Friday, October 14, 2016

Pagpag, by Samuel Marzioli

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(Zombie) Jay helps hunt zombies at night, but he secretly want to find his wife's zombie to say goodbye. (5,169 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★★☆, Recommended

"," by , appeared in Apex Magazine issue 89, published on .

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ProPagpag is food you fish from a dumpster and eat anyway, from a Tagalog expression meaning "shake off the dirt." In this story, Jay tries to treat the aswang like pagpag, but it doesn't work.

Zombies who can pass for human are much more treacherous--especially when they come from nowhere rather than reanimating corpses. Jay just wants to tell Malaya goodbye before he puts her zombie down. He ends up dispatching both his mother and his wife.

The scene where the dead father returns and fools everyone into thinking it was a miracle is particularly poignant.

Con: As with most zombie stories, the situation looks completely hopeless for humanity.

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