We humans love to be afraid. Fear gives us a chance to reconnect with our ancestral past and put the bill-paying-cubicle-dwelling concerns that plague our modern lives into perspective. So we are seeing a resurgence of interest in the visceral, un-romantic, scary-as-hell stories of the undead. It is no wonder that in recent years there has been a steady explosion of zombie movies and television shows. The appeal is curious, but understandable. In zombie stories, there is complete anarchy, a full collapse of governments and social structures. The lucky uninfected protagonists are free to loot and scavenge for supplies. No longer do they have to pay the cable bill, no longer to they have to mail their rent check or file their tax return. Now they are free to carry a shotgun and a machete and kill any undead creatures they encounter. Perhaps it is a desire to escape from the mental trappings of our mind-numbing reality that makes this an attractive proposition. Now the viewer is brought into an apocalyptic world where his greatest concern is not to figure out how to finish 12 projects before the contractual deadline, but to avoid being eaten alive by flesh-hungry necrotic freaks.
Perhaps we are the zombies, the braindead/brainwashed masses, toiling away incessantly, with no hope and no future. Or perhaps we are the survivors, faster, smarter, more agile, hoping to get away.
In any case, I recommend watching the Walking Dead, season 1 is now available in the US on Netflix. I also recommend The Zombie Survival Guide for your survival library. While this book is intended as humor, it does contain good survival tips, with the benefit of being thoroughly entertaining.