Remember Pat the Bunny? That warm and fuzzy childhood book now has a sick, sick cousin Pat the Zombie. "Something about the brain-numbing prose of the original Pat the Bunny -- and the acute appeal of a zombie touch-and-recoil book -- just popped for me at once," author Aaron Ximm says.
Yes, he's a dad. Yes, he has a young daughter. Upon flipping through the advance copy of the book (to his wife's horror), his daughter asked him "Daddy, what is wrong with these people?!" Ximm wasn't sure if she was referring to the zombies in the book, or to him and illustrator Kaveh Soofi for coming up with the whole concept.
Style Council: I see that the bunny is the zombie. Do you think rabbit zombies would be scary?
Ximm: Honestly I think Zombunnie is the expression of an only partially explored and incompletely understood cultural archetype, some long-eared shadow in the back of our shared psyche.
There's a pulsing vein of unnerving or threatening rabbits in our cultural history, which seems so far to have hopped just outside collective notice, from the killer rabbit in Python's Holy Grail to Donny Darko's shadow. Farther back, Alice's rabbit hole is a dark passage into the unnerving and strange, is it not?
Consider too that there is something truly macabre, even sinister, in carrying the severed foot of a an animal as a talisman of good fortune. I wonder there if there is some homeopathic magic intended, to ward off the bunny itself.
You know, all the fanfare has always gone to the stereotype of the Dark Clown. But I think this may be the Dark Bunny's moment.More »