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You Cannot Talk to a Zombie
At the very end of today's show with Cherie Priest, Emily asked why she puts zombies in her work. She had a great answer:
They're more frightening to me than, say, vampires and werewolves and the like. Because zombies are the creeping encroachment of sameness. If you become a vampire, you become sparkly, or French, or wealthy, or beautiful. But if you become a zombie, you lose everything that makes you an individual — this wave that cannot be stopped and cannot be negotiated with. Because a zombie does not want anything. You can maybe buy your way out of trouble with a vampire. You cannot — just not — talk to a zombie.