Story to tell
Miguel is writing a book and I wish him all the best.
I’ve had a idea for a story I want to tell for a little while now. I’ve thought more about it as a screen play than a book, but I’m not sure where to take it. Which is why I am posting here, I want to get some feelers. I told the idea to my wife, she sort of likes it but warned me that the premise, as well as a few of the characters will invite upon me the wrath of the SJWs.
Either as a book or a screen play, I want to do a zombie story. I know, I know, that’s all played out, but I have a different angle I want to take it. Part of the story is inspired by the book Dracula. I know, I’m making it so much worse, but bare with me.
I want to have it set in Louisiana between 1862 and 1863. The main villain will be a runaway slave who is a Bokor, a Voodoo priest. He is bringing soldiers who died on the battlefield back to life to enact revenge on the families of the plantation owners. His actions go, at least for a while, unnoticed because of the war, but eventually a small group of people catch on and have to stop him.
I want one of the good guys to be a house slave, who is also (unbeknownst to his master) a houngan, a good Voodoo priest. He is my Abraham Van Helsing character, a wise, older character steeped in knowledge of Voodoo. I want at least one Union officer and one Confederate officer as part of the Bokor hunting party. I like the idea of that internal conflict, that has to be overcome. The rest of the party needs more fleshing out. And I want there to be at least one battle with a Rougarou, a sort of Louisiana Voodoo were-alligator, that the Bokor is using as a bodyguard.
Part of why I want to do this, is I like the idea of Voodoo zombies instead of disease zombies. There is a little bit more I can play around with – like Voodoo zombies and their aversion to salt. I also like the idea of zombies vs. civil war era weaponry. Fighting zombies in the Bayou is going to quickly turn into a saber and knife fight. You can bet my Confederate officer will be dispatching zombies with a D-guard bowie. Modern zombie movies and shows have a lot of rapid fire and accurate head shots. Early Civil War battles were still fought with Napoleonic volley fire tactics and bayonet charges. I imagine that not being particularity effective against a horde of the undead.
Some of it, like the locations, Civil War weapons and tactics I will try to be as accurate as possible. Other things, like Voodoo, I will have to take some liberties.
What do you all think? Zombies played out? Is this something you might like?