It’s all the rage, that zombie thing. You know what I’m talking about. You’re glued to the TV on Sunday nights for The Walking Dead. You’ve seen World War Z (and maybe even read the book). It’s terrifying, isn’t it? Fortunately, you can sleep at night because nothing like that could ever happen in real life, right? Right?
Well, what if zombies weren’t people who ate brains and created more zombies? What if people turned into zombie-like creatures because of something they ingested? Like protein water? Think about Mad Cow disease—but even more intense. And what if there was this great protein water that actually made you lose weight. And all the celebrities were drinking it and hyping it. And you drank it, too, because it worked for your neighbor and mom and second cousin. What if that protein water suddenly changed manufacturers, and the “all-natural” ingredients the new company touted were actually prion disease-ridden?
In Em Garner’s new book, Contaminated, that’s exactly what happens. A seemingly healthy drink turns most of America into zombie-like, hyper violent, dead-eyed “Connies.” Once you read the book you’ll see how easily this could happen. And you’ll never sleep again. At least not without double door locks and a bat under your pillow.
Check out FLL issue#29 for more on Contaminated and local author Em Garner.