Episode 744: Keep Calm

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Take a Deep Breath I’m going to need you guys to bear with me a little bit on this one, because I’m fleshing it out in my head as I type. The short version is that, in horror fiction (not the zombie sub-genre in particular), there seems to be a correlation between… Read more »

Episode 743: Getting Started

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reliable Unreliability Today’s cliche is by no means exclusive to zombie fiction. Rather, it’s a mainstay in modern horror in general. I’m talking, of course, about vehicles that stubbornly refuse to start when a character needs to use it to get away. That car might have worked flawless in every other scene… Read more »

Episode 742: Any Port in a Storm

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Hiding in Vehicles Zombies chasing you? Time to find shelter as quickly as possible. If you’re out on the street, the most expedient shelter available just might be an abandoned vehicle. And why not? They’re small and relatively easy to lock up from the inside. And, yes, the windows are glass, but… Read more »

Episode 740: Give and Take

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Keeping the Pressure On Surviving the zombies apocalypse is all about balance. It’s about balancing risk and reward. It’s about balancing your stress. You have to balance the added security of joining up with others with the added stress of having to keep them fed. The survival pressure is absolutely relentless, which… Read more »

Episode 739: Two Of Three

Zombie Cliche Lookout: And I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside Zombies, as I have pointed out earlier, are pretty gross. It should be noted that this just adds to their horror as monsters, and I would argue that they certainly do that. Seeing horrifically injured, clearly dead, people wandering around is, at best… Read more »

Episode 738: Dirty Work

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombies are Pretty Gross For people like us who love the zombie genre, it’s easy to forget just how utterly disgusting it would be to have to actually deal with the walking dead. I mean, honestly, these are corpses that are walking around, eating people. They’re going to be decomposing in front… Read more »

Episode 737: Time to Strike

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Gratuitous Violence One thing that people tend to really love about the zombie genre is the amount of violence and gore it features. Generally speaking, more is more when it comes to gore in a zombie story. People love it, and the more over-the-top, the better. That’s the reason people get upset… Read more »

Episode 734: A Call for Help

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Using Resources The beauty of the zombie as a monster is that, on its own, a single zombie isn’t terribly threatening. Sure, it’s creepy and gross, but it’s also slow, clumsy, and has no particular abilities outside of lack of emotion and fatigue. Once you start having to deal with multiple zombies,… Read more »