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Zombie parasites?

Why do walking dead stories so often blame a virus?

This morning it occurred to me that almost every shambling corpse story, (True zombies, of course, are black magic voodoo) the monsters are said to be animated by a virus. It’s pretty common in fiction to see an unknown virus blamed for weird shit, even things that realistically couldn’t be done by a viral infection. I suppose that’s like the way “vaccine” is frequently misused for “cure”, it sounds sciency but most people don’t really know the details of how they work. Well, to be fair I only have a vague understanding myself. But I do get tired of the same thing over and over again.

Why a virus instead of a parasite? There’s precedent in nature for parasites changing an animal’s behavior drastically. Read the rest of this entry

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