Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Horror is Real: The Zombie Trend With James Marshall

When I wrote Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, the zombie trend was just beginning. It's been exciting and encouraging to see how commonplace zombies have become in popular culture. While I'm gratified to see zombies have remained relevant, I was worried that, prior to the publication of NVPFZ, I'd see someone else handle the topic the same way I do. Fortunately, I haven't.

In NVPFZ, zombies are people who mindlessly accept the status quo. They're a danger because the status quo quite obviously leads to ruin. In the sequel, Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos, I delve even deeper into the zombie archetype. I don't want to give anything away, but I think it's a new and exciting take on the undead, and I can't wait for it to come out.

Zombies keep changing all the time. The movie 28 Days Later showed us that zombies can run. In the video game Half-Life 2, we learned that zombies can jump really far. In Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, zombies can use guns.

One of the zombie's only weaknesses is its slowness and its inability to strike from a distance; in recent works, we can see that weakness addressed. I wanted to be a part of that: making the zombie even scarier.

I think what's really unique about Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies is that zombies are regular people who mindlessly accept the status quo. The horror is real and all around you right now! Find a safe place to hide and weep! That's what I do!

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