>Max Brooks’s World War Z—one of his three zombie bestsellers—will soon be a Brad Pitt film

When did you get hooked on the undead? I was 12. I watched my first Italian cannibal zombie movie; it scared the bejesus out of me. When Y2K fever was happening I went looking for a book on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, and nobody was writing it because they were all off having a life.

Did your dad, Mel Brooks, offer writing advice? He said, “Cut it down, get to the jokes.”

Can zombies be funny?

If there is a joke, it’s on me for being so into this.

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