Messed with this a bit more today. Mostly with the eyes, and punched up the orange in his complexion.
My hubby and I had a great discussion today about zombies, vampires and werewolves. I had pegged down that zombies are the decay of the body, while vampires are the decay of the soul. But my hubby pointed out that werewolves are the decay of the mind, because you go all crazy and feral when you turn into one.
Then we discussed how werewolves and vampires are becoming “tame” now. You have friendly, remorseful vampires seeking redemption. (Of course, even in Twilight, the bad vampires are still really bad.) Werewolves have stopped being Monsters of the Night and have become friendly pack animals with family hierarchy, because we know more about wolves than we used to.
(And wolves don’t hunt down and eat people in sleighs anymore.)
Zombies, though. There aren’t any friendly zombies. In fact, zombie apocalypse has become such a cultural thing, we have counties in Florida with their own zombie plan.
Isn’t it interesting that in a culture obsessed with physical beauty and staying young, our cultural horror is about the decay and rot of that same body?