Zombies Meet Joy Division


More and more “serious” “literary” writers are turning to zombies, werewolves, and vampires for inspiration. This could be symptomatic of something dire or something hopeful in the world of writing. We could dither endlessly about the ramifications.

But perhaps we need to stop abstractly generalizing and focus on specifics instead.

Case in point: Colson Whitehead’s upcoming novel about zombies. Which partly resembles a Joy Division song apparently.

Since I have a young adult novel in progress, Confessions Of Tween-Wolf — a harrowing account of a barely pubescent girl’s struggle to control her excessive body hair and abnormal eating habits — I’m encouraged that established writers are not afraid to tackle the monsters that we carry inside ourselves. I’m also aware that books about werewolves, vampires and the paranormal tend to make money. (And now I’m generalizing.)

Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →