Why do zombies capture our imagination so vividly and pervasively? The very idea of corpse reanimation is not new, but in recent decades it has reached beyond the cheap thrills of pulp fiction and become something more substantial, more allegorical. I suppose the allegory was always there, hidden among the terrible groans and tattered flesh, but zombies are beginning to invade genres known for their high-brow value and perceptive social commentary. So there’s something more to it.
Why, then, do zombies capture our imagination? I believe there are five underlying reasons.
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