Guest Post: John Palisano #SummerofZombie

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Dying Days


Settings in Zombie fiction


By John Palisano

When the zombie craze first started back up again several years back, it seemed the market quickly got overwhelmed with novels and stories that basically transposed George A. Romero’s Living Dead mythos into the author’s hometown. I read countless tales that seemed to be ripped from the cloth of the author’s life––names slightly changed––that basically cast the author as the hero in a tale against the living dead invading his or her hometown. Once, at a convention, I even made a joke about it during a panel. “Maybe I should write a zombie story in Los Angeles.”

Famous last words.

The question got me thinking. Is it important where a story takes place?

Absolutely it does. Especially in the world of zombie fiction. The setting as a character reveals so much, and brings with it a unique set…

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