Episode 786: Hurry Up and Wait

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Licking Wounds Even in the zombie apocalypse, you can only push people so far. Sure, the zombies are going to get rid of a lot of the weakness modern civilization has engendered in us, but people will still have their limitations. If they overextend themselves, they’ll break. And in the middle of… Read more »

Episode 785: Sacrifices

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Breaking a Few Eggs Life in the zombie apocalypse isn’t easy. Resources are scarce, making competition cutthroat, both figuratively and literally. Medical care is a total crap shoot. If you’re really lucky, you might have a doctor or veterinarian in your group, otherwise it’s a bunch of idiots doing their best based… Read more »

Episode 784: Assurances

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Real Dead One of the more horrifying aspect of zombies as a monster is that they turn their victims into more zombies. That means your friends and loved ones can and will reanimate and try to murder you. Early on during the zombie outbreak, people are really going to struggle with… Read more »

Episode 783: Bad News

Zombie Cliche Lookout: While You Were Out One thing that I like about zombie fiction is the way that it amplifies the stresses and strangeness of everyday life. It’s always weird coming back to the office after a week off and getting up to speed on all the things you’ve missed. Imagine if someone was… Read more »

Episode 782: Making Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Moving On I’ve probably mentioned this a time or two, but dealing with interpersonal conflicts while also trying to survive the zombie apocalypse is no easy feat. You’re much better off making amends with people and building trust than holding on to any resentment. After all, you’re going to need to have… Read more »

Episode 781: Awkward Memories

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unfinished Business One of the consequences of bringing all your characters back together is that anything left unresolved is going to bubble back up to the surface, and the zombie apocalypse has a way of leaving a lot of unresolved conflict. I mean, it’s kind of hard to settle up every interpersonal… Read more »

Episode 780: Reunited and It Feels So Good

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Story Contracts Today’s cliche isn’t unique to the zombie genre. In fact, it’s a mainstay in fiction, especially where stories become long form. At the beginning of a big story, things tend to be relatively compact. The reader is introduced to the protagonist, or the small group of protagonists, and the… Read more »

Episode 779: Helping Hand

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Gentle Push People are always the truly dangerous forces in zombie stories. Sure, zeds will take out a lot of people, especially during the early parts of the zombie outbreak. But once people settle into the new rhythms of life, the zeds are generally a pretty minor problem (with exceptions, of… Read more »