Dead Love: Zombies in Middle School

What’s the difference between a zombie and a vampire?

Ask the 5th graders attending classes at Horace Mann and they can tell you; they’ll even explain the sociological significance of these iconic creatures.

Dead Love spent the day at Buena Visa Horace Mann K-8 Spanish Immersion Public School in San Francisco on Friday, January 27th, 2012, sharing zombie stories with a room full of 5th graders. Many thanks for new ZIA (Zombie Intelligence Agency) member, Nancy A. for setting that up!

There were zombie questions, zombie prizes, zombie jokes, and a super scary taste of the book! The amazing Jack, who blogs for Left Coast Writers, came along and taped some of Linda Watanabe McFerrin‘s talk. Zombie finger puppets, Dead Love buttons and other wacky zombie paraphernalia were flying into clever kids’ hands. Pablo was clearly the most informed kid in the room, though he had lots of competition from the others who were also very well-versed in zombie and other supernatural lore.

No brainless zombies in that bunch!

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice




Art courtesy of Bart Frescura, copyright Bart Frescura



  • Anita Jones’ve definitely arrived, dead AND alive, having gotten the seal of approval of a room full of 5th graders! Congratulations! Touch crowd!

  • …that is to say…TOUGH crowd…pardon my typo!

  • Cindy Rasicot

    I love that these kids are so fluent in zombie speak!

  • They are vigilant until the zombies get ’em.

  • The kids were so lively … no zombies there! There’s hope for the human race.

  • Troubled Teen

    Dear Erin, The public schools are dyeing for more zombies like you. Thank you for donating your time to tap into the creative energy of our youth. It will make this world a better place. Even for Zombies.

  • Li Lovett

    Awesome! Zombie IQ is very high among the middle school set. The kids are eating it up!