In the early 2010s, the horror market was being flooded with zombie-related content, as the undead were the new “it creature” of the new millennium, it seemed. Those of you who follow my columns and writings know that I hold a particular fondness for zombies in my heart – always have and always will!
During the pop-culture zombie onslaught, one type of story about the walking dead that became particularly popular was that of the “mash-up” that combines the undead with a variety of other characters and situations from already-existing cultural forums. Some folks are in the “no press is bad press” camp that believes that any new entry into the zombie market is good because it helps to further spread the word about our favorite reanimated monsters. Other folks are staunchly opposed and even borderline-indignant to the fact that so many new zombie stories were being created so quickly, and they lament the fact that the market is now “watered down” as they pine for the glory days when zombies were a niche characterization and not a tool to be inserted wherever convenient.
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