There is much truth behind jokes. The joke of the divine trickster is that he’s serious.
Can the undead make you into one, like vampires? Ah, the issue of undead motivation. The stories differ about undead motivation. What they might want or need.
Can they ever move on? Universally, they can move on from their state. The question is more of their willingness to move on.
In some cases, the undead are motivated to enforce respect for their culture. They shore up the communities they once lived in. Once that peace is restored and the balance re-established, they return to the spirit world. In other cases though, the undead are hungry, for lack of a better term. They will not move on, and they cannot return to life. So they are attracted to sources of that life, and to those who still have what they lost.
Why are zombies so popular right now? What does that scenario tap into? Zombies, shown as they are now in media and pop culture, are the angry dead. People are intuiting a growing anger building in the other side. They fear the physical consequences or punishment the dead might want to enact, and yet it also excites them.
The 99% of the dead. Yes. The dead are the real 99%. It won’t work out that way of course. Instead, it shows up in events in the collective unconscious, chronic nightmares, at least to start with.
Why do people sometimes aspire to become undead? That I can’t exactly say, though there are some links between the perceived undead state and developing necromantic gifts, also potential physical immortality. Generally, their aspiration is very short sighted.
The shadow realm has its own physics, if you will, and this state of being echoes material physics, though loosely. So there is something to be gained from one of any number of forms of intimacy between the undead and the living, fear based energy drain, physical trauma induced energy drain, erotic energy drain, even seeking to cannibalize the large burst of energy associated with death or near death.
So succubi are undead? I thought they were demons. They tend to be undead, yes. Succubi/inccubi are more often a form of vampire, though these energy harvesting methods are not necessarily confined to the undead.
Now just as we can become entrained and even entangled in a subset of human society, just as you can get caught up in the life of a disturbed ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, you can become immersed in the activities of an undead individual or group. Affecting you psychologically if not physically though this would have physical symptoms as well, pale skin, dark around the eyes, weight loss, things like that.
I must be involved with undead then. It’s possible. Shades are the most common kind, and their contact tends to manifest as a subtle melancholy, barely perceptible depressive mutterings, and an odd chronic sense of cold.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.