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Writing The Undead at Melbourne Writers Festival

At the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, I was pretty excited to be chairing a panel discussion with author Justin Cronin (The Passage trilogy) and showrunner Tony Ayres (Glitch) about how to write undead characters that transcend the familiar tropes of vampires and zombies. Cronin’s post-apocalyptic ‘virals’ contain elements of both, while the revenants of Glitch refuse Romero-esque narratives for a gothic ghost story.

The event, on Sunday 28 August 2016, was so popular it sold out well in advance. Tony and Justin really hit it off, and we spent a lot of time before and during the session nerding out about our favourite TV series.