The whole purpose of this radio show was to force me to write creatively. I often find myself putting my passion on the backburner, because college kind of forces you to, but it always made me very sad. So, I wanted an excuse to write whatever I wanted throughout the semester.
The Fantasy Realm has definitely done that, but I also realized it was an opportunity to try writing in some genres I’d never try in any other circumstance. I’m a fantasy writer, hence why the majority of my stories for the show are fantasy-based.
However, the concept is that you’re stepping into a portal for an adventure, so why not have an adventure that is in a completely different genre?
So, my first thought: zombies.
Yes, for some reason, I was just itching to write about a zombie apocalypse, and this was the result. I think there are two main reasons I went for this story.
First, there are some songs I really wanted to include in my playlists, but they would never have a place unless I wrote this kind of story. Music from Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Beyond: Two Souls, and The Last of Us all just fit the genre so perfectly. I really wanted them to have a place on my show.
Second, I absolutely love The Walking Dead Telltale Games, particularly because I’m a huge fan of Cryaotic, and those are some of my favorite playthroughs of his. If you’ve seen anything affiliated with The Walking Dead, you can tell my story is very heavily inspired by it (that and Resident Evil).
With that said, this story resulted in the most difficult time I had in creating a playlist. I don’t consume a lot of post-apocalyptic content, so I had a bit of a tough time finding music that I genuinely enjoyed and that would work for this story. I won’t buy music I don’t genuinely like for a story, so it was a bit tricky.
I eventually figured it out though, and this playlist ended up being one of my longest ones at 59 minutes.
Also, you may wonder why I added “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen in the playlist. It may seem so out of place.
The reason is actually an easter egg. I am a longtime fan of The Hillywood Show, so I wanted to pay hommage to their work with The Walking Dead.
Next week, we’ll be back to a fantasy-based story, but I’ve definitely got more genres I’ve been playing with for the show, such as science fiction, mystery and historical fiction.