Episode 701: Options

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Time to Panic? There comes a time in every good zombie story (and most bad ones too, to be honest) where someone just needs to freak out. It’s all perfectly understandable, of course. They’re under a tremendous amount of stress, have probably lost loved ones, and are likely suffering from lack of… Read more »

Episode 700: Just the Facts

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Quick Summary When you have a story with multiple groups of characters, you’ve got a couple of different approaches to keeping the audience up-to-date on both groups. The two most popular choices are either quick cuts between the stories, or simply offering up a brief summary every time you switch between… Read more »

Episode 617: Act of Mercy

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Depending on the mythology of the world in which a zombie story is set, people who die having not been bitten or scratched by a zombie may or may not turn. Regardless of this, if the person is infected when they die, it’s in everyone’s best interest to prevent them from reanimating…. Read more »

Episode 616: Last Requests

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dying Wish Characters in zombie stories tend to die in one of two ways. Sometimes they go out in one big moment, maybe in a blaze of glory, or maybe they’re simply torn to shreds by the horde of zombies. Other times, they simply receive a mortal wound – often a bite… Read more »

Episode 615: Goodbye Cruel World

Zombie Cliche Lookout: It’s Time One of the most horrifying things about zombies as a monster is the fact that, with just a small bite or scratch, they can doom their victims to become another zombie. This causes two issues. The first and most obvious is that this allows the zombies to very quickly perpetuate… Read more »

Episode 614: Kids Amplify the Feels

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Emotional Manipulation It can be pretty hard to write a story that appeals emotionally to readers. That said, there are quite a few ways to cheat your way to tugging at the heart strings, and hack writers trot them out like they’re going out of style. Perhaps one of the most effective… Read more »

Episode 613: I Can’t Stay Mad At You

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pre-Mortem Forgiveness There’s a phrase I hear a lot, especially at work when discussing people who no longer work there: “Do not speak ill of the dead.” Now, obviously, people are using this with tongue firmly in cheek, but the thrust of the statement is something most of us hold pretty deeply…. Read more »

Episode 612: Regrets

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Sacrifices for Survival Surviving in the zombie apocalypse is no small feat. The longer a person lasts, the more they’ve lost and sacrificed along the way. As they become a more weathered and experienced survivor, they’ll need to build up a thick skin, not just to survive all the challenges of the… Read more »