Pseudopod 043: Everything Is Better with Zombies

By Hannah Wolf Bowen

Read by Mur Lafferty

“You don’t know that she’s a zombie,” Lion says as we walk our bikes back up Salt Hill. The side that sweeps down to the cemetery is steep and we’ve no momentum to carry us up. Instead, we’ll trudge to the top of the hill and remount there to go zipping down. “She could be a ghoul or a ghost or a skeleton. We could’ve made her up.”

“You saw the footprint,” I remind him. “We didn’t make her up.” We’d followed the trail to the highway. We’d paced along the shoulder, searching for the spot where she’d stepped back off the pavement. We hadn’t found anything. But even Lion had agreed that the print by the creek was beautifully clear. “And if she’d been a skeleton, it would have just been bone. And ghosts wouldn’t leave any prints at all.”

“They might,” Lion says, “if they were acting out their deaths.”

June 22nd, 2007 12:59 pm

Fan-freaking-tastic. “We have purpose…and brains!” A very fun story and an excellent reading.

June 25th, 2007 7:16 am

I love, love, love, love, looooooove this story

June 25th, 2007 11:40 am

What a fine tale. So understated, gently phrased. A great example of using horror to pry open everyday life.

And gorgeously, sensitively read by Mur Lafferty. As ever.

July 5th, 2007 5:22 pm

quite good bit of psychological horror. No real monster needed. Quite good

Dave (aka Nev the Deranged... or is it the other way around?)
July 29th, 2007 11:04 am

Meh. Zombies and childhood philosophizing don’t mix well. I get the point of the story, I just didn’t enjoy getting there that much.

April 6th, 2008 2:29 pm

And the zombies are…?

The story seems to be about a pair of paranoid idiots more than zombies…the title lied to us!

Mari Mitchell
April 13th, 2008 10:43 pm

I love zombies. I am not sure why, but I do. It goes against my cookie baking, quilt making, home schooling mom image.

I thought this one was great.

Feeding the pod

A Mighty Kid Meal: double cheeseburger—no onions, extra pickles, fries and a Coke.

Jim Osmer
June 10th, 2008 11:17 am

thought this was a great story though my wife and I disagree on whether there were really any zombies. This is an author that needs to get another story on Pseudopod.
Mur Lafferty is a good narrator too.