609: Lock It Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turning Point In fiction, battles tend to go back and forth a few times, and then the good guys win in the end after some big, dramatic turning point. This can come in a lot of different flavors. Sometimes one member of the home team pulls off a risky maneuver. Or maybe… Read more »

Episode 608: Backstop

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Over-Penetration When it comes to dispatching zombies, guns can be incredibly effective. Provided you’re able to hit the brain and the calibre and load are sufficient, a gun can take out a zombie with only a couple of pounds of pressure. Of course, there are an awful lot of drawbacks. Perhaps the… Read more »

Episode 607: Pivot

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Surviving in the zombie apocalypse requires a lot of luck, as well as a fair bit of attention and flexibility. Any potential survivor lacking these traits isn’t likely to last for long. Luck is obvious; all it takes is a bit of bum luck and you can kiss your ass goodbye. A… Read more »

Bricks of the Dead Episode 606

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Buying Time Fighting against a zombie is bound to be challenging. Unlike the living, they feel neither pain nor fear, won’t get tired, and can only be stopped by destroying their well-protected brain. Oh, and all they need to do is break your skin, and you’re screwed. People have the advantage of… Read more »

Episode 605: Plug the Hole

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Multi-Tasking In recent years, a lot of (mostly virtual) ink has been spilled over the ineffectiveness of multi-tasking. Granted, most of the experts that are discussing the subject are focusing mostly on office workers, rather than desperate survivors in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, but I think the idea still applies…. Read more »

Episode 604: Get Out!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Kids in Danger There’s no quicker and easier way for a writer to raise the stakes than by putting a cute kid or animal in harm’s way. The vast majority of us don’t want to see anyone hurt, but when it’s someone innocent and defenseless like a young child, it really gets… Read more »

Episode 601: Priorities

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Too Much to Do As I have said again and again in these write-ups, having a few other people you can count on with you in the zombie apocalypse is going to make your task much, much easier. That said, there are certainly trade-offs. Take the current situation, for example. While having… Read more »

Episode 599: Ring the Dinner Bell

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Run or Hide When it comes to zombies, you want to put as much distance and as many obstacles as possible between you and the zombies. Of course people can’t run forever. Unlike zombies, we have a lot of needs that have to be met, otherwise we simply stop functioning. We need… Read more »