Friday, Jul 01, 2022
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Horror As The Theme Of Our Lives

In a post-apocalyptic world, with a war playing out on our handheld screens and bodies dumped on the streets, with mindless consumption ravaging our planet, the zombies have taken over

Housewives forming covens as a means of survival. Stopgap police forces burning citizens to contain what they stubbornly beli­e­ved was a biological agent. A young man encouraged by the chaos to play out delusi­ons of vampirism. A troupe of renfaire moto­rcyclists who believed their Arthurian code could withstand any strain. A paraplegic man trapped indoors, tortured by his helper monkey, begging her to send help. Such strange tales, and Hoffmann read them over and over. One day they might remind us who we used to be, and who we tried to be, and that recollection could save the world.

—George A. Romero, The Living Dead

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