Episode 663: Standoff

Zombie Cliche Lookout: I’m Very Dangerous While zombie stories don’t have a monopoly on this trope, it does come up an awful lot. Survivors of any traumatic event are going to be scared, and if the event is ongoing, they’re likely to be very, very scared. When people get scared, they can get desperate and… Read more »

Episode 662: First Salvo

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Anyone Out There? If there’s a hoarier trope in the zombie genre than “people are the real monsters”, I don’t know what it is. It makes a lot of sense, of course, which is why it’s used so often. Zombies can’t really be evil, because they lack any sort of consciousness. Without… Read more »

Episode 661: I’ll Make My Own Door

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Simple Solutions I think one of the biggest draws to zombie fiction is the way that it simplifies a lot of life’s problems. Now, please don’t read too much into this, I’m saying simplifying here, not that it makes living any easier, which it clearly does not. What zombie survival does do,… Read more »

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 »