CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This seems an appropriate time of year to admit that I have a thing for zombies. The affinity is still sort of new. It started when my husband and I began watching "The Walking Dead," an AMC show about life in the U.S. during the zombie apocalypse.
Neither of us expected to like the show, but it had been recommended so passionately by an undead-loving friend that we gave it a try. We imagined it would be rife with zombie clichés -- the stiff-armed creatures stumbling after the survivors, hoping to munch on their brains -- but the show surprised us by being well written, intense and compelling.
By the time we finished watching the first season, I was hooked. I needed more zombies.
My affection for all things morbid goes back a long way. I cut my teeth on Chiller Theater and "Tales from the Crypt." Stephen King was practically my Dr. Seuss. But then for a while, horror seemed to go out of style, especially monster-type horror. It wasn't until books like "Interview with the Vampire" and "Twilight" and shows like "True Blood" that vampires were brought back under the limelight (where some of them sparkled), but zombies now seem poised to stage a coup.
The popularity of the video game "Resident Evil," movies like "Zombieland" and "28 Days Later," and the TV show "The Walking Dead" has Hollywood scrambling for more zombie lore.
The biggest problem with zombies and Hollywood is the undead's lack of sex appeal. It's darn near impossible to make a zombie into a romantic leading character.
Imagine a scene starring the zombie equivalents of Edward and Bella, looking deep into each other's eyes (perhaps one of them dangling), while he says, "It's not just your body. I really love your brain."