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  • Good piece. I have also written a bit about the capitalist zombies of AJPY, but I wouldn't compare them to Romero. Defoe speaks of these people who no longer 'resemble' themselves in terms of rumor and upper-class fear. He worries that the 'diseased poor' are subject to the anxieties and projections of those who consider themselves too privileged to have been exposed to infection. In that regard, I see it less as a precursor to the consumer critique offered by Romero and more as a precursor to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, in which zombies are vehicles for class rage.

    Posted by Sharif M. Youssef on Sat 10 Dec 2011

  • Day of the Triffids was published three years before I am Legend and has most of the elements of the zombie apocalypse. The only difference is that the antagonist's are mindless, shambling plants--not people.

    Posted by MostlyAPragmatist on Thu 15 Dec 2011

  • I would really like to see a horror or macabre issue of LQ. It would be a lot of fun as well as enlightening.

    Posted by Jordan on Fri 16 Mar 2012

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