Zombies are HOT. Read the news. Review the stats. The undead are alive and causing an uproar. Whether it was, as some say, a post-911 response to the horror of terrorism; a comment on the alienation, frustration and sense of futility that has thus far characterized the new millennium; or a gag response to the glut of reality-based material on the page and on screen, the supernatural has quickly become our most popular frontier. In an era in which sci-fi, comics, super heroes and magical realism provide the last refuge for escape artists—books, movies and games about the otherworldly are experiencing an unprecedented vogue.
Of course some of us have been fans all along, which accounts for the undying popularity of novels like Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” or Anne Rice’s “Interview with a Vampire.” But a new generation of readers has claimed the obsession with a fervor never witnessed before and is shaping a market that has yet to be fully exploited. More and more, our heroes come from the darker side of our imaginations and are baring theirs. And current audiences, like the insatiable creatures that capture their post-millennial angst, are hungry.