Mari Mancusi: Five Reasons Zombies are Awesomesauce

Five Reasons Zombies are Awesomesauce

by Mari Mancusi

They’re Scary!

If you’re a virgin white chick, you’re usually pretty safe heading down into a creepy basement after hearing an even creepier noise or running through the woods at night with a serial axe murderer with a mommy complex on the loose. Heck, you can even utter the deadly phrase, “I’ll be right back!” and actually be able to follow through with your promise. (Though likely all your slutty, druggie friends will be dead by the time you return.) Yes, the virgin white chick in horror films is usually safe as can be—unless she finds herself in a zombie flick, that is. Zombies can’t read, you see, and so they’ve never learned the sacred horror movie rules. Including the one that says virgin white chicks have to be spared so they can save the day. In fact, in zombie films, there’s no guarantee anyone will live through the night. And that makes zombies pretty darn scary.

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They’re Funny!

There will likely be a day in the future when some sort of extreme activist group steps in and declares it no longer politically correct to laugh at all the poor, mindless zombies stumbling through life as best they can—often with hilarious results. But until that day, we can chuckle along to films like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, poking fun at our brain-challenged fellow citizens. Heck, a pack of zombies can provide more giggles than a Three Stooges marathon as they bump into walls and fall down. So though you may feel a twinge of guilt, go right ahead and laugh. If asked, you can always say you’re laughing with them, not at them. Not that this will spare your life. But at least you won’t hurt their feelings.

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They’re Fashionable!

As I think I once heard Zoolander fashion guru Mugatu say, “Zombies are so hot right now!” And he knows what he’s talking about! Just head to any sci-fi fantasy con or zombie walk and you’re bound to see a parade of the fashionable living dead, dressed in their tattered, bloody best. From zombie flappers, to zombie businessmen, zombie cheerleaders, to zombie clowns. Anything goes! For Dragon*Con, I dressed up as Zombie Little Bo Peep—complete with a brain stabbed onto my crook—and people flocked to take my photo. So the next time your wardrobe is falling flat, take a page from our fashion-forward friends. Totally Derelicte .

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They Make Great Boyfriends!Who wants a silly old mortal boy, all lusting after your bod, when you can have a dapper old dead guy who wants you for your brain? Just imagine—this guy will follow you to the ends of the earth. And he’ll always be home in time for dinner. Heck, he wants you so badly, you’ll need a shotgun to fight him off!

They’re Literary!

Okay, well, the zombies themselves can’t read. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole awesome canon of literature, devoted just to them. From horror to romance—scary, campy, even literary—there’s a book out there for even the most discerning of zombie fans. Or you can even write your own, like I did with Tomorrow Land . Just don’t get too lost in your book. You never know what might be around the corner, hungry for you.

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Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. And now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones of a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all the while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

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Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of  books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–video games. A graduate of  Boston University and a two-time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin,Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

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28 Responses to Mari Mancusi: Five Reasons Zombies are Awesomesauce

  1. Mary Ann Woods says:

    I think zombies rule!! A few years ago I never would have thought that I, now a 62 yr. old grandma, would love zombie/apocalypse books would be my favorite! How weird is that?

  2. I love Mari’s reasons for zombies being awesome! They kind of freak me out though. Tomorrow Land has been on my TBR wishlist for awhile now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Julie S. says:

    Totally agree. Zombies are so in right now. All the cool people are reading about them.

  4. Christina K. says:

    I love zombies! I love the scary ones, and the nice ones like in Dearly Departed and Die For Me!

    Thanks for this awesome guest post – and the book sounds incredible!

  5. Adriana Jovel says:

    Awwww! Makes me a little sad. But I can’t wait to find out if their love survives, so I say, put Tomorrow Land in my To Read Pile, check!

  6. Abercrombie Zombie?! SO MUCH WIN! I am dying with laughter! I added Tomorrow Land to my wishlist. Sounds FAB!

  7. I’m so with you on the brains part. In fact I have a shirt that states that Zombies want you for your brains! ;D LOVE this!

  8. Felicia says:

    Mari rocks and I am not just saying that because she gave me a skull 8 ball :)

    I do believe Zombies rock the casbah and there is no other way around it!

  9. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I think I must read Tomorrow Land. It sounds awesome. Please enter me in contest.

  10. Zombies zombies ZOMBIES!!! Love them! I can’t wait for season three of The Walking Dead…

    Anyways, back to this post, I found it amusing! Especially the part about zombies loving you for your brains. You’d think that’d be the most stereotypical zombie joke out there, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve heard it before, so I cracked up. :)

  11. Daphne says:

    I teethed on the zombie genre!!! I LOVE the fact that it has taken over the world!!!

  12. Kristin says:

    Interesting list with some very valid points about my Favorite subject in the whole world ZOMBIES!!

  13. Mariam J. says:

    i seriously hope i at least win ONE of these giveaways, all these books are zombietastic !

  14. This book sounds awesome!! I love zombies, so really most zombie books sound awesome to me.

  15. Jen D. says:

    I think zombies are awesome because ANYONE can turn into one and it affects EVERYONE the same. I’m all for equal opportunity.

  16. Christina T says:

    I just started getting into the zombie crazy and love it. Totally agree that they are scary. Plus I think some sicko scientist is experimenting with reanimation as we speak so a world full of zombies isn’t too far fetched.

  17. Stephanie Parent says:

    I read Tomorrowland in a slightly different form when it was published as Razor Girl, and I loved it so much, I really want to own this new version! Plus it sounds like Mari did some update so it would be fun to see what she changed!

  18. Jolene A says:

    oh Wow, Tomorrow Land is going on my must buy list!!!!

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  20. Barbara says:

    Show up at my house before 6 in the morning and I’m pretty sure you’ll think I gave birth to a zombie wearing South Park boxer shorts, a Think Geek t-shirt and hair sticking up all over. He usually smells like death too.

    He can be re-animated with Cinnamon Toast Crunch or blueberry waffles.

  21. teressa oliver says:

    I have been more a traditional horror zombie fan, but recently have read the more romance/comedy types and was surprised I enjoy them. Cant wait to read the Ambercrombie reviews

  22. Samantha D says:

    Its awesome! I LOVE zombies!

  23. Katrina says:

    Got to love a fashion forward dead

  24. I think anything with Zombies is a win!

  25. very few zombie books r bad, lookin forward to this one too

  26. Zombies are freaking AMAZINGLY AWESOME. Bottom Line. Love them!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!


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