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Biggest Fear is a Dawn of the Dead (2004) fanfiction written by Thecricketsarecalling in April 2004 and completed a year later.

It details the life of the survivors especially Ana after Michael's apparent suicide. It is known for its plot twists, filling in the gaps, and a crossover with another one of George Romero's classic zombie movies.

A sequel called Dusk of the Dead was released in April 2008 which takes place 15 years after the end of Biggest Fear.


Biggest Fear provides the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: Nothing much is really explained why some survivors are immune and why immune ones die after getting bitten by a zombie again.
  • Alternate History: Apparently set in May 2004note  and ends by 2010 if one takes note of the details.
  • After the End: What is left of America after the zombie apocalypse.
  • Anyone Can Die: Due to the zombie apocalypse nature, anyone main character can die.
    • Nicole is killed when a group of rogue U.S. Army soldiers raid the island.
    • Terry is beaten to death by a group of motorcycle bandits. He dies just as the large survivor group rescues him.
    • Utopia is raped and beaten to death by the motorcycle gang.
    • Ana dies peacefully after reuniting with Michaelnote  due to blood loss of giving birth to her second child.
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  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: One group in East Buffalo Township consists of everyday people, police officers, and soldiers banding together to survive. They accept anyone in their group as long as they are not hostile.
  • Armies Are Evil: The soldiers that resorted to raiding. One of the well-known groups raided the island the survivors were in, killed Nicole, kidnapped Ana, and raped her 36 times.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Oh boy, this fanficiton is definitely it. When it appears that Michael would eventually reunite with Ana after so long, it is revealed that Ana is dying of blood loss after giving birth to her second child with the late-Captain Rhodes. Michael is disheartened and tries to make up for lost time even if it is a mere two hours. Ana dies peacefully and the survivors mourn her death. Eventually, they recover from her death and look forward to rebuilding what is left of society in that island such as raising both Hunter and the second child to have a good childhood, thus implying a hopeful future. It is also implied that the zombies all died out by the end of the story.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Kenneth actually survives the rogue soldiers' attack and lives alone for a year before Michael and new survivors reach the island.
  • Crapsack World: Naturally, since this is set After the End. You got zombies on what hand and rogue survivors/raiders/bandits on the other.
  • Crossover: Part of the story crosses over with Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Disappeared Dad: Hunter's father Michael, who was thought to be long dead.
  • Driven to Madness: Captain Rhodes snaps as it appears that Ana committed suicide. [[Spoiler:Ana never did commit suicide but she had to leave the Florida bunker as she needed to search for her son Hunter. She had Dr. Logan plant a fake body to make it appear she committed suicide.]]
  • The Hero Dies: After reuniting with Michael and talking straight for two hours trying to process what happened in the past five years, Ana dies peacefully in her rest.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Terry distracts the bikers from catching Hunter at the cost of his own life.
    • Ana. She distracts the rogue soldiers from catching Terry and Hunter, thus buying two precious time to escape from the island while she is captured herself.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • The rogue soldiers that raided the island. They kill Nicole and force Ana to become their sex slave.
    • The biker gang. Not only do they brutally murder Terry, they also pillage the large survivor camp in Pennsylvania. They were described to have killed, burned, and rape both woman and children. Thus, it was satisfying to read once New Jersey brutally exacts his revenge on the leader for raping and killing Utopia.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: A four year old Hunter survives the long journey from Milwaukee to East Buffalo Township due to the guidance and Heroic Sacrifice of Terry.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: After Hunter is rescued by Michael and the survivors following Terry's murder, Michael has the feeling that Hunter has his features.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Hunter then asks Michael why does he look like the man in the photo with his mother Ananote .[[Spoiler: Michael then realizes that Hunter is his long-lost son that he did not know even was born.]]
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The first few chapters are set 2004-2007 while the story itself was written in 2004 and only completed in 2005.
  • The New '10s: Not really seen but if one reads in between the lines, the story ends in 2010[[note: Michael is stated to be 40 years old at the time of the outbreak. His driver license has him born on March 16, 1964. At the final chapter, Michael states that he is 46 years old. 1964 + 46 = 2010.
  • Peaceful in Death: Ana closes her eyes one last time and is seen smiling peacefully as she expires.
  • Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie: One of the non-movie examples. Many citizens blamed the zombie outbreak as a form of terrorist attack.
    Ana (watching the neighborhood in chaos): Is this another attack on the country?
  • Product Placement: Lots of them.
    • Monica was apparently part of Playboy.
    • Hunter is given Matchbox toy cars on Christmas Eve 2007.
    • Michael, New Jersey, and Utopia find a mint condition Shelby Mustang GT 500. They use this car to raid Milwaukee of supplies before leaving for East Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania.
  • Road Trip Plot:
    • First with Michael, New Jersey, and Utopia as they head to the Pennsylvania countryside to link up with a loose group of survivors.
    • Hunter and Terry as they find a note to head to Pennsylvania.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better:
    • Kenneth continues to use his shotgun that he raided from Andy's store.
    • New Jersey is armed with a double-barrel shotgun.
    • Several friendly and hostile survivors are armed with shotguns.
  • The Reveal: Michael's suicide attempt failed as the bullet merely grazes his head due to his shaky hands. It is also revealed that he is immune, one of the lucky few around the world. His survival is unknown to the group until the end of the story.
  • Zombie Infectee: Michael after he is bitten, though later it is revealed that he is immune. New Jersey at some point was bitten and was just surprised that he didn't chain.
  • Zombie Gait: The fast running zombies are eventually reduced to shamblers as the decay progresses. Hence by the fourth month of the outbreak, they could easily be outrun.


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