They are not technically the living dead. They are more like the infected of 28 Days Later. But Alex Garland nicked the idea off I Am Legend , the novel by Richard Matheson, although his infected were more vampires than zombies there are many similarities between the two. When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician — every adult — fell ill. The lucky ones died.
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The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city — down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground — the grown-ups lie in wait.
About the Author: Charles Murray Higson born 3 July , more commonly known as Charlie Higson, is an English actor, comedian, author and former singer. He has also written and produced for television. Charlie Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia where his brother has taught since and is now a professor of film studies where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards.
Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from to Higson then became a plasterer — including plastering the student house of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie — before he turned to writing for Harry Enfield with Paul Whitehouse and performing comedy. He worked with Whitehouse on the radio comedy Down the Line and is to work with him again on a television project, designed to be a spoof of celebrity travel programmes. The third novel, Double or Die , was published on 4 January having had its title announced the day before.
Charlie is currently writing a new series of zombie books for children. Some rural communities and the military have been effective in fighting the zombies in open country, but cities are helpless and largely overrun. Confusion reigns at the WGON television studio in Philadelphia by the plague's third week, where staff member Stephen Andrews and Francine Parker are planning to steal the station's traffic helicopter to escape the zombies. Meanwhile, police SWAT officer Roger DiMarco and his team raid an apartment building where the residents are defying the martial law of delivering their dead to National Guardsmen.
Some residents fight back with handguns and rifles, and are slaughtered by both the overzealous SWAT team and their own reanimated dead.
Roger tells Peter that his friend Stephen intends to take his network's helicopter, and suggests that Peter come with them. The matter is decided when they are informed of a group of zombies sheltered in the basement, which they execute with grim determination.
Following some close calls while stopping for fuel, the group comes across a shopping mall, which becomes their sanctuary. To make the mall safe for habitation, they block the entrances with trucks to keep the undead masses outside from building up enough cumulative force to break through; they also craft a wooden "false wall" to hide the access to their living space. During the cleanup operation, Roger becomes reckless and is bitten, dooming himself to the infection.
After clearing the mall of zombies, the four enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle with all the resources available to them.
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As time goes by, however, they come to perceive themselves as imprisoned by the zombies, especially since Francine is four months pregnant. Peter offers to abort the child, but this is rejected.
The men begin to consider leaving; Stephen, now seeing the mall as a kind of kingdom, opposes the plan, but teaches Francine how to operate the helicopter in case of emergency. Roger eventually succumbs to his wounds, reanimates, and is shot by Peter. All emergency broadcast transmissions eventually cease, suggesting that civilization as they know it has completely collapsed.
Their ironic salvation occurs when a gang of motorcyclists, having seen the helicopter during one of Francine's flying lessons, break into and start looting the mall, which allows hundreds of zombies inside.