Flu pandemics in Fiction

While most would agree that death and disease are not laughing matters, they provide plenty of fodder for fiction writers.

Why?

Aside for the drama of life and death stakes, pandemics have played pivotal roles in human history. Europe would probably still have a feudal system if it wasn’t for the Black Death. World War I might have dragged on for longer than four years with both sides still eagerly engaged in chemical warfare if it weren’t for the Flu Epidemic of 1917-1918.

With these epic changes to draw upon, writers can take that ‘what if’ scenario to unexpected places, especially when the villain of the piece is something invisible to the naked eye and nearly impossible to fight.

To many who pen action adventure stories these kinds of events are like locked room deaths to mystery writers. I’ve used them twice now. Once in my current Sci-Fi novel and the second in my fantasy novel Dancing in the Kitchen, after all what good is a death stone to an evil sorcerer if he/she doesn’t use it?

In my defense, I’ve worked as a microbiologist in a pharmaceutical company and government for years. So I drew upon what I knew and combined it with my love of horror, history and natural disaster movies, documentaries and books.

Listed in no particular order are some of my favorite microbe related movies:

I am Legend

Omega Man

Outbreak

Virus

The Hot Zone

Resident Evil

Night of the Living Dead

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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