Zombie fiction is everywhere and I wonder if it might have put a down payment on a house, because it looks like the walking dead are here to stay. The popularity may wain, but there seems to be a fervent core of fans that will gobble up whatever book or movie that showcases at least one shambling, moaning, brain-craving monster.
I'm not really on the zombie bandwagon, but I'll not begrudge a good story. And it sounds like Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess is such a story. I think one of the things I appreciate about the premise of this novel is that it doesn't deal strictly with the conventional zombie. Classifying the "infected" in this novel as zombies is probably irresponsible because they're not. The infection is far stranger and they don't behave like your run-of-the-mill zombie. They might be more closely compared to Romero's The Crazies.
At any rate, I caught wind of the film adaptation a couple of years ago and loved the look of it. Imagine a zombie-style outbreak film told within the confines of a rinky-dink radio station, as residents of Pontypool call in with the terrifying news of their neighbors and loved ones turning into rabid, murderous creatures. That's good. That's like if Alfred Hitchcock taking a crack at the undead. Is it any wonder why I'd want to check out the book such a movie is based on?
So, have you heard of this novel (or the film)? If so, what do you think?