Origin of (Undead) Species

Posted By vmzito / October, 30, 2012 / 4 comments

I wonder if Charles Darwin was a zombie fan. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in 1859, and you’re probably aware of the resulting, yet-to-be-settled battle between Evolutionists and Creationists. But there’s also another great Darwinian debate, affecting not just zoologists but zombologists, too: What actually is a species? In science, this is…

Fresh Zombies for Sale

Posted By vmzito / October, 30, 2012 / 3 comments

Many nights as I sat down to write THE RETURN MAN, I was joined by a little imaginary kid in my head; he wore pajamas and wanted a bedtime tale. Tell that story, Dad — you know the one! Yeah, my favourite, with the dead people tryin’ to eat the good guys, and everybody hides…

Careful What You Wish For

Posted By vmzito / October, 30, 2012 / 0 comments

As a genre, horror has often tapped into the Zeitgeist (the spirit of the times, appropriately), resonating with each era’s societal fears. In the 50s, with potential nuclear war hanging over our heads like a mushroom cloud, radioactive monsters like Godzilla terrorized the populace. In that same decade, McCarthyism in America inspired alien invasions and…

All Aboard the Zombie Train

Posted By vmzito / October, 30, 2012 / 0 comments

Do you remember your first encounter with a zombie? Mine was Return of the Living Dead — and wow, I haven’t been the same since. It happened on a dismal, rainy night in New Jersey, the summer after seventh grade; the movie theater was small and squalid, a two-screener wedged into a strip mall between…

Comic Book Logic For Zombies

Posted By vmzito / October, 30, 2012 / 0 comments

I love comic books. And to love comic books, sometimes you have to throw real-world logic out the window. A megadose of gamma rays turns Bruce Banner into the Hulk? A cosmic space storm transforms four astronauts into the Fantastic Four? A radioactive spider-bite mutates Peter Parker into Spider-Man? Err… umm… sure, why not. In…

Free Fiction: The Owner’s Guide to Home Repair

Posted By vmzito / June, 18, 2012 / 0 comments

A few readers have asked if I’ve written anything besides THE RETURN MAN. The answer is “yes,” and just for fun, I thought I’d post some of my short horror fiction here on this blog for anyone who might be interested in weird, spooky stories. The story below (or you can download it as a…

Zombie Dreamin’

Posted By vmzito / May, 9, 2012 / 6 comments

Almost every night when I was twelve, I was attacked — by zombie nightmares. I’d seen my first zombie movie that year, Return of the Living Dead, and it terrorized my dream-world; in this alternate reality, my home sat atop a hill surrounded by an endless cemetery, and I cowered in my attic as a…

6 Stories That Scarred Me

Posted By vmzito / March, 9, 2012 / 0 comments

Some horror stories don’t just scare you; they scar you. You read them, let them into your head, and they wreck up the place; with sharp claws they scratch awful images into your cerebral cortex, like primitive drawings in some dark, ghastly cave. Sure, you might put the book away, and years of forgetful bliss…

Return Man 2

Posted By vmzito / October, 6, 2011 / 0 comments

Return Man 2. No, it’s not a sequel to my novel, The Return Man. It’s the online ESPN sports game you’ve probably noticed if you’ve ever Googled your way to this site by searching “return man.” http://espn.go.com/free-online-games/sports/returnman2 In football — that’s American football, for international readers — the “return man” refers to the lone player…

And The Winner Is…

Posted By vmzito / October, 6, 2011 / 0 comments

Congratulations, Cassandra Pearson! Cassandra has won her name in The Return Man! Thank you deeply to everyone who entered — it was so much fun reading your entries. When I have a little more time, I’ll post a bunch (without any personal details) here on the site, so we can all have some fun seeing…

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