted that a Werewolf Zombie is a pretty interesting idea as well as a scary thought. It should be noted here that mortality will always lose its foothold first.
Does that mean that the Zombie will inherit the earth? Let’s consider this. They pursue doggedly without getting tired. Their bites can infect anything and as they tend to accumulate in larger groups, an attack on one will only result in the perpetrator getting ambushed and bogged down with many more. The Werewolf may stand a slim chance against them but in the end, I think the Zombie wants it more.
So tell me what you think? Have I gotten this one right or wrong? Don’t forget that one lucky winner will receive a digital version of Days with the Undead: Book One every day between October 24th and October 31st. There’s also a grand prize of autographed print copies for the entire duration of Coffin Hop 2012 – make sure you comment, even if it’s just to tell me you agree…
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