Not every MFA program has its very own zombie expert…but UCR’s Low Residency MFA does. Stephen Graham Jones in the latest US News & World Report on the how World War Z stacks up within the canon of zombie films:
When not chasing humans, the zombies of “World War Z” slow down a bit, turning into shuffling, barely-moving, upright corpses in a hibernation of sorts, until a stimuli – a noise, the sight of a healthy human – snaps them into action.
“That’s one of the age old questions that the zombie aficionados have: In the absence of food, what happens to the zombie?” Jones says. “[World War Z] suggest an answer by saying they go dormant, which is to say these creatures aren’t supernatural. They’re beholden to biology.”