Aspiring writer, comic illustrator, animator, concept artist and 3D modeler. Mostly monsters and characters.
I just really like cartoons
I am not a furry fuck off
There are various categories and sub-categories when regarding the undead. Most of it all boils down too, "Did it die? Yes. Is it still walking? Yes. Then it is undead".
Zombies pretty much still have their corpse from when they've died. How they've come to die, or how they've been reanimated all depends on what kind of zombie it is. Some zombies have human level intelligence, some are brainless. Is it angry? Perhaps it's a revenant. Is it brain dead? Perhaps it's been reanimated by voodoo to be used as a slave. Either way it's still a zombie.
The "Viral" zombies is more of a modern twist to the genre most likely first coined in Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend in 1954 and while it's good and a very interesting subject that's not quite my area of expertise lol.
Ghosts range from incorporeal to corporeal forms as spirits who have left their bodies behind. There's countless of different kinds of ghosts but the most recurring feature is that they have no physical form but have the energies needed to show themselves or interact with the world. Does it throw things around? Probably a poltergeist. Does it just sit in a corner and scream? It's probably me on a tuesday night.
Vampires and zombies do sometimes go hand in hand with still using their physical bodies after death, but Vampires are more often then not more "intact" and "sturdier" than zombies. They also have a lot more abilities, some being the traditional turning into bats, supernatural strength and speed, and being able to blend in with humans.
Ghouls, depending on who you ask, are the bodies of the dead being possessed by a demon or a pissed off spirit. This is where the lines between ghost, zombie, and vampire become blurred. While it still has a physical form the body usually does not belong to the spirit, despite this the body will not rot and the body will still consume from the dead or living.
Is it bad that I remember watching that movie when I was like 6? lmao
Right, but here, I wanted to keep the categorization as stupid simple as possible to avoid overwhelming anyone lol.
I do want to make a list of a handful of the many different vampires found all over the world but it all falls to how much time I have.
Do take into consideration this isn't like an attempt at "100% accurate history of undead" or something, this is only my take on the subject for the series I am writing