Can you recognize these?

(reworked old post)

A man dies, then comes back to life, different, not so human anymore. His friends meet him on a road and hardly recognize him; he gives no hint of recognizing them either. They wonder how he can be so badly wounded and still move.

Some time after seeing him, touching him, they feel a great change coming upon them, a new zeal that burns like fire, like ice, stills all former desires. Their speech turns to moans like the language of some far-away land, and their former doubts gone, they now feel only one need…

This behavior, this brave death-defying herd action, spreads quickly. The poor are the first to fall to this contagion; soon there is unrest on the streets, bloodshed and useless arrests. Authorities are powerless to stop the outbreak, and are overwhelmed. The persecutors turn into the persecuted. A dark age follows.

* * *

A man arrives from a distant place, the son of a great sire. Even if he’s aristocratic like an ancient king, he still consorts with women and with outcasts, even with the insane. He has power over spirits, and many see the words of old books come to life in him. His eyes are mesmerizing, his words are convincing. Many want to follow him, obey him, do his will.

He talks of the power of blood, the blood that is life, and says that those who want to share his power must drink his.

A desperate few oppose him, seeing in him an evil “king”, a dangerous renegade, a blasphemous resurrection man, an error in the way things should be, so they take a piece of wood and kill him.

And yet he shall return, in a thousand different incarnations, each more tawdry and lukewarm than the rest.

* * *

Er, what does it tell of me that I can (and do) phrase a zombie outbreak and the plot of Dracula to fit the birth of Christianity?

(“The son of a great sire” is a reference the fact that “Dracula” means “son of the dragon”; I suppose the other double references aren’t that difficult.)

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