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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-fictionThe 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.

Job 17:1

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in

the first resurrection...

Revelations 20:6


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