August 15, 2013

Four Thought-Pieces about Zombie Fiction

Here's a collection of four interesting articles about zombie fiction available on the web.  Some are analytical, some are historical. All shed some light on zombie fiction and the evolution of the genre

by Joe Fassler
Realistic stories once dominated American literature, but now writers are embracing the fantastical. What happened?
From The Atlantic, October 2011. Might spark a bit of debate because it includes Justin Cronin's The Passage. Interesting commentary on the initial reception of that novel. 

The State of Zombie Literature: An Autopsy
By Terrence Rafferty

The thing about these newly empowered 21st-century zombies is that they keep coming at you, relentlessly, wave upon wave of necrotic, mindlessly voracious semi-­beings.
This article was published August 5th, 2011 in the New York Times "Sunday Book Review" section. Too bad he was wrong. Zombie fiction seems to be alive and well.

Zombie Renaissance
By Mark McGurl 

Critics have been worrying about the death of the novel for decades, and the publication of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is unlikely to change that. 
This solid evaluation of three different books was published originally in N+1 magazine's issue 9. Republished on the web July 1, 2013. It begins as a book review, ends with a thorough history.

Zombie Love: Chewing on the Entrails of Genre
Mark Williams

I want to consider contemporary Horror through the seemingly vacant, unblinking eyes of one particular subspecies: Zombie narratives.
Published at The Werewolf  on June 11, 2013. A little heady, a little ramble-ish, but interesting nonetheless.

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