Sparks Fly Upward
by Lisa Morton
Lisa Morton is a horror author and screenwriter. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, Dark Delicacies, Dark Terrors 6, The Museum of Horrors , and Horrors! 365 Scary Stories , among others. Her work has also appeared in magazines such as Cemetery Dance , including her story «Tested,» which won the Bram Stoker Award. In addition to her fiction writing, Morton has also authored two books of non-fiction—The Halloween Encyclopedia and The Cinema of Tsui Hark —and edited the recently released A Hallowe'en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries.
Morton feels that many writers who have tackled the theme of zombies have fallen into a trap trying to «out-taboo» each other with extreme sex. So when it came time to write a zombie story of her own, she asked herself what taboos were left that could be dealt with in a zombie tale. «My answer was political ones,» Morton said. «It's hard to imagine a more heated political topic than abortion, and when I thought of combining that with a tale of survivors carefully rationing out their resources, it all fell into place.»
My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct,
the graves are ready for me.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in
the first resurrection . . .