Q. Are you undead?
A. As some of you already know, the "Undead" part of my name refers to my expertise in the field of revenant research and theory. Vampires and zombies are my métier.
Q. What does that mean, exactly?
A. Well, I do watch a lot of horror movies, but just doing that does not one an "expert" make. I've also developed an entire library of mostly non-fiction books on these topics, and written countless papers, essays, and articles.
Q. Uh, "Non-fiction"?
A. These are books which document and analyze the role of undead folks in mythology, folklore, literature, and film.
Q. Do you like Anne Rice?
Q. Poppy Z. Brite?
Q. Why not?
A. I'm not really a consumer of much fiction. I don't hate vampire fiction in particular, I just don't care for most fiction in general.
Q. Do you love The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z?
A. No, no, no, a large sack of No. It is very understandable that people might think I would enjoy these books and regard Max Brooks as an important purveyor of zombie preparedness. However, I (and many others in the necropocalypse community) find that Brooks' work is highly derivative and unoriginal to the point of plagarism. The only reason he was able to get his work published and so well publicized is that his daddy is Mel Brooks and he's got all kinds of entertainment industry connections.
Also, some of us have been discussing zombie preparedness and theorizing about zombie anatomy and physiology for a long time - long before Brooks came along. Then suddenly this book comes out and every jackass who reads it considers himself an expert. And we're subsequently accused of "ripping off" the Survival Guide. Goddamnit, it's really frustrating to be accused of imitating an incompetent, apathetic interloping newcomer who is a rip-off artist himself.
Q. You have way too much time on your hands. Zombies aren't real.
A. You think nobody's ever thrown that one at me before, genius? Give me a break. What kinds of "important" stuff do you spend your time on? Watching TV? You do realize that the characters on your TV shows also aren't "real", right? It's my hobby and it's no more or less valid than any other.
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