Typical me, arriving last to the latest popular trends, I’m finally making it to the zombie sensation. Not that I haven’t had some fondness of zombies, I recall quite clearly zombies in the old “Dark Shadows” series, the “Living Dead” films, and of course needed something for Shevata to practice on in her early history of the Gastar novellas.
I suspect some of the popular recent films involving walking dead helped move along the popularity of the carnivorous afterlives. Why are zombies so popular, besides some great hashtags, like #unemployedzombies (who knows me)?
Zombies are answer to vampires, to me, in a way. They’re not snobby or pretentious. Ever see a zombie lie to anyone? OK, so maybe I didn’t read that book or see that film. But, in general, zombies are pretty honest. If you get close, you get eaten. Simple.
Zombies give us a grotesque view of horror and anatomy. After watching a zombie film or three, I can cut back on my eating for a while. Consider it an appetite-suppressant. Also, it’s quite educational, what’s so bad about a bit of Gross Anatomy? OK, bad joke. Muscles, tendons, crushing bone, I think I’ll stop there.
Zombies are classic. “The Night of the Living Dead” is someone’s favorite classic bad horror film, even if it isn’t mine. Some films out there, especially in the horror genre, are great because they’re so bad. It’s like going full circle, one has to admire a film that’s so bad. All right, let me back off a bit for the real fans, my dearest late sister included. She loved zombie films; so I’d better be nice before she finds me.
Overall, we dark fantasy readers shouldn’t sell zombies short. When we call upon them, they deliver. Be it readily available Armies of Darkness (yes I mean the film “Army of Darkness”, but those were more like skeletons; same difference), cannibals of evil creation, neighbors post mortem redux, zombies are there for us. Must we always take ourselves so seriously all the time? Nah. Zombies help us through the dark times and throw a little darkness in to cheer us up.