Charles Yu shops with zombies at Wal-Mart

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The author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe shares a surprising zombie story for Halloween. A pair of big box store employees find a zombie in their midst, but the encounter doesn't go as expected.

George Romero had his mall in Dawn of the Dead, and Yu has decided to place his zombie tale in the epicenter of the modern consumer experience:

I work the graveyard shift at WorldMart. Biggest store in the human world. I work Sunday through Wednesday, and then Fridays if anyone calls in sick, which, of course, is pretty much every Friday. We're open twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year because keeping the fluorescent lights on for a decade or so until they burn out is actually cheaper than turning them on and off, and that means for eight hours every night there are two of us in here, minding the store. A store that's the size of three city blocks.


At first blush, it's the perfect setting for undead mayhem. But "First Person Shooter" is a quieter take on our zombie friends, one that imagines the unexplored vulnerabilities of the undead.

First Person Shooter [GeekDad]