Episode 660: Callbacks

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Right Tool for the Job Survivors of the zombie apocalypse have the unenviable task of getting by without any help from society as a whole. They might have a few other survivors they can count on, but that’s very circumstantial. Because of this, a good survivor needs to be very creative… Read more »

Episode 659: Good News or Bad?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reading the Signs A good outdoorsman can tell a lot of things by just paying attention to the world around him, and those skills will be just as valuable, more so even, in a zombie apocalypse. Just like a broken branch, prints in the sand, or the ominous silence of birds can… Read more »

Episode 658: Final Touches

Zombie Cliche Lookout: New Horrors One of the biggest problems with monsters (not specifically zombies), at least from the perspective of the storyteller, is overexposure. The more you see a monster, the more used to it you become. It doesn’t matter how horrifying that monster is, eventually, it will just become part of life. People… Read more »

Episode 657: Finishing Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Clean Up Fights in zombie stories are often messy, chaotic affairs. This makes a lot of sense, usually, the people doing the fighting are by no means professional soldiers. And, even when they are, they’re facing an extremely unconventional enemy. After all, zombies don’t feel pain. They can’t become afraid. They… Read more »

Episode 656: Big Damn Fight

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Bloody Mess I don’t claim to know a lot about biology, anatomy, and physiology, but with a nurse for a mom and a mortician for a sister, I’ve gleaned a few things over the years. For instance, blood doesn’t keep pumping when you’re dead. Shocking, I know. Once you shuffle off that… Read more »

Episode 655: Reading the Signs

Zombie Cliche Lookout: One at a Time When it comes to zombies, everyone knows that they’re not terribly threatening on their own. Well, the slow ones anyway. The quick ones are a lot more challenging, even by themselves. But I digress; everyone knows that the best way to fight zombies is to do it one… Read more »

Episode 654: Beating the Crowd

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Establishing Shot with Zombies This is yet another one of my favorite tropes in zombie fiction: showing off a location by showing all the zombies that happen to be roaming around it. It works equally well with new and existing locations, and can act as a sort of visual shorthand to show… Read more »

Episode 622: A Nick of Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombies Abhor a Vacuum Taken individually, a zombie isn’t terribly threatening. The zombie is easy enough to take out, at least assuming you know how. It’s even easier to simply avoid the zombie altogether. I mean, there’s not really any sense in taking the risk of getting bitten when you can simply… Read more »