Retro futurism! Yes, please.
Some people think going “back to the future” so to speak has the potential to be the “new zombies” or steampunk or whatever. I can’t say yay or nay to that because I don’t determine such things, but I think I would support that. The death of Ray Bradbury may just inspire a new interest in the old-fashioned future, a la EPCOT Center and old Tomorrowland and 1960s Los Angeles.
Truth be told, zombie-related themes don’t really float my steamship, but they’re fun to talk about. I suspect the popularity of zombie walks has something to do with the ease of mass costuming — just add makeup, fake dirt and a staggering walk. To me, it’s mostly a running joke that in itself parodies a return to past decades, when people pondered the threat of thorny social issues including but not limited to the atom bomb, the Cold War, Communism and McCarthyism. There was definitely a fear of the unknown involved. Maybe that helps to explain why the dead are rising once again?