This us from my story site. Musings on zombies

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Zombies. I have written a few stories about them and I’m working on one now which has me thinking about the story telling niche they fill.  Why are they so prevalent in our modern, western culture?
Firstly, I think we identify quite easily with the feeling in these stories of being outnumbered and overwhelmed by mindless masses. I’m not saying, as some might, that I think most of the world is populated by idiots, just that it is very difficult for the average person to identify with the hundreds, maybe thousands, of unknown people they pass by every day, or those people who are so culturally different from themselves there seems to be very little common ground to identify between them. That makes for a world stuffed with unknowable strangers, who can certainly seem quite frightening.
Secondly, if there is one thing we all do seem to fear in the…

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