Guest Post: Russell R James #WinterofZombie

Posted: November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dying Days


The Staying Power of the Undead

You can’t keep a good zombie down. At least not without a bullet to the head, and certainly not since 1968. Why does this fictional terror maintain its hold on our psyche across generations? Because zombies are relentless? Remorseless? Repellent? Nope.

Because they were once us. Sure, aliens and demons are scary. I’m not in a hurry to meet any of those. But there’s a separation between them and humanity, a line they cannot cross that places a subconscious, psychological distance between us and them. Zombies, however, were once human, and in the same horrific way that a serial killer was once a cute little Cub Scout next door. There’s a relatable reference point to see just how awful this creature has become.

But that brings on the ultimate zombie-inspired spine-tingle. You could become a zombie. The terror that physically hunts you while you…

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