Zombies are generally grouped into four types based on what reanimated them. Those being chemical/biological, magical/religious, parasitic, and radioactive. Beyond that they may be divided into two main subgroups based on their eating habits. So the question is: What do zombies eat?
The answer depends on who you ask but all zombies are flesh eaters.
When asked, most people, your man on the street, will say brains. How many times have you seen zombies in the media portrayed as walking around moaning Braiiiiinnnzzzzz? Sure, the idea of the brain-eating zombie is a mainstay of modern pop. But zombies weren’t always brain-guzzling ghouls. In fact I would argue that all zombies are flesh eaters but that some zombies have a particular fetish for the consumption of the brain. Take a look at most movies, games, books, comics etc and you’ll find zombies eating people. They might go for the brain, but even in those stories, the zombies will still start biting and trying to eat the flesh and guts of their victims. I’ll be writing more about the brain eating type of zombies tomorrow but take a look at a group of zombies in a brain eaters movie and what do they do? Eat people. They eat the flesh, they bite the arms and necks and they love diving into the guts. It’s not just the brains, though they may be appetizing, but all zombies are going to guzzle down heaps of good flesh.
This makes a lot of sense. After all, the brain is hard to get to. Animals in the wild will eat brains but they are the last things that they can get to. The flesh and muscles, the guts and all that goodness plus the marrow in the bones is what most creatures are after. Why the consumption of the brain would be so appealing is a bit of a mystery though I’ll hint at an answer to that tomorrow. There is also a bit of a mystery as to why zombies would prefer humans over other animals. In many stories they dive right in and eat animals up just like their human victims but in others they seem to avoid them altogether. In all of these stories though, it is the flesh that is consumed.