Episode 759: The Lucky One

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Full Story There is a certain type of character that shows up in many stories (this is by no means exclusive to zombie fiction) is one who is keeping a lot of secrets, but isn’t terribly sneaky about it. Everyone knows there’s more he/she isn’t revealing, and they can react to… Read more »

Episode 758: Skin of Your Teeth

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dwindling Threat At the beginning of a zombie breakout, every single zombie is a huge threat to a person’s survival. But it doesn’t last very long. Soon, survivors become capable of handling themselves against single zombies, and even small groups. It’s probably not worth taking the risks to face off against them… Read more »

Episode 757: Clarify, Please

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Details, Details When you say that a character “didn’t make it” in a zombie story, that can mean a few different things, and the distinction can be important. Are you saying that they were attacked and killed by zombies? Completely devoured by the zombies, leaving nothing to reanimate? Were they bitten and… Read more »

Episode 756: Some Bad News

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pulling it Out Today’s cliche has nothing to do with zombie fiction. Rather, it is simply a truism from life. It can be hard for us to admit unpleasant things, and infinitely more so when we are directly responsible for those bad things. This difficulty is, naturally, twofold. First, simply voicing a… Read more »

Episode 755: 1 of 4

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Obvious Questions In zombie movies there is often a moment when the characters have figured out some ugly truth, but refuse to believe, or even acknowledge it until another character spells it out for them. The classic example being, of course, “Where is everyone else?”. The answer being “They didn’t make it.”… Read more »

Episode 754: Checking In

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Slow Reveal Once again we’re not sticking to the zombie genre here, or even horror in general. No, stalling a bit before a big reveal has been a time tested storytelling technique since time immemorial. Back when stories were told by traveling singers? They stalled a bit before revealing some big… Read more »

Episode 753: The Signal

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Communication Limitations When we’re not dealing with a large-scale zombie outbreak, we have an incredible variety of ways to communicate with one another. We can call on the phone from anywhere, text message, social media messaging and tagging, video chat, radio… I could go on and on. But when society starts shutting… Read more »

Episode 745: Attention Seeker

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pied Piper One of the big advantages of dealing with zombies is that their dogged single mindedness is very exploitable.Case in point, a horde of zombies can be diverted by a single person with more courage than good sense and willing to take a huge risk. Granted, it’s not a completely effective… Read more »