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2010 – The Year of the (Un)Dead

Posted on January 8, 2011 by Nancy

 

2010 was the Year of the Zombie (again). In fact, the first 10 years of the new millennium can safely be called the Decade of Apocalyptic Fiction. Movies, books, comics — you name it.  There was a surge in interest in the sub genre that has never been seen before. And the interest shows no signs of slowing down.

Movies and television shows have managed to incorporate some form of zombie feature. Whether an alien virus taking over the world (in Smallville) or a demon unleashing a plague of the apocalypse (in Supernatural), writers and directors found something to draw in the zombie crowds.

There have also been numerous articles trying to explain the appeal of the zombie culture. Deep sociological analysis, fun fluff pieces, and even courses on respected college campuses.

And a recap of the Zombie Decade would not be complete without mentioning what is likely to become the most important television series in Zombie History: The Walking Dead. Based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, the show produced by Gale Anne Hurd and written/directed/produced by Frank Darabont has taken the world by storm. Intricate, fun, emotional and bloody, the show has captured the interest of zombie fans and even those that typically stay away from horror. You can watch clips and interviews at amctv.com as well as at fearnet.com. Check out the recaps of episodes here at Flames Rising as well.

But the zombies haven’t been alone. 2010 also saw increased interest — also again — in the works of H. P. Lovecraft, particularly all things Cthulhu. From shows like South Park to comics and movies and anthologies, Cthulhu’s “reign” was assured.

This list covers some notable works that are zombie-inspired, Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic, general horror or  have horror elements. Some I have read, watched or played and others have caught my interest enough to want to read, watch or play them in the near future. If available, click on the link to find out more.

Novels:

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Hiram Grange and the Chosen One by Kevin Lucia, with art by Malcom McClinton and design by Danny Evarts

It’s Okay to be a Zombie: An Unchildren’s Book by Nathaniel Lambert, with artwork by Danny Evarts

Empire by David Dunwoody (Rerelease)

The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Fatal Error by F. Paul Wilson

Television and Web Series:

Supernatural

Smallville

The Walking Dead

Dexter

True Blood

30 Days of Night: Blood Trails

Fear Clinic

 Anthologies/Short Stories:

The New Dead edited by Christopher Golden

Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2 edited by Ellen Datlow

Elements of the Apocalypse featuring D.L. Snell, John Sunseri, R. Thomas Riley, & Ryan C. Thomas

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Dark Faith edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon

Cthulhu’s Reign edited by Darrell Schweitzer

The Living Dead 2 edited by John Joseph Adams

Movies:

Black Swan

Cabin Fever 2

Saw 3D

Survival of the Dead

Piranha

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Magazines/zines:

Rigor Mortis

Shroud Magazine

ChiZine

Black Static

Apex

The Black Glove

Video Games:

God of War 3

Dead Nation

Left 4 Dead

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising

Comics:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 (Twilight Arc)

Berserker

The Last Zombie by Brian Keene

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

Angel

Spike

Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Expect 2011 to bring more of the apocalyptic as we get closer to the fabled 2012. After that (if the world is still around) will we see in an increase in cute and cuddly (or even evil) unicorn fiction? Who knows. Whatever type of works in fiction are on the horizon, one thing is certain: a zombie never dies. Sometimes not even when you shoot it in the head.

Written by Nancy O. Greene

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One Response to “2010 – The Year of the (Un)Dead”

  1. Roy C. Booth says:

    And there was even quite a bit of the undead shuffling about on America’s stages as well… See Heuer’s MARRIAGE…AFTER DEATH and THREE ZOMBIES AND A DEMON for examples. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Three-Zombies-and-a-Demon/125610347490609

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