#Rot: Zombie Nicknames

#Rot: Zombie Nicknames

#Rot: Zombie Nicknames in the New Millennium

We have tons of names for Zombies.

They range from the not very original, The Dead, to sleek names like Wraith.

Bryce Bentley SummersWe love to point out that zombies are dead, sort of, but not really. Undead, Not-Dead, Dead-Heads, and even Dead-Beats.

People enjoy associating the word walk with zombies. They name them Walkers, Rot-Walkers, Walking-Dead, Pale Walkers, Grave-Walkers, Dead-Walkers, and Night-Walkers.

Sometimes we designate names to zombies according to their actual walking gait: Shufflers, Lurkers, Runners, Floaters, Roamers, and Restless Dead.

The no leg guys are called the Crawlless Dead.

zombie_cane1Hey, what about Dead-Strollers? It has a nice ring.

Some names fall under the category of skin type – Rotters, Skin Puppets, Flesh Dolls. Other names are nerdy such as Geek and Lame Brains.

While some names make me wonder if we’re even talking about Zombies – Meat Bags and Meat Puppets. Meat Puppets, seriously?

For you morning people we have the Risen and Stiffs. If you don’t get the stiff joke, then ask your guy friend.

Some names are exclusively oral focused like Moaners, Hungerers, Flesh-Eaters, Biters, and Brain Eaters.

We please the religious devout with names like Unconsecrated, Cauldron-Born, Abominations, Unmentionables, Hollows, and Soulless Husks.

Mysterious names are sometimes given to our Undead friends like Them, Zacks, and Zeek.

The video games Halo and Dead Space have clever names, respectively, The Flood and Necromorphs. Oh, that is nice.

I’m just going to say. Maybe it’s time to give these guys a name for our new millennium?

It’d be nice if Zombies could talk, then we could tap one on the shoulder, and be like, “Yo’ Bro. Give us a name for your era man.”

Alas, you’d only get a pathetic groan in return.

So, we must surf the web instead, and search for catchy phrases.

Let’s say if a zombie apocalypse did happen tomorrow, surly our teens of today who are into metal, grunge, and hip-hop, would come up with a catchy name that has a twist of sarcasm.

Maybe… Moanies. Pokes, Zsters, Z-Hater, Z-Men, Z’sie, Z’gansta.

No doubt, our youth who are experts in sending out rapid texts and tweets and gave us LOL, WTF, BRB, CYA, LMAO, STBY, PAW, POS ** can come up with something shrewd.

I’m going to take a guess, but maybe they’d come up with … ZED, BOZ, DAZ, SLOB, ZOS, or ZAW**.

But until the Z-guys start texting and tweeting, and give us something to work with, we’ll just have to settle for names we already have.

For now, I’m just going to tweet out …


Bryce Bentley Summers is a psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He’s presently employed at  the Dallas Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Bryce is the author of the Young Adult Dark Fantasy (Sci-Fi) series AMEN to ROT, a story that pits young people against a sinister force, but also takes a look at learning what your capable of accomplishing when facing impossible challenges. The novel Nyte God will conclude this series and will be available in 2015.

Be on the look out for a ROTVILLE, a Sci-Fi Thriller (Horror) that will be published by DAMNATION BOOKS and be available in 2015. A story about an experiment gone awry, they wanted to create the perfect soldier, but instead, a hero was born…

Also be on the look for FRESH MEAT, a Paranormal (Horror with Multicultural & Gay Themes) and is about a sociopathic’s inner journey from evil to salvation.

Bryce is also a blog writer for the Human Rights Campaign.


** LOL = Laugh Out Loud, WTF = What the Fuck, BRB = Be Right Back, CYA = Cover Your Ass, LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off, STBY = Sucks To Be You, PAW = Parents Are Watching, POS = Parents Over Shoulder

** ZED = Zombie; BOZ = Brainless Odorful Zombies; DAZ = Dumb-Ass-Zombie; SLOB = Stinking, Lurking Offbeat Biters; ZOS, = Zombie Over Shoulder; ZAW = Zombies Are Watching.

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