Why Zombies Like Brains

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012
  • Posted in Reservoir Dad
  • Why Zombies Like Brains

    Archie-zombie-storyI felt a teary kind of joy when Archie came to me last week with his first, unprompted short story ever. I can’t tell you how happy it made me. I can’t describe how happy I felt for him.

    I’ve been writing stories since I can remember. I used to draw (terribly) and write fantasy type stories in my early teens about kids being chosen to save the world from terrible evil. I’d staple all the pages together into little books.

    As I got older I wrote a few love stories where I would serenade my current crush in front of the whole school (see Woman by John Lennon, Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young) and win the love and adoration of every pupil and teacher. I wrote some humorous stories about real schoolmates, mostly for laughs but sometimes (regretfully) with enough of an eye on detail to hurt feelings.  I also remember parts of an epic I wrote that had a whole host of characters fighting, and falling in love, and falling apart.

    Archies-StoryI’ve always been a bit of a romantic, attracted to drama and craziness and exaggeration but I kept it to myself, for most of my life, for the most part. Writing has been a great outlet for me (Reservoir Mum has also copped a fair bit of it – bless her), and the Reservoir Dad website has been like a waterhole for me.

    I can see similar traits in Archie and am so happy he has taken to reading and writing and story-telling. He’s also very expressive (when he’s not overcome by shyness) and I hope he gets to express himself through more avenues than I had available to me as I was growing up.

    Anyway, he was very excited when I told him I wanted to share his very first short story on the Reservoir Dad website. Feel free to leave him a comment below. He will most likely want to respond.


    Why Zombies Like Brains

    by Archie


    cartoon-zombieOnce upon a time there was only one person in the whole world. When he died he started to turn into a Zombie and when he turned into a Zombie more people were made and the Zombie got hungry.

    So he turned angry and so angry that he said a word. And that word was brains, but he didn’t know what it meant.

    One day he went to school and I think you know what they were learning about! Yes, brains. And finally he knew what it meant.

    The teacher said Zombies like brains and he was a Zombie so he tried a brain and he liked it. That person turned into a Zombie and started to like brains too until all people were Zombies and they had babies, so there became more Zombies.

    One day the world collapsed and it was gone.

    All because of that one Zombie.

    The End

    Comments (25)

    • Janine


      20 November 2012 at 11:53 |
      That's a great story Archie. Those Zombies are scary!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:24 |
        Thank you. But they're not scary to me. - Archie
    • Rebel Without A Pause

      Rebel Without A Pause

      20 November 2012 at 11:54 |
      Woah, that story is so cool and it really has me thinking. You know why? Because when I was growing up, my Dad ate.... BRAINS! Uh-oh, maybe he is a Zombie? Maybe that means I'm a Zombie... and maybe my kids are Zombies too?
      Uh-oh Archie, this story could have changed my life!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:24 |
        Hahahahhahahahahah. - Archie
    • Amanda McFarlane

      Amanda McFarlane

      20 November 2012 at 12:16 |
      What a fantastic story Archie!! Lucky we have you around to keep an eye out for those brain gobbling zombies!!!!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:23 |
        Thank you from the grave. - Archie
    • Caroline


      20 November 2012 at 12:38 |
      Awesome story. My 8 year old boy loves writing stories about zombies too :-)
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:22 |
        What does he call the stories? - Archie
        • Caroline


          21 November 2012 at 20:30 |
          "Deaders" is the latest. He is a little bit dramatic. I think your title is a lot less gross :-)
    • Cath @ Bump Baby

      Cath @ Bump Baby

      20 November 2012 at 12:41 |
      Whoa! That story is a bit scary - but also cool because the Zombie got to learn what brains where and make more Zombies, but then the world collapsed. Love it, Archie!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:21 |
        Braiiins! That means thank you in Zombie. - Archie
    • Phil


      20 November 2012 at 13:25 |
      Great story Archie! I'll be keeping an eye out for zombies from now on.
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:19 |
        Thanks. Which ones? - Archie
    • Julie


      20 November 2012 at 13:47 |
      Fantastic story Archie. Keep fighting those zombies. Scary things that they are
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:19 |
        I do karate! - Archie
    • Aunty Di

      Aunty Di

      20 November 2012 at 17:19 |
      Arch, at first I was impressed by all that beautiful handwriting that took up more than one page and then I was even MORE impressed when I read the story. I love the bit where the teacher explains what a brain is and the zombie eats it! I didn't even know zombies like to eat brains - I need to read more zombie stories. Keep them coming!!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:18 |
        Hi Aunty Di. I took five nights to do it. Have your read it to Amelia? - Archie
    • Lee Fox

      Lee Fox

      20 November 2012 at 18:06 |
      Wonderful story Archie. You're a writer. Woohoo! I'm wondering about those zombie babies now. Do you think they will have any adventures? They might not. But make sure you write them down if they do.
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:15 |
        I will. Dad told me you write real children's books.- Archie
        • Lee Fox

          Lee Fox

          22 November 2012 at 06:25 |
          Hi Archie, yes, I have had some children's stories published. At the moment I am doing other work (for money so I can pay the bills and buy women's sized shoes for my youngest daughter who is fifteen now) so I don't get as much time or energy to write stories for children and I really miss it. I hope to do some work on my novels over the Christmas holidays. Now that you've started writing stories I bet you will get all sorts of ideas that you can write about. It's good fun and I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes, Lee
    • Ann-Marie Cahill

      Ann-Marie Cahill

      20 November 2012 at 20:24 |
      I am absolutely impressed. I like your writing style. It's like you are reading a bed-time story to me. And this would be an awesome bed-time story. In fact, it was. My 6yo son really liked it. Great work.
    • Jac at Common Chaos Chronicle

      Jac at Common Chaos Chronicle

      20 November 2012 at 21:58 |
      Great writing Archie, I loved your story! I reckon Zombies must be popular at the moment as my daughter Zafirah has written her own story about Robot Zombies.
      All I know is that I freaked out big time the other night as I walked past our iPad. I heard a Zombie type voice creepily call out the word "Brains"... Yep, after I stopped freaking out I realised that the kids had just left their Zombie Cafe game running. Phew! Talk about scary!
      • RD


        21 November 2012 at 18:06 |
        I know that game and I got freaked out too. - Archie
    • RD


      21 November 2012 at 18:25 |
      Love you Mum - Archie

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