Some people say, horror can ONLY happen in a mold-streaked castle or a moonlit forest.

Some people say, horror should NOT feature comedic elements.

Some people say, zombies MUST follow the rules of certain specific popular movies.

To all that, I say: Sorry, but no, no, and no.

Horror can happen on the beach, in a nightclub or at the mall.

Horror can be a gibbering fool, a prancing clown, a shambling day-glo monstrosity.

And a zombie can be whatever its creator wants it to be … fast or slow, smart or stupid, mute or chatting like a talk-show host.

Whenever people try to impose boundaries on the horror genre, I can only ask: Why? Horror is all about surprises. When you start imposing boundaries, you kill the surprises.

My story collection BEACH BLANKET ZOMBIE features bizarre settings, weird comedy, and the most unconventional zombies you could ever hope to meet (on a page, that is … not in person). I compiled these specific stories to show what horror can be, if given the chance. Follow this link to check out the e-book on (it’s also available as a trade paperback):


About bmoviemonster

Mark McLaughlin is the author of the novels, HUMAN DOLL, THE HELL NEXT DOOR, and INJECTABLES. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in many magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including Cemetery Dance, Black Gate, Galaxy, Fangoria, Writer’s Digest, Midnight Premiere, Dark Arts, and two volumes each of The Best of the Rest, The Best of HorrorFind, and The Year’s Best Horror Stories (DAW Books). Mark is the author of many books of horror, so be sure to visit his Amazon Author's Page at
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