September 3, 2013

Zombie Week at Tor Books

Tor Books- Zombie Week

The Zombie Series at Tor Books has at least as much zombie author information as many complete websites.  Joe McKinney has a post there. So does John Joseph Adams, who introduces us to David Wellington's short story "Good People." This section of the Tor website is a wealth of  zombie author information. Plus, there are quite a few free stories.

The series was completed in September of 2010, so it's more of an archival reference than a current one.

Article topics range from zombie art  to zombie humor.

Several thoughtful articles examine the  metaphorical  and social implications of the zombie world.

A couple of articles are more analytical in nature:

Paula Stiles offers a literary and restrospective look at zombies in  "Historical Zombies: Mummies, The Odyssey and Beyond."

Revenants are a much more varied and much more vaguely-defined group of monsters than either Romero or Stoker has given us.  Romero’s cannibalistic zombies are more like medieval European vampires (but without the religious undertones; I’ll get to that in a bit) while Stoker’s vampires are more like traditional, Caribbean-style zombies who are slaves to their “maker.” There’s a lot more overlap than fans think.

Bob Fingerman discusses the regular guy in "Zombies: The Regular Schmuck of the Monster World."
What’s the appeal? I think it all boils down to the fact that they’re the underdog of the monster world. They play into our neuroses and self-doubt. There’s nothing sexy or appealing about them. Lots of people fantasize about being other horror mainstays: vampires, of course. Werewolves. But zombies? No. I’ve never met anyone who said, “Yeah, man, a zombie is what I’d like to be. They’re so cool.”
Some of the articles have a Q&A format, where zombie authors and experts weigh in with their opinions.

It may take a little digging, but these articles are worth the time. In a future post, I'll index the articles by theme, so you can find them a little more easily.

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