Why Zombies?

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Today’s zombies are not what they once were—being one of the walking dead comes with a whole slew of creepier characteristics.

Thus being one of the most popular creepy fiction phenomena around, zombies have been somewhat reinvented throughout the years. Yet aren’t they somewhat limited by nature? This NY Times article is all about the modern day zombie tales, their limiting formula and tiresome popularity—and poses the question, “Why do we choose to fear this, and why now?” Is it our Western consumption fears? Or are we just really paranoid?


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