Acupuncture After The Apocalypse

Jill Riddell’s serial novel about how post-apocalyptic Chicago really isn’t all that bad.

Idiocy Of the Idea

Eve said she wants Lark to tag along when our team enters the zombie colony for the first time. I’m flabbergasted by the idiocy of the very idea. “I don’t see why not. It’s good for…

Our Zombie Tagging Team

“Jayden Ain’t Right,” that’s what I call Jayden Wainwright, the scientist who’s driving me nuts on our zombie tagging team. You know I’m co-captain of the research team, right? Wainwright is the other co-captain, and he…

I’m An Atheist Now

Did I tell you I’m an atheist now? I wish I weren’t. People who believe in a Supreme Being or a Higher Power live longer than those who don’t, and they report greater levels of happiness.…

Many Followers You Have

You’re the leader of what used to be at least five million people—not sure how many followers you have now, what with the thinning of human ranks. How interested someone like you could possibly be in…

Taking Over Her Correspondence

Dear Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, It’s your brother, Mason, here. Nothing is wrong with your mom, don’t worry. When she was gone those weeks during the spring, taking over her correspondence with you was half…

She Had Me Over

Tomorrow is Independence Day. Last year at this time, I’d just met the formidable Jenna, I remember, and she had me over for a cookout. It’s hard to know what to do on this holiday anymore.…

On The Overall Situation

“Apocalypse, my ass.” That was Levi’s take on the overall situation last night at dinner. “A bunch of people died. That was a bummer. It was the end for them, sure enough,” he says. “But what…

About Never Coming Back

I lied about never coming back, you know. When you hear someone say that, it’s always a lie, trust me. When you care about someone, you can’t stay away. Besides, I live only two houses away…

My First Night Back

“The zombies caused the apocalypse, didn’t they?” It’s my first night back at Dr. Cohen’s house since my abduction. I’ve been on edge, so I’m sitting up in his bed drinking a tea he claims is…

Made It To Earth

The question of how zombies made it to earth, Mason can’t answer. Zombies don’t speak, as you know, so we can’t ask them. But their own system of communication could potentially reveal something if we can…

Enough Now To Write

Hi, son. My knocked-around noggin is straightened out enough now to write. Sorry for leaving the job of sending letters to you in Mason’s hands—clearly a mistake, given how sparingly he managed it. I owe you…

Zombie Catch And Release

Yesterday, we had a grueling night of zombie catch and release. One of our team broke her wrist in a scuffle. And then we ended up chasing a Z into the forest preserve which would be…

Mom Is Speaking Now

Your mom is speaking now, in a voice so faint and raspy it’s almost inaudible. But she manages to get her points across. She says she doesn’t remember how she disappeared. The last thing she remembers…

That’s Private, Little Bro

Do you have an email address that’s private, little bro? If you receive this letter, send it to me. Mine is mdial@fieldmuseum.edu. Letter writing seems so hopeless. Every time I do this, I feel stupid. I…

Our Zombie Squad Consists

Our zombie squad consists of five field biologists, one chemist, one geologist, one driver, one military officer, one veterinarian, three physicians (one of whom is Dr. Cohen) and two sharpshooters. Rather than our offering our sharpshooters…

Coming a Mile Away

Here’s what I suspect but can’t yet prove about zombies. They: 1) Would be lousy at being spies. You can hear them coming a mile away. 2) Could not have sprung up from nowhere. 3) Are…

Gasp Audibly for Air

 Here’s some of what we know so far about the life cycle of zombies. They: 1) Eat plants mainly, along with small fish and invertebrates. 2) Don’t cook. 3) Drink surprisingly little. 4) Wear jumpsuits made…